The tennis season begins this Wednesday 1st May. Existing members may renew their membership and anyone interested in joining a very active club can register this Wednesday 1st May, Thursday 2nd or Monday 6th from 7.30 to 9.30 or at club nights the following week. Sunday 12th May is club registration day starting at 11am for adults followed with a mixed doubles competition. Children ages 10 to 16 can register from 2pm followed with friendly competitions until 3.30. Then the younger children can register and afterwards enjoy friendly competition until 5pm. All members are reminded that all fobs of existing members who have not renewed their membership by Wednesday 15th May will have their fobs deactivated.
Athlone V Loughrea Annual Challenge
Our annual competition against members from Loughrea was as usual a well contested event with fourteen members from each club participating. This year the event was held in Athlone and the home team just about enjoyed victory, 58 points to 54. Paula Dowling and Michele Culligan lost by a single point while Anna Walsh and Joan Conway won 6-2. Rose Costello and Mary Jo O’ Farrell also lost by the minimum but Oonagh Collins and Carmel Hayes drew 4-4. Des Windsor Mc Glynn and Richard Frank were narrowly defeated while John Cooney and Marek Rose had a convincing 7-1 win. Dave Costello and Sai Palada drew their match.
After the ladies’ and men’s doubles matches Athlone lead by four points. The results of the mixed doubles matches were very evenly matched and keenly watched, the overall final result gave Athlone a four point win, both clubs have now won the trophy four times.
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Men’s Doubles Spring League
John Cooney, Marek Rose and Pat Conway, were on the winning team last week in our penultimate doubles spring league. Tony Mc Farland, and John Bray also shared top spot with the aforementioned. Rob Kearney and Nigel Coyle earned three points each as runners up while Jamie Waldron and Sai Palada were third placed. Dave Costello and Shadi Kalash were also point winners. This week will determine the spring league winner and placed players.
Ladies’ Doubles Spring League
The ladies doubles spring league concludes this Wednesday, Michele Culligan has most points to her credit. Last Wednesday was a precursor to Storm Hannah, a wash out. The final round of matches in the ladies’ spring league is this Wednesday. Draw for partners is at 7.30 and play continues until 9.30 every Wednesday.
Mixed Doubles Competitions
Generally more men than women attend our weekly mixed doubles event. Last week however the ladies were in the majority, Jacinta Digby and Oonagh Collins held their own against the other mixed combinations. Duos Stephane Kenny/Marek Rose and Rose Costello /P J O’ Reilly were the better performers on the night. New potential members are always welcome to take part any Thursday, play commences at 7.30.
Summer Senior Singles Leagues
Please sign up on the official form in the clubhouse by Wednesday if you wish to compete in these singles leagues.
Our summer camps will be July 15th to July 19th from 10am to 1pm and our second will be from July 29th to 3rd August, contact Clem for details, 0864022490.
Clem is commencing coaching sessions from May 11th starting at 10am for children 4 to 8 years old. At 11 he coaches children ages 9 to 12 and from 12 he coaches older children. Please contact Clem at 0864022490 for further details.
Lisa organises friendly competitions for members every Sunday starting at 2pm for children ages 10 to 15 and from 3.30 to 5pm for younger children. Contact Lisa at 0862215843 for more details.