Last Wednesday, 16 teams composed of estate agents and others involved in the property profession took to the tennis court for the 28th annual Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland / The Irish Times Tennis Tournament. In a Father Ted-esque outcome, the paper of record and co-organisers took victory in the final over Hooke & MacDonald.
This was the tournament’s second year at Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club and enjoyed “great tennis weather and well organised,” according to Marcus O’Connor, MD of MFO The Property Professionals. It was scheduled and officiated by the club’s professional tennis coach, Jimmy McDonagh, who ensured the prime real estate of centre court was used by the best teams of the tournament.
The group stage saw many great teams such as last year’s winner CBRE head to the BBQ earlier than they’d planned. The competition placed teams composed of men’s and women’s doubles against one another. The winners of the group stage each head to the semi-finals, which were Hooke & MacDonald, The Irish Times, MFO The Property Professionals and People Source.
In the first of the semi-finals, Hooke & MacDonald captained by David Cantwell defeated MFO The Property People. While Avril Clare and the People Source team were defeated by Lincoln Nelson and The Irish Times. The return of Mr Nelson following injury and missing last year’s tournament ensured they were the team to watch by opponents and spectators.
The tournament’s final started promptly at began 7 o’clock as the pace of the players ensuring a timely finish to the previous stages. The far court hosted the men’s side and the near court the women. Hooke & MacDonald’s finalist team consisted of captain David Cantwell, Conor Steen, Maeve Cantwell and Vonny Kelly. The Irish Times team consisted of Mr Nelson, Martin Murphy, Kate Cafferky and Fiona Flood.
The crowd gathered to watch centre court included the other competitors, such as the teams from Lisney, Savills, Hunters Estate Agents, the Law Society, Sherry FitzGerald, Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE, Wyse, Knight Frank and a ‘Valuations’ team. Also looking on were event organisers Ken MacDonald, MD of Hooke & MacDonald, and Peter Dargan, The Irish Times, who were delighted with the atmosphere and quality of play.
The final serve delivered The Irish Times victory and congratulations from all assembled on the gorgeous evening.