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Golden oldies set the pace

Last Saturday saw the semi-finals and finals take place of the 2010 Annual Europa General Invitational Tennis Tournament held at Hawarden Tennis Club — and it was a day for the golden oldies.

In the Over 50 Ladies Doubles Semi Finals, the first was contested by Ellen McCartney and Rosemary Masefield of Bangor Tennis Club against Irene Hewitt and Jenny McDonnell of Belfast Boat Club.

The match was a close affair with some long rallies, however the Bangor duo proved stronger in tough conditions with some excellent winners at the net, running out 7-3 |winners.

The other semi-final in this event was between Lurgan ladies Donna Gilpen and Cherry Kirkpatrick against Geraldine Freelander and Wendy Roberts of Belfast Boat Club.

This match on the ‘graveyard’ court provided some long rallies in each game with last year’s runners up Donna and Cherry progressing to their second final in a row winning 7-2.

In the Over 50 Men’s Doubles Semi Finals, last year’s winners Russell Connell from Hawarden Tennis Club and Malcolm McKibben from Belfast Boat Club took part in the first semi final in this section against the long term partnership of Omagh pairing Stephen Cuthbertson and Jimmy McCutcheon. Again playing the best of 13 games, this game was a close encounter with some excellent tennis played by both sides in horrible conditions.

This match came down to interceptions at the net with last year’s winners Russell and Malcolm succeeding 7-4 and once again progressing to the final.

The other semi final of the over 50 Men’s Doubles was between local Hawarden pairing of Trevor Wright and Stephen Heatley against Geoff Jordan and Eric Gould of CIYMS.

With a tall player on each side of the court, it was difficult to lob, but with some excellent passing shots, the CIYMS pairing ran out winners of a scoring of 7-2 making it to their first final in this event.

The Over 50 Men’s Doubles Final saw Malcolm McKibben and Russell Connell triumph while Ellen McCartney and Rosemary Masefield won the ladies final.

The presentation of prizes was made by Wendy Cree on behalf of both Europa General and the Hawarden tennis committee. Thanks were also extended to all the helpers from the club who helped throughout the week.

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