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Captains Update - 2nd August 2021

Hitting Practice with Mark
Hitting practice with Mark take place this Thursday at 8pm. Still some spaces left. This week’s organizer is Garrett. All welcome. Entry is just 3 Euro via booking system. Good chance for the North side to get some practice before Fridays River Challenge. Only a few spaces left on that so get your name in before Wednesday.

Summer Cup
Mixed results yesterday. Hard luck to Sylvia’s grade 5 Ladies team who went down 3-1 to Larkspur. Some very close 3 setters didn’t go their way. Well done to Ken’s Grade 6 mixed who had a fab win against Garryduff and are through to the semi-finals. Next Sunday our Grade 3s play Rushbrooke away. Good luck to Siobhan, Fiona, Donal and Andrew

Coaching
Cian is available this Friday evening. Please contact Cian on 087 976 2105

Round Robins
The ladders are taking a break now till September. John is taking a well-earned rest. If you would like to join for the restart, then please contact John (086 1737191)

Good luck to all those playing in Douglas from Saturday.

Captains Update - 18th July 2021

Club night/ Hitting Practice
Booking for this Thursdays Club Night with Mark is now open. This week’s organiser is LisaR. All you have to do is to login to ebooking, click on any court for Thursday at 8pm and click enter. Please remember to cancel if you can't make it.

Summer Cup/Rushbrooke Open
Some great tennis played over weekend by our club members. Well done to Tim & Raphael who won Rushbrooke MD4 and hard luck to all our other finalists. Our Ladies 5 Summer cup team traveled to Tralee and emerged victorious today in the intense heat. Well done to Sylvia, Laura, Dara and Alisson. Fabulous effort ladies.

Wimbledon
Our Wimbledon event this Saturday 24th at 5pm is filling up very quickly. If you’re thinking of entering, please just click on ebooking for the date/time and simply click enter. Always a great event. Beers and perhaps pizza afterwards weather permitting.

Closed Club Championships
Munster Tennis have indicated that this years Winter League will be split into two stages with the first stage starting in early October. This unfortunately will push our Closed into September. There are a number of open events already scheduled for September (St Michaels, Crosshaven etc). The dates for our closed will be 9th to 18th September. Hopefully we can have a BBQ or some social event for the final’s day. More on this next month.

Coaching Clinic
Our coaching clinic for this Friday 23rd is over booked. The provisional date for the August clinic is Friday 6th Aug. If you feel like sending in your names, please do so to Captain@CarrigalineTennisClub.com

Grading
On final grading will take place this Friday 23rd at 7.30pm. You must be graded in order to enter external team events and open competitions. If interested, please email into Captain@CarrigalineTennisClub.com

Upcoming Opens
You’ll find all upcoming open dates on the 2021 Tennis Ireland Tour Calendar. Please note that clubs are not giving much notice to other clubs as to when their opens are open for entry. We advise you keep a close eye on the TI software and each clubs website/Facebook pages.

Captains Update - 15th July 2021

Wimbledon Social Blitz
The Club is holding a Tennis Social Blitz on Saturday 24th July 5pm to 7pm 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. Prizes of winners and white tennis gear is essential to fit in with the occasion! Refreshments will be on offer (inc. the traditional strawberries and cream), and we may order in Pizza if there is sufficient interest.
To enter and pay please log in to Ebooking and click on the courts for 5pm on the 24th and hit enter. Same as normal court booking. Everyone is welcome.

Doubles Clinic
Head Coach Cian Blake is organizing two Doubles Coaching clinics in July/Aug. The first of these will take place on Friday July 23rd (6pm to 7.30pm). The second session will take place in early August (Date to be confirmed). Essentially you must enter as a pair and can attend either clinic but not both. The coaching clinic will follow very closely that which was done for the Davis cup team, so it promises to be intense and rewarding. Numbers are very limited, and the cost is €15 per person.
If interested, please email captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com.
Closing date for the session on 23rd is Monday 19th at 8pm.

Captains Update - 11th July 2021

Club Night
This Thursday's Club Night is changing format for one night only. We plan to hold a mid-summer Doubles Bliz run by Mark. Each participant will have a different partner every 15/20 minutes – fun guaranteed. Refreshments will be available, and we will have some prizes too. To register just enter via Ebooking. Cost is 3 Euro. Numbers are limited.

Open Success
Congrats to Shannon, Linda and Susan who have all picked up wins in the recent Youghal/Carrigaline opens. Plenty of players involved in Rushbrooke open so hopefully more winners on the horizon.

Summer Cup
Our Ladies Grade 5 team kick off our Summer Cup off campaign next Sunday with a short trip to Tralee. Best of luck to Sylvia and team.

2021 Calendar
We hope to publish our remaining 2021 Competitions/Social Events next week (including dates for our Closed and other events such as Wimbledon and North/South River challenge).

Captains update - 20th June 2021

New Members Social
Since there is no hitting practice for the next 2 Thursdays, we are running a doubles hour for new members (and those that play regularly during Thursday hitting welcome too) this Wednesday at 9pm. If you would like to participate and have not already sent in your name, then please email Captain@CarrigalineTennisClub.com

Astra Open - Kitchen
Fixtures for the week are now up online. We hope that those participating will get involved in the kitchen/Covid duties. You should be able to see when you are playing and when you can possibly help. We really need your everyone to lend a helping hand. Please text Aoife (086-1029263).

Astra Open – Courts
Courts will be booked heavily for our Open. If we can free up booked courts, we will do so as soon as we know. So please keep any eye out especially for Sat/Sun mornings and 5pm Weekdays.

Summer Cup
Final reminder that Summer Cup entries must be in by this Friday 25 June at 8pm.

Captains Update - 12th June 2021

Summer Open Doubles Tournament Clean up
With our Open fast approaching we would like to get our club in shape for it. There are 2 clean ups set to happen. First is on Wednesday the 16th at 10am and the second is on Saturday the 19th at 10am. If you can spare an hour, please contact Anncbogan@gmail.com. Thanks to Ann for coordinating. We've had no offers yet of a popup Marquee so if someone out there has one, please email into the captain’s address. 

Club night/ Hitting Practice
Booking for Thursdays club night with Mark opens tomorrow at 8pm. This is our last night before our Open kicks off and this week’s organiser is Garrett. Hitting will then resume in July. Please remember to cancel if you can't make it. 

Summer Cup Finals
At this moment in time there are still no spectators allowed for the Summer finals on the 27th June. 

Munster Grading
Please note that the Munster Branch Players’ Directory has now been updated and published and can be found on the Munster Tennis Website www.munstertennis.ie. Please ensure that you check your entry to ensure all details are correct (especially those who just got graded!)

Captains Update - 9th June

Carrigaline 2021 Astra Summer Open
Our summer Open Competition is now open for entries. Enter HERE. Please don’t leave it late to enter. We are getting close to our limit so if you were considering entering it would be best to enter sooner rather than later. It may close early. Great entry so far

We are looking to borrow a small popup Marquee if anyone has one that they could lend to the club. Please contact 086 8092332 if you can help.

American Doubles
Next up for our American tournaments is the Ladies event on Sunday 13th June and its now open for booking. Charge is 2 euro (for balls and small prizes). Great entry for the Mens event who have all promised to have lunch ready for their counterparts next Sunday.

Club night/ Hitting Practice
Booking for Thursdays club night with Mark opens on Sunday at 8pm. This week’s organiser is Liz. Remember if its full just email Captain@CarrigalineTennisclub.com

Round Robins
Our normal Round Robins/Ladders are now posted in the Clubhouse window. Players have a month to play their first group matches. For now, all scores should be posted to Commander-in-chief John Gargan (086 173 7191) until access to the club house is permitted.

Fobs 

If any member is experiencing an issue with their fob can you please contact Eddie at edwardpierce@eircom.net 

Safety
There are a lot of kids out and about these days from the roundabout to the entrance of the club. We would ask all drivers to take a little bit of extra time in driving down that stretch.

Senior & Junior Summer Opens

Carrigaline Tennis Club is pleased to announce that both the Senior & Junior Opens will go ahead this Summer and will be run in line with the Covid-19 Protocols published by Tennis Ireland. Unfortunately, there will be no spectators allowed but we still feel both events will be an enjoyable occasion.
The Senior Open will be online on 4th June 2021 and open for Entrants on Sunday 6th June 2021 at 6pm. 

We would advise our members to book on time if interested in participating. Numbers will be limited. Please read the regulations before entering (especially those playing Summer Cup). Events will be for Grade 1 to Grade 6. If any new members want to know more about our Open’s then please contact captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com for Senior Open queries and carrigalinetennisjuniornews@gmail.com for Junior Open queries.


Senior Open – June 24th to July 3rd
Junior Open – July 10th to July 17th.
Like with any Open volunteers will be needed. We will be sending out emails soon look for help so please volunteer if you can.

Captains Update - 30th May 2021

Summer Cup 2020
Munster Tennis have rescheduled the 2020 Summer Cup Finals for the weekend of 26th and 27th of June. Our club has 2 teams in the finals on the 27th in Catholic Institute but unfortunately, they are up against each other. Still, great to have 2 representatives. Best of luck to both teams (FionaG, SiobhanD, KasiaG and Fionnuala O’D) and (SusanW, ShannonR, LisaR and Maria O’R). No word on if spectators will be allowed to attend.

American Doubles
We are going to hold both a Men’s and Ladies American doubles events for the next 2 Sundays in June. A great opportunity to learn and practice the new fast four format and to play with different partners. First up are the Men next Sunday (6th) at 10am-12pm. Booking now open on Ebooking. The Ladies event will be on the 13th June and will open for booking next weekend. Charge is 2 euro (for balls and small prizes).

Club night/ Hitting Practice
Booking for Thursdays Club Night with Mark opens on Sunday 30th May at 8pm. Our last two nights have been a washout, so fingers crossed. This week’s organiser is Tom.

Carrigaline Summer Open
An announcement will be made on our Summer Open (scheduled for June/July) on Thursday 3rd June.

Captains Update - 23rd May 2021

Davis Cup Captain
Huge congratulations to our Head Coach and Munster Performance Director Cian Blake on being appointed Co-Captain of the Irish Davis Cup team! 

An amazing achievement. 

The matches take place in Cyprus from 16th to 19th June with the goal of qualifying for the Group II playoffs later in the year. We wish Cian, his co- captain and his team the very best of luck. You will find an in-depth interview with Cian and other interesting tennis news in the latest Munster ACE magazine.


Visitors
The committee have agreed to allow members to bring a guest into the club from the 1st of July. We would ask that you ensure that the guest is made aware and follows the clubs Covid guidelines at all times. The normal rules around guests are as follows:
No guests can play during Midweek Peak Times.
Visitors/Guests must be booked in on the ebooking Online System at all times.
Visitors/Guests fee is €5.00 which must be paid when the member is making the booking.
No member may introduce more than one visiting player at any one time.
Nor may any visitor be introduced more than 4 times in any one season.

Club Night/ Hitting Practice
Hitting practice with coach Mark opens tonight at approx. 8pm for Thursday. To enter and pay (3 Euro) all you have to do is to login to E-booking, click on any court for Thursday at 8pm and click enter. This week’s organizer is Mick Murray. If the event is full, can you please email captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com. Also, if you enter and can’t make it, please email and we can fill your spot with someone on the waiting list.

Captains Update - 8th May 2021

Club Night/ Hitting Practice
Booking for Hitting Practice with coach Mark opens tomorrow evening at approx 8pm for Next Thursday. 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 Laura. If the event is full, can you please email captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com. Also, if you enter and can’t make it, please email and we can fill your spot with someone on the waiting list.
Grading
For those members who are not yet graded we will look to run another grading session in late May 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. We are hoping to see a return to competitions in June.
Cardio Tennis
Cardio Tennis is a mix of tennis technique and fitness drills with coach Michael Russell. A new six-week block is starting on Tuesday 11th May up to Tuesday 15th June, 11 am - 12 pm, cost is €60. There are usually 6 people in a group and there are 3 spaces in this block so if anyone is interested in taking part, please contact Karen on 085 7155893.
Round Robins
Our regular Club Round Robins will restart on the 1st of June. These consist of Singles, Men’s & Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles ladders and run throughout the year. If you would like to join any of these then please contact John Gargan (086 1737191) who is the organizer. 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.
Tennis Injuries
If you're stiff from your first few games, there is very good webinar on shoulder and back Injuries below. Worth a look.
Finally,
The club hopes to engage with the nearby schools in terms of coaching come next September. It would be handy to have a few spare adult or junior rackets. If you have any old rackets that you would like to donate could you drop them down to the club between 10 and 3pm next Saturday (15th). Just leave them on the table under the veranda.

Captain's Update - 5th May 2021

Good news this evening on many fronts, effective from 10th May 2021.
  • Cardio and Adult group Coaching can resume. 
  • Hitting Practice will revert back to doubles and at normal time of 8pm from the 13th May 2021. 
  • Doubles Games are no longer restricted to households 
  • For now, we will not allow visitors. The main committee will meet on the 17th May and further communication will be sent out regarding the club's position on visitors thereafter.  
The full announcement from Tennis Ireland is contained HERE

Hitting Practice

The Club are holding a special Singles Hitting practice on Thursday May 6th.
There will be 2 sessions:  7pm and 8pm.
To enter and pay - 3 Euro - all you have to do is login to ebooking on Sunday 2nd May at 10.05pm.
Click on your preferred time for Thursday 6th May at 7pm or 8pm and then Click enter.
Coach Mark will hopefully be on hand to give some tips.
New members are especially welcome.

May Singles 'Friendly' Event

Captains Update - 18th April 2021

Singles “Friendly” Event
To start off on our return to tennis we plan to run a singles ladder event for the month of May only. Basically, players will be divided into groups within their grades. There is no charge, players will organise their own matches and provide their own tennis balls. We had 75 participants last year.
Entries or queries (Name and contact number) in by Wednesday 28th April at 8 pm to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com 

Court Rules The recently communicated weekend peak rules will be in place on our return. There are a couple of very minor tweaks so please familiarize yourself with these rules. Please note that the 3-hour peak booking rule for midweek does not carry into the weekend peak. Details are here -  “Weekend Peak Hours and Coaching Rules”.

Court Bookings
Court booking will reopen on Wednesday 21st for booking on Monday the 26th. Please note that the new booking time is 10.05pm. If you have forgotten your login details, then please send in an email to ctcmanagementsystem@gmail.com and Myriam will be able to help you out.

Membership
Finally, a quick reminder that membership is now due. Please login to Easypayments and check under Renewals. For any inquiries please contact Antoinette at membership@carrigalinetennisclub.com 

See you all on the 26th!!.

Captains Update - 25th March 2021

Munster Tennis AGM
The Munster Tennis AGM was held on 24th March 2021 via Zoom. We are pleased to say that our motion regarding Grade 2 players was passed. In summary any Grade 1 player downgraded to Grade 2 will immediately be upgraded to Grade 1 if they achieve 200 points in their first year in Grade 2.
For all the information on the AGM (including a great piece from head coach Cian Blake) please click on the link to the Report at the end of this update.

World Tennis Number – Coming soon in 2021.
Tennis Ireland has been working closely with the International Tennis Federation for over two years in the development of the ITF World Tennis Number, and it is now nearly ready to launch. The ITF are creating the world's largest tennis community and Tennis Ireland will be a part of it. ITF World Tennis Number is for all tennis players, regardless of age, gender or ability and will be:

  • A Real-time skill level rating for both Singles and Doubles. 
  • Your Number will be between 40-1 
  • Beginners start at 40 
  • Pro players will be closer to 1 
  • A Way to find opponents evenly matched to you. 
  • A Tool to track your progress based on your actual performance. 
More Details

Annual Club Table Quiz

The Club will be running the Annual Table Quiz this year via Zoom using the Kahoot App on Friday the 26th of March at 8.00pm.

Quiz Master  will be John McDermott and the Entry Fee will be €10 per household.
Payment can be made on easypaymentsplus from this evening - Login and look under "Fund Raising"


Further details on the Format will be available a couple of days beforehand. A Great Night is promised.
If you have any queries email social@carrigalinetennisclub.com 
If any Member would like to offer Spot Prizes for the Event please email social@carrigalinetennisclub.com 


Captains Update - 16th March 2021

Virtual Fitness Class - Sat 20th March
The last of our Online Fitness Classes takes place this Saturday at 10am. To register you just need to login to the eBookingOnline System, go to Sat 20th March and click on the event. Please support if you can. Lots of stretching exercises to ease you back into playing and to help you keep injury free.

Table Quiz
Don’t forget our great Annual table quiz on the 26th March. 
Further Details

Court Bookings Time
In our recent Club Survey we asked members if they wished to change the booking time of Courts from 8pm to 10pm. A slim majority voted in favour of moving so on our return to play the courts will open for booking at 10.05pm. This will be for a trial period and will be reviewed at the AGM in November.
We hope to present the overall findings of the entire survey in the coming weeks.

Lights
Finally, we just want to make our Members aware that the Committee is looking at the possibility of having the lights for our courts automated. So, you basically would pay for your lights when booking your court and there would be no need for tokens. We hope to possibly have this in place before the summer pending the findings of our review.

Have a great St Patrick's Day. Please God we might be back in April.

Virtual Fitness Class - Saturday 6th March 2020

Our Virtual Fitness Class is on again next Saturday 6th March at 10am.
Below are the details of the Class run by Eric. There is a very small fee of €2 euro per household. This is just to go towards the Coach. To Register you just need to login to the eBookingOnline System, go to Saturday 6th March and click on the Event. There was a great uptake last time round so please support if you can. If you have any queries or suggestions regarding these kind of Events then please email captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com

Class Details - Trainer Eric Curry (CSCS MSc)
Virtual Exercise classes designed to improve Health, Well-being and athletic movement for Tennis. The classes will contain a mixture of cardiovascular, strength, mobility and tennis specific exercises, bettering participants' health, fitness and physical capacity for the demands of Tennis. Progressions and regressions will be given for each exercise providing a suitable workout for all participants of varying abilities, age and training experience.

Captain's Update - 3rd February 2021

Australian Open Fantasy Competition 
Closing date is this Saturday 6th at 8pm. Promises to be a bit of fun. Don’t delay in getting your team in. Details were sent in previous emails.

Zoom Fitness Classes/Interview with a top Irish International tennis player
Coach Cian has very kindly offered to organise a couple of Zoom fitness classes in the coming weeks. He has also suggested that the club could organize an interactive session/interview with a top Irish international player. If you are interested in either event could you email your name to: Captain@CarrigalineTennisClub.com

Club Survey
Hopefully, you have all received an email regarding the club survey. If you didn’t and wish to participate then please contact Eddie at Chairperson@CarrigalineTennisClub.com
Your feedback is important.

Know the Rules.
A player posted this question in a recent Tennis Article:
My tennis partner hit me with a 100km/hr second serve and I took 5 mins to recover. Our opponents offered us a first serve on resumption. What is the ruling on this?
Answer: You are only allowed a 3-minute timeout in a match under Rule 29. By default, your partner should serve their second serve and not the first. He/she may need serving lessons too.

Updates - 1st February 2021

Australian open Fantasy Team Competition

Two weeks to the Australian Tennis Open and a welcome distraction.
Below are the links to the projected seeds for our Australian open Fantasy competition.
Australian Open 2021 - Mens Seedings

Australian Open 2021 - Women's Seedings

We are going to go with these seeds regardless of them changing. If a player pulls out before the start of the Open, you can replace them. So, start selecting your team!

Entry & Payment Details
You can enter as a team (of 2 people) or as an individual
Cost is 10 Euro if entering on your own or 5 Euro each if entering with a partner.
Payment can be made via easypaymentsplus.com  
Look under Social Events:
Australian Open - Individual Entry: If entering on your own
Australian Open - Partners Entry: If entering as a team

You can enter as many times as you like (individually or with different partners)
You must send in a name for your team to Captain@CarrigalineTennisClub.Com
The Basic selection rules are:
Each individual (or team) needs to pick 8 players from the main draw (4 men and 4 women)
Each individual (or team) must pick only one player in each of the 4 seeding groups (1-4, 5-8,9-12,13+)
If you pick a male tennis player seeded 1-4 then your next male pick must be ranked 5-8), followed by player seeded (9-12) and then seeded (13+)
Same with your Ladies selection.
You can pick any player outside of the top 16 too. Each win by any of your selection in the various rounds gets you 2 points. The top 8 will make the semi-finals.
Any questions or queries please reach out to our organizers, Alan K, Maria O’R and Donal L

Update on Hitting Wall Project

The design stage has been finalised and the next step is to secure planning permission for the proposed Hitting Wall. This planning application will be lodged in the coming days.
The club will be submitting their application to the Sports Capital Grant Programme to avail of funding for this project ahead of the deadline in March.
We will keep you updated regarding any further developments on the proposed hitting wall over the coming months.

Captain's Update - 17th December 2020

Just over a week to go now and looks like some People are hoping for Shiny New Rackets under the Tree whereas the rest of us will just be happy to see a nicely wrapped box of Tennis Balls. 

Club Night/ Hitting Practice
Hitting practice tonight with Mark has 5 spaces left if anyone fancies a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas. To enter, all you have to do is to login to ebooking, click on any court for tonight at 8pm and click enter. We will keep an eye on the weather and email people if there is a need to cancel.

Hot Toddy – 27th December 2020
Our traditional Hot Toddy event will take place on Sunday 27th December at 1pm. This year we will have limited numbers (24 Participants) and the Club House will have to stay closed. Hopefully, we’ll still have a good day’s Tennis. The Booking Sheet will open this Sunday night at 8pm. To enter as usual login to ebooking, click on any court on the 27th at 1pm and click Enter. Entry is 5 Euro. Prizes on the day.

January Lunch Time Hit
As there a lot of people working from Home or have days off during the week we are going to try and organise a lunch time hit during the month of January. The idea is for people to be placed in a group of a similar standard and to organise a friendly hit each week during the day for 40 mins or so (longer if time permits). You just need to tell your Boss you’re getting a haircut or something. No commitment needed! 
If you would like to participate then please email your name to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com.

Finally,
Please note the Munster Players Directory has now been updated and published on the Munster Tennis website.
As this is a manual exercise some errors can occur. It is the responsibility of each Player to ensure their entry is correct. Any corrections that are needed please email me and same can be rectified.  

Captains Update - 8th December 2020

Club Night/ Hitting Practice
Only 3 spots left for this Thursday 10th December. If you wish to enter all you have to do is to login to ebooking, click on any court for Thursday at 8pm and click enter.

Winter Festive Practice session 

This Sunday evening, Sunday 13th December, we are holding a practice session for Winter League Teams/ Summer Cup Teams or anyone who fancies a competitive practice game. As the forecast is bad for early part of the day, we have 2 late evening sessions: Grades 4 & 5 at 6pm and then Grades 2, 3 & 6 at 7.30pm. Just go online and book in your name. There is a cost of 3 Euro to cover cost of new tennis balls. A warm beverage is also on offer afterwards.

Traditional Hot Toddy Event
Each year we host a fun tournament after Christmas. With the Covid restrictions in place we will be limited in what we can run but we do plan to hold something on Sunday 27th December so put it in your diaries for now.

Booking time for Courts
It was proposed at the AGM to change the time for booking courts from 8pm to 10pm. The committee discussed the matter and it has been decided to ask this question to all members as part of a survey we play to send out early in January on various matters pertaining to the club.

Captains Update - 2nd December 2020

Great to see people back playing last night. A few loose shots to say the least were observed including our Covid-19 Officer getting one in the back. We are assured by the offender that it was accidental though.

Club House
Thanks a million Mary Malone & Liz Christie for looking after the Clubhouse for the last couple of years. Really appreciated! 
We would love if a couple of members would volunteer to take over their duties. If anyone has questions feel free to talk to either of the above Ladies, or send an email to Eddie at chairperson@carrigalinetennisclub.com 

Club Night/ Hitting Practice
Hitting practice for Thursday 10th December opens this Sunday evening at approx. 8pm-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.

Frost
With cold weather forecasted from tomorrow and people eager to get back playing players are advised not to play on slippery or frozen Courts especially early in the morning or late at night.

Saturday/Sunday 8am Bookings.
Courts may now be booked for 8am on either Saturday or Sunday. As Courts need to be cleaned during the week play at this time from Monday-Friday is not permitted.

2020 Annual General Meeting - Carrigaline Tennis Club

The Annual General Meeting of Carrigaline Tennis Club took place on Monday 23rd November 2020 at 8pm.
In keeping with COVID-19 restrictions and the current Level 5 Lockdown, this meeting took place via Zoom.
Committee for 2020/2021

Level 5 Restrictions 24th October 2020

Sadly there is no Adult Tennis permitted for the next 6 weeks.

On the positive side Junior coaching can resume. Juniors can continue with their coaching program but can only be present in the club with a coach.

Details of level 5 restrictions are HERE.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back soon.
In the meantime, we will try to organize some online events to pass the time. Check your emails, stay tuned and Stay Safe

Returning to Tennis - Updates 29th June 2020

Round Robins are suspended until further notice.

Captain's Update - 8th October 2020

Round Robins are suspended from today in line with Tennis Ireland Guidelines.

Hitting practice will continue for now but some changes will be tried out and communicated later in the week for ongoing nights. 

Cardio/Morning Adult Coaching will continue as normal

Catherine Mulhare Memorial Tournament planned for 17th & 18th October is postponed  

Winter League is deferred but teams will be announced shortly.

Captains Update - 4th October 2020

Summer Cup Finals
A week to go now to the eagerly awaited Summer cup finals in Limerick. There are limited number of supporters allowed. So, if you fancy a trip to Limerick to watch our Ladies 3 in action you must submit your name and phone number to captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com before 8pm Tuesday. If your name is not on the list, you won’t be able to simply turn up.

Tommy Jackson
Hard luck to our Tommy Jackson team who went down to defeat in Crosshaven yesterday. Despite the loss it was a great day for tennis and Tommy’s wife Ann was very appreciative of the efforts everyone made. A special thanks to our Captain on the day Mary Malone.

Club Night/ Hitting Practice
Hitting practice Booking Sheet opens on Sunday 4th October at approx. 8pm-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 Mick. If the event is full can please contact the organizer or email captain@carrigalinetennisclub.com.

Captains Update - 29th September 2020

Tommy Jackson Memorial Trophy
The Tommy Jackson memorial takes place this Saturday at 11am. Thanks to everyone who put their name forward. Hopefully, there will be opportunities for those not selected to play in other inter-club friendlies/Competitions throughout the winter months. Those selected will be contacted with their specific start time.

G2 Jack Daly & John Murphy / Majella Daly & Kasha Malysz
G3 Mark Rhys-Davies & Donal Lennon / Antoinette Mulcahy & Sarah O’Flynn
G4 Noel Ronayne & Alan Cogan / Mary Malone & Aoife Ni Chellachain
G5 Tom Noonan & Eamonn Hennessy / Georgina Daly & Helen Ronayne
G6 Ryan Holmes & Ger O’Connor / Niamh Malone & Emily Lennon

Winter League Trials
Winter league trials conclude this Sunday evening for those who have already put their names forward (including subs). We’d ask that everyone who can attend have their name on the booking sheet 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. Please note that the times are slightly different for each grade this week.
Singles. If you would like to put your name forward to play singles in Winter League and have not already done so please email you name to selectioncommittee@carrigalinetennisclub.com 

Club Tops
If anyone wishes to purchase or try on a club top (for Winter league etc) they can contact Karen at karen7holmes@gmail.com.
A selection of tops can be seen Here

Clean up
The Committee would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time on Saturday. The place does look amazing! Photographs in the Gallery.

Club Clean-up

Thanks to all the Members who turned out to help last Saturday morning.   And, to Ger who organised us all!

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