Our new tennis season begins from May 1st and membership forms with remittance should be returned to Mary Jo O’ Farrell before May 14th as after that date fobs will be deactivated for non-payment.
Congratulations to Paula Dowling who won the ladies cup in the Sligo open and she then partnered Tomasz Koza to win the mixed doubles event. See photos in Gallery.
Michael Creighton Memorial Competition
This men’s annual competition was held in Mullingar last Sunday in glorious sunshine. Athlone had two teams competing in the eight singles and four doubles events. Team 1 members were Pawel Michalski, Tomasz Koza, Rob Kearney and Jimmy Raleigh. Team 2 members were Des Windsor Mc Glynn, Derek Stenson, Richard Frank and Dave Costello. Play commenced at 10.30 and continued until 7pm when Mullingar emerged victorious. There was lots of exciting tennis and everyone went home tanned and exhausted.
Derek Stenson coaches every Tuesday and Friday for children from age 6 to 16 starting at 5pm. For details on the above and all related coaching and junior activities you can contact Derek at 0851080013.
He plans to have inter club tournaments with children from Moate and Tullamore Tennis Clubs in late May. There are some very good junior players coming through at present and these events will further advance their tennis development.
Clem Higginbotham will commence coaching on Saturday May 7th for children under 7 at 10am. Children ages 8 to 11 have coaching at 11 and coaching for older children will start at 12. Clem can be contacted at 0864022490.
Annual Mixed Doubles
Our annual mixed doubles will be starting Monday 23rd May with the final on Thursday 26th. The official form is now in the clubhouse and members are invited to sign up for participation by 19th May.
Lisa Brennan, Michele Culligan and Melanie Whyte were winners in the ladies leagues during the past week. Peter Agbanobi, Richard Frank and Evan Conway also victorious. All matches have to be played by May 19th.
All junior and senior cups are being collected for engraving over the next ten days. All current holders of cups should drop them down to the clubhouse any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday any time between 7.30 and 9.30.
George Bodor and P J O’ Reilly were in the groove last Monday both having an excellent night’s tennis.
Joan Conway and Aileen Cunnie were among the competitive ladies during Tuesday night’s two hour session of doubles tennis.
Orla Kinahan and John Bray were in fine form last Thursday, Orla is always a winner at the net while John likes to command the base line.
Social tennis continues on three nights of every week and potential players wishing to have a go at playing the game are most welcome to come along, play commences at 7.30. Men compete every Monday, the ladies play every Tuesday while mixed doubles competitions are held every Thursday.