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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.

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 hosts Inter-Primary Schools’ Tournament

Posted on: June 30th, 2015 by admin

On Wednesday 17th June Newcastle Tennis Club hosted the annual Inter-Primary Schools’ Tennis Tournament, where Newcastle witnessed some budding future tennis stars in action!

Teams consisting of 4 children from local primary schools, St. Mary’s, (Newcastle); St. Joseph’s, (Carnacavill); St. Macartan’s, (Loughinisland); All Children’s Integrated, (Newcastle) and Sacred Heart, (Dundrum) were all challenging for the trophy, and each took part in some very competitive doubles matches.

The matches highlighted the children’s athleticism, competitive spirit, tenacity and great nature in their wins and in some cases their losses. The children played with zeal and enthusiasm and were a credit to their schools and families.

All Children’s and St. Joseph’s Primary took part in an incredibly exciting and closely contested final with St. Joseph’s B team coming out on top. Congratulations to St. Joseph’s who made a fantastic comeback to win the trophy – for a second year in a row.

On the back of the results some of the schools have pledged to redouble their efforts in time for next year’s tournament! We look forward to that.

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.

Busy summer at Newcastle – news update

Posted on: August 13th, 2014 by admin

photo 2Following the success of last month’s Open Day, the Club has had a busy summer, with the Bryansford Road courts seeing serve and volley action at all hours.

Over forty tennis players of all ages gathered at Newcastle Tennis Club on Wednesday (6th August) evening for a fun family tennis event.

The event brought together old and new members in mixed doubles action for adults and tennis-based games for children.

In the course of the evening the Club was visited by representatives of local supermarket Lidl, who distributed “goodie bags” of promotional vouchers and free products to all the players present.


The fun night complemented the regular Monday and Thursday evening Club Play sessions, as well as the more competitive tennis being played as part of the summer internal leagues.

With just a few matches played, leading the senior singles league are Jacqueline McClory, Gabrielle Burns and Eugene McGuigan, although this may well change as the summer season progresses.

Meanwhile in the junior singles and doubles leagues, the most frequent players include Michael Flanigan, Jack Cunningham, Molly Crawford, Gabriel Corrigan, Joseph Roseingrave, Aaron McAnulty and Sinéad Flanigan.

The leagues are open to all club members, who can set up matches via website


A mini-tournament for beginner to intermediate senior members will be held on Sunday 17th August, 10am – 2pm.

Format will be mixed doubles round robin, concluding with buffet lunch in the clubhouse. Members are asked to bring a dish. Please contact Rachel Corrigan (07591 762061) to book your places and to co-ordinate food.

Junior Tournament

There will be a Club Junior Tournament staged from August 26th to September 5th, with various age groups and singles and doubles formats.

Information and registration forms should be returned by August 15th, with draw to take place at the Club house on Thursday 21 August at 7pm.

Newcastle triumph at Ulster Junior Open

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by admin
Newcastle Tennis Club Players at the Clubworld Travel Ulster Junior Open: (l-r) Ciaran Flanigan, Gabriel Corrigan, Michael Flanigan, Sinéad Flanigan

Newcastle Tennis Club Players at the Clubworld Travel Ulster Junior Open: (l-r) Ciaran Flanigan, Gabriel Corrigan, Michael Flanigan, Sinéad Flanigan

Newcastle Tennis Club members were among the big winners at this year’s Clubworld Travel Ulster Junior Open, Northern Ireland’s premier tournament for young tennis players.

After a week of tennis at the Belfast Boat Club, it was game, set and match to Gabriel Corrigan in the Under-14 Boys’ novice tournament, while Megan McGreevy – who started her playing career at Newcastle – and her partner Katie Morris, emerged triumphant in the Under-21 Girls’ doubles championship.

After a 6-2, 6-1 quarter-final win against Hilden Tennis Club’s Conor Quinn, Corrigan met Adam Kennedy of the David Lloyd club in Belfast and dispatched him by an identical straight sets scoreline.

The final saw the Newcastle 13-year-old, who attends Shimna College, drawn against Hilden’s Carter Gregg, who had been a convincing winner in his earlier draws. The showdown was held at the Boat Club in Saturday’s driving rain and resulted in a tighter match for both boys. After securing the first set with a 6-4 win, Corrigan went down 3-5 in the second set, before reversing the momentum and winning four games in a row to secure a 7-5 victory and the Ulster novices’ championship.

McGreevy, who now represents Hawarden Tennis Club, won the Under-21 girls’ doubles 6-2, 7-6 against Larne’s Vivienne Bond and Rebecca Campbell.

Meanwhile, Ciaran Flanigan was runner-up in the Under-12 Boys’ novice plate after narrowly losing 6-4, 6-4 to David Armstrong of Belfast Boat Club.

In other categories within the Ulster Junior Open, Michael Flanigan and Sinead Flanigan enjoyed some close games in both singles and doubles tournaments in the Under-14 and Under-12 sections and all the Newcastle players came away with valuable championship experience, which will serve them well in future tournaments.

Mini-tournament: Sunday 17th August

Posted on: August 3rd, 2014 by admin

A mini-tournament for beginner/intermediate senior members will be held on the morning of Sunday 17th August, 10am – 2pm.

Format will be mixed doubles round robin, concluding with buffet lunch in the clubhouse. Members are asked to bring a dish. Please contact Rachel Corrigan (07591 762061 / heights5 AT hotmail DOT to book your places and to co-ordinate food. It is a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay!

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