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.
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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.
There was standing room only as Donnybrook members packed out the clubhouse for the Annual General Meeting on Thursday February 28th.
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.
Senior National Indoor Championships
Congratulations to Juliana Carton who was beaten in the semi-finals by the eventual winner Giulia Remondina in the Senior National Indoor Championships, played in David Lloyd early January 2019.
Osgar O'hOisin, home for the holidays, won the Mens Singles and the Mens Doubles titles, partnering with David Gardiner. Well done.
The members and management of Donnybrook LTC would like to wish Kate, Breda, Ethan, Caroline and Juliana the very best of luck as they represent the club in the National Junior Indoors Finals in Westwood Leopardstown.
In honour of the late Elaine O’Brien (Past President and Honorary Life Member), the Committee has established the ‘Elaine O’Brien Memorial Trophy’.
The 125 Anniversary Senior Club Championships were held 17-29 September.
The Airhall was re-installed on courts 3,4, and 8 on 5 October.
Congratulations to the Ladies’ Over 35 team who were winners over Mount Pleasant in the final of Senior League Class 1.
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