The Under 14 Boys’ A team this week had a truly great achievement. Having won their division in the Belfast & District Leagues, the boys qualified for the Juvenile Challenge Trophy. They played and won the quarter final, with relative ease. The semi-final, played at home, was a battle royal. Donaghadee A team were the visitors, and they came, they saw, but they did not conquer! The Newcastle boys worked and worked and worked, and though the matches were long and competitive and fiercely fought, the local lads pulled through in the end, winning 5-1. The visiting team was really friendly, several of the players on both teams renewed acquaintances from previous matches, and very hungry, they all had a great supper together before the Donaghadee boys took to the road, leaving the Newcastle boys happy, and very excited to have made it the final, something that has eluded the junior teams for quite a number of years.
That was Wednesday 24th. The boys practised like mad in advance of their final fixture, which took place on Saturday 27th June, away at ATT Club, near Ballymena. Gabriel Corrigan, Jack Cunningham, Ben McGuigan and Ciaran Flanigan went off on Saturday morning, with nothing to lose and everything to gain. They were up against an extremely strong side, winners of the 2nd division, two full divisions above their level. Gabriel and Jack were outclassed in their doubles match, and again in their singles. Ben and Ciaran had a very tight doubles match, losing narrowly 6-5, despite coming back from 2-4 down., Ben lost his singles, but Ciaran, the youngest competitor on the court, won his singles match, which is just a tremendous result and the Club is very proud of him, and indeed of all the Juniors who have worked so hard for their teams this season. Well done to them all.
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