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.

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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, July 20, 2011

FDC Championships of County Cork

Rushbrooke LT & CC are entering their crazy season again, with 4 big tournaments in 3 weeks.  The first of these finished last Saturday on a day of mixed weather.  Thanks to the co-operation of the players and the organistaional skills of Martin Cusack and his team the day finished on time.

Rushbrooke is one of the only events with singles for all grades and this adds to the popularity.

Over the next 2 weeks Rushbrooke will also host their Junior open which is then followed by 2 international events, an U-14 ETA event and an U-18 ITF event.  These two events will attract players from all over the world and promises to provide some very entertaining tennis.

MS 1 - Jamie Blake bt Rob Leahy 6-2/6-3
WS 1 - Niamh Coveney bt Siobhan Ryan Bovey 4-6/6-3/6-4
MD 1 - Kevin Rea/Rob Leahy bt Conor Kelly/Duncan Cronin 5-7/6-3/6-1
WD 1 - Niamh Coveney/Joanne Williamson bt Danielle Geary/Hannah May Morrissey 6-1/6-1
MX 1 - Joanne Williamson/Kevin Rea bt Niamh Coveney/Duncan Cronin 6-4/1-6/6-3
MS 2 - Kevin O Keeffe bt Colin Laffan 5-7/6-2/6-2
WS 2 - Un Ryle bt Joanna O Riordan 6-0/6-3
MD 2 - James Hewitt/Colin Laffan bt Gary Stack/Adam Rasmussen 6-4/6-4
WD 2 - Clodagh Fitzgerald/Siobhan Murray bt Aine Kiernan/Sinead Power 6-3/3-6/6-2
MX 2 - Aine Kiernan/Kevin O Keeffe bt Sinead Power/Martin Cusack 6-2/6-4
MS 3 - Keith Kenny bt NIck Cloke 6-1/6-0
WS 3 - Joanna O Riordan bt Karen Barry 6-4/6-2
MD 3 - Niall Ahern/Niall Cloke bt Nick Cloke/Jeremy Forde 3-6/7-6/7-6
WD 3 - Gillian/Louise Brohan bt Kay Lynch/Daragh Quinn 7-6/7-5
MX 3 - Kay Lynch/Niall Cloke bt Carla James/Jeremy Forde 6-1/6-3
MS 4 - Eugene O Mahony bt Kenny Ding 6-1/4-2 ret
MD 4 - Peter Howie/Tim Ryan bt Dermot Carbery/Tom Reidy 6-2/6-1
WD 4 - Ann Bogan/Deirdre Duboy bt Fiona Burke/Gill O Donovan 7-6/3-6/7-6
MX 4 - Mary McGarry/Brendan Nolan bt Fiona McCarthy/Ger Russell 2-6/7-5/6-3
MS 5 - Diarmaid Hurley bt Gary Hurley 6-4/6-3
WS 5 - Anne Humphries bt Siobhan Cronin
MD 5 - Kenny Ding/John O Donovan bt Gary/Diarmaid Hurley 6-2/6-1
WD 5 - Cathy Dorrian/Susan Hamel bt Jo Cahalane/Jenny Warren 6-2/6-4
MX 5 - Catherine McCarthy/Niall Coonan bt Anne Humphries/Liam Murphy 6-4/6-2
MS 6 -Brendan Noonan bt Barry Foley 6-2/7-5
WS 6 - Susan Wallace bt Siobhan Cronin 6-1/6-3
MD 6 - Martin Hurley/Tony Lyons bt Ray McDonald/John Murphy 6-3/2-6/6-2
WD 6 - Julie O Sullivan/Susan Wallace bt Karen Holmes/Sheila Stokes 6-2/7-5
MX 6 - Susan O Regan/Brendan Noonan bt Helen McCarthy/Tim O Leary 7-5/6-4

Babolat Cork Tennis League points collected from this event.
Sheila Stokes - 5 points
Tim Ryan - 8 points

Carrigaline Senior Open Results

Yes believe it, Carrigaline eventually got the weather to finish one of their tournaments on the day it was supposed to finish.
Report to follow shortly, for now the results.

MD 3 - Niall Cloke/Kieran Hackett bt John Hurley/Ken Murphy 6-4/6-2
WD 3 - Kay Lynch/Daragh Quinn bt Denise Fenton/Evelyn O Connor 7-6/7-6
MX 3 - Monica Williams/Paul O Callaghan bt Carla James/Jeremy Forde 6-0/6-4
MD 4 - Rob Jenkins/Johnathon Mulcahy bt Dermot Carbery/Dominic Crowley 7-5/4-6/6-4
WD 4 - Deirdre Duboy/Deirdre Murphy bt Ann Marie Collins/Gillian Wall 3-6/6-3/6-2
MX 4 - Deirdre Duboy/Kevin Moynihan bt Monica Twomey/Rob Jenkins 7-6/7-5
MD 5/6 - Brian Hennessy/Derek Murphy bt Gary Hurley/Liam O Regan 6-4/6-3
WD 5/6 - Cathy Dorrian/Susan Hamel bt Catherine Griffin/Maria O Keffee 6-3/6-2
MX 5/6 - Bridget Webb/Frank Delaney bt Val Cremin/Brendan Noonan 6-1/6-2

Lakewood Senior Open Results

Lakewood Open 2011 - Report provided by Emma Crowley.

Every year religiously during the Open week, we ask the same question will we run an Open the following year. Work for the Open starts in January trying to organise sponsorship, who’s doing what, should we make any changes etc etc. . With five tournaments in a row, (Sundays Well, Arigeedeen, Lakewood, Carrigaline, Rushbrooke) we wonder will we get the entries, will the weather hold out and more specifically what will non availabilty be like. As tournament organisers trying to facilitate all players can be cumbersome and if I’m honest stressful at times.

This year though, we were very fortunate with all of the above, the players were great, the sun was shining for the week - literally not a drop of rain fell, and to be honest at times we were saying it was too hot to play (a rare comment in itself) and of course with the pleasant evenings, it makes the delays that little bit easier to handle !!

Finals Day was a treat, once again the sun was shining. Great tennis commenced at 11am and then continued for rest of the day. We finally concluded the day with a 3 set match Mixed1&2 between our own Toni O’Keeffe & Frank McDonald against Sommer Craig & Robert Murphy. After some amazing tennis, Sommer and Rob won.

Eamonn McCarthy (President of Munster Branch) came in his all glory, I should clarify I mean his chains ;) to present the prizes and this was very much appreciated.

All in all, the week itself ran smoothly, with no major hiccups and this could not have happened without the support of our own club members who gave up much if not all of their own free time to help out. I would also like to thank the players for their support, its great to meet so many new players on the scene and hopefully this will continue.

MX 1/2 - Sommer Craig/Rob Murphy bt Toni O Keeffe/Frank McDonnell
MD 1/2 - Paul Cotter/Joe Donovan bt Ken Duffy/Vincent Quirke 6-3/6-2
WD 1/2 - Sommer Craig/Carmel Daly bt Marie Duffy/Grace Reidy 3-6/7-5/6-0
MD 3 - Jim Connolly/Johnathon Mulcahy bt Niall Cloke/Kieran Hackett 6-3/6-4
WD 3 - Marion Healy/Monica Williams bt Siobhan Fahy/Carol Leland 4-6/6-3/6-3
MX 3 - Mairead/Martin Neary bt Nick Cloke/Marion Healy 6-2/6-1
MD 4 - Li Haoning/Diarmaid Hurley bt Declan Alton/Martin Neary 6-3/7-5
WD 4 - Dara Carbery/Joanne O Keffee bt Anne Marie Collins/Gillian Wall
MX 4 - Ann Bogan/Kevin Moynihan bt Tara Mukerjee/Martin Neary 7-6/6-1
MD 5 - Diarmaid/Gary Hurley bt Ross McDonald/Padraig Mullane
WD 5 - Teresa O Donovan/Jacqui O Mahony bt Mags Cronin/Maria Crowley 6-2/3-6/6-3
MX 5 - Pauline Murphy/Padraig Mullane bt Liz Brosnan/Liam O Regan 6-1/6-2
MD 6/7 - Diarmaid/Mark Cronin bt Ray McDonald/John Murphy
WD 6/7 - Karen Holmes/Kitty Moynihan bt Betty Fitzgerald/Helen McCarthy 7-6/6-7/6-1
MX 6/7 - Carmel Morrisson/Michael Murphy bt Linda/John Murphy 6-3/6-4

Saturday, July 2, 2011

A double for Coveney in fine style.

Congratulations to Niamh Coveney, Irish Close Champion 2011.

When you lose you have different thoughts racing through your mind, and you have choices to make.  You can get down about things and let a slump begin or you can learn from it and use your losses as the start of a new beginning.

A couple of weeks ago Niamh lost, what has become her title, The Munster Senior Open, and standing there watching the final she could have left her slump begin. 
This was just another disappointment following on from her omission from the Fed Cup team but Niamh's true character shone through, and she headed to Donnybrook to get things back on track.

Seeded 2 behind Irish Fed Cup player, Lynsey McCullough, Niamh would have some tough matches if she were to progress to the final.

An early walkover was followed up with wins over Tanya Murtagh, currently on tennis scholarship in the states and fifth seed Sinead Kennedy to set up a final against Lynsey.

The final was a topsy turvy event with the first set going to Lynsey on a scoreline of 6-2. 
Not a great start, but followed up with an impressive second set, Niamh won 6-0. 
So into the last, with both players showing why they were seeded 1 and 2, they stayed together until 4-4 before Niamh dug deepest to come out on top 6-4 and with it become the Irish Close Champion 2011.

Niamh then teamed up with Lynsey to win the ladies doubles and maybe highlighting the error in her omission from the Fed Cup team?

Congratulations Niamh.

Gardiner is on a roll.

David does it again and again. 

This isn't the first time I have written pieces about David this season and i'm predicting now, it won't be the last either.

In a previous article I spoke about David being a player to watch for the season ahead and he hasn't let me down.

A couple of weeks ago he travelled to Malahide to take on Ireland's best juniors both in his own age group of U-16 and also the U-18 event.

David was seeded 1 in the U-18 event and true to the seeding he came through to the finals where he took on and beat Galways' Michael Clarkson 6-0, 6-1.

The U-16 event was the big one.
Here David was seeded 2, and considering he was seeded 1 in the U-18 event it just shows how difficult this draw was. David made it to the final where his opponent was Coilin MacNamara.
Coilin hadn't lost at this age group yet this year.  David has played Coilin on a few occassions over the last couple of years and they have always had good battles, with results being unpredictable and both tasting success.

There was, however, only going to be one winner this time and with the form David has being showing it was he who succeeded on a scoreline of 6-2, 6-4.

Following Malahide was the Munster Senior Open, where as a fourteen year old David was the youngest in the draw.  Age didn't seem to matter and playing beyond his years David beat senior interpros along the way before succumbing to eventual winner Jamie Blake in the semi finals.

After good performances in singles and doubles David headed to Naas Junior Open with confidence high.
Playing in the U-16 singles, David was seeded 2 behind Sean O Rourke, his doubles partner.
Following some very impressive performances and none more so than the final, David beat Eoin Fitzsimons 6-2, 6-0 to add to his list of titles for the year.

Then teaming up with Sean they took on the number 1 and 2 from the U-18 singles draw and won 6-4, 6-2, to give David another double in Leinster.

Congratulations David and I have no doubt there is more to come.

Fitzgerald rules in Limerick

Paul Fitzgerald was top dog in the recent South of Ireland Open in Limerick Lawn Tennis Club.
The South. as the locals like to call it, is a big open that can attract players from all over and it was good to see Paul continue his good form (following his win at Rushbrooke Easter).  This bodes well for Munster's chances in the upcoming Interpros, with their top players performing well throughout the country.

Paul teamed up with fellow interpro Cian Blake in the doubles but unfortunately this was a bit of a non event as they received walkovers the whole way through.

Bishopstown Junior Open - Enter here

Bishopstown has one of the most active junior programmes anywhere in Ireland and they will be hoping this is reflected in results in their upcoming junior open.

To enter click here.

Season well underway across all levels.

Here's a few events just getting underway, so if you have any spare time and want to watch some tennis head to Sundays Well during the day for the Munster Junior Ope and watch some of our future stars in action.

You can keep up to date with the scores and schedules here.

Also just starting is Carrigaline Senior Open.  Now they have to have fingers, toes and whatever else they have crossed in the hope they get a dry finals day.  This is an event that has had its finals rained off for the last 2 years, so with a bit of luck they get a glorious week, which will be no more than they deserve.

Keep in touch with what's happening here.

Just finished is Lakewood.  Scores and report to follow shortly.