This week saw the penultimate matches for U14 and U18 Boys. The U 14 Boys (Ciaran Flanigan, Luke Crawford, Daniel Shiel and Oscar Burns) had a fantastic win last week against Belfast’s Hawarden, taking 5 out of 6 available matches, but this week was not quite as successful. This week’s team (Daniel Shiel, Oscar Burns, Giacomo Ballocchi and Harry Nelson) drove all the way to Coleraine on Sunday morning, only to come home empty handed. The host team was much stronger, but everyone was very friendly and the boys enjoyed the trip. Coleraine proved very kind and attentive hosts, which is always appreciated but especially so when such distances are involved.
The U18 Boys, Gabriel Corrigan, Michael Flanigan, Ciaran Flanigan, Joseph Roseingrave and Luke Crawford played at home for the last two weeks, beating Donaghadee and Ballynafeigh respectively. Luke stepped up from the U14 team in Joseph’s place this week, and did himself proud, winning both his matches. This team moved up to Division 2 after a spectacular season last year, when they won their Division, and then went on to take the Challenge Trophy too. They have played 4 of their 5 fixtures and have won all of them so far. Fingers crossed for next week.
The U18 Girls had a rest last week, but Saturday saw them travelling to Donaghadee for their third fixture. Captained by Anna Torrens, she and teammates Aine Rice, Amelia Burns and Anna Shiel fought valiantly, but after a few tough battles, the host team took the fixture 4-2; but in the fantastic weather, and against a friendly opponent, a good day was had by all.
Seniors this season have been travelling all over the place. Mixed League A team who play in Division 5 have started the season with 2 wins. They travelled to Bangor and then to CIYMS and came home victorious from both matches, having won them both 5 matches to 3. Some very close matches produced excellent tennis, with matches being won and lost on tie-breaks. The night in CIYMS was especially interesting as three of Newcastle’s pairs were parent and child teams. Mixed League B team has not fared so well, having been unable to field a complete team the first week, and then being beaten 5-3 in Whitehead the second week. The fixture in Whitehead was a great night of tennis, however, with some very close matches, and a really lovely friendly supper afterwards.
The Ladies’ Evergreen A team is having a mixed bag, winning and losing, with several fixtures still to go. The Men’s Evergreen team, however, is currently at the top of their Division, having won all of their matches so far, which is fantastic.
The Ladies’ Evergreen B team has not yet won a fixture but is still trying hard and enjoying the experience. With a wing and a prayer they set off for Ballycastle in the pouring rain on Friday night, and ended up chasing the sunshine all the way to the north coast, and spent an idyllic, wind-free evening in the sunshine playing tennis. No better way to start the weekend!
U14 Boys L-R Harry Nelson, Giacomo Ballocchi, Daniel Shiel, Oscar Burns
U18 Boys L-R Gabriel Corrigan, Ciaran Flanigan, Luke Crawford, Michael Flanigan
U18 Girls L-R Anna Torrens, Aine Rice, Amelia Burns, Anna Shiel
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