2011 Stars & Stripes U14 Autumn Tournament

The Monkstown LTC team had a great outing in Newtown Park on Saturday evening where they contested the final of the U14 Stars and Stripes. Newtown Park were the reigning champions and had already beaten Monkstown LTC in the pool matches so the competition was always going to be tough.

The format for the U14s is two singles and 2 doubles for both girls and boys and the singles matches all went on court first. Monkstown LTC’s No. 1 Neil Stokes had a wonderful game against James Walker – he was eventually beaten 8 – 5 but the quality of the tennis was the best many of us had seen in the competition so far. The second boys singles was also very high quality stuff with Newtown Park’s Daniel Walker proving just too strong for Monkstown LTC’s John O’ Mahony winning 11 – 2. Luckily Monkstown LTC’s girls came to the rescue! Monkstown LTC’s No. 1 Lucy Byrne went 4 – 1 down in a very tight match but showed fantastic character and resilience to come back and win 8 – 5. Siofra Watson – who is U12 – was in fantastic form winning all 13 games in her match, so after the singles it stood at Monkstown LTC 28 Newtown Park 24 – just 4 points in it!

In the doubles again it was all very close. Neil’s twin Jack Stokes and Gary Kelly won their No. 1 doubles 9 – 4 with some great rallies along the way and the girls’ No. 1 doubles – Caoimhe O’Connor and Amy McGovern lost a very close match 8 – 5. Then the No.2 boys’ doubles Stephen Connolly and Jack Ringrose built up a great early lead of 5 – 0 but in the comeback of the day, the Newtown Park pair pulled them back to 6 all and then won the tie-break to take the match 7 – 6. So once again –as it was in the U12 final – it all came down to the second girls’ doubles. However, on this occasion, the Monkstown LTC girls rose to the occasion and Juliette O’Flynn and Ciara Galvin won their match 10-3 to win the competition for Monkstown LTC 58 – 46 overall. Well done to all the players and to Jacqui Byrne and Aoife Stokes who managed the teams throughout the competition. This was Aoife’s third outing as manager of the boys’ team and she was unable to make the final this time so it was great to see the team make it third time lucky for her!!

Many thanks also to Newtown Park for hosting such a great evening of tennis and refreshments and to Suzi Walker for letting the kids play with her dog while the doubles matches were on – I think the poor dog ran about 4 marathons chasing the tennis balls that were fired out into the park for her to retrieve!!

In the shield final Blackrock beat Shankill in a repeat of the U12 pairing to make it a double for them so well done Roseann!

Many thanks again to all the parents who came out to support and enjoy such a fine evening of tennis.

Catherine Keane

Girls and Boys selected to represent Monkstown LTC are:

Lucy Byrne Stephen Connolly
Ciara Galvin Jack Hartnett
Rachel McAuley David Keane
Amy McGovern Gary Kelly
Caoimhe O’Connor Matt McCann
Juliette O’Flynn John O’Mahony
Lara Sommerville Jack Stokes
Siofra Watson Neil Stokes

Best of luck to the team!

League Table

Pool A



1 2 3 4



Newtown Park

  66     66


38   29   67

Monkstown LTC

  75   67 142


    37   37

Pool B

    1 2 3 4 Total


    34 65 99


    30 31 61


70 74     144


39 73     112



Date Home Team   Away Team
15/10/11 Monkstown LTC vs Blackrock
22/10/11 Shankill vs Monkstown LTC
05/11/11 Monkstown LTC vs Newtown Park


Date Cup Competition Shield Competition
12/11/11 Winners Pool A v R/Up B 3rd Pool A v 4th Pool B
  Winners Pool B v R/Up A 3rd Pool B v 4th Pool A
19/11/11 Cup Final Shield Final
  1st and 2nd place play off 3rd and 4th place play off