“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.”
Last week I attended the funeral of an 85 year old friend. There was an absorbing eulogy given by both a Jesuit priest, and this man’s son. One topic that was continually referred to was this man’s participation in sport during his lifetime, starting with his school days & his participation on the School’s team that won the Leinster Senior Schools Cup in 1946. The emphasis was his love of and participation in team sports during his lifetime.It reminded me of my own participation in the same Schools Cup competition some 30 years later, and the impact it also had on me.
Teamwork requires commitment, dedication & loyalty. The team that is fielded for any fixture, & a final in particular, should be the accumulation of all the hard work and it imperative that the strongest team on that day is always
fielded. The team takes precedence over any individual player who makes up the team.
This approach applies for both junior players & senior players. It is critical that everyone in the club is aware that this is the ethos & approach for any self respecting club. Transparency & merit are cornerstones & non negotiable tenets. No one should feel entitled to be fielded for a team. The true reward & satisfaction is in acting selflessly in the best interests of the team & the club. That's just good sportsmanship and it stands to everyone throughout their lives.
1. WINTER LEAGUE 2013
7 teams are registered for Winter League this year. It is a credit to the club that there is such interest in representing the club in D.L.T.C. competition. The proposed teams are now on the club notice board along with the two Easter Cup teams. Anyone not selected is placed on the Substitute Listing & will be called upon as the need arises...which is inevitable. The D.L.T.C. deadline for final team registration is the 21st
January 2014 with the first round commencing on Sunday 26th
It must be emphasized for the record that the Men’s Captain in consultation with both the team captain & Derek Healy, the club head coach, reserves the right to select players for each & every round should an issue ever arise.
2. EASTER CUP 2014
Two teams are entered for this annual fun, yet competitive, competition which takes place on Saturday mornings in March & April. The club have won this competition in 2012 & 2013....so a hat trick is the goal for 2014!
3. GROUP COACHING INITIATIVE
As a result of the successful Doubles Coaching
course held by Tim Eaton last November/December it is proposed to build on this & offer the members Technical Coaching
to improve their general tennis skills. Please contact me or Tim Eaton if you are interested in participating in this useful course designed to improve your individual skill set. Alternatively you can place your name on the club notice board on the list provided.
Please see below the specification for the courses.
4. TEAM TRAINING
Sunday afternoon training [12.00-14.00 hours] recommences. The experience to date has been positive with both senior & junior players engaging in this useful exercise. The future success of Men’s tennis in the club will be secured by the integration of the juniors along with new membership of intermediate players.
5. CHAMPS TURKEY SHOOT OUT 2013
Congratulations on Darren Heffernan on winning the Champs sponsored Turkey competition for 2013. Darren handled the pressure well being consistently high scoring over 7 weeks despite the close pursuit of both Ian McManus & Edwin O’Dwyer being hot on his heels!
Many thanks to Ed Walsh (Champs Barbers) for his continued sponsorship of the event & to Anne Marie Connolly for creating her usual magic on the culinary front!
6. MEN’S - SUNDAY MORNING
Men’s Sunday morning tennis runs from 10.00am-12.00pm.
It continues to be very popular & the standard of play is steadily improving! Everyone, including non-members, is most welcome.
7. THURSDAY MORNING
This event for the club’s “consultants” takes place every Thursday 11.00 -13.00 hours. If you are lucky enough to have the time, you should drop down. All standards welcome.