Andy Murray may have some unexpected challengers to his title after local sports stars and political rivals proved their mettle recently at the Galway Lawn Tennis Open Day Tennis Challenge, in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Organised by Francis Power and Mike Geraghty, the fiercely contested showdown opened with the former partnering Galway United legend Kevin Cassidy and the latter teaming up with Mervue United manager and Galway’s FAI Cup-winning goal scorer Johnny Glynn.
Cassidy and Power got off to a flying start, winning the first set 6-1, however Geraghty and Glynn tied it with a second set tie-breaker.
Power had the edge in the early matches with a couple of wins and draws involving club members until his rival came into his own once the politicians came into play, with Geraghty and Deputy Noel Grealish drawing with Power and former Senator Niall Ó Brolcháin.
Geraghty and Deputy Grealish then defeated Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív and Galway County Councillor Tom Welby. However Deputy Ó Cuív got some revenge when he teamed up with Geraghty to defeat Galway City Councillor and Deputy Mayor Peter Keane and Cllr Welby, whilst former Mayor of Galway City Terry O’Flaherty gave Cllr Welby and Cllr Keane some hope for next year as they edged out her and Geraghty in a tense struggle on Court 7.
According to organiser Mike Geraghty, the Keane backhand was the decisive factor allied to Welby’s confidence at the net as the match developed.
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