This week, the Senior Evergreen teams were on a break, although the Mixed League teams were busy with home matches. The A team played at home on Monday night, hosting opponents from the Boat Club in Belfast. The weather was great, the matches were tight, with some being decided on tie-breaks, always a less than satisfactory way of deciding a match. The visiting team took the fixture in the end, and were rewarded with a well-prepared supper.
The Mixed League B team were also at home this week, hosting Bangor. Although the team was full of beans before the match, and some great tennis was played, and the weather was very kind, the fates were not, and Newcastle lost convincingly. Undaunted, they are ready for the next match, again, at home, hosting players from Donaghadee. Good luck to all.
The U14 boys should have been hosting Ballycastle for their final match, but this has been postponed to next week. The U18 Girls had a very exciting fixture against visitors from Banbridge. Molly Crawford, Sinead Flanigan, Anna Torrens and Anna Shiel welcomed their visitors on a gorgeous sunny Saturday. Anna Shiel deserves a particular mention this week as she stepped in on extremely short notice for a fellow team mate who was unwell. This team is a great bunch of girls who continually support each other throughout the year in training and this rapport comes through very strongly in match season. After all six matches against Banbridge were played, it was difficult to say which way the land lay, as both teams had taken three each. This meant that the total number of games won came into play, and the home girls were delighted to see they were in the winning position at 36 games to 30. The matches were fun to watch, and played in a really friendly atmosphere, followed by a delicious lunch.
The U18 boys travelled to Warrenpoint on Sunday morning for their fifth and final fixture. The team this week was Gabriel Corrigan, Michael Flanigan, Ciaran Flanigan and Luke Crawford. Ciaran is a seasoned U18 player even though he is still an U14, and Luke did a fantastic job this year, stepping up from the U14 team for the first time to help out the U18s, and winning matches all over the place. In the warm up session at the beginning it was clear that all eight boys were evenly matched and that spectators were in for a treat. With an unfortunate change in the weather from cloudy to windy and wet, the fixture was really tight. Newcastle won 4-2 overall. It is a testament to how closely fought the matches were however, when it became apparent that even though Newcastle won the matches tally, the total games won were exactly even at 33-all. Newcastle U18 boys have won all of their matches, and therefore their division. Having entered the 2nd Division this year after winning Division 4 and the Challenge Trophy last year, these boys have performed brilliantly throughout, and now qualify for defending the Challenge Trophy title. Play offs are in June. Good luck to all involved.
U18 Girls L-R: Anna Shiel, Molly Crawford, Sinead Flanigan, Anna Torrens
U18 Boys L-R: Luke Crawford, Gabriel Corrigan, Ciaran Flanigan, Michael Flanigan
Mixed League B team L-R: Captain Michael Cairnduff, Jenny Patterson, Patricia McCormick, Mary Flanagan, Jutta McNaulty, Marc Vinas, Fintan Hayes and Peter Jackson
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