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 rob@racketrestringing.ie

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

Rob's Racketrestringing

Monday, June 25, 2012

Professional Racket Restringing Course for Cork

Here's a great opportunity to learn how to string or to learn more about stringing.  The course is a Professional Stringers Course and will be held on Saturday and Sunday the 18th and 19th of August at a venue to be confirmed.

If you are interested please email Liam at liam@ukrsa.com and he will send you out a full agenda for the two days.  Anyone who is registering if you would copy me in (rob_leahy@yahoo.co.uk) on the email to Liam and I will confirm the venue to you then.


“Following on from the successes of two Professional Stringer courses held in Dublin, Liam Nolan, former Wimbledon Head Stringer will be coming to Cork in August.


Liam is also Founder and Technical Director of the UK Racket stringers Association, under whose umbrella there is a growing Irish stringing group. The course is open to all, whether a beginner or an experienced stringer who wants to learn how to do things as it is done for the pro’s at Wimbledon and other Grand Slams.

The two days of training are busy, friendly and informal, no final test at the end, fully certificated and attracts full coaching credits. Course members will leave with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle any racket servicing task on all badminton, squash, racquetball and tennis rackets. You can bring along your own rackets to work on if you wish and there may be some new stringing machines for sale at the end of the course. The cost is reduced from £249.00 to just 200 Euros and this can be paid on arrival.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Babolat Cork Tennis League Points to date

As well as the tournament schedule being well underway so too is the Babolat Cork Tennis League, and here is the league table following the first five tournaments.

Women
Karen Barry - 20 points
Sheila Stokes - 13 points
Maria O Reilly - 11 points
Anne O Hea - 7 points
Majella Daly - 5 points
Tanya Gargan - 3 points
Linda Murphy - 3 points

Men
Aidan Cotter - 21 points
John Murphy - 3 points.

If anyone has any queries regarding the scores please let me know and I will look into it for you.

There are still plenty of events left and it's not too late to enter but remember scores will not be backdated and will only count if you have paid before you play, so if you're constantly doing well in the tournaments you could win yourself €500 worth of Babolat gear.
Don't be disappointed!

Munster Senior Open - Sundays Well

The Munster Senior Open as its name suggests is one of the big ones.  This tournament always attracts a very large entry in part due to the stature of the tournament but also because it is one of a few tournaments that offers singles events to all grades.

Results:
MS 1 - Rob Leahy V Kevin Rea 7-6, 6-1
LS 1 - Niamh Coveney V Holly Monahan 6-3, 7-5
MD 1 - David Gardiner/Rob Leahy V James Crowe/CJ Kelly 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
LD 1 - Niamh Coveney/Joanne Williamson V Rachel Daly/Holly Monahan 6-4, 6-3
MS 2 - Conor McCarthy V Joe O Donovan 6-4, 6-3
LS 2 - Connie Creed V Clodagh Fitzgerald 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
MD 2 - Derek Lane/Vince Lawton V Ron O Mahony/John Porter 6-1, 6-0
LD 2 - Connie Creed/Grace Reidy V Clodagh Fitzgerald/Siobhan Murray 6-3, 6-2
MX 2 - Carol Daly/Niall Ahern V Orla Hosford/Eddie Ronayne 7-6, 6-3
MS 3 - John Ryan V Eoin Moynihan 6-4, 6-4
LS 3 - Elodie Ruelle V Mairead Neary 6-0, 6-4
MD 3 - Nick Cloke/Shazhab Hussain V Joe Hanly/Daniel Linehan 6-4, 5-7, 6-0
LD 3 - Helen McCarthy/Trish Murphy V Liz Butler/Meg O Gorman w/o
MX 3 - Suzanne Hayes/Shazhab Hussain V Lynda O Mahony/Ger Finan 6-1, 6-4
MS 4 - Damien O Donovan V Vitalijius Sadauskas 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
LS 4 - Maire O Sullivan V Ghyslaine Hegarty 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
MD 4 - Senan Ahern/Damien O Donovan V Ronan Conway/John O Donovan 2-6, 7-6, 6-0
LD 4 - Catherine Griffin/Karen McBarron V Valerie Carroll/Maria Crowley 6-4, 7-6
MX 4 - Mary McGarry/Robert Murphy V Margaret Owens/Joe McSweeney 6-2, 7-6
MS 5 - Brian Hennessy V Daniel Bray 6-7, 6-3, 6-3
LS 5 - Christina Broderick V Shirley Kenneally 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
MD 5 - Mark Cronin/Paul Hogan V Martin Hurley/Kevin Quirke w/o
LD 5 - Pauline Byrne/Louise O Sullivan V Fidelma O Brien/Catherine Tibbetts 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
MX 5 - Meg Thompson/John McHenry V Liz Brosnan/Kevin Quirke 4-4 ret.
MS 6 - Frank Moynihan V Malcolm Coombes 6-4, 6-3
LS 6 - Deirdre Lee V Ann Davis 6-1, 6-1
MD 6 - Frank Moynihan/Paul Twomey V Stephen Blake/Frank Murphy 6-2, 6-2
LD 6 - Judy Bornemann/Monica Campion V Christina Broderick/Rachelle Kelly 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
MX 6 - Helen McCarthy/Michael Walsh V Maria O Reilly/Jeremy Glennon 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.

Babolat Cork League points won by:
Maria O Reilly - 3 points.

Kinsale Senior Open

A tournament that is definitely on the way up.  The feedback after this tournament every year is nothing but positives and this is reflected in the entries.  A high quality field with some very hard fought finals.

Results:
LD 1/2 - Round Robin winners Karen Barry/Jennifer Haugh
MD 3 - Aidan Cotter/Ger Finan V Rob Jenkins/Leo O Leary 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
LD 3 - Jesse Morris/Catherine Norman V Maggie O Toole/Freda Roycroft 6-2, 7-6
MX 3 - Catherine Norman/Radim Pochopiem V Jesse Morris/Des Greene 7-5, 6-1
MD 4 - Senan Ahern/Damien O Donovan V Declan Alton/Padraig Mullane 6-3, 6-2
LD 4 - Audrey O Brien/Jacqui O Mahony V Joy O Keeffe/Mary McGarry 4-6, 6-0, 7-5
MX 4 - Jacqui O Mahony/John O Donovan V Sinead McClew/Donal Barry 6-7, 6-0, 6-4
MD 5 - Mark Cronin/Paul Hogan V Bob McCarthy/Moss O Leary 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
LD 5 - Majella Daly/Karen Holmes V Siobhan Cronin/Linda St. Ledger 6-3, 6-4
MX 5 - Siobhan Cronin/Christopher O Connell V Ursula Hogan/Brian Hennessy 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
MD 6 - Peter Grey/Craig Maiden V Tom McCarthy/Michael Murphy 6-2, 7-5
LD 6 - Grainne Coleman/Helen McCarthy V Noreen Kelly/Louise White 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
MX 6 - Anne O Hea/Jeremy Glennon V Ruth Cregan/Mick McCarthy 6-2 6-0

Congratulations to all involved in the running of this tournament and especially to the winners and runners up.

Babolat Cork League points won by:
Karen Barry - 5 points
Aidan Cotter - 5 points
Majella Daly - 5 points
Anne O Hea - 4 points 

Douglas Senior Open Doubles

Douglas Senior Open was next on the agenda and this open attracted big numbers in all events and this provided some very competitive matches all week long.

Results:
MD 1/2 - Donal Neary/Mike Warren V Antoine Bercy/Ger Finan 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
LD 1/2 - Orla Hosford/Mary Claire McCarthy V Karen Barry/Jennifer Haugh 6-2, 6-2
MX 1/2 - Karen Barry/Aylmer Barrett V Un Ryle/David McCarthy 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
MD 3 - Aidan Cotter/John Ryan V Rob Jenkins/Leo O Leary 6-4, 6-1
LD 3 - Tara Higgins/Kate Humpreys V Sandra Higgins/Joanne O Keeffe 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
MX 3 - Rachel Hewitt/Jeremy Forde V Catherine Twomey/Kenny Ding 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
MD 4 - Damien O Donovan/Senan Ahern V Ronan Conway/John O Donovan 7-6, 1-6, 6-4
LD 4 - Emma Crowley/Jacqui O Mahony V Kaen Holmes/Louise O Sullivan 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
MX 4 - Fiona McCarthy/Gerard Russell V Mary McGarry/Peter Howie w/o
MD 5 - Jack Daly/Steve Clark V Brian Hennessy/John McHenry 6-3, 6-1
LD 5 - Angela O Mahony/Lucy Quill V Karen Holmes/Sheila Stokes 6-4, 6-2
MX 5 - Helen O Leary/Mark Cronin V Roz Crotty/Nigel Smith 6-2, 6-1
MD 6 - Paul Hannon/Christopher O Connell V Frank Moynihan/Paul Twomey 6-3, 6-7, 6-2
LD 6 - Lynn O Sullivan/Susan Whitney V Tanya Gargan/Lisa Ryan 6-3, 7-5
MX 6 - Joan Barry/Derek Burns V Anne O Hea/Jeremy Glennon 6-3, 6-2

Babolat Cork Tennis League points won:
Karen Barry - 10 points
Aidan Cotter - 8 points
Sheila Stokes - 5 points
Tanya Gargan - 5 points
Anne O Hea - 3 points

Bishopstown Senior Doubles results

Hi guys, have being missing for a few weeks there, sorry about that!
Ok let's catch up on the recent tournament results starting with Bishopstown.

MD 1/2 - Mike Warren/Derek Smith V Conor Kelly/John Porter 6-4, 6-3
LD 1/2 - Connie Creed/Marie Duffy V Karen Barry/Jennifer Haugh 6-4, 6-1
MX 1/2 - Connie Creed/Conor Kelly V Siobhan Murray/Rob Murphy 6-4, 6-2
MD 3 - Aidan Cotter/John Ryan V Anthony Coughlan/Rob Sheahan 6-3, 6-3
LD 3 - Paula Mulcahy/Monica Twomey V Dolores Fitzgerald/Patricia O Connor 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
MX 3 - Suzanne Hayes/Shazhad Hussain V Carla James/Jeremy Forde 6-3, 7-5
MD 4 - Damien O Donovan/Senan Ahern V Declan Alton/Padraig Mullane 6-4, 6-3
LD 4 - Joan O Sullivan/Elodie Ruelle V Gillian Wall/AnnMarie Collins 6-2, 6-3
MX 4 - Sinead McClew/Declan Malone V Deirdre O Connell/John O Donovan 7-6, 6-3
MD 5 - Martin Hurley/Kevin Quirke V Ross O Connor/Alan O Sullivan 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
LD 5 - Rhea Monkhouse/Ger O Callaghan V Liz Brosnan/Mags Cronin 7-6, 7-5
MX 5 - Karen Holmes/Jack Daly V Linda Murphy/John Murphy 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
MD 6 - Darren Fitzgerald/Brendan Lynch V Tony McCarthy/Michael Murphy 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
LD 6 - Maria O Reilly/Lisa Ryan V Lynn O Sullivan/Susan Whitney 6-2, 1-6, 7-6
MX 6 - Colette Spicer/Paddy O Neill V Susan O Regan/Frank Moynihan 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Congratulations to all the finalists, especially the winners.  As always Bishopstown tennis committee ran a very enjoyable event and should be congratulated on all their hard work.

Babolat Cork Tennis League points won by:
Karen Barry - 5 points
Aidan Cotter - 8 points
Linda Murphy - 3 points
John Murphy - 3 points
Maria O Reilly - 8 points