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Returning to Tennis - Updates 29th June 2020

Round Robins for July are now online

Captains Update 21st September 2020

Summer Cup Semi-Finals
Exciting times as this Sunday will see Carrigaline host two Summer Semi-Finals involving our Grade 3 ladies’ Teams. FionaG’s team take on St Anne’s whilst Susan’s team will play Ennis. Spectators will be allowed but there will number restrictions. Covid protocols for the day will be sent later in week by officer Noel. We wish both our teams the very best of luck. 

Tommy Jackson Perpetual Trophy
The Annual Tommy Jackson perpetual trophy takes place on Sat Oct 3rd in Crosshaven. Sadly, Tommy passed away earlier this year so this year’s event will be a very poignant affair. This is an inter club event between us and our near neighbors. The team will consist of 20 players (4 from each grade 2-6) and closing date if interested is Monday 28th at 8pm. Please send an email to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com 

Catherine Mulhare
This event will now take place on Oct 17th/18th. Details to follow.

Winter league
Winter league trials continue this Sunday evening for those who have already put their names forward (including subs). For this trial only there is a fee of 3 Euro to facilitate the presence of coach GianMarco who will oversee the sessions. We’d ask that everyone who can attend have their name on the booking sheet (like yesterday) 24 hours in advance so that the pairings can be worked out. If you need to pull out at the last minute, please find a sub in the same grade. Booking is now open.

Grading
Grading takes place this coming Wednesday at 6pm. If you have not already sent in your name, there is still time to do so. Names to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com 

Adult coaching
We have 4 free slots for coaching on Wednesdays at 11am. Grade 6/beginner level. If anyone is interested, please email Antoinette at membership@carrigalinetennisclub.com.

Club Night/ Hitting Practice
Hitting practice is now full. Just a reminder that online booking will open every Sunday at 8pm. To enter and pay (3 Euro) all you have to do is to login to ebooking, click on any court for Thursday at 8pm and click enter. This week’s organizer is Myriam. Our thanks to her.

Captains Update - 17th September 2020

Winter League Trials
Everyone who entered their name for Winter League selection should have received an email about upcoming trials. Some people have reported the email has gone to their spam folder so please check. Alternatively, you can check dates and times HERE
Subs will play a very important role this year in Winter League and will help determine how many teams we enter. We would like to encourage anyone who might be interested in subbing to please email:  selectioncommittee@carrigalinetennisclub.com 

Adult Coaching
Emails have gone out to all members who expressed an interest in morning coaching. Coaching starts next Wed/Fri. These days were the ones that suited most people so apologies if they don’t suit everyone. Great to see such a big interest. Please contact Antoinette if you have any queries relating to the coaching at  membership@carrigalinetennisclub.com 

Club Tops
The club is missing some display tops that are always present in the clubhouse. If you borrowed one could you return it when convenient? Thanks

Catherine Mulhare Memorial
Our Annual Catherine Mulhare internal doubles tournament will take place on the weekend of 3rd/4th October. This event is open to all members. Please keep the date free. Entry will open early next week.

Finally
There will be a Clean-Up on Saturday 26th September from 10am-12. We are asking for as many people as possible to turn up and give a hand. There‘s weeding, lopping, grass cutting, and a general tidy up required. Equipment will be supplied along with tea/Coffee (or something stronger if needed). So please turn up and help if you can. Ger O’Sullivan will be our MC on the day. Courts will be closed during this time to facilitate spraying.

Captains Update - 14th September 2020

Summer Cup
Well done to both our Grade 3 ladies teams who have made it to the Semi-Finals which take place on 27th September 2020. The Purple Team (led by Fiona) did it the hard way in Super Doubles. The Yellow Team (led by Susan) had some tough games but came through also. Fantastic achievement by both. Commiserations to the Men's Teams who came up against some seriously good opposition.  

Winter League
Last reminder on Winter League. Entries close tonight at 8pm. No late entries can be accepted.
selectioncommittee@carrigalinetennisclub.com 
Details of the selection process will be sent to each member who has entered shortly.

Morning Coaching
It is hoped to kick start Morning Coaching sessions next week. Details of which day of the week it’s on along with cost will be sent to all those who have already expressed an interest tomorrow.

Grading
For those members who are not yet graded we will look to run another grading session with our head coach Cian. If you are interested, please send in your name in to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com. You must be graded in order to enter external team events and open competitions.

Finally,
The delayed Junior Winter League Finals take place next weekend (Friday and Sunday) at home. So, you will see courts booked for this event. We have an unprecedented 4 teams in the Finals this year. Unfortunately, we can’t have spectators, but we wish our Juniors the best of luck.

Captains Update - 11th September 2020

Winter League - Reminder
Reminder that names for Winter league must be in before Monday 8pm. All names to selectioncommittee@carrigalinetennisclub.com. You will receive an email confirming your name is in. If you don’t get one please submit again to be sure.
For new members Winter League is a competition between different teams in Munster. Normally you will be committing to 3 matches before Christmas, and 3 after on Sundays. If your team qualifies, the knockout stages of the competition involve more matches. There will be home and away matches so some travel will be involved.

Club Night/ Hitting Practice
Hitting practice will again be on next week Thursday 17th Sept with coach Mark.
Going forward the online booking will open every Sunday at 8pm. To enter and pay (3 Euro) all you have to do is to login to ebooking, click on any court for Thursday at 8pm and click enter. This week’s organizer is Liz. If the event is full can please contact the organizer or email captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com.

Captains Update - 6th September 2020

Hitting Practice/ Club Night

Hitting practice is back this Thursday 10th Sept with coach Mark. For this week only it will kick off at 8.15pm. To enter and pay (3 Euro) all you have to do is to login to ebooking, click on any court for Thursday at 8pm and click enter. This week’s organizer is Emily. If the event is full can please contact the organizer or email captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com.

Mid-Week Coaching
There is a big interest in coaching in the mornings (Mon-Fri). An email will go out to all those who have expressed an interest with dates and costs early this coming week.

Summer Cup
The next round of the Summer Cup is on the 13th September. We have 5 teams left in the competition. Our grade 3 Ladies teams, men’s 6’s and one Grade 4 men’s team all play at home. Our second men’s 4 team make the short trip to Douglas. Munster tennis have mentioned again no supporters are allowed. We wish all our teams the very best of luck.

Upcoming Events
Details next week on two popular club events, the Tommy Jackson Memorial Cup against our neighbors Crosshaven and the Catherine Mulhare memorial doubles competition. Its hoped to host both of these events in Sept/Early October.

Astra Closed 
Just a quick thank you to all our members who helped in running both the kitchen and tournament desk all week. We wish Kieran a very speedy recovery from his injury on Finals day. Well done again to all the winners.

Winter League 
It is assumed that Munster Tennis will run a Winter league competition this year. In order to know the level of interest we are asking those who wish to be considered for selection to submit their names before 14th September 8pm to selectioncommittee@carrigalinetennisclub.com.
We are still working on how best to pick teams given the lack of Opens this year.
For new members Winter League is a competition between different teams in Munster. Normally you will be committing to 3 matches before Christmas, and 3 after on Sundays. If your team qualifies, the knockout stages of the competition involve more matches. There will be home and away matches so some travel will be involved. You should receive a confirmation email when you send in your name.

Lots to look forward to hopefully

Volunteers Needed for Kitchen

Amidst all the disappointments and cancellations of recent months, we are very grateful that our annual Closed Tournament is going ahead, starting this Wednesday. Unfortunately, according to the latest health guidelines, there will be no spectators allowed. However, players will be allowed to have a complimentary cup of tea or coffee after their match, and the marquee will be set up in the car park for this purpose. To facilitate this, we are asking for volunteers to do a 2 hour shift in the kitchen to make the tea/coffee, wash up the cups, and to regularly sanitize frequently used touch points. There will be very little to do during the 2 hour shift, so you may have to watch some tennis to pass the time. Only one person per shift is needed. Monday-Friday shifts will begin at 6pm, Saturday at 10am, and Sunday at 6pm due to Summer Cup matches that day. If you would like to volunteer to do a kitchen shift, please contact Aoife. Thanks in advance.

Captain's Update - 17th August 2020

Summer Cup Teams are picked. Well done those who made it. It was tough choice as always.

Ladies 3 – Lisa, Maria, Shannon and Susan (Captain)
Ladies 3 – Fionnuala, Kasha, Siobhan and Fiona (Captain)
Mens 4 – Dara, Raphael, Mark and Don (Captain)
Mens 4 – Noel, Colin, Karl and Donal (Captain)
Ladies 4 - Kate, Paula, Sharon and Louise (Captain)
Mixed 5 – Alison, Ronan, Sylvia and Dermot (Captain)
Mens 6 – Kaare, Mariusz, Ger and Dec (Captain)

Club Night/ Hitting Practice

Hitting practice continues this Thursday Aug 20th at 8pm. To enter and pay (3 Euro) all you have to do is to login to ebooking, click on any court for Thursday at 8pm and click enter. If the event is full can please contact captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com.

Captain's Update - 26th July 2020

Club Closed ChampionshipsThe Club Closed Championships will take place this year from Wednesday 26th August to Saturday 5th September. 
For all our new members this is a great tournament to get involved in. It is divided into 2 sections, A for grades 1 - 4 and B for grades 5 & 6. 
There will be Singles, Ladies Doubles, Mens Doubles and Mixed Doubles competitions. 
You don't need a partner to enter. There will be a draw for partners. If there are odd numbers in the Mixed draw and people don't end up getting a partner, please put in the notes on the entry if you would like to be included in the Singles draw if this occurs. 
Entry will be up online on TI Tournament Software by 3rd August. 
So, if you want your name on one of those famous Cups don’t forget to enter. Some of us have yet to achieve that feat.  

Club Night Hitting Practice
Hitting practice continues this Thursday 30th July at 8pm. Mark will be on hand to put you through your paces. 
In order to enter and pay (3 Euro) all you have to do is to login to eBookingOnline, click on any Court for Thursday at 8pm and enter. 
This week’s organizers are the dynamic Tom and Mick. Anyone who can outdo Tom’s socks wins a prize on the night.

Grading
For those members who are not yet graded we will be running a Grading session with our Head Coach Cian on Tuesday 11th August at 6pm. 
If you have not already expressed an interest then please send in your name in to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com
You must be graded in order to enter the Closed or play in any Open Competitions or external team events.

Coaching Clinic
Carrigaline Tennis Club will host a very unique coaching clinic also on Tuesday 11th hosted by Cian Blake. Keep an eye out for details mid week.

Summer Open Doubles Tournament

Carrigaline Tennis Club regrets to announce its decision not to run the Astro Senior Summer Open this year. The Club would like to thank sincerely the loyal support of our Open Sponsor Stephen McCarthy - Astro Construction.

Captains Update - 19th July 2020

Morning after the Day Before
Well done to our Grade 5 Mixed Team for completing in this years Winter League Final. There was some tremendous tennis played and unfortunately Mallow came out on top. But well done to Aoife & Mary and Dermot & Dave (not the radio pair) for a super campaign which started last September. Our thanks to the lucky supporters who cheered on every shot and to Maria for providing great Facebook updates.

Hitting Practice/Social Night
We had a full compliment of players last Thursday with coach Mark. It continues this Thursday 23rd July at 8pm. In order to enter and pay (3 Euro) all you have to do is to logon to ebooking, click on any court for Thursday at 8pm and enter. It’s the same as booking a normal court and you will be charged the entry fee. If you wish to cancel, then just click on the court and withdraw. Please note this does not count as one of your 3 peak time bookings. This week’s organizers are Liz and Myriam. So, our thanks to them.

North v South
Just a reminder that our North v South challenge takes place this coming Friday 24th July at 6.30pm. There are a few places left so don’t delay in getting your name in. Donal looks a worried Northern these days after seeing whose playing for the South. Email your name to:
social@carrigalinetennisclub.com 

The winning Team Captain will be presented with the 'Rosies Cup' by Honorary President Brian Walsh. This cup has been existence since 1989 and we look forward to hearing about its history.

Captain's Update - 12th July 2020

Hitting Practice with Coach Mark/ Social Night
Our weekly Hitting practice/Social tennis resumes this Thursday at 8pm. For those of you not familiar with the event it involves hitting from 8 to 9 (practicing different shots) under the watchful eye of coach Mark followed by 30 minutes of doubles. Numbers are limited to 20 and cost is 3 Euro. We ask those attending to have the exact amount on the night. Whilst we figure out how best to collect names going forward please email into Captain@CarrigalineTennisClub.com if interested this week.
You must have your name submitted in order to attend.

Winter League
Only a few more days to the Finals of the Winter League in Rushbrooke Tennis club and our mixed 5 team are practicing very hard. Please note that Munster Tennis have decided that only 12 supporters can attend per team. The Grade 5 team had the very difficult job of choosing who to bring. Please don’t attend unless you have been asked, you won’t be allowed in. There will be regular updates on Facebook throughout the morning.

Ladders
The Singles/Doubles/Mixed ladders are back in action this month. As the club house is still closed except for emergency use and for Court Lights we ask that members please text Results to Organiser John Gargan for now.  Please contact John if you wish to join any of the ladders. 

Captain's Update - 4th July 2020

Lights

As the 9pm slots are beginning to fill up with the return of doubles lights/tokens are back in operation from next Monday 6th of July. So, anyone who wishes to play under lights can purchase tokens in Kilmoney Stores. It is advisable to book courts 1,2 or 5 if you want lights as these are all on the same time slot and lights can be shared.  We would also ask players to take it turns in purchasing tokens and for only one person to enter the club house per group.

Important Note from Munster Tennis regarding Player points

The Directory Committee are cognisant of the hard work that members put in playing winter league before lock down and to this end the following procedure has been agreed.

  1. Any player that achieves enough points for upgrade this year, whether through winter league or any other open tournaments that are run will be regraded this year as normal and points will revert to 0 before the start of next season (Winter League 2020).
  2. Any player who does not achieve enough points to upgrade this year will hold their points for next year i.e if you have 60 points from 2019/2020 season, then you will start 2020/2021 season with 60 points.
  3. As the summer season is different this year, any player looking for a downgrade would need to submit same before the start of the Winter League 2020 but not later than 30thSeptember, 2020.

Wimbledon Social Blitz

Just a final reminder the club is holding a Social Blitz on Saturday 11th July 4.15pm-7.15pm approx. Cost is €5. Only 7 spaces left! White clothing is essential to fit in with the occasion and for our annual photo.

To enter and pay please log in to your account  https://pay.easypaymentsplus.com/epplogin , select Carrigaline Tennis Club and choose “Social events/Wimbledon”.

Hitting Practice

There is special hitting practice planned for Thursday 9th July at 8pm. This is aimed towards the younger age membership group which has seen an increase in numbers since we reopened. So those aged 16+ (students etc) are welcome to attend. Thanks to Ken Murphy for setting up this initiative. If you’ve interested please email carrigalinetennisjuniornews@gmail.com.

Thursday Socials

Thursday Socials will run throughout the summer depending on numbers beginning on Thursday 16th July. This is open to all members. More to follow next week.

Grading

For those members who are not yet graded we will be running a grading session with our head coach in late July. If interested, please send your name in to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com.

You must be graded to play in external competitions and on club teams.


Captain's Update - 1st July 2020

Winter League Finals

It's great to be able to announce that the postponed Munster Winter League Finals will take place on the Weekend of 18-19th of July in Rushbrooke Tennis Club. Carrigaline Tennis Club's Mixed 5 Team (Aoife, Mary, Dermot and Dave) will take on Mallow at 9am on Saturday 18th July.

There is likely to be spectator restrictions, but exact numbers have yet to be sent out by Munster Tennis. The Team is back in training and excitement is building. We wish them the very best of luck.

Wimbledon Social Blitz

The Club is holding a Tennis Social Blitz on Saturday 11th July 4.15pm-7.15pm approx. Cost is €5. For those not familiar with this format you enter your name and you are drawn with different partners on the day. White tennis gear is essential to fit in with the occasion! The club house will be open for this event (but not showers).

To enter and pay please log in to your account  https://pay.easypaymentsplus.com/epplogin , select Carrigaline Tennis Club and choose “Social events/Wimbledon”.  If you find the event is full or you if you have issues with Easypayments then please email captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com.  All standards welcome.

Junior Coaching

Members will notice courts being pre-booked next week (daytime) for Junior coaching. This relates to coaching that was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The duration is just one week. Some courts will be available to members during this coaching period.

Green team initiative

Finally, our Green team would like to encourage members to try cycling or walking to the club during these long bright evenings. It will have a big impact on reducing the clubs CO2 emissions.


Captain's Update - 24th June 2020

Doubles

It looks like there will not be any formal announcement regarding Doubles returning or other aspects of the planned phase 3 release until this coming Friday. We would encourage anyone who wishes to play doubles next week (from Monday onwards) to plan for that and put all 4 names on the booking in the interim. We are very hopeful Tennis Ireland will give the go ahead for doubles to resume. Please note that other aspects of the phase 3 release such as guests returning and the opening of the club house will be reviewed by the Covid committee once announced and a decision taken on each in the best interest of the club members. An email will be sent out over the weekend with further details.

Fun singles event - Update

Thanks to all 75 players who entered our fun Singles event. The draw is up on our website at the link below. We will post scores over the weekend to this page so please do not forget to send your result in to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com and keep an eye out on other results.

Cancellation of Courts

We would ask people who need to cancel a court booking to do so at least a day in advance whenever possible as court are very busy, and we are seeing a lot of last-minute cancellations. Your help on this matter is appreciated.

Round Robins

It has been decided to restart earlier than normal the Club Round Robins beginning on the 1st of July (pending the approval of the return of doubles). These consist of Singles, Men’s & Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles ladders. If you would like to join any of these then please contact John Gargan (086 1737191) who is the organizer before the 26th June. John would be delighted to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. If you wish to withdraw from any Round Robin event then please let John know also. 

New Members Night – Thursday 2nd July.

All new members are welcome to attend a social tennis night out on Thursday the 2nd of July at 8pm. Players of all standards are welcome. The idea is that you come along (with tennis racket and balls) and hit with other new and existing members. Some members of the committee will be on hand to answer any questions you might have, fill you in on playing activities/events that happen throughout the year and play some tennis with you. If you are interested then please email in your name to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com before 8pm on Monday 29th.

Toilets & Clubhouse

The clubhouse is still not accessible at the moment. The toilet may only be used in emergency situations. Please chat with any member of the committee if you have any questions or concerns. The situation is being reviewed ahead of the next phase of changes on the Tennis Ireland roadmap which are due to come into effect on the 29th June (Covid Committee)


Captain's Update - 9th June 2020

Singles “Friendly” Event

In the absence of competitive tennis, we plan to run a singles event from June 15th through to July 5th. Basically, players will be divided into grades 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 and then into subsequent groups of 3 or 4 players within their grade. The winner of each group will then play off against the winners of the other groups within their grade. There is no charge, players will organise their own matches and provide their own tennis balls. Depending on the entries there might be some mixed groups.

Entries or queries (Name and contact number) in by this Friday 5 pm to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com

Tennis Lights Reminder

Just a reminder that lights will need to be paid beforehand in the following ways:

1.    If playing singles, then enter both names on the booking sheet and then add a guest called “lights”. This will incur a charge of 5 Euro and the total cost will be split between both players via PayPal.

2.    If playing doubles then enter all 4 names on the booking and one player must pay for lights using EasyPayments. There is now a tab for lights on this system.

Lights will be turned on by a member of the committee from 9pm to 10pm only Mon-Thurs. No lights will be available outside of these designated days.

Coaching

Due to the high demand on coaching additional courts have been allocated on Fridays. The committee will be reviewing the situation in the next week or so as we get closer to the release of upcoming phase 3 Tennis Ireland guidelines (due for release on 29th June).


Membership Update - 5th June 2020

To ensure that the Club is running in compliance with Tennis Ireland Guidelines
  • All Members who are now back playing must be Members of Carrigaline Tennis Club. So, if you haven't already can you please complete your Membership Renewal. As per previous emails, Membership is to the period 31st October 2020. If you want to play but have concerns over payment please contact Antoinette or email her - membership@carrigalinetennisclub.com 
  • The Club has to ensure that it has the up to date contact details for all Members should contact tracing be required. Would members please ensure that their contact information, email address and phone number, are up to date on their Easypayments account. For those of you who have not allowed contact by text or email, can you please choose at least one option for the Club to contact you

Weekend Help Required

If anyone is willing to give a hand for 15 minutes over the summer (once a month only) to do a small bit of Housekeeping such as disinfecting the gates could you please contact the Club Captain at captain@carrigalinetenisclub.com. All help is appreciated in keeping the Club safe.

Senior Open Doubles Tournament

The Club's rescheduled Senior Open Doubles Tournament is provisionally pencilled in for 22nd August -  29th August subject to a risk assessment and finalization of the Tennis Ireland Calendar. More News to follow once Tennis Ireland publish Protocols surrounding the running of a tournament.

Captain's Update - 20th May 2020

Over 70’s 

Great to welcome back our over 70’s after Tennis Ireland announced that they were able to return. Full announcement and guidelines. 

If any Members are nervous about returning (due to age, medical conditions etc) and would like to talk about what options (such as pre booking of courts) might be available to them, could they please reach out in full confidence to either myself or Eddie.

Ebooking – Court booking system.

The committee have decided to increase the number of Peak Bookings allowable to 3. This is to cater for the requirement for all names to be on the booking. We would ask all members to adhere to this latter rule for contract tracing purposes. Further tweaks might be needed as and when all members are back playing. It’s also important to remember to Cancel Your Booking as it’s getting very busy at times.

Coaching 

A reminder that coaching is available on Court 5 during the week and at weekends. For more information please contact Head Coach Cian Blake.

Note that Sinead will be back with us from next week.

Doubles/Tournaments

No word yet on a possible resumption of Doubles (outside of household pairings) or Tournaments (either externally or internally). The next phase of Tennis Ireland’s “Return to Play Plan” is due out in early June so hopefully there might be good news on the Doubles front at least. We do hope to run an internal singles event in June if permissible.

Saturday Night Zoom

Donal is hosting another great Virtual Fun Bingo/Table Quiz this coming Saturday at 8pm. Further details will be sent out tomorrow or Friday. Anyone hoping to play please email Donal before 5pm Friday at:  social@carrigalinetennisclub.com

Finally, The Covid committee would like to thank everyone sincerely for their great adherence to the Tennis Ireland/HSE guidelines and the instructions pertaining to our club such as Parking, Social Distancing etc.

 Enjoy your Tennis!

Club Together during Lockdown

In this period of isolation it is more important than ever for our Members to Club together. The Captain and his Team have organised a Virtual Tournament, Online Zoom Fitness Classes and more to come. Keep an eye on your email.
Club Members have Volunteered to help with Shopping, Collecting Prescriptions etc for those who cannot get out.
Take a look at 'Way back When' on this site and view some old Newsletters

Covid-19 Update #2- 14th May 2020 - Coaching & Lights

Coaching

For any Member interested in coaching, please note the following:

1.    Coaching can only be for one person, unless the other people are from the same household.

2.    The coaching is for all members. You will need to contact the coach in advance to see what options are available.

3.    Court 5 has been assigned by the COVID Committee as a dedicated coaching only court from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. This is to contain the coaching to one specific court within the club and help reduce risk to other members. Coaching on any other court is not permitted on any day of the week.

4.    In this first phase of reopening, the coaching will be run by Cian Monday to Friday and by Mark Cunningham on Saturday mornings. It is hoped to bring other coaches back in on subsequent phases of the re-opening as the 5KM limit is expanded wider.

5.    The coaches have satisfied the committee that they have familiarised themselves with the current guidelines from Tennis Ireland in relation to returning to play. Before making any arrangements with the coaches, they will brief you on what is now required from you to ensure the session can go ahead safely for both you and the coach.

For anyone interested in coaching or simply looking for more information, please contact Cian Blake or Mark Cunningham 

Tennis Lights

Because of the need to reduce the handling of money and given the fact that the clubhouse is closed members are asked not to use tokens for lights in the short-term. Lights will need to be paid beforehand in the following ways:

1.    If playing singles, then enter both names on the booking sheet and then add a guest called “lights”. This will incur a charge of 5 Euro and the total cost will be split between both players via PayPal.

2.    If playing doubles then enter all 4 names on the booking and one player must pay for lights using EasyPayments. There is now a tab for lights on this system.

Lights will be turned on by a member of the committee from 9pm to 10pm only Monday - Thursday. No lights will be available outside of these designated days. This is just a short-term solution.

Message from Your Covid Committee

Dear Members,

As you will have seen there are a considerable number of Tennis Ireland obligations that we need to collectively observe in order to ensure that we can reopen on 18th May.

  • Key obligations are based around:
  • Social distancing
  • Good hand hygiene
  • Contact tracing capabilities 

This is the first of our amended policies geared towards meeting those obligations and relates to the booking of courts.

  • As its members only for this first phase no Guest name will be allowed on booking system.
  • Players must have a per-reserved playing time. It’s no longer permitted to come down on spec even if the courts are free.
  • Play is limited to singles only. The only exception for doubles is if playing partners are from the same household.
  • Off Peak bookings will be set initially to prevent consecutive books (i.e. staying on for a second hour) in line with peak booking rules.
  • All those playing (Adult and Junior) must be named on the booking (this is very important to allow contact tracing should the need arise). So, for singles the system won't accept a booking without 2 names. For doubles we ask that all four names are entered. If a sub is required after the booking is made the booking should be altered to reflect that.
  • Please note the change above requires all those playing to have credit in their account for peak booking times, or the system will not accept the booking. We don't want members scrambling at 8pm to contact their partner(s) to add credit.
  • Coaching will be restricted to Court 5. Coaching on any other court is not permitted in this initial phase
  • Court 5 will be pre-booked for coaching Mon-Fri 9-5pm and Sat 9am-1pm.
  • Further details on coaching will be sent in a separate email

For any Queries regarding specifically to the new booking regulations please contact club captain at captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com  

Important Message - Members Contact Details

Under the guidelines from Tennis Ireland we must ensure we have up to date contact details for all members should contact tracing be required. Can members ensure that the contact information ie email and phone number are update on their easypayments account. For those of you who have not allowed contact by text or email , can you please choose at least one option for us to contact you.

You can check your information on your account once you log in go to :
My Account - Select log in and check the email is correct
To check if you allowed email or text option go to List of Names you can see there what boxes you have previously ticked. If none are ticked please tick at least one now.
To check phone number go to Address Details and verify your contact phone number.

Captains Update - 10th May 2020

Court Reopening – 8 more sleeps….

All set for the opening on the 18th. Please note that play will be restricted to singles play only in this phase of reopening. The only exception for doubles is if playing partners are from the same household. Normal Doubles play will hopefully be starting up in the next phase. One to one coaching will also start up in Carrigaline on the 18th.

In order to encourage households to play each other we are going to try and gather a list of those looking to play other households. If you email in your Name and partner/Son/Daughter/Brother to Captain@CarrigalineTennisClub.com we will distribute all the parings out to those wishing to take part.

Video on passing Tennis balls.

Under the new regulations avoiding handling tennis balls is a key part of playing tennis in this first phase. Below link is a short video on the different ways of passing tennis balls without handling. The “Pele” flick is to be avoided unless you are under 10.

https://www.facebook.com/paulcaseytennis/videos/1155914334755223/

Club grounds

A lot of work behind the scenes are taking place in order to ensure the grounds/clubhouse are ready and meet the recommendations of Tennis Ireland and the HSE. Even though the club house will be initially closed a deep clean is underway by Fiona and Eimear Geary. The club grounds have been cleaned up (courts swept/grass cut/weeding done) & new safety measures are being put in place such as sanitizing stations etc (all work led by Ger o’S and Noel). Our thanks to all volunteers involved.

Zoom Cardio

Cian has kindly agreed to do one more Cardio session next Saturday at 11am. It would be nice to have a good turnout prior to the resumption of tennis and it’s a good way of getting fit for the restart. Names to Captain@CarriglaineTennisClub.com before Friday 6pm.

Restringing

Tim Marnane is available for racket stringing. Just reach out to him on 086 340 0378 and he'll be glad to help.

Bingo/Table Quiz

Our Saturday Night Live show continued last night. Great turnout and great fun. Our thanks to AutoRight for sponsoring the prizes and to Donal for a great MC job. Look out later for details of next weeks event.

Finally and most importantly,

The Covid-19 committee will meet tomorrow night to finalize recommendations specific to our club based on the protocols published by Tennis Ireland. These will be emailed to members shortly afterwards as there will be changes to booking procedure etc. We would ask every member to please read and familiarise themselves with the tennis Ireland protocols available on the Tennis Ireland website in advance.
Tennis Ireland Covid-19 Return to Tennis Guidance

Tennis Balls

Just a reminder regarding the purchase of Tennis Balls as we eagerly contemplate getting back to playing tennis again.

Tennis balls can be purchased in Kilmoney Stores. Just pop in.

The second option is to pay online using EasyPayments under the tab “Club Gear”. Once paid you can then send a text to either Fiona Geary (087 9053832) or Sheila Stokes (086 8301266) who will coordinate delivery to you. Cost is 15 Euro for 6 balls.

The guidelines from Tennis Ireland is that Players should use two sets of clearly marked tennis balls (new or old). These should be alternated for serving with each player only touching their individual tennis balls.

More guidelines will be issued by the committee in the coming days on playing and Health and Safety matters.

Captain's Update - 4th May 2020

While we await the opening of the Courts more great Zoom entertainment is planned this coming Saturday at 7pm. This time it will be Bingo followed by a Table Quiz game.

Donal has agreed to come out of retirement to be the MC once more on the night. Names to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com before Friday at 6pm.

Don't forget Cian's Cardio Tennis Saturday morning 11am. Names to above email also.

Back to Tennis – 14 sleeps to go

As people would have seen tennis is gearing up to be back on the 18th May. Our chairperson Eddie is leading a dedicated Covid team and everyone is working hard in order to get our members back on court as quickly as possible but as safely as we can. Work is already underway in terms of making the changes required and we await further guidance from tennis Ireland later this week. This is a very welcome announcement. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact Eddie at chairperson@carrigalinetennisclub.com 

https://www.tennisireland.ie/2020/05/02/tennis-ireland-welcomes-government-announcement-on-the-opening-of-tennis-clubs/

Sanitising equipment

We had a great response to our request for sourcing Sanitising Equipment etc. Our sincere thanks to all our members who volunteered to help. Brian Hurley from Kilmoney Stores has very generously agreed to sponsor what we need so we are very grateful to him. We may need additional help from those who have offered at some stage.

Zoom Fitness class

Our zoom fitness classes with Eric have now concluded, huge thanks to Eric for his time and expertise. Next Saturday at 11am Cian will do a cardio class suitable for all levels of fitness. We would love to see full households get involved in these classes. Names to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com before Friday 6pm.

Bingo

Last Saturday we have some great fun on our online Bingo game. Our MC (Donal) on the night played a blinder in keeping everyone entertained. We hope to run something similar next Saturday night so keep an eye out for an email on Tuesday.

Interview with Paul Fitzgerald on Irish Tennis Podcasts

In a Podcast from 19th April 2020, Adam Wade chats to Paul Fitzgerald, current Munster coach and DLTC player. Paul has had a great journey in Tennis and tells him about his experiences representing his province aged just 15, his Junior success in Ireland, how he continued that success while on a scholarship in the US and his experiences in Tennis since then.Listen to Paul being interviewed on Irish Tennis Updates Podcasts or on YouTube

Family Bingo Night

This coming Saturday 2nd May we are holding our very first "Zoom" Bingo Night at 7pm. Entry is free. 

The event is being organized by Donal and AlanC so a big thank you to both men for their efforts. We can only take about 25 families so get your name in early if you’re interested. Send an email to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com before Thursday at 6pm.

Online Zoom Fitness Class - Final Class - Friday 1st May - 10am

We had a very successful 'Zoom' Online Class run by Cian and Eric last Friday with over 20 participants. 

Our last online "Zoom" Fitness Session with Cian and Eric is happening this Friday at 10am. The aim is to assist players of all standards in physical tennis performance. As we edge towards possibly returning to tennis in the coming weeks its very useful way to pick up some tips on essential warmup exercises etc.  Send an email to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com before Thursday 6pm and you will receive an email before Friday’s session from Cian with a code and link prior to the exercise starting. Hopefully we will have a good crew in attendance for our Final Session.

Club Captain's Update 19th April 2020

Covid-19 update

No major update. Tennis is beginning to start up again in certain countries but as can be read from article below its likely to be under certain new restrictions.

https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/austria-to-allow-golf-and-tennis-to-resume-from-may-1st-1.4229567

No guidance from Tennis Ireland yet but Munster tennis are engaging with clubs. Regarding tournaments TI have said an email will be going out to clubs to keep them up to speed - essentially, they are working on a number of draft new calendars, working with various opening dates, but there will be a large amount of overlapping of tournaments because there just won’t be the time to run as per the previous calendar. We’ll have to wait and see what this means for our own open.

Club Website – Way Back When

You’ll find some historical gems on our website if you click on the link below. Our thanks to Myriam for pulling it all together.

Way Back When 

Zoom Fitness Class

Well done to everyone who took part in last Fridays class. Next class is Friday 24th April at 10.00am.
Please email Alan if you wish to participate - captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com

Interesting Tennis Websites to look at

Be Gr8 at Tennis - Best Tennis Instruction, YouTube Channels

Serve & Volley Tennis - 10 Tennis Drills to do without a Court

Tennis Ireland - Tennis at Home Skill Awards Intro

Agassi V McEnroe - Wimbledon 1992


Finally, Coach Cian Blake spoke with current Pro Player Sinead Lohan about her US college tennis journey and her pro career to date. Very good interview.

Virtual Tennis Tournament

Thanks to Alan & Maria for running this Fundraiser for a very worthy Charity

The Winners 

Mens Doubles A – Alan Kelly & Paul Williamson

Mens Doubles B – Dave O’Brien & Dave O’Connor

Ladies Doubles A – Katarzyna Gumienny & Maria O’Reilly

Ladies Doubles B – Mary Malone & Dana Swanton


 Full Results


The Club ran a Virtual Tennis Tournament which started on Easter Monday, for Members only, to raise money for the Amazing Frontline Staff in CUH - CUH Charity

Facebook

Check in on our Facebook Page for another great Picture Quiz tonight at 8pm. If anyone has any Baby Photos they want to share then please continue to send them to Maria O’Reilly or email to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com.  

We would also like to see your photos or videos of makeshift Tennis/Table Tennis/Badminton Courts or whatever activities you have devised to keep fit/sane during this time. 

An Example HERE of the Novahall Open run recently. Nadal seems to be foot faulting a lot.

More Interesting Websites

Be Gr8 at Tennis - Best Tennis Instruction, YouTube Channels

Serve & Volley Tennis - 10 Tennis Drills to do without a Court

Tennis Ireland - Tennis at Home Skill Awards Intro

Agassi V McEnroe - Wimbledon 1992

Essential Tennis – Podcast #315. How to play a great game of Tennis after a break

Tennis Files  - TFP 140 – World Class Double Strategy.

Wimbledon's Funniest Moments  

Updates from the Club Captain - 6th April 2020 - Some Ideas to keep you occupied

Check out Munster Tennis Facebook Page.  Listen to a recent Interview by Cian Blake with former Pro Player and current Davis Cup Captain, Conor Niland. Cian is also going to organise an online fitness session in the coming days for members. Keep checking your email.

Check Carrigaline Tennis Club Facebook Page for more Picture Quizzes tonight and in the coming days. If anyone has any baby photos they want to share then please continue to send them to Maria O'Reilly or email to Captain@CarrigalineTennisClub.com

Read & Watch 

The Joy of Six:  Tennis Tantrums

Best Tennis E-Books 

Tennis Podcasts

Rules of Tennis - ITF has launched a new Tules of Tennis App. So, if you want to impress your partners with invaluable facts such as how long a Tennis Court is or what to do if a bird interrupts play then this app is for you. There is a good section on correcting errors (Rule 27).

To download the App, search ‘Rules of Tennis’ on Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices.

Covid 19 - Update 19th April 2020

No major update. Tennis is beginning to start up again in certain countries. Austria  to allow Golf and Tennis resume from 1st May 2020 but it's likely to be under certain new restrictions.
No guidance from Tennis Ireland yet but Munster tennis are engaging with clubs. Regarding tournaments TI have said an email will be going out to clubs to keep them up to speed - essentially, they are working on a number of draft new calendars, working with various opening dates, but there will be a large amount of overlapping of tournaments because there just won’t be the time to run as per the previous calendar. We’ll have to wait and see what this means for our own open.

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If any Member needs a Helping Hand with anything such as Shopping or Prescription Pickups etc. – Please refer to an earlier email from the Club with contact details of our Volunteers.

Please do reach out. With movement further restricted don't be shy in asking for help. Thanks to everyone for volunteering.

There's been a suggestion to Clubs that all people should be encouraged to keep a Diary of all places they visit (or have visited recently) and a list of the people they have physical contact with on a daily basis. If this is taken on board, it would reduce the workload of those working tirelessly with the job of Contact Tracing in the weeks ahead. This would make a big difference in identifying people who need to be contacted.


St Patrick's Day Event

Events this Week

This year we are trying out a new event. On Monday night the 16th March the settlers on the North side of Carrigaline will take on the South side in a unique team challenge with the Owenabue river being the dividing line.

If you’re not sure which team you can represent, then stick your toe in the river and if it’s cold then you’re a North-sider. More to follow next week but keep the date