Premier - THROUGH TO THE FINAL on June 30th. Well done to all, super achievement. Captain is Emma Davy.
Class 2 - pipped by one little, but crucial point, so missed out on making the Final. Amazing campaign all the same, captained by Chanelle Dunne.
Class 3 - captained by Maria Byrne, through to the Q/Final this Saturday 23 June, away in Swords at 11am. This is a match for promotion to Class 2, so best of luck ladies.
Class 5 - captained by Deirdre Hanlon, this team has already secured promotion to Class 4 next year and now travel to Laytown/Bettystown this Saturday for the Q/Final at 11am. Wishing you and the team all the best.
Class 7 - captained by Edel Boxwell this team were in a tough section and remain in Cl7.
Men’s Summer League Update
Class 1 – our Class 1 team finished in 5th position of six teams in the group. Although the team had excellent victories against Templeogue in Round 1 and Castleknock in Round 3, these were offset by losses to Sutton, and two of the semi-finalists Malahide and Fitzwilliam. Many thanks to Class 1 captain, John Sheridan for all his stellar work in getting the team to perform so well, especially given our 2x Davis Cup representatives were unavailable for selection due to injury and U.S. college commitments.
Class 3 – positive finish to the Group stages with the Class 3 team finishing 2nd following a great return of four victories from five fixtures. The team are ably led by former Club President, Jerry Sheehan who won won their playoff match v Clontarf , June 20th at 7pm at home in Donnybrook. The team have a great opportunity to gain promotion to Class 2.
Class 5 (1) - excellent performance from the team with a 100% winning record of five wins out of five matches. Unfortunately due to the anomaly that is the DLTC scoring system, the team finished 2nd in their group but were rewarded with a home tie in the Round of 16 against Naas – the winner gaining promotion to Class 4 in 2019. This round of 16 fixture took place, June 20th at 8.15pm at home in Donnybrook. Captain, Ian Hemmingway and his playing squad were active participants in the Summer League Coaching Programme that was run by Jimmy McDonogh and it is paying dividends. Close match last night but unfortunately Donnybrook lost this one.
Class 5 (2) – another super performance in Class 5 with captain Darragh Connaughton leading his team to the top of their group with four wins from five fixtures and a very strong finish with a 5-0 win against Landsdowne away clinching the vital points. This victory also earned the team promotion to Class 4 for 2019 and they will play a quarter final match on Saturday 23rd June at home in Donnybrook against Leixlip. Similar to the other Class 5 team, the playing squad were active participants in the Summer League Coaching Programme and next year it will include one squad of players vying for promotion from Class 4!!
Class 6 – our Class 6 team, who again were preparing for this campaign since February via the Summer League Coaching Programme found themselves in a very strong group and captain Robbie O’Flynn and his team faced some very difficult matches. Throughout the campaign the team were very unlucky to come out on the wrong side of a number of extremely tight matches and were unfortunate not to pick up any victories. The team was a mix of youth and experience and some of the juniors who were involved will certainly learn from this challenge.
With one team already promoted for 2019 I would encourage any and all support for the fixtures this Saturday, June 23rd. Class 5 at Home on Saturday at 2pm. Class 3 away in Sutton at 2pm.
A BBQ is available this Friday, €10 each, and the bar will be stocked so why not come down to see some Irish Close matches, top billing of the evening is the Championship Mens' and Ladies' Doubles Finals at 9pm in the sunshine. Also all leagues players are having a get together on Saturday at 5pm, BBQ €10. The Irish Close Finals are earlier that afternoon.
Finally let me express my thanks to all those who have represented the club admirably across the five teams, including all those who subbed in when teams were under pressure and in particular, to the team captains who have put in a huge amount of time and effort to ensure we could perform to the best of our ability on court. Likewise, thanks to the coaches for working with the players and in particular Jimmy McDonogh for taking on the Summer League Coaching Programme which has no doubt been a key driver of the success of our Summer League teams.
Men’s Captain – Donnybrook LTC
The Ladies Premier team won 2 points, 2nds in Class 1 got 4, the 3rds also 4, team of the week 4ths won all 5 points and the 5th team won 2 pts.
Great start and well done to all the players and thank you to the supporters whose presence always makes a difference.
This Friday, 18 May, the Men's 1st team are playing at HOME at 7.30pm so do drop into the Club and watch some good tennis.
On Saturday the 4th team are Home at 12 noon and the 5th Home at 2pm.
On Sunday 20th May the U18 Girls team play at HOME at 2 pm and all support welcome to wish them well.
The U12 Mixed team are away to Celbridge at 4.30pm and we wish them all the best in their S/Final.
Next week Tuesday 22, 5th Ladies team HOME at 7.30pm.
The 3rds are at Home on Wednesday 23rd at 7.30pm.
The other teams are all playing away.
Follow her progress in the link below where you will see the draw when published and results from 3-9 June 2018.
The weather was superb and the club looked absolutely wonderful!
Sincere thanks to Alison Rennick, Judy Byrne, Patricia D’arcy and Anna Sargent for all their help running the event, Deirdre J for her trojan work behind the scenes, Ed Hanlon for putting up the gazebo and John and Mary O’Toole for helping us decorate the club and have the flowers looking so beautiful!
Paul Quinlan and his team provided a delicious BBQ so all went home fed and watered!!
The over 12 event will be scheduled for September.
Chanelle Dunne on behalf of the Family Day Committee
U18 Girls Doubles Winners Juliana Carton & partner Aisling O'Connor.
U18 Girls Doubles Finalists Breda Brennan & partner Grace O'Reilly.
U12 Girls Doubles Winners Kate Brennan & partner Rebecca O'Mahony.
The spectators were treated to some really good matches despite the difficult weather conditions during the Open week.
Georgia reaches singles and doubles final of Grade 1 ITF Carson California. Now 38 in world under 18 ranking.
U18 Boys 1st team - Won 3/0 v Newtownpk. Team Tom Brophy, James Brophy, Marcus Boggan & Hugo Moran. Well done.
U18 Boys 2nd Team - Lost 2/1 in Shankill. Harry Sheridan, Finn Sheahan, Matthew Dowley & Gavin O'Donnell. (The doubles won).
U12 Girls 1st Team- Won 2/1 in Sandycove. Caroline Danaher & Kate Brennan, Lucy Roche & Sorcha Smith O'Connor, Alice Grennan & Kate Byrnes. (Nr 1 +2 doubles won).
U12 Boys 1st team- won 2/1 v Glenageary. Cormac Sheahan & Charlie Martin, Naoto Tomizawa & Charlie Kennedy, Harry Miller & Michael Heffernan. (Nr 2+3 doubles won).
U12 Mixed Team-won 3/0 v Blackrock. Joe Kelleher & Cian O'Neill, Jessie Miller & Alana Costello, Ben McElligott & Eva O'Grady. Well done.