Our Grade 4 team face Meath & Louth in Kildalkey on 24th February in a round robin with the top two teams going through to the semi-finals.
We entered two teams in Grade 5. Our A team plays in Kildalkey on 12th February taking on Meath & Longford. The B team plays against Louth & Wicklow in Dundalk on the same day. There will be two teams emerging from each group.
It wasn't to be for the team this time around as they fell at the last hurdle in the Leinster campaign. Having seen of the previous challenge of Meath & Longford, they overcame Wicklow 4-0 in the semi-final.
Hopes were high going into the final, however, despite playing very well, we fell short on a 4-2 score-line against Louth. The two matches won were Mens Singles and Doubles but we were just a little bit short in the matches that we lost but the players can be happy that they gave of their best but came up against a team that played that little bit better on the day. Here's to next year!!!!
Round Robin Results (12th February)
Westmeath & Longford advance to S/F
Team in pic (L to R)
Alan Reilly, Adrian Rabbitte, Oliver O'Farrell, Kevin Cuffe
Irene Gilmore, Eva de la Heras, Dee Nestor, Cora Foster
Louth 6 - Wicklow 1
Wicklow 4 - Westmeath B 3
Louth 5 - Westmeath B 2
Louth & Wicklow advance to S/F
SEMI-FINAL (26th March) in Baldoyle @ 10am
Westmeath A v Wicklow
Louth v Longford
FINAL (26th March) in Baldoyle @ 2pm
GRADE 4 - LEINSTER CHAMPIONS!!!!!
After beating Meath & Louth 4-3 in qualifying stage, the team followed up with a 5-2 win over Wexford in the semi-final. From the other side of the draw, Wicklow won their way through to the final.
In the past number of years, Wicklow have come out on top in some great matches between the counties, but thankfully, the trend was reversed this time. We got a great start winning both singles and despite losing Mens Doubles we took a 3-1 lead into the Mixed Doubles so hopes were high having won all three Mixed matches in the morning semi-final.
But Wicklow had other ideas as they too had done very well in their Mixed matches. They fought back to level the match 3-3 before we emerged with victory in the last match by the narrowest of margins (21/19 in third set) to record a 4-3 win.
Louth 2 - Meath 5
Louth 3 - Westmeath 4
Westmeath & Meath tie on 8 matches won each but Westmeat advance as group winners by virtue of the head to head match.
Team in photo: L to R - Frank Cotter, Damien Brennan. Shane Farrelly, Jason Burke. Yvette Cully, Rachel O'Reilly, Aisling McCormack & Angela Farrelly.