Cork Tennis Blog

Welcome to the Cork Tennis Blog.

This blog will, hopefully, keep you up to date on the tennis scene in Cork, both socially and competitively. Whether you are new to the game or an experienced player I hope you find the information and posts here, useful and interesting.

You can contact me by email at

As well as local tennis news, there are also some very good articles written by local players and I am always looking for people to contribute to the blog, so don't be shy.

Please also feel free to comment on individual posts, or alternatively through the comment box on the right of the blog. I hope you enjoy reading through the blog and that it was of some use to you.

Enjoy your game, Rob

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cork Tennis Photos - Available from Derek Lane

As you probably aware by now all the photos on this blog have being provided by Derek Lane throughout the year.
I would like to thank Derek for this nice addition to the blog and let you all know that you can now buy any of the photos from Derek by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

International Events happening soon in Rushbrooke

For the last few years Rushbrooke have hosted an Under 18 International tournament and recently added an Under 14 European tour event to its calender and this year is no different.

First up is the ITF Junior World Ranking event from July 25th to July 30th, followed by the U-14 Tennis Europe Junior Tour from the 1st to the 6th of August.

These events are well worth a visit, to watch some of our top players take on future world stars.

Bandon Junior Open

With the senior opens taking a break for a few weeks, the juniors are now in full swing and next on the calender is Bandon Junior Open.

This starts on Sunday the 25th at 9am and it is each players\parents responsibility to check the Bandon website for your schedule.

Best of luck to all competitors.

Cork tennis scene full of Interpros

Congratulations to all Cork players named on the Munster teams for the upcoming Interprovincials.

The Senior's head to Dundalk Tennis Club on the 6th and 7th of August and the Cork players involved here are: Niamh Coveney, Joanne Williamson, Emma Murphy, Jamie Blake, Cian Blake, Paul Fitzgerald and Rob Leahy.

The U-18's are going to Castlebar Tennis Club on the 9th and 10th of August and the Cork players involved here are: Siobhan Ryan Bovey, Tara O Connor, Danielle Geary, Duncan Cronin, Sam Thompson, James Reidy and Shane Healy.

The U-14's are also in Castlebar Tennis Club on the 11th and 12th of August and the Cork players here are Rachel Daly, Emily Daly, Aisling O Riordan, David Gardiner and Niall Casey.

We wish them the best of luck and hopefully we bring home the trophies.

Daly and Gardiner too hot for Limerick

Two Cork U-14 players take the spoils at Limerick, Rachel Daly and David Gardiner went unbeaten in The South of Ireland Junior Open at Limerick Lawn.
This would be an achievement in itself if it was in their own age groups of U-14, but it wasn't it was in both the U-16 singles and the U-18 singles where they beat Munster Interpro players along the way.

This was a remarkable achievement and to top it off they teamed up to make it a hatrick of titles by winning the U-18 Mixed doubles.

Junior Irish Close Championships at Rushbrooke L.T.& C.C.

One of the biggest titles on the Irish junior tennis calender is up for grabs this week at Rushbrooke tennis club and this reflected in a very good quality entry throughout all the age groups.

To keep up to date with the scores click here.

Rushbrooke Senior Open photos

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rushbrooke FDC Championships of County Cork Results

After a disasterous start weather wise we had a lovely day for the majority of our finals day.
With numbers down a little on last year, but still a very big entry we reached finals day with a bit of help and understanding from the players and were then treated to some fantastic finals throughout all grades.
On a personal note, as Tournament Director, I would like to thank all the players for their efforts and accomodation in getting matches played so that finals day happened on time.
I would also like to mention our sponsors FDC Financial Services Ltd., for their continued support in running what is our biggest tournament and always a very enjoyable one. As I have said in each of our other tournament reports, we can't have tournaments without sponsors as tournament fees don't cover the cost of the prizes, so many thanks to FDC Financial Services Ltd.

MS1 - Kevin Rea V Jamie Blake 7-6\1-6\6-3
WS1 - Niamh Coveney V Tracey O Rourke 6-2\6-0
MD1 - Jamie & Cian Blake V Paul Fitzgerald\Rob Leahy 6-2\5-7\6-2
WD1 - Niamh Coveney\Joanne Williamson V Rachel Daly\Siobhan Ryan Bovey 6-1\6-2
XD1 - Niamh Coveney\Paul Fitzgerald V Joanne Williamson\Cian Blake 6-1\6-1
MS2 - Peter Brennan V Conor McCarthy 2-6\7-6\6-3
WS1 - Connie Creed V Sinead Dunne ret. inj.
MD2 - Joe Donovan\Pat Smith V Glyn Exshaw\Vincent Quirke 6-4\6-4
WD2 - Sommer Craig\Un Ryle V Carmel Daly\Sharon McGarry 6-4\6-3
XD2 - Sinead Power\Martin Cusack V Aine Kiernan\Jimmy Murphy 7-5\6-1
MS3 - Silvio di Blasi V Eddie Ronayne 6-3\6-4
WS3 - Mairead Neary V Joanne O Riordan 6-4\6-3
MD3 - Brian Fogarty\David Thompson V Silvio di Blasi\Kevin McCarthy 6-4\6-4
WD3 - Louise & Gillian Brohan V Oonagh Levis\Ann Coveney 3-6\6-4\6-4
XD3 - Orla Hosford\Eddie Ronayne V Kay Lynch\Niall Cloke 6-3\6-7\7-6
MS4 - Kevin McCarthy V Mike Reeb 6-3\6-7\7-6
WS4 - Siobhan Colclough Halpin V Tanya Colclough 6-4\6-1
MD4 - Colum Stack\Niall Ahern V Dominic Crowley\Noel Murphy 6-3\6-1
WD4 - Trish Murphy\Roisin Rasmussen V Lisa Fulcher\Louise Nestor 6-4\6-1
XD4 - Edel Coughlan\Rob Murphy V Jesse Morris\Nick Cloke 6-3\0-6\6-2
MS5 - James Cooney V Ronan Conway 6-3\6-1
WS5 - Susan O Donovan V Aoife Moloney 4-6\6-2\7-5
MD5 - Senan Ahern\Damien O Donovan V Tim Ryan\Tom Moore 7-6\7-5
WD5 - Ursula Hogan\Jacqui O Mahony V Emma Crowley\Aoife Moloney ret. inj.
XD5 - Laura Ahern\Peter Howie V Tricia O Leary\James Cooney 2-6\6-0\6-3
MS6 - Denis McCarthy V Conor Ahern 6-4\6-4
WS6 - Suzanne Buckley V Pauline Byrne 6-4\6-3
MD6 - Tim Ryan\Tom Moore V Patrick O Donoghue\Barry o Brien 1-6\6-2\6-4
WD6 - Fidelma O Brien\Eadaoin O Riordan V Orla Bowen\Kitty Moynihan 6-2\6-4
XD6 - Eadaoin O Riordan\Tim Ryan V Cathy Brooks\Rod Coleman 6-7\7-6\6-4

Photos to follow shortly.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Kinsale Open Photos 2010

Hi to all who played in Kinsale and apologies for the delay in getting the photos to you. Here they are!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Photos from Sundays Well Senior Open 2010

Carrigaline Astra Senior Open Finals hit by weather

Unfortunately again this year Carrigaline have had a finals day nightmare where the heavens opened and the courts flooded and play had to be suspended.
There was one final completed on the day and one played yesterday but the rest to be completed at a later date.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

FDC Championships of County Cork - Rushbrooke

Next on the tournament calender is Rushbrooke's senior open sponsored again this year by FDC Financial Services Ltd.
With a very large entry received this should be another good tournament and any winners will really deseerve their titles.
To check out your draw or find out your schedule click here.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lakewood Senior Open Results

Lakewood Senior Open finished last Saturday and anyone who attended was treated to some very good finals.
A lot of familiar names in the finals but also some new ones which is good to see.
The results are:
MX 1\2: Mike Warren\Carmel Daly V Rob Murphy\Sommer Craig 7-5\6-3
MD1\2: Peter Brennan\Luke Warner V John O Brien\Mike Warren 6-4\6-2
WD1\2: Grace Reidy\Marie Duffy V Carmel Daly\Melanie Spivey 6-2\6-3
MX3: Silvio di Blaise\Lisa Long V Dave Murphy\Mairead Neary 2-6\6-4\6-1
MD3: Bill Howie\Eddie Ronayne V Alan McDonagh\Niall Cloke 6-1\7-5
WD3: Lisa Long\Mairead Neary V Maura McCarthy\Daragh Quinn 6-1\2-6\6-2
MX4: Pat McCann\Joanna Riordan V John Hurley\Deirdre Murphy 7-6\7-6
MD4: Paul Healy\John Ryan V Declan Alton\Martin Neary 6-0\7-6
WD4: Carol Mulcahy\Joanna Riordan V Lione Buwalda\Maria Harrington 6-3\6-4
MX5: Peter Howie\Laura Ahern V Tim Ryan\ Eadaoin O Riordan 6-2\6-1
MD5: Senan Aherne\Damien O Donovan V Gerry Buckley\Barry Thompson
WD5: Ann Marie Collins\Gillian Wall V Angela O Mahony\Lucy Quill 5-0 retired
Mx6\7: Patrick O Donoghue\Liz Moore V Conor Aherne\Sonya Murphy 6-2\6-2
MD6\7: Tom Moore\Tim Ryan V Thomas Mullane\John O Donovan 7-5\3-6\6-0
WD6\7: Fidelma O Brien\Eadaoin O Riordan V Lynn O Sullivan\Martina O Sullivan 2-6\6-3\6-2

Well done to Lakewood on a very successful tournament and congratulations to all the winners, Carrigaline next for everyone.

Carrigaline Astra Senior Open Doubles 2010

Carrigaline open is underway and as always attracts a very big entry.
This year Carrigaline are delighted to have ASTRA Construction Services Ltd as their sponsor.

To find out when you are playing or to watch the scores click here

Monday, July 5, 2010

Niamh Coveney - Irish Close Championships Winner

Congratulations to Niamh on her win in the Investec Irish Senior Close Championships in Donnybrook last week where she beat fellow Fed Cup player Lynsey McCullough.
Niamh is on a rich vein of form at the moment and hopefully it continues this week in Carrickmines.

Congratulaions Niamh and best of luck this week.

Congratulations to Siobhan Ryan Bovey

Siobhan won the Leinster Junior Open U-16 last week in Lansdowne LTC in very convincing fashion.
She beat the no.2 seed Kate Lloyd 6-1/6-1 in the final.
Best of luck for the rest of the season and congratulations again.