A number of Ulster players made the long journey to Saile Community & Sports Centre, Kinsale, Co Cork for the 2023 Munster Open. Play commenced at 8.30 am on Saturday 28th and finished at 3.30 pm on Sunday 29th.
The overall highlight of performances at the Munster Open has to be the three category firsts for Anjali Singh of Ormeau – Women’s Singles, U/19 Girls and U/17 Girls. She was followed by Peadar Sheridan, also of Ormeau, with two category firsts in the U/15 Boys and U/13 Boys not to mention his Runner Up finish in the Men’s Singles. Ben Watson achieved wins at both U/17 and U/19 Boys whilst Lily Parke, from Glenburn, took the U/15 Girls title and was Runner Up in the U/17 and U/19 Girls events. This provided Ulster with 8 category wins to Leinster’s 4 category wins, with both Connacht and Munster at one each.
Special mention must also be made of Rebecca Scott and Aaditya Singh who were Runners Up in their respective categories of U/15 girls and U/13 boys whilst Christopher Allsop placed 4th in the U/13 Boys category.
Another highlight was the use of live streaming by Club Sportscast to provide live commentary of matches and interviews with players, coaches and officials over the two days. These activities have also been recorded for subsequent uploading to both TTI and Munster social media.
Finally, but not least, thanks go to Tournament Referee, Adrian Brown, and Assistant to the Referee, Niall O’Flaherty, along with umpires Brenda Burns and Arnold Morgan who provided effective management of the many matches played over the weekend. Thanks to Munster Branch for hosting and also members of the local South Coast club – Alan Hurley and Louise Loughnane to name just two – who provided a team of volunteers over the weekend. And who could forget Munster’s own Jimmy Magee/Harry Carpenter on the mic – Conn Higgins!