I will start by saying the Rathgar U18 Boys and Girls teams both represented their club remarkably well yesterday in Greystones. In the Boys 18’s the final result was 3-0 Sutton but we were beaten in tie-break 3rd sets in the 2 singles, played by Matt Dillon and in the doubles played by Matt Dowley and Adam Vaughan. The 1 singles played by Rory Donohue was anyone’s for the taking and ended up being 7-5, 6-4 to Sutton. The contest was really down to 1 or 2 points but it simply did not go our way. Leo Vaughan was unfortunately injured for the final but played a major role in the campaign and had a 100% record. Steve Vaughan, was the manager for the campaign and can’t be thanked enough for all his support throughout the league. I think it should be also said that Matt Dowley, who was playing Leinster U14 matchplays retired from the event in order to play for his Club.
In the girls 18’s against Naas, it was the same result, 3-0 to Naas but a similar type of encounter in that Orla O’Toole our number 1 on the day played a great match but lost marginally in a tiebreak 3rd set, Julie Gibbons, our number 2, lost a very tight 6-1,6-3 game and our doubles combination of Tara McGovern and Anna Hanley lost a close 6-3, 6-3 match. Both Orla and Julie are still under 14 and played in an U18 contest and we were unfortunately missing our number 1 player Ava Phelan Opperman who was unable to play due to being overseas. Her contribution, like Leo’s was remarkable and had not dropped a set in any of her matches. Helen O’Toole, mother of Orla, managed the team and can only be complimented for her excellence throughout the campaign.
Although we didn’t win either of the finals we did win with our supporters and in all the Junior finals that I have attended, I have never seen so many Junior and Senior members supporting their players. It was exceptional and hats off to everyone who made it. What a club, what a bunch of great people. Next stop is Spring League in the New Year which we all look forward to.
Junior Program Director