Run by the Dublin Lawn Tennis Council, the Men’s Summer League kicked off on Friday May 10th.
The men’s summer league will run throughout May and June with group matches played on Friday nights and all day Saturday. This year Donnybrook had a very strong panel of gentlemen getting involved – the club fielded six teams spanning Class 2 to Class 7.
A strong start to the competition saw the club finish the first weekend with 5 wins from 6 fixtures, taking 22 points from a possible 30.
Donnybrook 1 – Won 4-1 vs Fitzwilliam 3 (away, class 2)
Captained by Andrew Kirwan, Team 1 came away with a 4-1 win in Fitzwilliam. Owen Casey’s invaluable experience and some great young talent mean this team is shaping up to have good campaign.
Donnybrook 2 – Won 3-2 vs Laytown / Bettystown 1 (home, class 2)
The undoubted star of the show here was 14 year old Frank Fagan. With the tie locked at 2-2 Fagan clinched it for Donnybrook by taking the third set of his match in style as his teammates looked on. Playing against a very experienced opponent, his ability to hit winners and dominate points was particularly impressive given this was his Senior League debut.
Donnybrook 3 – Won 3-2 vs Malahide 6 (home, class 4)
Singles got us over the line here. Large clubs like Malahide often have resilient, experienced doubles partnerships and this was evident as Donnybook came out second best in both doubles but won all three singles matches.
Donnybrook 4 – Won 5-0 vs Templeogue 7 (away, class 5)
Captain Andrew Synnott lead the way here by only dropping two games in a straight-sets win with double partner Peter Morgan. The team followed his lead by recording a 5-0 win and getting home in plenty of time for the Heineken Cup Final – an obvious incentive to play aggressive tennis this week!
Donnybrook 5 – Won 5-0 vs De Vesci 3 (home, class 6)
The League Training Programme which ran throughout March and April for class 4-7 players has been a big factor in players hitting the ground running. Another 5-0 win here with all players recording straight-sets wins. Well done and thanks to Peter Morgan and Darragh Connaghton for organising the coaching with Owen Casey and Jimmy McDonogh.
Donnybrook 6 – Lost 2-3 vs Castleknock 10 (away, class 7)
With a raft of last-minute injuries and challenging availability this week, Team 6 lost their tie but did secure two points which could come in valuable later in the campaign. Special thanks to Conor McAuliffe and Peter Clarke for stepping in late in the day as subs.
For those playing or wishing to spectate, below is an overview of Donnybrook Men’s Summer League Fixture list.
U12 FAMILY DAY (Members only)
Sunday 12th May at 1.30pm
A LARGE crowd turned up at
Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club
last week to welcome Minister
Eoghan Murphy to the club for a
special presentation day.
For the past five years, Donnybrook
has been offering tennis
coaching to adults and children
with an intellectual disability and
Murphy presented performance
certificates and an Easter egg to
A Special Needs programme,
now known as Enjoy Tennis, is
organised through Tennis Ireland
and has proven very popular,
attracting over 20 athletes from
all over Dublin every Sunday
The Minister witnessed the
popularity of the programme and
gave words of encouragement to
the family members and athletes
who had braved the unseasonal
weather to improve their tennis
Conor Niland, former Irish
number one and Davis Cup player,
also participated and joined the
coaching staff, club members and
Transition Year students on court,
displaying his skills.
After a photograph with the
BIG DUBLIN RIVALRY
Minister, everyone returned to
the club where Aisling Drummy,
a Leinster Tennis Council Representative
and David Clarke,
who coordinates the programme
within Donnybrook Lawn Tennis
Club, thanked the Minister
for attending one of the highlights
of the Enjoy Tennis programme.
The Association of Centenary Tennis Clubs (CTC) is an umbrella group of clubs more than 100 years old, including some of the most prestigious clubs in the sport. Initially founded by eight clubs as a pan-European association, the group now have an extensive and truly global membership and are recognised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). All member clubs have a history dating back at least one hundred years, with a significant sporting tradition and social role.
Congratulations to the panel of players who won the Class 5 Ladies Winter League Final on 31 March 2019.
Captain Anita O'Neill, Sarah Escalente, Deirdre Johnston, Sarah O'Rourke, Aoife McCarthy, Catherine McCarthy and Sheelagh Lyons. Players that added to the teams progress over the 9 weeks were Kate Butler, Niamh McKenna, Caroline Downey, Emily Jane Homan.
Donnybrook hosted the Finals and our esteemed President, Chanelle, attended the event, supported the team and contributed to the speeches.
The Junior Steward will also assist in the day to day running of the Junior Open and the Junior Club Championships.
The aim is to provide an enriching, inclusive and welcoming environment, full of fun, where children can try a range of sports and activities, including but not limited to tennis. Most importantly, we want children to enjoy their time in Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club and get to know other Juniors.
Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club is now seeking an outgoing, enthusiastic, and committed individual to establish and manage this Programme of Afternoon Activities in order to ensure a positive DLTC experience for all participating Juniors. The Junior Steward will work in conjunction with, and be supported by, our Junior Committee.
Key requirements of the Junior Steward role:
- Primary or secondary school teacher, PE Teacher, 3rd level undergraduates.
- Proven experience in working with children at camps or equivalent
- Tennis experience is necessary
- Knowledge and experience of multi-sport activities
- Experience of planning, organising and scheduling different age appropriate activities, both indoor and outdoor
- Experience in integrating, motivating and encouraging children of mixed abilities, levels and ages
- Demonstrable ‘can do’ attitude and leadership skills
- Motivated and enthusiastic
- Knowledgeable and caring
- The individual will have to be garda vetted for DLTC and produce a Child Safeguarding Level 1 Cert and qualified in Basic First Aid.
- Hours are 12.30-5pm covering lunch and afternoon activities. Salary will be competitive. Applications to Deirdre Johnston, Club Administrator, Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club.
WISHING THE U14 STARS 'n STRIPES TEAM the very best of luck in their FINAL,
Saturday 9th March, 5pm in Rathgar. All supporters welcome.
|Louis Prehn||Lucy Roche|
|Joe Hackett||Sorcha O'Connor|
|Sam Galvin||Aoife O'Meara|
|Andrew Morgan||Jane McElligott|
|Max Duggan||Alana Costello|
|Henry Daly||Lasara Lynch|
There was standing room only as Donnybrook members packed out the clubhouse for the Annual General Meeting on Thursday February 28th.
Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club is launching its Summer Programme of Activities for Juniors.
These are open to members and non-members, on a first come first served basis.
- Morning Tennis Camps from 9.30 am to 1 pm (Juniors aged 5-14 years).
- Drop-off/registration from 9 am. Ample Car parking available.
- All levels welcome, whether beginners, intermediate or elite/more advanced.
- Afternoons (Mon-Fri, Members only) we will have a packed programme of activities.
|Develop & improve Tennis Skills in a fun and relaxed way.
Club coaches will cover technical tennis skills, footwork exercises & speed/running games
- Supervised Lunch (optional) from 1-2pm.
- Range of sports and activities from 2-4pm. These activities will include, but are not limited to, tennis practice & matches, tournament preparation, teen tennis, ball games, running games, footwork and co-ordination games, rip tag, hoola hoops, parachute games, tennis rounders, team challenge games, , etc.
- Indoor activities if weather unfavourable (table tennis, speed stacking games and movies etc.).
- The aim is to provide an enriching, inclusive and welcoming environment, full of fun, where children can try a range of sports and activities, including but not limited to tennis.
Most importantly, we want children to enjoy their time in Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club and get to know other Juniors.
You can find the booking & payment form here. Bookings are secured when payment is made, either via PayPal or via our office. Costs are as follows:
Morning camps: €120 members €135 non-members (4 day week: €96 and €108 respectively). Daily rates-contact the office 01 269 28 38 or 086 824 52 38.
Members Afternoon Programme: €25 per 5 afternoons or €6 per day, includes lunch. Tuck shop will be available for short period.
Note: Children will have supervised breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon so please ensure they have plenty of snacks and drinks. Also, CAPS & SUN SCREEN! Mobile phones must be powered off and in their bags during the activities.
Donnybrook Junior Open is on 09 - 17 August.
Donnybrook Junior Club Championships are on 25 - 31 August.
Donnybrook is a predominately whites attire tennis club.
Used to play regularly but a little rusty?
Ladies Winter League Update
Happy Valentine's Day, enjoy the day ladies!
The 1st Ladies in Class 1 are top of their table.
The 2nd Ladies in Class 2 are also top of their table.
The 3rd team are in 3rd position in Class 3.
The 4th team are top of their table.
As we pass the midpoint of the Men's Winter League campaigns, Men's Captain Ronan Donovan brings us up to speed on how our three teams are faring.