Lower Aghada Tennis and Sailing Club notes

By Mary Collier

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Goodbye to 2016

On behalf of the committee I would like to wish each and every member a very Happy New Year and every health and happiness for 2017.

Sadly, some past and present club members passed away during the year.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were bereaved.

We thank all those who supported the club during 2016, in particular our sponsors, team captains, those who helped with the juniors and also those who helped during club tournaments.

It was a very busy and successful year for Lower Aghada Tennis club.  I can’t pick one individual highlight but maybe you could chose between witnessing the Munster team retain the Interprovincial title at the club, the fun at the Open Day, the St Vincent de Paul event organised by Kannan, our hugely successful Junior and Senior Opens, the return of some fantastic members to the courts, the pain we strangely enjoyed on Sunday mornings with Michael & Fridays with Fitzy, the success of our players during the Open season, the high levels of sporting participation at all tournaments and of course the fun at club night week on week! The committee really appreciates your continuing support and the positivity the members bring every time they step on court! It makes it all worthwhile.

What’s new?

There was a huge turnout for the Christmas night our in Coppingers on Friday 23rd.  It was the most I’ve ever seen for a club night out. Everybody was in flying form and laughed the night away. Looking forward to the next one already!

Annual Table Quiz

The annual table quiz took place on December 29th at the Long Point in Whitegate.  Michael O’Brien did a fantastic job as quizmaster, the competition went down to the wire with a tiebreak situation.  Well done to all those who took part and a huge thank you to Michael for co-ordinating the event. I’m delighted to say the event raised over 500euro for the local St. Vincent de Paul.

Charity Tennis

The charity tennis event planned for Sunday Jan 15th has been postponed until February. It will be the same format as the last charity day. Further details will follow, keep an eye on the Facebook page.

Birds Tournament

The annual Birds tournament will be held from 17th Feb to 12th March so clear your diaries!! It’s such an enjoyable tournament, a great social event to while away the winter months. I’d encourage everybody to participate, it was my first ever tournament and I enjoyed every minute of it. We need players of all grades so put your name in the hat and let the committee do their best to balance the teams!

COACHING CORNER

Junior Coaching

The seasons coaching program begins on Monday 9th & Wednesday 11th of January.  The kids are under the guidance of Jo-Anne Williamson, Paul Fitzgerald & Michael Russell. As lot of the classes are now full make sure to contact Jo-Anne asap at 087 7758873 if you wish to book a place for your child.

Contact the club house at (021) 4661200 or Jo-Anne our Head Coach at 087 7758873 if you’ve any questions..

Coaching will take place at the following times every Monday and Wednesday:

U-6 (2-3pm), U-8 (3-4pm), U-10 (4-5pm),
U-12 (5-6pm) and
O-12 (6-7pm)

Adult Coaching by Topic

Michael Russell will put you through your paces next Sunday morning (15th) at 9.45am with a focus on forehand ground strokes. Classes are 10euro but if you plan to stay for cardio at 11am you can do both for a reduced prices of 15euro – great value!

Fridays with Fitzy!

This will kick off again within the next couple of weeks with a focus on technique. These sessions come highly recommended! Details to follow – keep an eye on Facebook.

Tuesday night Beginners

Philip Cronin continues beginners coaching on Tuesday nights.  He has a dedicated bunch attending every week.  It’s great to see some of them attending club night on Wednesdays.

JUNIOR TENNIS

Over 12 Match Play

Match play for over 12’s recommences on Saturday.

It runs from 12 to 1pm. Games are organised and fully supervised. It’s a brilliant opportunity for our teenage members to have some game practice.

Tennis 10’s

Tennis 10’s  is a calendar of events for players participating in their club coaching programmes. It is aimed at players who are looking for an introduction to competition in a friendly environment.

It is very important that all club players support these events as our sport needs more appropriate competition of this nature. Almost all of the events were over subscribed last year and demand is high.

The schedule for the year is available on our Facebook page or if you are interested you can contact Conor O Callaghan, Munster Regional Development Officer directly.  He will add you to his circulation lost.

SENIOR TENNIS

Club Night

The New Year kick started in style with a great turnout at club night. Thank you to everybody who turned up and in particular to those who sat out for some games. Congratulations to Aine O’Keeffe who was the prizewinner on the night. Thanks to Pat Hanley who once again organised the games.

Club night is held every Wednesday from 7.50pm.  It’s 2euro for members and 5euro for non-members.

It’s always a great social night and an opportunity to play with a variety of people.

EVERYBODY is welcome to join us for this lovely weekly social event.

Team Tennis

Our Ladies Grade 4 team had a great result today against Ballinlough taking a cool 2 points from some tight matches. They were so unlucky in their last meeting not to come away with points so they are very rightly delighted with this result. Well done to Eileen Bawden, Izabella Trojan, Mary Barnes and Sheila Daly.

Next up are G3 Mens vs Ennis at home next Saturday @ 11am. Ennis have proven to be extremely tough competitors so our home team could do with your support.

G5 Mixed are away against Lakewood next Sunday. Rose, Angela, Michael and Joe hope to continue with the good form the team showed before Christmas.

G6 Ladies captained by Niamh have had a long break but are kicking off the year with some team coaching next weekend. Their next match is against Carrigaline on the 22nd.

Ladies Singles is held every Friday night. This is open to members of all grades. Contact Shirley Kane @ 087 465300 if you wish to participate.

Men’s Singles

Mens singles is held every Saturday night at 6pm.  This is open to members. Contact Kannan at 087 9075736 if you’re interested in playing.

Cardio Tennis is held every Sunday at 11am under the guidance of Michael Russell! It’s 10euro, open to non-members and pay as you go.  Depending on interest he’s considering setting up a session on Wednesday mornings.  If it’s something you think you’d enjoy contact the club house.

Ladies tennis is proving a huge success and increasing in popularity. It is held every Thursday morning and all members are welcome.  Bring the children, they will be supervised while you play.

Club Contact Details
Phone Number : 021 4661200
Email: loweraghadatennis@gmail.com
Facebook: Lower Aghada Tennis Club

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