2010 Stars & Stripes U12 Spring Tournament – Week 4

Monkstown LTC vs Shankill

A Beautiful Evening in Shankill….

The second last fixture of the competition for the Monkstown LTC team took place in Shankill on Saturday evening and was a really enjoyable evening for all concerned. We had 18 children playing there as well as a further 4 boys playing an internal friendly at home, so a busy night!

The girls were first up and the first pairing of Amy McGovern and Ciara Galvin had a really tough task against a very strong Shankill pair. There were great rallies and some very well contested points, but Shankill were just too strong and came out on top 12 games to 1. Great to see the 4 girls sitting down afterwards for some drinks and a chat and a laugh! The second pairing of Rachel Norton and Aisling Walsh had a great game – pulling back from 4-2 down to level it at 4 all. However the Shankill pair just pulled away at the crucial time to go 7-5 ahead – not even the rap tune that Aisling composed could prevent them! The girls won the tie break to make it a final score of 7-6 for Shankill – but a well earned 6 points for Monkstown LTC. The final pairing of Julia Healy and Caoimhe Byrne, who was making her debut in the competition, defied all the odds and came up with a really wonderful performance winning the game 8 games to 5 – really well done girls. Overall then it was a 24-15 win for the Shankill girls, but a really good evening’s tennis so well done to everybody.

In the boys’ competition we had two teams playing. The first pair up were Jack Gannon – making his debut for Monkstown LTC in the competition – and John O Mahony. They were up against the league pairing who had narrowly lost to the U12 Class1 Monkstown LTC team, so it was very tough opposition. The quality of the tennis was really first rate, but Shankill came out on top in the end by 10 games to 3 – a really good game much enjoyed by the many parents who had come to support. The second pairing of Harry Crossan and David Keane just clicked on the night and the boys played great doubles with some quality volleys to come out on top by 11 games to 2. All down to the third pair then – Gary Kelly and Sean Desmond. You might think they would have felt some pressure, but laid back was the word! Literally! At one point all four boys decided to take a little break, get some water in the clubhouse and lie down on the ground beside the net to let it digest!! Anyway, we will forgive them because it clearly worked and Sean and Gary came back from 3 love down to pull ahead and come out on top by 8 games to 5 – well played boys. So the boys’ team result was Monkstown LTC 22 Shankill 17, keeping the boys in the hunt for the boys’ competition. Overall result for the combined 6 girls 6 boys team on the night then was a narrow 41 to 37 point victory for Shankill.

In the boys only section Monkstown LTC played exceptionally well. The first pairing of Gary Galvin and Patrick Byrne won by 11 games to 2 and played a wide variety of shots – including one from Patrick which I could best describe as Bachman Turner Overdrive – who the older members among us might remember had a hit with a song called “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet” – very apt! No 2 pairing of Jack Hartnett and Alex Boyne also had a great match – with some wonderful recoveries from Jack and great volleys from Alex – they won 9 games to 4. The final pairing of Greg O’Carroll and Adam McGovern was just great. They had never played a competitive match before the competition started and had been quite apprehensive about it all – but the improvement in the 4 weeks has been really amazing and they won their match 11 games to 2 so really well done guys.

The final game was an internal match played in Monkstown LTC which was very narrowly won 10 games to 9 by Jack Clapham and Hugo Donnellan who beat Eoghan Clarke and Matthew McCann. I know I know, that does not add to 13 but they were having such fun that Clodagh Murray – who had kindly agreed to look after them – just hadn’t the heart to stop them – that is until it came to kick off time for the Leinster match – and then that was definitely that!!!

Catherine Keane