Rathgar Tennis Club had 7 junior members participating in the Leinster Provincial Matchplays last weekend (21-23 March 2014); the club with the largest representation. The following juniors participated: Ali McClean, Ava Phelan-Opperman, Ellie O'Kane, Jack Browne, Kate Moore, Patrick Sherwin and Sahir Mangat
The Under 14 Stars and Stripes League has got off to a great start with the Rathgar team winning their first two matches. This is the first such league for the U/14s and runs until the 5 April. The objective of this league is to provide match play for the under 14 age group and to promote friendly competition between the participating clubs. More information on the format and fixtures can be found on the Junior noticeboard.
Over 30 primary school children had a great time at Sunday's fun event on sunday 9th February. Tennis, games and snack are a great combination!
Rathgar recently hosted an inter club teen tennis event for 1st, 2nd and 3rd years. 3 mixed doubles pairings from Rathgar, Templeogue, Brookfield, Deerpark, St. Mary’s and Elm Park took to the courts on a beautiful autumn evening. Derek organised the tennis format and was ably assisted by Laura Barry on the scoring. There was a good standard of tennis and a chance to play a number of different clubs. Brookfield were the overall winners. Afterwards the teens had pizza and the adults had a cuppa. The place was buzzing! The visiting clubs were enthusiastic about the event and some already plan to host similar events. Many thanks to all who helped out on the evening.
A team of U12 boys were invited to Castleknock TC on Sunday, 24/11/13. This was a concerted effort to give the kids singles matchplay practice. The boys got 2 good matches each and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to Roz, Elizabeth and Lana at Castleknock.
The Under 12 Stars and Stripes team played the last match of the league on Saturday against Lansdowne and won by 49 points to 29. This means we finished in 3rd place overall which is a great result. A big contragulations to Brookfield who won the Cup final against Elm Park on Saturday 9th November and also to Deerpark who won the Shield against Carrickmines.
On wet and windy Saturday November 2nd, a team of ‘Under 12’ boys and girls representing Rathgar T.C., braved the elements to play in this year’s Templeogue Day Cup. In the face of strong opposition from a number of other clubs, they fought hard and enjoyed the experience. The team comprised three doubles pairs –Girls Doubles (Ashling Dillon and Cara O’Shea), Boys Doubles (James Cody and Sam Czerniak) and Mixed Doubles (Amy McCabe and Hugh McGrane) - they all played very well! Photo in the Junior Gallery.
Well done to the Under 12 girls and boys who have taken part in the newly formed Stars and Stripes League. It has been a great success. The Rathgar team did us proud in getting to the semi finals of the cup event. There is a friendly match on Saturday 9th 5-7pm in Rathgar against Lansdowne to wrap up this current league. We hope to run Stars and Stripes again in Spring 2014 and to add an Under 14 league too. Feedback from the other seven clubs participating has been very positive and all agree it has given the boys and girls lots of match practice and has helped them put the skills learned in coaching into action. It has also been an enjoyable and fun event too.’