It was the best possible start for Westport in the Connaught League B section last Thursday night. Making full use of home advantage against Loughrea, Westport took all the points on offer. With a team that on paper looks quite a bit stronger than last year all four matches were secured without concession of a set. Lining out at 1, Gerry Galvin would have been hotly fancied against Robert Reilly and so it proved. As a veteran of a few seasons in Section A Gerry has much to offer in this group. Ronan Cullinane was pushed at 2 by Leo Larkin but again a combination of court knowledge and stamina gave him an edge he held right through. At 3 a junior Galvin, Conor, never wilted in the face of the considerable physical presence of former Galway hurler Gordon Glynn and recovered admirably from a 10-7 deficit in the second game to take the match. 4 is always a good spot for a veteran and Ronnie Ring was more than equal to the challenge from Loughrea’s Thomas Cooley finishing on the right side of a 3-0 win with a bit to spare. There is little doubt that the shoe will be on the other foot when Westport visit East Galway in the return leg after Christmas but the cheque from Thursday night has cleared so to speak and it’s advantage Westport.
The club would like to thank Ronan and Siobhan from Mocha Beans for the delicious refreshments and Colin for setting up score sheets, heat and the Burco!!
Next up is a trip to Sligo Tennis Club but this team can make the journey with confidence.