Sunday, 26th April saw the second fixture on the Under 14 girls schedule – another home match. The team for the match against CIYMS Bs was Katie Lowry, Sinead Flanigan, Aine Rice and Amelia Burns.
Luckily the rain stayed away and the girls commenced play. Spurred on by the success the previous week, the Newcastle team was in fine form and eager to do battle. The singles matches were closely fought and in the bright sunshine the girls had some superb rallies – fighting hard to win their points. All four girls were focussed on their games. Katie had not played last week but she more than made up for it by smashing her match. Sinead and Aine once again played superbly and hit some stunning winners. Our newest recruit, Amelia Burns, made an impressive debut appearance winning in style.
After a short break for fruit and juice, the girls were once again on court. The doubles set off to a flying start with both teams working well together and playing some great rallies. The two teams were unbeatable and helped secure a victory for Newcastle. The overall result was 5-1 to Newcastle.
The girls were extremely welcoming and courteous to their guests. Both teams enjoyed pizzas and other treats in the clubhouse. A big ‘thank you’ to Janet, Gabrielle, Julieann and John for their support and providing the refreshments.
Under 14 Boys
This weekend saw the continuation of the Belfast & District Leagues. Under 14 A Boys (Gabriel Corrigan, Ben McGuigan, Ciaran Flanigan and Cormac Burns) hosted the Ballycastle B team. Conditions were good, and both teams played some great tennis. Newcastle were delighted with their well-deserved win of 5-1. Ballycastle a strong team, and a pleasure to welcome to our Club.
The competition continued in the afternoon, as Under 14 B Boys (Conaill Burns, Reuben McKibbin, Philip George, Luka Hallissey) faced a team from Lurgan. The boys played brilliantly, unfortunately with Lurgan coming out on top. A really great afternoon of tennis was enjoyed, and with all the Newcastle boys gaining more valuable competition experience.
Ladies’ Evergreens took to the courts home and away on Friday night. The new C team (comprising of Danielle Gorman (team captain), Carol Crilly, Sinead Kearney and Emma Hallissey) hit the road and went to David Lloyd in Belfast, where they were sheltered from the weather but not from their opponents! They lost but played in good spirits, and enjoyed the craic anyway. Better luck next time, girls!
The B team were also travelling, hosted by Cavehill in Belfast. Gabrielle Burns, Jutta McNaulty, Janet Flanigan and Mary Flanigan got together for the first time as a team. The weather was atrocious and everyone got VERY wet. Hardy and determined however, both teams played on. Cavehill won overall, but Gabrielle and Jutta fought very hard and took their first match in a tie-break finish 6-4, 7-6. Good games, good food, and good laughs were had by all.
The Ladies’ A team played at home, hosting Downshire B. The team players were Hazel Carder, Joan Moore, Kay Speedy and Dolores Dornan. The Ladies played well but fortune shone on their opponents this time, and the Ladies conceded after Downshire took 3 of the 4 matches. Supper in the Clubhouse was served as usual, and next week sees the A and C teams travelling, the Men’s team and Ladies B playing at home.
Newcastle Men’s Evergreens team hosted visitors Cloughey in Division 4 of the Belfast and District Leagues.
The Mourne men came out on top for the second year running, winning by a margin of 3-1. This included a “double doughnut” victory of 6-0, 6-0 by Newcastle’s Eugene McGuigan and Trevor Long over their doubles opponents.
On the other court Newcastle’s Stephen Brown and John Lowry narrowly lost in tie-break to their Cloughey pairing.
With a change in opponents for the second part of the evening’s competition, McGuigan and Long secured a 6-3, 6-2 win, while Lowry and Brown scored an equally convincing 6-1, 6-2 success.
The victory followed another win in Thursday’s nights match of the Newcastle A team in the mixed league against Lurgan.
In short, a great start to the competition season for the Bryansford Road racquet-wielders.