The Mount Pleasant Open took place the weekend of 24-26th of January in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. With most of Ireland’s top home based players playing it was a superb weekend of squash. In the Men’s A final Derek Ryan, the No. 1 seed played Michael Craig, the No. 3 seed in a cracking final. At he end of the 4th game which Craig won to level the match 2 all, Derek conceded the match as an injury he sustained in the 3rd game proved to be too painful to play through. it was a real shame because the match was shaping up to be a cracker in the 5th and it would have been very interesting to see if the experience & skill of Derek could have beaten the youth and skill of this talented young player. As Michael said in his victory speech playing Derek is a real benefit to Michael’s progress as he learns from the master.
In the women’s final Ciara Moloney just had too much for Fiona Power the 19 yr old from Galway LTC. Fiona looked a little nervous but Ciara really took command from the start and was driving the ball extremely well into both corners. In the Women’s B round robin Claire Bergin of Mount Pleasant came out as winner with Catriona Fitzgearld in second place.
In the men’s A/B play off, Rory Byrne, Kevin Moore, Stuart hadden and Rory Gilligan filled the first 4 places. In the Mens C Final Stephen Fasenfeld beat 19 yrs Harry Lloyd 3-1 where Stephen just had too much experience for Harry. in the D final the organiser of the Open Henry Gillanders played out a superb match with Jim Coyne of Leinster CC. He won 3-2 but it was so so close with 3 games going to 11-9 including the last. Either player would have been a worthy winner.
Well done to all in Mount Pleasant for a superb tournament and especially to Mary and Henry for their tireless work all weekend.
Watch the Men’s A Final below
Look out for the recorded matches on Irish Squash TV – Sportslive later this week. Just search Irish Squash and you will see Sportslive and all the library of matches from tour events this season including the Mount Pleasant Open 2014 will be there to view on demand.
Follow all the results here
|Men’s A, Men’s B, Men’s C, Men’s D, A/B Play Off, Women’s B, Women’s A|