Busy Busy Week
Many members enjoyed an excellent week’s tennis thanks to the relaxing of COVID restrictions and the lovely April sunshine. Singles play is only allowed for the present. Doubles play is allowed for members only if the partners are from the same family. The clubhouse should only be opened for two reasons, to turn on the floodlights and to use the toilet facilities, members should bring their own supply of drinking water.
Among the first to return to action last Monday were Peter Agbanobi, Dave Costello, Pat Conway, Ollie Mc Grath and Martin and Harry O’Rourke, Des Windsor McGlynn and David Manser. Jenya Yurchenko, Sine Macfarlane, Rose Costello, Mary O’ Neill, Anne Dooley and Deborah Mc Keown were also first day players. It was a family occasion for the Mc Carthy family as they enjoyed leisurely doubles play.
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New potential members can now join our friendly club and enjoy membership until June 1st 2022 for our annual rate, thirteen months for the price of twelve. Please visit our website for details athlonetennisclub.com.
How Athlone Tennis Club Benefits Its Members
4 Floodlight All Weather Courts: We have 4 all-weather courts providing ample opportunities for our members to play from early morning until 10 pm.
Web Site: athlonetennisclub.com provides a weekly news report on club activities, up- coming leagues and competitions etc.
On Line Booking: Members can book a court from the comfort of home which can also be easily cancelled if a member cannot fulfil due to some reason.
WhatsApp: Our club have a members WhatsApp Group for general information, also a ladies’ group and a men’s group, the latter two groups are ideal for arranging matches.
Club Nights: Your club have organised club night competitions, from 7.30 until 9.30, men compete every Monday, ladies play every Wednesday, mixed doubles are every Thursday, Sunday mornings are also mixed doubles events, from 11 until 1pm. All members are welcome to participate in these events as applicable.
Annual Mixed Doubles Competition: Every May members participate in this week long competition. The Tournaments Committee grade the entries so that the pairings are reasonably competitive.
Annual Ladies’ & Men’s Doubles Competition: This is a June event and once again the Tournaments Committee arrange the teams to ensure a competitive competition.
Organised Leagues: The Tournaments Committee organise spring, summer and autumn leagues for all who wish to participate. These leagues are based on a member’s position on the pyramids. The leagues are usually organised in groups of 6, each player playing the other 5 in the group. These leagues cater for all members according to ability with promotion and demotion for the top 2 and bottom 2 in each respectively.
Junior/Ladies’/Men’s Ladders: The ladders are for members who wish to play at a more competitive level. Members may challenge players up to three places ahead of them. There are other conditions which are well published on the website and club noticeboard.
Coaching Sessions: Lisa Brennan and Clem Higginbotham organise coaching sessions for children, teenagers and adults. We also organise and run two summer camps during July.
Senior Open Competitions: Clubs across the Midlands and further afield associate our open competitions with Wimbledon final week. We organise competitions for Class A, B and C players plus the doubles events culminating in very exciting finals Sunday afternoon. The finals, plus the men’s televised Wimbledon final in the clubhouse, ensures that there is a terrific atmosphere around the club all afternoon.
Junior Club Championships: These championships are held every August. There are cup events for girls and boys for under10, 12, 14 16 and 18, plus some doubles competitions also.
Senior Club Championships: The senior club championships are run off over three weeks in September. The events are ladies’ and men’s singles, ladies’, men’s and mixed doubles competitions plus The Ida Smith and Dave Costello Cups, the former cup is for new/ beginner members. All first times beaten players may enter the plate events, they have at least two matches.
Midland League Competitions: These competitions arerun off during the summer months. There are up to six divisions and teams are generally 2 ladies and 2 men, ample opportunities for all class of players to compete. Many clubs from the midlands compete in the competitions.
Inter Club Competitions: Members are informed on all inter club competitions and are encouraged to support these events. The most popular are Longford, Mullingar, Tullamore, Moate, Birr and Loughrea Opens, members also travel much further to Open competitions.
Denis Johnston Memorial Cup: This competition is organised by Mullingar TC in honour of Michael Johnston. Teams from Athlone, Longford and Cavan are usually the invited teams. Current holders, Athlone, have won the trophy thrice, Mullingar twice and Longford once.
Annual Athlone V Loughrea Friendly Event: This competition has been organised for the past 9 years, 4 wins for Athlone and 3 for Loughrea. This event is held every April but COVID 19 disrupted this friendly meet for the past two years.