Floodlight League

Monkstown Lawn Tennis Club has been in existence for over 130 years and has fielded numerous teams in many different leagues since its inception.  On Tuesday November 29th, history was made, when our top Ladies’ Team became the first from Monkstown to appear in a Class 1 League final.  Amy, Caroline, Jennifer and Lisa played some great tennis in defeating six other clubs to qualify, before coming up just short against Mount Pleasant on that momentous finals night at Lansdowne.  To make the evening even more special, the Ladies 2nd Team were in action in the Class 3 final where they were beaten by Laytown/Bettystown, but gained promotion to Class 2!  The level of support the girls received that night cannot go without mention.  There were nine different clubs competing on the finals night and it is not an exaggeration to say that the Monkstown ‘fans’ outnumbered the combined total of all those from the other clubs!!

The Ladies 3rd team, which included two juniors, Elizabeth McGee and Ciara MacKenna also perfomed very well, and qualified from their section in Class 5 before bowing out in the play-offs.  On the Men’s side, the first Men’s team to ever represent the Club led by former Irish No. 1 Scott Barron, and with youngster Sean O’Rourke in the ranks, were one match away from emulating the achievement of the girls, but went down 2-1 in the Class 1 semi final against Trinity.  It was, however, a successful campaign with some fantastic tennis on view for the spectators to enjoy.

Simon Cusack was the junior ‘representative’ on the 2nd team which did fantastically well to win their section in Class 2 before narrowly losing to a very strong Glasnevin team (the eventual winners) in the quarter finals.  The team was just two matches away from another historic achievement ie having two teams competing in Class 1 at the same time!

Not to be outdone, the Men’s 3rd team, with Jack Crossan in their ranks, also made it to the play-offs, this time in Class 3, before going out to a strong Trinity 2nd team.

A fantastic league campaign overall, with all six teams progressing to the knock-out stages of the competition, the Ladies 1st team creating a little bit of history, the supporters magnificent and a large number of junior players contributing to this success!  Well done all!

Stephen