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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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rushbrooke Open Vets Results and Photos

This event attract the best from across Munster with no less than 3 Irish Internationals and all events had some very competitive matches and not just on finals day.

MS 35+  Liam O Brien V Des Dillon 6-4, 6-4
WS 35+  Connie Creed V Un Ryle 7-6, 6-1
MD 35+  Liam O Brien\Rob Murphy V Des Dillon\Willie Guiry 6-3, 6-4
WD 35+  Connie Creed\Melanie Spivey V Ann Naughton\Un Ryle 6-3, 6-4
MX 35+  Karen Higgins\Rob Murphy V Siobhan Murray\Jim Mulcahy 6-4, 6-0
WS 50+  Michelle Linnane V Adrienne Sherwood 6-2, 6-3
WD 50+  Oonagh Levis\Patricia O Connor V Suzanne Hayes\Kay Lynch Ret.
MXD 55\50+  Oonagh Levis\Larry Power V Colette Miskella\Martin Leahy 6-3, 3-6, 12-10
MD 55+  Donal McGovern\Larry Power V Brendan Boylan\Martin Leahy 7-6, 6-3

Congratulations to all who took part and well done to Alan and his team on a very successful event.

Don't forget to check out about the Babolat Cork Tennis League 2011 and be in with a chance to win a full head to toe Babolat prize.

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's Vets weekend in Rushbrooke!

It's Jazz weekend in Cork and vets weekend in Rushbrooke and they have a lot in common, they'll both be blowing hot air, puffing and panting and playing with strings only the talent will be in Rushbrooke.

Even though it is a small draw, it has a very high standard of entries and should provide some very entertatining matches.

Again there are Munster Vets Interpro selection points at stake this weekend and those who won last weekend in Bishopstown will be looking to add more while those who lost will be looking to stay in contention.

All the best to all involved, let's hope it's an enjoyable weekend.

To check your draw or schedule you can click here.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bishopstown Open Vets Results

Finals day of Bishopstown vets was played today and a positive start for the winners towards selection to next years Veterans Interpro teams.
Here are the results:
MD35 - Joe O Donovan\Pat Smith V Silvio Di Blasi\Sean Frank 6-3, 6-1
WD35 - Deirdre McSherry\Joanne Williamson V Grace Reidy\Connie Creed 6-0, 6-3
MX35 - Joanne Williamson\Derek Lane V Trudy Kennedy\Donal Neary 6-1, 6-1
MD45 - Joe O Donovan\Pat Smith V Pat Coleman\David McCarthy 1-6, 6-3, 10-8
WD45 - Connie Creed\Grace Reidy V Ann Naughton\Alice Keating 6-3, 6-2
WD50 - Eileen Devey\Margaret O Sullivan V Ann Coveney\Marie Duffy 6-4, 3-6, 10-8
Vin MX - Oonagh Levis\Larry Power V Rose Holohan\Derry Vereker 6-0, 6-4
MD55 - Donal McGovern\Larry Power V John Heffernan\Martin Leahy 6-2, 6-1
MD65 - John Barry\Noel Murphy V Seamus Flynn\Derry Vereker 7-5, 6-4
Grade 5/6/7 MD35 - Ger Moloney\Brendan O Donoghue V Niall Coonan\John O Toole 4-6, 7-5, 10-5
Grade 5/6/7 WD 35 - Mags Cronin\Maria Crowley V Karen Holmes\Sheila Stokes 6-1, 6-2.

Well done to all the winners and congratulations to the tournament committee on a very well run event.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Vets Season 2011 about to begin.

It's getting like the European golf season now where 2011 tournaments are played in 2010.

This is the case for 2 veterans tournaments in a way as they are the first counting tournaments for selection to the 2011 Veterans Interprovincial Teams.

Bishopstown is the first of these and starts tomorrow, Thursday, all draws, schedules and results are available here.

Best of luck to Bishopstown on a successful tournament and good luck to all the players involved.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Babolat Competition Details

An Idea of what you could win!

Babolat Cork Tennis League 2011.

Here's the plan, over the course of 2011 anybody who plays in the Senior Open tournaments can take part in this league.

The league table will be updated after every tournament starting with Rushbrooke Easter Open and finishing after Bandon, unless new tournaments are added.  The calender of events, that the league will be following, will be published in November and can be viewed on this blog.

To be eligible you must have registered before you play your first tournament. 

At the end of this post there will be a link to the competition page where all the rules and registration details are listed.  There will also be an email address for any further information you might need.

On this page you will also find a league table of how the 2010 season would have finished if the same competition were run, well done Joanna O Riordan and Tim Ryan.  Check out how you did in 2010 (a similar points system was used but has being modified for 2011).

I will be sending posters to your club soon, you might make sure it is displayed and let as many members know as possible.  Nothing like a bit of healthy competition.

For all the details on the Babolat Competition click here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Rushbrooke Open Vets coming soon.

Rushbrooke open vets is going to take place over the bank holiday weekend and remember this is one of the events that will count for Interpro selection in 2011.

Entries are now being taken and can be done by clicking here.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Win a head to toe prize from Babolat!

Watch this space as 1 man and 1 woman will have a chance to win a head to toe prize from Babolat, includes rackets, clothing and footwear.

All will be revealed here soon.....

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mahers Tennis Website Updated

Maher Sports have just added a new tennis section to their website.
It shows all their rackets and accessories, with clothing, footwear and special offer sections to be added soon.

Check it out here..

New Grades

Now that the season is over and the prizes have being won, everyone will be looking to see their grade for next year, especially those who have lost to the same person all year in hope they are upgraded.

You can check out the new grades here.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bandon Open Results 2010 - Double for Kukucka, Thompson and Wall.

The final open of the Senior season came to a close last weekend and a lot of familiar names were participating in the finals.

Congratulations to Bandon on a very successful tournament hosting a total of 180 players during the week and congratulations to the prize winners.

MD3 - Niall Cloke\David Thompson V Bill Howie\Eddie Ronayne 6-7\7-6\7-6
WD3 - Marion Healy\Monica Williams V Kalene Kenefick\Kay Lynch 6-3\6-2
XD3 - Lisa Long\David Thompson V Orla Hosford\Eddie Ronayne 7-5\6-2
MD4 - Paraic Crehan\Michael Kukucka V Gus Bowen Paul Healy 6-3\6-4
WD4 - Sabine Graef\Louise McKeon V Dara Carberry\Louise Nestor 5-7\6-0\7-6
XD4 - Michael Kukucka\Tara Mukerjee V Andy Beattie\Orla O Keeffe 7-6\6-2
MD5 - Joe Hanly\Niall Kerrigan V Ed Condon\Niall Hogan 1-6\6-4\6-3
WD5 - AnnMarie Collins\Gillian Wall V Mary Barnes\Trish O Leary 6-1\7-5
XD5 - Ed Condon\Gillian Wall V Moss O Leary\Ann Marie Collins 5-7\6-0\6-3
MD6 - Ross McDonald\Tom Mullane V Brian Doran\Craig Maiden 6-2\6-1
WD6 - Tersea Horn\Meg Thompson V Karen Holmes\Sheila Stokes 7-5\6-3
XD6 - Barry\Fidelma O Brien V James O Sullivan\Noreen Kelly 6-4\7-5

Interprovincial Teams Honoured at Celebration Dinner

On Saturday night last both Munster Interprovincial Winning teams were honoured by the Munster Branch at Sundays Well Tennis Club.

The dinner was attended by The Lord Mayor, Michael O Connell, The President of Tennis Ireland, Letty Lucas, The President of Munster Branch, Cliff Carroll and other distinguished guests.

The dinner was in recognition of the marvellous achievement of both teams. The Senior team won for the first time in 17 years and the Junior Vets team won for the first time in 10 years and to make it all the more special, it was the first time Munster have held both together.

Three people were present at both events, the Seniors in Dundalk and the Vets in Belfast, which made for a very special night and an unbelieveable achievement for the three, of which I was lucky enough to have being one, along with Joanne Williamson who also played in both and Liam O Brien who played in the Vets and was Non-playing captain in the Seniors.

Both teams were congratulated on their fabulous achievements by the various speakers and each player was presented with a gift on the night.

A special word of thanks to the Munster Branch for organising such an event.