Congratulations to Ratoath Men’s Tennis League

Ratoath Men’s Tennis League

We wanted to wish a big congratulations to Ratoath Men’s tennis team (over 35s men’s league, class 4) on their victory in the Dublin Lawn Tennis Council Senior League victory last weekend.
The team was captained by our very own managing director Damian Scattergood. The leagues are played over a 3-month period and Ratoath successfully topped their group to reach the finals. It was a long summer with plenty of hard work from all involved. Plenty of summer teas, making sandwiches and hard tennis. The over 35s team were delighted to win the tournament and rest their aching limbs again.

Photographs courtesy of Simon McDermot.

The Winning Team

Mark Whitbread, Simon McDermot, Damian Scattergood (captain), Stephen Foley, Dave Curley, Pat McDermot and Tommy White (The Super Sub).

Ratoath's Winning Team

Winning team: Mark Whitbread, Simon McDermot, Damian, Stephen Foley, Dave Curley.

The finals were against Trim 1st, formidable opponents who had won the league a few years earlier. It was going to be a tough battle from the start. Trim started strongly taking all the first sets in every match. Dave and Stephen where ahead in theirs but the Trim team proved too strong and edged ahead to win the first doubles in two sets.

Dave and Steve playing hard

Dave Curley and Stephen Foley playing for Ratoath 1s.

Mark and Damian meanwhile where struggling in their match losing the first set 6 – 2. However, pure grit and determination proved worthwhile as they fought back to deliver a tiebreak in the second. Meanwhile, Simon and Pat stormed through their 2nd and 3rd sets to get victory. 1 – 1 in games, so it was down to Mark and Damian…

You could feel the tension in the club. Trim stormed to a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak and it looked like all was lost. Winning 6 clear points in a row Ratoath turned the game on its head to win the tiebreak 7 – 5. The game was all to be played for again. Again trim pushed hard breaking Damian’s power serve to go 2 love up in the final set. Mark dug deep for his serve to get it to 2 – 1 and then with a flourish of excellent competitive tennis Ratoath won the next 5 games in a row: 6 – 2. Phew! What an amazing win and hard days work. Well done Ratoath!

Mark Whitbread and Damian Scattergood planning next moves.
Ratoath’s Number 2 team Mark Whitbread and STAR’s managing director Damian Scattergood planning their next move in their tight 3-set victory: 3 – 6, 7 – 6, 6 – 2.
Pat McDermot and Simon McDermot

Pat and Simon McDermot show the tension of a tight game.
Damian hitting the ball

Damian hits a high smash at full stretch, dead centre of the racquet.

The STAR Team

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