Newcastle Tennis Club junior match reports, June 2015

U18 Michael Flanigan about to serve for the match

U18 Michael Flanigan about to serve for the match

Under 14 Girls

Molly Crawford, Katie Lowry, Sinead Flanigan, Ellen Gorman, Aine Rice and Amelia Burns, have represented the Club in an exemplary manner at all times this season. They have played extremely well in every fixture, and were very narrowly pipped at the post, coming an excellent second in Division 2 by a tiny margin.  For the first time in a very long time, the Club has an Under 14 Girls’ team which has now qualified for a chance to lift the Juvenile Challenge Trophy. The Challenge Matches are conducted during the last week of June, so good luck, girls!

Under 14 Boys

Under 14 Boys’ A Team qualified for the Challenge Trophy by winning Division 4 and played the first match on the 14th June, winning it in style. Gabriel Corrigan, Jack Cunningham, Ben McGuigan, Ciaran Flanigan, Cormac Burns and Joseph Roseingrave have all been excellent ambassadors for the Club. The team now proceeds to the next level during the last week of June, hosting as yet unknown opponents. If the boys win this match, they will enter the final, which is tremendous progress indeed.

Under 18 Boys

The Under 18 Boys also qualified for the Challenge Trophy by winning Division 5. This qualified them for the Challenge Matches.  They went to Larne on Saturday 20th June to play against the runners-up of Division 3. Gabriel Corrigan, Matthew Dougherty, Michael Flanigan and Aaron McAnulty were keen to get stuck in. Their opponents were much older, taller and stronger, and although in some parts it was all one way traffic, still the Newcastle boys worked hard and were pleased with their efforts against a much better side. Gabriel and Matthew had some flashes of brilliance, though ultimately dominated by the superior Larne boys. In particular, Michael Flanigan was in fine form and played a blinder in two fantastic matches, besting his opponent 8-3 in singles, and also coming through the doubles unscathed with his partner Aaron McAnulty. An overall loss of 4-2 means they are out of the Challenge matches, but should be proud of themselves for getting this far.

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