Nel­son’s re­turn bags win at annual ‘Ir­ish Times’/SCSI tennis show­down

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market -

The hotly-con­tested annual show­down among es­tate agents and prop­erty in­dus­try play­ers took place in Don­ny­brook Lawn Tennis Club last week. Now in its 28th sea­son, the annual So­ci­ety of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors Ire­land (SCSI)/ Ir­ish Times tennis tour­na­ment is one of the most keenly an­tic­i­pated sport­ing oc­ca­sions on the prop­erty calendar.

In the warm early au­tumn sunshine this year’s event proved sweeter than most as The Ir­ish Times didn’t al­low its co-spon­sor­ship of the event to dull its com­pet­i­tive edge, and it emerged tri­umphant in the fi­nal over staunch op­po­si­tion from Hooke & MacDon­ald.

Clearly a re­turn to form from in­jury by The Ir­ish Times’s se­cret on-court weapon Lin­coln Nel­son helped de­liver the IT to the win­ner’s en­clo­sure for the first time in sev­eral years. Lin­coln’s tor­pedo serve is by now the stuff of leg­end and sur­faces an­nu­ally as a bit­ter talk­ing point among the many afi­ciona­dos of the event.

In its sec­ond year run­ning at the Don­ny­brook venue un­der the ex­pert eye of the club’s pro­fes­sional tennis coach, Jimmy McDon­agh, the group stage saw off some strong teams – in­clud­ing last year’s win­ner CBRE – ear­lier than planned.

The semi fi­nal­ists out of the group stages in­cluded MFO The Prop­erty Pro­fes­sion­als and Peo­ple Source. In the first semi-fi­nal, Hooke & MacDon- ald, cap­tained by David Cantwell, de­feated MFO The Prop­erty Pro­fes­sion­als led by Mar­cus O’Connor, while Avril Clare and the Peo­ple Source team were de­feated by The Ir­ish Times.

Hooke & MacDon­ald’s team com­prised cap­tain David Cantwell, Conor Steen, Maeve Cantwell and Vonny Kelly. The Ir­ish Times team com­prised Lin­coln Nel­son, Martin Mur­phy, Kate Caf­ferky and Fiona Flood.

The in­dus­try was well rep­re­sented in the large num­ber of en­tries this year, which in­cluded teams from Lis­ney, Sav­ills, Hunters, the Law So­ci­ety, Sherry FitzGer­ald, Cush­man & Wakefield, CBRE, Wyse, Knight Frank and In­de­pen­dent Val­u­a­tions.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: NICK BRADSHAW

Ladies’ and men’s fi­nal­ists team Hooke & McDon­ald’s Conor Steen; David Cantwell; Vonny Kelly and Maeve Cantwell, team mem­bers Fiona Flood; Kate Caf­ferky; Lin­coln Nel­son and Martin Mur­phy.

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