A sun-drenched Lansdowne Tennis Club was the setting for the increasingly popular tennis tournament held on September 4. There was a record entry of 15 teams, and 60 players battled through the early rounds for a place in the semi-finals. It was heartening to see a number of new teams participating in addition to the annual stalwarts.
The standard of tennis in the early rounds was excellent, with some highly competitive games between old rivals and newcomers. The eventual winners of Section A were Savills 1, with CBRE 1 coming a close second, only one point separating winner and runner up. Section B produced two teams on level points, and in the count back of games the Law Society pipped Independent Valuations into second place by a narrow margin. The semi-final line-up was Savills 1 versus Independent Valuations and Law Society versus CBRE 1.
Following some very competitive tennis, Savills emerged as clear winners, while in the second semi-final the Law Society and CBRE 1 finished level. Again games were counted and CBRE 1 had the edge on the day.
If the onlookers thought they had seen some excellent tennis during the evening, they were in for a real treat in the final between Savills 1 and CBRE 1, with both the men’s and ladies’ combinations producing some enthralling tennis.
The strength of the Savills team won out in the end and they were delighted to receive The Irish Times Perpetual Trophy from Peter Dargan of The Irish Times, to whom we extend our thanks for their many years of sponsorship.
Next year is the 25th year of the tournament and already teams are planning a training programme!