Denis Johnston Memorial Cup
Athlone had an excellent away start in their defence of the Denis Johnston Memorial Cup last Wednesday with a 4-0 victory against Longford. The only match that went to a third set was the ladies doubles. In this Jacinta Digby and Sine Mac Farlane won the first set 7-5, lost the second 3-6 and then won the champion’s tiebreak 10-6. Tomasz Koza and Dave Costello won their doubles 6-2, 6-2.
In the mixed doubles Jacinta and Tomasz won 6-4, 6-1 while Sine and Dave combined to win 6-3, 6-3. The next have a home fixture against Mullingar 1.
Junior Club Championships
The under 10 boys and girls, under 14 girls, under 16 boys and girls and the under 18 girls club championships will be played on Friday 30th starting at 10am. Any member interested in competing in these can contact junior organiser Derek Stenson 0851080013 or sign up in the clubhouse.
Junior Tennis Coaching and Competitions
Derek Stenson is organizing tennis lessons for junior members every Tuesday and Friday evenings. Now is the time to register your children to participate in this sport. He is also organizing competitions every Friday at 6pm for children under 12 and at 7pm for older children. Derek can be contacted at 0851080013.
Clem Higginbotham continues coaching lessons for junior members every Saturday. The lessons begin at 10 for children under 8, at 11 for under 12 and at 12 o’ clock for older children. His contact number is 0864022490.
The last major act of the outgoing executive committee has been to collect and collate the existing bye-laws and recommendations and put them together in a comprehensive list of sixteen. These bye-laws deal with the pyramids, team selection and the smooth running of club events. Two of the more interesting ones are number 6 which states “At the conclusion of the ladies and men’s singles club championships the winners shall be entitled to the top spot of their respective pyramids,” and number 7 “All inter club competition teams will be based on the ladies and men’s pyramids.” The list will be displayed in the clubhouse and all members are requested to acquaint themselves with the bye-laws.
The leagues are going well with a number of matches completed last week. In the ladies league Paula Dowling and Julie Costello had doubles wins. Anna Walsh, Gertie O' Rourke and Mary Jo O’ Farrell tasted victory also.
The men winners were Pawel Michalski, Harry O’ Rourke, Sean Raftery, Luciano Molinari, Evan Conway, Kieran Mc Carthy and Michael Rodgers.