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Ulster Junior Spring Regional Matchplays 2017

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by admin

L-R: Aine Rice, Molly Crawford, Luke Crawford, Gabriel Corrigan, Joseph Roseingrave.

On the 19th February, the Ulster Spring Regional Matchplays 2017 were held in Donaghadee. Sinead Flanigan and Anna Torrens competed in the Under 14 Girls Singles and Ciaran Flanigan competed in the Under 14 Boys Singles. Following a morning of matches, Sinead and Anna came fourth and fifth overall. Ciaran Flanigan topped his group, and went on to win overall, thereby qualifying for the Provincial Finals.

Emma Roseingrave travelled to Irvinestown, to compete  in the Under 18 Girls Provincial Finals. She played a Round Robin competition with the 4 finalists, playing the best Under 18 Girls in Ulster. Unfortunately, she didnt qualify for the National Final, but had a great afternoon of tennis!

On the last Sunday of February, Newcastle Tennis Club juniors Molly Crawford and Aine Rice headed to Royal Belfast, Craigavad to participate in U16 girl South East Regional. Play commenced but weather conditions took a turn for the worse. Heavy downpours meant the girls could only complete one match each. Play was then postponed until Sunday 5th March.

Meanwhile Luke Crawford, Gabriel Corrigan and Joseph Roseingrave had travelled to Bangor Tennis Club to play in the U12 and U16 boys South East Regional. However they did not even get to hit a shot as the courts were deemed unsuitable for play due to the torrential rain. This was postponed to Sunday 5th March.
The following week the merry band of Molly, Aine and Luke headed to their destinations. Molly and Aine were able to finish their matches. Both girls played extremely well and the matches were hard fought. The result was that Molly, having won all her matches, was through to the Provincials.
Luke, Gabriel and Joseph were competing at Bangor – all played well in their multiple matches against some tough competition. The experience was enjoyable but unfortunately the tournament experience of the other players won the day, with each of the Newcastle boys edged out from reaching the provincial finals.
Provincial finals for Molly Crawford were held on Saturday 11th March and Sunday 12th March at the Boat Club Belfast. Molly played extremely well, saving her best match to Sunday, where she endured a 2 hour battle, winning the first set, losing the second and finally losing on the tie break third. The two players came off exhausted and in need of a break. Unfortunately, the next match was to be played 15 mins later. This next did not go in Molly’s favour but she played extremely well.
Ciaran Flanigan also went forward to compete in the Provincial Finals in Portadown on 19 March. He fought hard, reaching the final 8, played Ulster Player Jamie Lyall in the Quarter Finals, finally losing 6-1, 6-4, in a play off, achieving 6th in the overall competition.
Well done to all the Newcastle players who participated. This was the first time some of them had played in such a competition and they represented Newcastle Tennis Club in a courteous, sporting manner. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are eager to play more.

Summer junior coaching and camps

Posted on: June 16th, 2016 by admin


Newcastle at Lisburn Junior Open

Posted on: April 7th, 2016 by admin
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Newcastle Tennis Club Juniors were out in force, in every age category, in this, the third year of the Lisburn Junior Open, hosted by Hilden Tennis Club at Lisburn Racquets Club.
The Newcastle Juniors just jumped in and had a go at this tournament. Luke Crawford narrowly missed reaching the final round in his event (U12 Novice) winning three of his four matches, playing some excellent and very close matches. This was his very first competition outside of our home tournament. His sister Molly also played very well in both singles and doubles events (U14 Novice and U14 Main Draw respectively). Her doubles partner Katie Lowry also did herself credit in Singles Under 12 Main Draw, showing real promise and making it through to the seeded section of the draw. Katie’s little sister Niamh came third in the Under 8s Round Robin, in her debut public competition. Aaron McAnulty entered the U18 Novice and the U16 Main Draw. He won the first of his three matches, playing some extremely good tennis.
The Flanigan siblings, Michael, Sinéad, Ciarán and Patrick all entered, all played well and all enjoyed themselves, gaining good experience. Michael won the U18 Novice title in a Newcastle derby against fellow Club member Aaron. Sinéad in particular had a really impressive match, coming back to a tie-break from 2-5 down in the first set, only to lose that set. This did not deter her, and she proceeded to take the second set and then win the Champions tie-break third set. Áine Rice also played her part for the Newcastle team, entering both singles and doubles events and showing consistency in her shots and a really good attitude. Sister and brother Emma and Joseph Roseingrave joined in the fray and played their first tournament as part of the squad. They showed true determination against some very strong opponents, never losing their good humour despite the outcome. Gabriel Corrigan won two of his five matches, facing some very tough competition and having fun throughout.
The great performances from the Newcastle players were, in no small measure, due to the dedicated hard work of Coach Sam Clegg, who works for both Clubs. Under Sam’s guidance over the last year there has been a very noticeable improvement in every age and ability range for the Juniors in the Newcastle Club. Juniors and Coach have braved the winter months and kept training going throughout. Newcastle TC is very thankful to Shimna Integrated College for hosting the youngest classes on Tuesdays and Saturdays in their new Sports Hall, allowing training to continue which would otherwise have had to be suspended due to the inclement conditions.
Coach Sam Clegg was a very gracious host at the Open to all our Newcastle participants, making sure everyone was comfortable and enjoying themselves. While not playing tennis, our Juniors were able to relax, playing Badminton, Squash and Table Tennis between competition matches. There was reasonable weather throughout the week, and it was an excellent experience for everyone concerned. Roll on next year!

Newcastle Tennis Club junior tournament 2015 report‏

Posted on: September 13th, 2015 by admin

Newcastle Tennis Club Junior Tournament culminated in Finals Day on Friday 4th September, followed by the Club’s annual barbecue.

In total, 63 local Juniors entered, and over 120 matches were played during ten days of play, in eleven different age and singles/doubles categories.
Congratulations to every Junior who took part in the tournament and contributed to its success, and very well done to all who achieved prizes. Please see table for results. The Tournament Cup for sporting behaviour was awarded to an extremely deserving Luka Hallissey.
Thanks go to Coach Sam Clegg for organising the tournament, ably supported by committee members Janet Flanigan and Rachel Corrigan. A special thank you goes to all the seniors who braved cold, windy and wet conditions in order to umpire the Finals: Julieann Crawford, Gabrielle Burns, Mary McConville, Liz Brown, Lauren McAtamney, Simon Easton, Wendy Laffin, Paddy Dornan and John Lowry.
As the final matches of the tournament were played out, a sumptuous feast was provided to the fans, young and old, who had turned out to watch and support the Juniors. Thanks for the culinary delights go, in particular, to Loretta Lowry, Eugene McGuigan, Michael Doherty and Terry O’Reilly, with freshly-caught mackerel supplied by John Lowry. As usual, this event was a massive team effort, with lots of members contributing gorgeous grub to share.
It was a true pleasure to see the enthusiasm and excitement that all the Juniors displayed for their Club Tournament, playing their hearts out, sometimes several times a day, and coming along to spectate and support their friends too.  The Club has an impressive pool of burgeoning talent, and with the Tournament over, eyes now look forward to the hard training in the cold winter months that bears fruit in the League matches in the Spring.

Newcastle Tennis Club Junior Tournament – online entry now open

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 by admin
DSC_0113Later this month the Newcastle Tennis Club Junior Tournament gets under way.
The competition is open to all Junior Club members, with singles and doubles categories for age ten and over and round-robin competition for age nine and under. Lots of tennis excitement and fun are guaranteed and we have kept the entry fees low to maximise the number of competition categories each junior can enter. And there’s a brilliant, free family barbecue on finals day!
Play will commence on Tuesday 25th August and will run over the following ten days, culminating in finals and the Annual Club Barbecue on the evening of Friday 4 September. It’s now TIME TO ENTER via our new Tennis Ireland tournament software.
Tournament Rules
Categories are based on ages of players at 31 December 2014.
Players must be available over the 2 week period with only 1 postponement permitted.
Under 9 Girls/Boys will be a Round Robin Event held on Saturday 29th August at 9-11am.
Players can enter a maximum of 4 events.
Players may be photographed on court for use in Club publicity.
Entry fees are £3 per player for Singles events and £4 per pair for Doubles events, plus £2 admin fee per person.
Entry is online – via Tennis Ireland tournament software – click here to enter the tournament.  It’s easy to do. Just create a free and easy-to-set-up account for each junior entering the tournament, select the ‘Newcastle Tennis Club Junior Tournament’, then choose which competition categories that junior wants to enter. 
Payment by cash or cheque, payable to ‘Newcastle Tennis Club’, care of Rachel Corrigan, 16 Tullybrannigan Road, Newcastle BT33 0DX / 07591 762061.
Contact Tournament Director, Coach Sam Clegg, for more information: / 07794 452762
Singles Events
Under 9 Boys/Girls; Under 12 Boys/Girls Novice (Green Ball); Under 12 Boys; Under 14 Boys; Under 14 Girls; Under 18 Boys; Under 18 Girls.
Doubles Events
Under 12 Mixed; Under 14 Boys; Under 14 Girls; Under 14 Mixed; Under 18 Boys; Under 18 Mixed.
Finals and Club Barbecue on Friday 4th September.
Now get those entries in! Deadline – Saturday 22 August, 6pm.

Newcastle success at Ulster Junior Tennis Open‏

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 by admin

Saturday 25th July, and six of Newcastle Tennis Club Juniors set off to the opening day of the Clubworld Travel Ulster Junior Open at the Boat Club in Belfast.

Michael, Sinead and Ciaran Flanigan, Gabriel Corrigan, Jack Cunningham and Aaron McAnulty all entered a number of events and spent the week eating, sleeping, playing, winning, losing and watching tennis, soaking up the atmosphere and generally having a great time.

Collectively they entered eleven different draws and did extremely well.

Jack Cunningham entered the U14 Singles Novice and won it in great style, and he and doubles partner Aaron McAnulty played several matches in U18 Doubles Novice competition and made it to the 2nd round.

Gabriel Corrigan achieved the Quarter finals of the U14 doubles Main draw with partner Cameron Beattie, losing to the first seeds. Gabriel and Michael Flanigan entered the U18 doubles Main draw event and though they lost in the first round, they then went on to win the plate competition. Michael was also a finalist in the plate competition for U18 Singles Novice.

Sinead Flanigan entered the U12 Girls Novices, lost in the first round but performed extremely well in the plate competition, coming out victoriously in the final.

Ciaran Flanigan had a similar experience in the U12 Boys Main draw, losing in the first round but winning the plate final and impressing anyone who saw him play with some spectacular shots and some very long, nail-bitingly exciting matches.   All of the Juniors acquitted themselves very well both on and off the court, and represented their Club with great pride.

Thanks go to the Boat Club as hosts, they did an excellent job in terms of organising the competition itself but also in organising lots of fun things to do for players (and parents and siblings of players!) while they were hanging around waiting to play, with bingo, quizzes, air hockey, table tennis, table football and football all on offer, keeping everyone happy. It was a fun week which gave the Newcastle Juniors some very valuable experiences and some great memories, and they are already talking about next year. Well done to all involved.

Newcastle players at Ulster Junior Open

Junior summer camps and coaching

Posted on: June 25th, 2015 by admin

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Newcastle Juniors spring into tennis action

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 by admin

Forty Junior players from Newcastle Tennis Club started Spring in style with two Sunday tournaments at the Bryansford Road courts.

Playing a mixture of competitive tennis and tennis-based games, the tournaments provided a suitable format for all ages and abilities.

The first session was all mixed doubles with mostly post-primary Juniors involved. Four half hour sessions played back to back gave everyone a chance to play with everyone else, so it was great fun socially. The Juniors displayed true hardiness by continuing to play even with frozen fingers and very cold bare legs. A break in the middle for hot chocolate in the Clubhouse and a chance to thaw out a bit gave everyone a welcome boost before completing their matches. They all ate together in the Clubhouse afterwards and a party atmosphere prevailed. Each player’s score was kept individually with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for most points won going to Gabriel Corrigan, Molly Crawford and Aaron McAnulty respectively.

The second session was pitched for less experienced players who are still very keen to get out on court and hit as many balls as possible! The tournament organiser said:
“Tennis-based games provide a really fun way of encouraging new players to come and play again, the kids just love them. Lots of running around and practising their shots while following the few simple rules of each game keeps them interested in this very special sport. Come along and try it!”

Prizes for this session were awarded for best shots, best catch, and winners of two specific games. Piera Corrigan and Fianna Owens (both in under 5 age group) each won best shot, Hugo Burns won best catch (it really was astounding!), despite some stiff competition Oscar Burns won Backhand Jail, and Cathal O’Baoill won Champions alongside partner Tadhg Owens who also won Forehand Jail. It was extremely cold but even the smallest managed to last the distance and made it to the Clubhouse for a small party afterwards. A very successful day, with more planned for the future. New players young and not so young are very welcome to come and try out tennis, it is a great sport for all ages and all abilities.

All winners at Newcastle junior tournament

Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by admin

Newcastle Tennis Club junior tournament came to a climax on Friday evening with a range of singles and doubles finals taking place at the Bryansford Road courts.

After a fortnight of play and some seventy-five games, the final matches were met with huge anticipation across the junior club.
With the annual barbecue timed to coincide with the concluding round, parents and senior players were able to spectate and check out the champions of tomorrow.

Among the big winners this year was Gabriel Corrigan, who collected the under-14 and under-18 boys singles titles, as well as the under-14 boys doubles alongside partner Michael Flanigan. Among the girls, Katie Lowry secured both the under-14 singles and mixed doubles, alongside partner Cormac Burns.

Joseph Gorman won the Tennis Club’s special cup for sporting behaviour and had a warm tribute paid to him by tournament organiser, Hazel Carder, for his sportsmanship, good hunour and helpful contribution in supporting the running of the competition.

Full results
Under-18 boys singles – winner: Gabriel Corrigan, runner-up: Scott Monteith.
Under-14 boys singles – winner: Gabriel Corrigan, runner-up: Michael Flanigan.
Under-12 boys singles – winner: Ciaran Flanigan, runner-up: Cormac Burns.
Under-9s – winner: Daniel Shiel, runner-up: Conor Toner.
Under-9 medal winners – Ethan Lyttle, Catriona Sloan, Aodhan Gorman, Freya McKibbin, Luke Crawford, Tadhg Owens, Ruairi Canavan, Oscar Burns, Niamh O’Baoill, Matthew Murphy, Ryan Mulligan, Yasin Brannigan and Louis McMahon.
Under-14 girls singles – winner: Katie Lowry, runner-up: Molly Crawford.
Under-14 girls doubles – winners: Emma Roseingrave and Molly Crawford, runners-up: Ellen Gorman and Sinead Flanigan.
Under-14 boys doubles – winners: Michael Flanigan and Gabriel Corrigan, runners-up: Conaill Burns and Cormac Burns.
Under-18 boys doubles – winners: Matthew Doherty and Fintan Canavan, runners-up: Scott Monteith and Joseph Roseingrave.
Under-14 mixed doubles – winners: Cormac Burns and Katie Lowry, runners-up: Ciaran Flanigan and Sinead Flanigan.
Under-12 boys plate – winner: Luke Crawford, runner-up: Conor Toner.
Under-14 boys plate – winner: Joseph Roseingrave, runner-up: Philip George.
Under-14 girls plate – winner: Amelia Burns, runner-up: Anna Torrens.
Under-18 boys plate – winner: Matthew Dougherty, runner-up: Matthew McCormick.

Huge thanks to club coach Hazel Carder for terrific organisation of the tournament and to all the club members who helped to run a very successful barbecue.

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