Senior Club Championships
Paula Dowling and Pawel Michalski were crowned ladies and men’s club champions for the first time last Saturday. Paula defeated Lisa Brennan in a three set titanic struggle for supremacy. Pawel, competing in his third final had a two set win over Des Windsor McGlynn who was competing in his first final.
Seven finals were completed last Saturday with four postponed due to a number of factors. It is hoped that these will be played during the week. The four matches to be decided are the men’s doubles cup and plate, the men’s plate and the ladies doubles plate finals.
In the ladies doubles, Donegal ladies Paula Dowling/Mary Jo O’ Farrell combined to defeat Orla Gavin/Stephane Kenny in a three set marathon. The mixed doubles was won by the Jacinta Digby/Tim Clarke combination defeating the Lisa Brennan/Cathal Kenny duo. The mixed doubles plate final was between Mary O’ Neill/Tomasz Koza and Paula Dowling/Kieran/Mc Carthy with the latter couple victorious.
Orla Kinahan overcame Mary O’ Neill in the ladies plate final. Eight ladies competed for the Ida Smith cup over the past three weeks with Aine Blehene and Roisin Mc Carthy winning through to the final with Roisin emerging the winner.
Congratulations to Paula Dowling on winning the ladies singles in the Tullamore open last Sunday. Jimmy Raleigh also had a very good day in Tullamore competing in the men’s single and men’s doubles finals with fellow Moate man Richie Forbes.
Our division 2 players Lisa Brennan, Paula Dowling, Des Windsor Mc Glynn and Tomasz Koza will have a home match this Tuesday against Birr Wilmer.
Athlone division 3 members Orla Kinahan, Michele Culligan, George Bodor and Richard Frank played their semi-final match against Templemore last Sunday and came away with victory and a final place against Birr Wilmer.
Ryder Cup Tennis Competition
The Athlone team travelled to play in this competition last Friday 30th in Mullingar. The opposition teams were from Longford and Cavan. In the round robin series of matches Athlone won 58 matches but were unlucky not to qualify for the final, losing out to a very strong Cavan team on 63 games. Players competing were Paula Dowling, Orla Kinahan, Michele Culligan, Rose Costello, George Bodor, Richard Frank, Marek Rose and Dave Costello
The autumn leagues will be starting in early October and all members interested in playing in the ladies and men’s leagues should sign up on the official form in the clubhouse by the 7th of October.
Clem Higginbotham continues coaching every Saturday 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.
Derek Stenson’s coaching sessions started Tuesday 13th and are on every Tuesday and Friday at 4 and 5pm. He caters for children from 4 to 17 and for more details contact him at 0851080013 or to get his time table and registration form email Derek at email@example.com
Men compete every Monday, the ladies play every Tuesday while mixed doubles competitions are held every Thursday. These nights are opportunities for new potential members to come along and play a few games.