South of Ireland Veterans Open 2009 – Report

South of Ireland Veterans Open 2009 – Report

The 25th Annual South of Ireland Veterans Open Tennis Championship, generously sponsored by the Greenhills Hotel & Leisure Centre, took place at a gloriously sun-drenched Limerick Lawn Tennis Club last weekend. Over 125 players from around the country and overseas vied for honours in 16 events. On Friday night the Club hosted a reception in honour of the players from the 1st South of Ireland Vets in 1985, some of whom were still competing in the 25th! Congratulations to all the players who crammed so much tennis into two days, many taking ten minute water breaks before switching from singles to doubles and back to singles again. Huge credit to Tournament Referee Jim McGann for bringing it all to a grand finale by 7 pm on Sunday evening.


Results: Ladies O/35 Doubles: Deirdre Collins (LLTC)/Jenny Burrows (W) v. Maria Kelliher/Rhona Hayes (LLTC) (R/Up); Men O/35 Doubles: Niall Chandler/Rob Murphy (W) v. Rob Cummins/William Guiry (R/Up); Ladies O/40 Doubles: Madeline Kelly/Sheila Lonergan (W) v. Marcella Kelly/Michelle Wood (R/Up); Men O/45 Singles: Martin Ormonde (W) v. Dick McCarthy (R/Up); Men O/45 Doubles: Ron O’Mahoney/John Porter (W) v. Donal Hegarty/Stan Mortimer (R/Up); Ladies O/50 Doubles: Margaret mcLoughlin/Olwyn Raftery (W) v. Colette Miskella/Mary Mountjoy (R/Up); Men O/60 Doubles: Donal McGoldrick/Michael Murray (W) v. Brendan Boylan/Martin Leahy (R/Up); Open Mixed Doubles: Frank McDonnell/ Toni O’Keeffe (W) v. Martin Ormond/Katherine Morrissey (R/Up); Vintage Mixed Doubles: Martin Leahy/Colette Miskella (W) v. Michael Jennings/Olwyn Raftery (R/Up)


Limerick Lawn Vets Mixed Doubles (G4): Mary Dillon/Noel Rice (W) v. Eileen Howlett/Peter Hayes 9R/Up); LLTC Mens Doubles (G4): Ger Collopy/Declan O’Dalaigh (W) v. Louis Fay/Kieran O’Brien (R/Up); LTTC Ladies Doubles (G5): Sally Ann Egleston/Mary Dillon (W) v. Karin Hogan/Yvonne McGann (R/Up); LTTC Men’s Doubles (G6): John Hartery/Ger O’Neill (W) v. Eugene Pratt/Sean Burns (R-Up).


A selection of photos from the 25th Annual South of Ireland Championship can be seen on the gallery section of the Tennis Ireland website here.


For full tournament results and weekend photos go to and click on ‘Tournaments’ and ‘Photos’


Article written by Daniel O’Leary, Limerick Lawn TC Captain