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SHANKILL TENNIS CLUB Ladies newsletter – October 2016

Hi ladies, 3rd issue of our very own ladies’ newsletter. Here’s what’s been happening in our tennis club over the past month and what to look forward to in the future. Enjoy!

DLTC Senior League Finals Shankill TC hosted the DLTC Senior League finals on Sunday 23 October. All the players and guests were blown away with the hospitality given to them by our members. To everyone who helped to make the day such a success - Janice Roche, Jill Bolton, Ann Maher, Sarah Murtagh, Pauline Larigan, Maria Dowling, Ailbhe Dowling, Alex Murpy, Rachel Donovan, Yvonne Walsh, Bobby Gilham and Ronan Troy – I say a massive thank you! The day would not have been possible without your support! Debbie Duncan did the catering and it was divine!

Winter league 2017 Thankyou to everyone who has either signed up on the notice board, or replied to my emails and texts regarding playing Winter league for the club. My deadline for submitting how any teams we are entering is 22 November. Because of some fantastic performances last year some teams were promoted so this year we have teams in the following classes – class 2, class 4, class 5, class 6 & class 7. I will be organizing challenge gamesin the next few weeks.

Facebook – check in’s! For the month of October, I ran a Facebook check-in competition. The winner is Marian Caulfield. Congratulations Marian – your prize is available for collection from the office.

Dates for your diary There is so much happening around the club over the next few weeks … posters are on the notice board as well as on Facebook. We ask that you sign up for the events you’re interested in participating in.
● Friday 11 November will see the return of the ladies’ turkey run competition which will run for 5 weeks. There will be a festive lunch and prize giving on the final Friday, 9 December for all participants.
● Friday 11 November is the start of the mixed winter woollies competition which will run for 4 weeks. Pizza and drinks will be served on Friday 16 December for all participants!
● Sunday 13 November our junior reps, Alex Murphy & Ailbhe Dowling are running a Fast 4 tournament from 2pm. This event is open to both juniors over age 14 and adults. Following some great tennis, we are having a BBQ. The poster and sign up sheet is on the ‘Social & Development’ notice board. I encourage you to participate – it’s going to be great fun!
● The club turned 30 this year, so we are planning a birthday celebration in conjunction with Christmas – date for your diary is Saturday 26 November! Hope to see you all there! All details are on the notice board.
Thanks ladies!
Kirsten O’Sullivan



SHANKILL TENNIS CLUB
 
Ladies newsletter – September 2016
 
Hi ladies,
This is the 2nd issue of our very own ladies’ newsletter. Here’s what’s been happening in our
 
tennis club over the past month and what to look forward to in the future. Enjoy!
 
Senior league:
 
We entered 5 teams into senior league this
 
year.
 
Class 2, 3 teams in class 4 and class 5.
 
The games have been really tough across all
 
the classes with lots of 3 setters, putting
 
everyone through their paces.
 
Here’s a picture of our class 5 ladies (Alison,
 
Maire, Rachel, Carrie, Sandra & Susannah),
 
happy out in Celbridge!
 
Congratulations to our 2nd team who have
 
made it through to the playoffs. Pauline
 
Wiemann & Marian Caulfield, Janice Roche & Ann Maher, Kirsten O’Sullivan & Louise Johnston, best
 
of luck playing vs Malahide on Sunday 9 October at home. Time to be confirmed. Massive thanks to
 
Aideen Murphy & Eunice Chapman who have subbed for our team. All supporters are very
 
welcome.
 
*****Shankill Tennis Club has been selected to host the finals of the senior league
 
this year. Finals will be held on Sunday 23 October. Matches will be played from
 
10:00am till 3:30pm. If you are interested in helping me with the organizing and
 
hosting of this day, please give me a call*****
 
Winter league:
 
Can you believe I am already talking about winter league?? Yes indeed, my deadline for submitting
 
how many teams I will be entering into this league is 22 November. I have put a notice up on the
 
board in the clubhouse. Please can you write down your name if you’d like to participate in this
 
league. Names on lists is the only way I can tell if people are interested in playing in a league. The
 
date has not been set for when the league starts, but it’s usually mid-January 2017. I will be setting
 
up challenges for team placement closer to the time.
 
Facebook – check in’s!
 
For the month of October, I am running a Facebook check-in competition. What you have
 
to do is ‘check in’ on Facebook each time you go down to the club to play tennis – at the end
 
of the month there is a prize for the lady who has checked in the most. Winner will be
 
announced on 3 November.
 
Club championships:
 
110 members played across 6 events in the club champs. Finals day was wet but spirits
 
were not dampened with many supporters coming down to watch some fantastic tennis and
 
enjoy yummy cakes. Massive congratulations to our winners – Mens singles – Cian Ahern,
 
Ladies singles – Heidi Jackson, Mens doubles – Ronan Troy & Alex Murphy, Ladies doubles –
 
Aideen Murphy & Ellie Murphy, Mixed doubles – Ellie Murphy & Nikita Polakovs, Plate –
 
Declan Kelly & Cor Ruigrok. Thanks goes out to our tournament umpires who had the
 
pleasure of getting soaked while umpiring the games  The tournament would not run
 
without the commitment and hard work of Maria Dowling. You’re a super star Maria!
 
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
 
 Thursday 10 November will see the return of the ladies’ turkey run competition
 
which will run for 4 weeks.
 
 Friday 11 November is the start of the mixed winter woollies competition which will
 
run for 3 weeks.
 
 The club turned 30 this year, so we are planning a birthday celebration in
 
conjunction with Christmas – date for your diary is Saturday 26 November! Hope to
 
see you all there!
 
More details will be on the notice board closer to the time.
 
Thanks ladies!
 
Kirsten O’Sullivan
Ladies newsletter – August 2016
Hi ladies, welcome to our very own ladies’ newsletter.  I hope to distribute this each month keeping you up to date with what’s happening in our tennis club and what to look forward to in the future.  Enjoy!
Captains Day – Sunday 21 August
The sun shone down on us for Captains Day – and it was a superb day!  We had 46 players take part with team Steffi Graf (Kirsten O’Sullivan, Brian Lee, Damian McGuone, Eunice Chapman, Larry Rawson, Karina Polakova, Catherine Sugrue & Theresa McGing) winning with 70 points.  Just 1 point separated the winning team from runners up, team Andy Murray.  The couple who scored the highest points on the day were Derek & Alison Adams!  Well done to everyone who took part!  
  
DLTC League:
Senior League - kicks off on Sunday 3 September and runs for 5 consecutive weeks.  The ladies are back playing their matches in the afternoon – most games start at 2pm (there’s an odd game starting at 3:30pm).  I am meeting with my committee on Wednesday 24 August to decide on the teams.  I have entered 5 teams – class 2, class 4 (3 teams) and class 5.  Because of a shortage of players, I’ve had to drop the class 6 team.  Team details will be on the board later this week.  Thank you to everyone who has agreed to play.
Floodlight League - ladies’ matches are starting on Tuesday 27 September.  It’s a unique league in the DLTC calendar in that you’re not sure on the night if you’ll be playing singles or doubles.  There are 4 ladies making up each team.  I have entered 3 teams for this league – class 3 and 2 teams for class 5.  Juniors who turned 15 this year qualify to play in this league.  There is a signup sheet on the notice board, so please add your names if you’d like to join a team.
Coaching – new coaching term will begin in September for beginner’s groups with Arek.  Ronan Troy is the coaching co-ordinator for the club, and he will be in touch regarding new term details.
Ladies morning – will resume on Wednesday 31 August.  I invite all the ladies to come along on 31st August for some tennis followed by tea / coffee and cakes to celebrate the return of ladies morning.  Thanks to Marion Kirby who runs the ladies’ mornings for me.  Your help is greatly appreciated.
             
FITZWILLIAM JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
Massive congratulations to Ellie Murphy on her victory in the girls U16 singles final, as well as winning the mixed doubles U16 with her partner Caleb Ralston.  All your hard work and commitment on court has paid off.   The club are extremely proud of your achievement. 
 
 
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS:
This year’s main club championships will be played from Monday 12 September with finals on Saturday 24 September.  Closing date for entries is Friday 2 September at 6pm.  The events are open to all club members over 14 years of age on 31 December 2015.  Entry forms are available in the office or can be downloaded on the website – www.shankilltennisclub.com
BLIND TENNIS:
Shankill welcomes blind tennis to our club.  This form of tennis is based on a ‘sound ball’ which players can hear being hit, travelling through the air and bouncing.
The club welcomes volunteers from the club to help with the coaching sessions.  If you are interested in getting involved with this amazing programme, please contact Gill Owens on 086 830 1376.
A massive thankyou to everyone who has become involved so far.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:  
Thursday 10 November will see the return of the ladies’ turkey run competition which will run for 4 weeks.  
Friday 11 November is the start of the mixed winter woollies competition which will run for 3 weeks.  
The clubs Christmas party has been pencilled in for Saturday 3 December. 
 
 More details will be on the notice board closer to the time.
Thanks ladies!
Kirsten O’Sullivan
 
Charity league Finals are in STC on Monday 7.12.15 @ 10am 
Well done to the Monday league ladies who are through to the Charity League finals being hosted by Shankill Tennis Club on Monday @10am.
Mary Ryan captains the team and the team members are Mary and Barbara, Fiona & Johanna and Katy and Carrie 
All supporters would be very welcome and we are delighted the team has the home advantage!
 
Hard luck to the Monday Non League team who lost in the semi-finals 
 
Sarah 
 
Wednesday ladies Christmas Mince pies and Mulled Wine December 16th  

There will be Mulled wine and Mince pies after Wendesday morning tennis on December 16th 
Sarah
 
Friday 27th November marked the Winter Woolies Finals night.
 
We had 8 x XL Pizza ordered and eventually delivered - Wine to drink and Winners to celebrate
The Ladies Winner was Dearbhla and the Men's winner was Ernesto in a very tight draw 
Sarah was the Ladies Runner up and Tommy was the Men's Runner up
Everyone had a great time over the four weeks and we only had one wet night thankfully. 
 I need to say again that we need some volunteers to come forward and keep the mixed doubles going in Shankill Tennis Club! Maybe it could be organized the second Friday of every month? Please consider stepping forward as a volunteer!
Thanks to Rita for her organizing skills and she was needed to step in to sub in a few emergencies 
 Sarah
 
P/S Thanks to Freda who treated us to samples of her ordinary and extraordinary chocolate Christmas puddings that are homemade by her daughter
 
 
 
Winter league Match practice 
 
Please get some match practice in the next few weeks! The details are posted on the noticeboard 
Sarah
 
 
Winter league January 2015 
 
The DLTC have decided to change around the Men’s and Ladies match times - the Ladies teams will now be on at 930 or 11 am 
 
STC Christmas Party 2015 on Sat December 19th 
 
Please sign up for the STC Christmas Party 2015 . There is a sign up list on the Social and development notice board outside the Office door - It will be held on Saturday 19th December 
We are trying out a change in format this year and we are inviting the Men along - keep an eye on the noticeboard for more details 
 
Sarah 
 
Ladies Turkey Run - Finals on Thursday 26th November 
 
Congratulations to Maureen Coburn who won the ladies Turkey run this year ! The ladies had a Turkeys lunch and my thanks go to Rita and Kirsten who helped me out with the lunch !
Pictures from the event feature on the shankill tennis club new facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/shankilltennis/
 
Ladies Friendly against Carraig Tennis Club Friday 20th November 
 

I arranged with the Captain in Carraig Tennis Club to host six of our Ladies from Shankill tennis club to play in Carraig on Friday 20th November 
It was great that some new members signed up and had a great time !
 


4th June 2015
 
Hello ladies
 
I would like to welcome Kirsten O 'Sullivan onboard as Vice-captain to join Myself Mary , Rachel and Rita 

Well done to the winners and all the participants in our Vets and Graded competition. Thanks again to all the volunteers who made the tournament happen! 
 
The Summer league is in its final week
 
The points at the moment are
 
Shankill 1       4 points
Shankill 2       11 points (Currently in Runner up position)
Shankill 3       9 points ( with a three way tie for R/U )
Shankill 4       8 points
Shankill 5       6 points
 
 
The next DLTC League is the Mixed league starting in early July. The sign up sheet is on the noticeboard
 
 
Some dates for your diaries
 
Mid-Summer party and A Fast four Tournament Sat 20th June
Ladies Tennis & Lunch @ 10am  –Wednesday 24th June
Wimbledon evening Sat 4th July
Captain’s day Sunday 19th July
 
 
Thank you to all the members of Shankill Tennis Club who contributed to raising 1,260e for relief work in Nepal. A Special well done to Colette Cassidy and Maureen Coburn who achieved this goal by running a tennis tournament, A bring and buy coffee morning and a Raffle. Well-done Ladies!
 
 
 
There are lots of Tennis Opens happening around the Dublin Clubs – and Greystones LTC http://greystonesltc.ie/ are also great for running a one day tournament some Saturday evenings
 
Here are the dates for a few of our local clubs opens
 
Mount pleasant                 13.06 -> 20.06.2015
Irish Close, Donnybrook   21.06 -> 27.06.2015
Wimbledon                       29.05 -> 12.07.2015
Templeogue                      26.06 -> 4.07.2015
Carrickmines                     04.07 -> 11.07.2015
Wexford Harbor             01.08 -> 03.08.2015*BH
Co Wicklow ( Bray)            08.08 -> 15.08.2015
Lansdowne                        15.08 -> 22.08.2015   
Greystones                        12.09 -> 20.09.2015
 

The Ladies hitting practice should be up and running on Friday nights 7-9 pm but keep an eye out on the noticeboard / website for updates 


 
 Sarah 
 
 




Hello Ladies

Hard luck to the Shankill 1 and Shankill 5 ladies  teams who were knocked out in the quarter finals and Play off  stages of Winter league
 
Charity League Monday league and non-league teams are doing well in their sections
 
 The Blue and Gold competition has commenced and will be running for the next 4 Fridays
 
The entry forms are now available in the office for the Vets and Graded championships starting in mid-April so we hope everyone gets their forms in ASAP

We will be looking for lots of singles players for summer league so get practicing if you are interested in playing . It would be great to see some challenges up for the singles ladder
 
Many thanks to Rita and Mary O Grady for running the St Patricks day tournament. A special thank you to Ann O Grady for her baking skills -Her baked goods  went down very well 

There will be another Adults American tournament on Easter Monday at 2-m Sharp - cost 3e 

The ladies hitting practice continues on Fridays 7-9pm and Saturdays  4-6pm but more players are needed 
 
The Club AGM is on Thursday 26th  March – hope to see some of you there !
 
Regards
Sarah
 
 18th March 2015 
 

Old News 
The entry forms are now available in the office for the Vets and Graded championships starting in mid-April so we hope everyone gets their forms in ASAP
The ladies Winter league is  now past the half-way point and the teams are doing well with a possibility of a few teams getting to some play offs,so its all to play for if the next two weeks go well ! 
The ladies Charity league has also started on Monday mornings but there is no game on Monday 16th February due to the mid term! best of luck ladies !

The ladies league  hitting practice has been quiet over the winter months so hopefully the spring air will bring more players down to play on a Friday evening  and on a Saturday afternoon. I suggest that you let the office know if you are definitely going so this information can be given to someone rings up to check numbers. Please don’t forget to cancel your place with at least an hour’s notice if you cannot play

The entry forms are now available in the office for the Vets and Graded championships starting in mid-April so we hope everyone gets their forms in ASAP


There are a number of vacancies on the Executive committee so if you are interested in lending your skills and your time for the running of the tennis  club then please check the out the noticeboard 

Sarah 
11th February 2015



I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and tennis filled New Year in 2015!  
 
Thank you ladies for the Card and your generous gift and Bouquet of flowers that were presented to me on Friday 
Well done to you all for contributing to the 400e, which we collected for the local Chapter of SVDP at the ladies party
 
 
Some recent news 
We had some great fun on Friday at the ladies Christmas party!  Nearly 60 ladies gathered for some Tennis, Mulled wine, dinner and dancing!
I would like to thank 
Rita for organizing the Tennis and the Tennis prizes 
Helen Murphy for Making and serving the Mulled wine 
Kate from Celtic Catering for the delicious Thai chicken curry and Beef Bourigon and of course the lovely deserts
Jinsu and Ann did a super job serving up in the kitchen 
And DJ Ger had all the ladies up on the dance floor for most of the night 
 
A special presentation was made to Ann O Neill in the office to celebrate her upcoming wedding! 
 
Last and by no means least - Thank you to my hard working committee Mary O Grady Rachel Donovan and Rita Leonard for all their efforts for the party and the all the other events in 2014
 
 
 
Other news 
 
There will be a mince pies night on Wed 17th December at 8pm kindly hosted by Rita
 
A Generation game is penciled in for Monday December 29th 2-4pm - please sign up for this event on the noticeboard 
 
 
The ladies Charity league

The Monday league team and the Monday Non-league league team did not make it to the finals but the Monday league team had a close run up to the final week
Thanks to Ali and Catherine for being Captains 

The ladies Turkey run

The finals of the Turkey run ran last week - the winner of the Turkey run is Katy and Johanna came 2nd and Maureen Coburn came third. I will present Katy with her prize at the Christmas party

Well done ladies and many thanks to Maureen Coburn for all her help running the competition!
The Turkey ladies enjoyed their lunch at the prize-giving and Maureen was on chef duty making the ladies soup and adding up the final scores! 

The Winter Woolies 

We only managed to play two of the four Fridays due to the heavy rain but we did have some winners!
Congrats to Sandra Cotter and Larry Rawson for winning their sections and to Maire O' Meara and Tommy Leonard for coming runners up! The pizza and refreshments went down very well at the prize-giving!
I would like to thank Rita for her help and to David Heffernan for stepping in and supervising the finals night. 




Ladies hitting practice 

Continues on  a Friday at 7-9pm and Saturday 4-6 pm 
Please check the website or noticeboard on a Tuesday evening to see what courts are avialable for the coming week 


This is a new venture so please give me feedback 

Ladies Winter League 2015

Challenge sheet is up so please get some challenges played and put the results in the challenge book

Ladies Christmas party

The Ladies Christmas party is Friday 12th of December - please sign up on the noticeboard 
We need final numbers by this weekend ( Sunday 7th December )
 
Floodlight league 

The sign up sheet for Floodlight league is on the notice board. This league consists of four players on each team and on the night it is decided by a toss which two ladies  play singles and which two play doubles. This league starts on the last Monday in September and the teams have to be nominated by the 23rd of September 

Club Championships 

Club Championships runs from Monday 15th to Saturday 27th September 2014
Get your entry in before Monday Sept 7th - Entry forms areavailable in the office


Ladies Senior League

Senior League has started and will be running for the 4 Sundays in September  - the Ladies have 2  home teams on at 2pm every Sunday and one team at 3.30pm and the mens leagues matches run before this 


Mixed League 

This is a tough league and both Shankill One and Shankill Two finished with 2 points. Many thanks to the team Captains Susan and Gordon!  
 
Captain’s day -Sunday July 27th 

Many thanks to all the helpers on Captains day. It is a big event and many hands make lighter work ! Special thanks to my committee Mary O' Grady, Rachel Donovan and Rita Leonard for all their help with planning and on the day itself! Thanks also to David for his help! Debbie Duncan  served us up a lovely hot meal and delicious deserts so thanks to her for her  catering !
A special thanks also goes to Jimmy Cullen,Patrick Breen and Mary O Grady who stood in as Subs last minute in an emergency 
and the Captains day results are below -There was only a point or two in the difference so we gave a grandstand voucher as  prizes for the runners up! Photographs of Captains day are now online in the photos section
 
Winners =  Team Bjorn Borg
 
1 Eunice   & Bobby
 
2 Rachel  & Ray 
 
3 Geraldine & Gordon
 
4 Bernie  & Marian Kirby
 
Runners Up = Team  Billie Jean King
 
1 Siobhan & Tommy Leonard 
 
2 Kirsten  & Brian 
 
3 Sandra   & Feargal
 
4 Freda  & Ann
 

Wimbledon night July 5th 
 
We had nearly 60 guests and players for Wimbledon night on Saturday and The rain held off thankfully! 
Congratulations to the Wimbledon champions Freda and Joe! We had 3 pairings tied for 2nd place and they all got a 
Wimbledon branded prize.
We had some celebs in for the evening AKA Rory Mcilroy and his girlfriend Caroline, we also had some visitors from the South of France AKA Maire and Chris and finally last years Champions Maureen and Ronan 
Debbie Duncan provided us with a Chicken and Bacon Terrine and the hard working Ladies Captains Committee prepared a lovely selection of Salads and we had a typical Wimbledon dessert of Strawberries and Cream. Special thanks to Rita and Rachel for all their hard work. Thanks also to David, Gary Dowling, Kirsten and Gavin for helping hands! There is a lot of invisible work in the Planning, Preparation, Set up and tidying up of these events. With this in mind we would be delighted if you would like to volunteer to help for an event! We could do with some volunteers for Captains day so let me know in the next 2 weeks if you can help in anyway! We got lots of compliments about the night so thanks for the positive feedback!
 
 
 
Summer League 2014
 
Hard luck to Shankill 1 ladies losing in the Semi finals but well done on the promotion to Class 2! 
 
 
 
National Tennis Day Sunday July 6th 
 
Thanks to our volunteers Rita Cathy Sarah Veronica Regina Ann Claire Carrie Susanah and Ed
 who turned up yesterday to this event. Although we only had a few visitors they all had a ball! it was hard to compete with  the men's finals at Wimbledon !

 Ladies Lunch Wed 18th of June 
 
We had 31 ladies for tennis and a few extra for lunch on Wednesday - there was sunshine, laughter, delicious salads and gorgeous deserts!
Thanks to everyone for attending and making it a great day - Special thanks to my committee!  Mary O' Grady, Rachel Donovan and Rita Leonard for all their help with planning and on the day itself!
 
 
Kind regards
 
Sarah 
December  2014
 
 

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About Shankill Tennis Club

Located on a most picturesque and tranquil lane, Shankill Tennis Club is anything but quiet - it is buzzing with tennis enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. This community based club offers you:

  • A great place to play tennis with a warm and welcoming atmosphere
  • The opportunity to play both social and competitive tennis
  • Excellent coaching team - learn for the first time or develop your skills further
  • A thriving and growing Junior section
  • Continual club development - culiminating in Indoor Tennis Centre - May 2016
  • Membership is great value and the club is now open for new members
  • Non-members are very welcome to play and avail of coaching - simply phone the club(012825400) to book a court

We have grown over the past 30 years both through the hard work and contribution of members of the club and strong support from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and from the Sports Capital Programme of  the Department of Transport , Tourism and Sport

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