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Tennis: McCreedy and Cree delight

Ward Park clubmates Jon McCreedy and Chris Cree enjoyed under-12 success in the space of a week.

McCreedy picked up his first title when he won the Ballycastle tournament with a 6-4 6-1 win over Oliver Cameron.

Seven days later and Cree defeated Cameron 6-3 6-1 to win the East Antrim title in Larne at the weekend. Earlier in the month Cree had won the Belfast hardcourt title.

McCreedy’s semi-final victory was just as impressive as his final win as he defeated last year's Ulster Open under-10 champion and Fintan Meehan 6-1 6-3.

Ward Park coach Paul Watt said: “Jon’s win was well deserved after great dedication in training. He always brings a great attitude to the court and he’s progressing very well.

“Chris has been in very good form all summer and he’s just getting better and better.”

The girls under-12 East Antrim title went to Newry’s Eva O’Hagan, the number two seed, when she won an exciting decider 6-4 3-6 6-2 against number one seed Katrin Ilieva.

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Number one seed Ben Kelly impressed in the boys under-16 final when he defeated David Acum |6-4 7-5, while the girls title went to Stephanie Oliver who defeated Aoibhinn Kelly 6-3 7-5. Ben also claimed the under-18 title with a 6-0 6-1 win over David McWhirter.

Aoibhinn’s defeat, though, came on the back of her success in the under-14 decider, defeating Eva Lennox, 6-2, 6-1.


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