Big Clean Up
Volunteers are needed to begin a big clean up of the courts on monday 20th at 10am and again at 6pm. Bring a spade or hoe, otherwise one will be provided. Many hands make light work!!!
Our first summer camp started Monday 13th July and was very successful with a large number of girls and boys learning the basic skills of tennis. Coaches Clem Higginbotham, Lisa Brennan and Derek Stenson were very busy teaching forehand and backhand and all the other tennis shots. There were also plenty for practice sessions in fairly favourable weather conditions
Our second summer camp will be starting Monday 27th July. The camp starts at 10am and continues until 1pm for five days. To book a place or more information contact Clem Higginbotham 0864022490.
The midland leagues start this week with Athlone teams having home fixtures in division 3, 4 and 5. These competitions will run over the next two months with the finals due to be played by the end of September.
Athlone will play Loughrea 1 in division 4 this Tuesday, the team consisting of Ann O’ Sullivan, Joan Conway, Ailbie Conway and P J O’ Reilly.
In division 3 Athlone 1 also has a home fixture against Birr Wilmer 1 on Wednesday. The team to play is Orla Kinahan, Michele Culligan, Richard Frank and Des Windsor Mc Glynn. Athlone 2 has a bye this week but will be in action the following week. The team is Anne Dooley, Paula Dowling, Tomasz Koza and Luciano Molinari.
This year we have a team in division 5, a division that we won in 2004 and 2009. The team to compete against Birr Wilmer is Julie and Rose Costello, Olivia Sumner and Mary Jo O’ Farrell.
Congratulations to Athlone players Sean Raftery and Des Windsor Mc Glynn who both competed in the men’s B final at the Longford Open. Sean was victorious in a close exciting final winning 2-1. Both then teamed up to beat Longford pairing of Chris Clarke and David Manser in the men’s doubles B final. In the junior open Harry O’ Rourke was defeated in the boy’s under 18 final.
It was a great week for the three players.
Last Monday Niall Gallagher and Thomas Furey played some very fine tennis, Niall put away a lot of volleys with aplomb while Thomas had his share of aces.
The Wimbledon effect resulted with the largest number of ladies competing on Tuesday. Anna Walsh and Mary O’ Neill, two of the longest serving players in the club, played long and faultless rallies during two hours of lively tennis.
In the mixed doubles on Thursday Rose Costello and Michael Doheny had many winners and were an excellent combination.
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.
Derek Stenson is available to give individual lessons contact number 0851080013.