The last big tennis tournament of the summer is the North West Quadrangular held on the first Saturday on September. The competition pits the best talent from Derry, Donegal, Tyrone and Fermanagh against each other in mens, ladies and mixed doubles. This year it was County Tyrone’s turn to host the even and Omagh Lawn Tennis Club duly obliged. Most of the competitors had hoped that the fantastic end of summer sun that had drenched the province over the past week would continue to shine on Saturday. How wrong we were, the usual warm welcome by the Omagh members was drowned out by the torrential downpour that engulfed the county Tyrone town and courts. At times the rain was so hard and persistent that it seemed unlikely that any play would be possible. Finally the rain eased slighty and play began in earnest shortly after midday.
Donegal the 2009 winners were certainly the bookies favourites for the title, with a strong mens team led by Francis Venzon and ladies of the calibre of Elaine Chambers and Jane Watt they certainly didnt come to Omagh for a day out . The competition as always was very keenly fought out with all 4 teams in with a realistic chance of winning. The weather eventually dried up and spectators were treated to some fantastic matches keenly fought with great shotmaking. The eventual scores were Derry 83, Tyrone 83, Donegal 81 and Fermanagh 80.5. Following a stewards inquiry Derry were awarded the title having beaten Tyrone 28 points to 24 in their match. So another title for David Craig and his team or Alistair Kirk, Martin and Peter Fryer, Angie Stewart, Denise Ross, Karen Campbell and Jill Cartwright