The property industry is improving its game, according to spectators watching the Irish Times / Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland’s 27th annual Tennis Tournament last Thursday. CBRE took victory in the 18 team strong competition.
The competition placed teams composed of men’s and women’s doubles against one another at the Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club. After a new group phase schedule that was prepared by professional tennis coach, Jimmy McDonagh, for the tournament four teams emerged winning their groups.
In the first of the semi-finals, Knight Frank defeated a group of individual surveyors including Arlene Maguire, Paul Shine and Olivia Lowe to secure a place in the final.
The second semi-final finished initial in a draw between CBRE and Hooke & MacDonald. The mixed doubles tie-breaking match finished with a nail-biting 12-10 victory for CBRE.
After 5 hours of tennis, the finalists for CBRE and Knight Frank faced off on centre court in front of a packed club house. The event organisers, which included Marcus O’Connor, MD of MFO The Property Professionals, Ken MacDonald, MD of Hooke & MacDonald, and Peter Dargan, The Irish Times, were delighted with the atmosphere and quality of play.
Mr O’Connor said “Constancy was the order of the day with both the females and male pairings of the CBRE team delivering a good standard of tennis that gave them the edge to win the tournament.”
The victory by CBRE over Knight Frank brought particular to the CBRE team captain Christine McGowan, who said, “CBRE were runners up in 2013 and this is the first year we will have CBRE engraved on the trophy! It made it even more special as it was played in my home club, Donnybrook LTC.”
Ms McGowan, concluded “The Irish Times / SCSI Tennis Tournament is really one of the best social and networking events in the calendar for surveyors. It was great to have so many different firms taking part in the event and the tennis was to a high standard which got a little competitive in some games but it was all part of the fun!!”