Junior June Newsletter

Junior newsletter covering the period up to June  – when it really starts to get hectic! First thing is to take note of the two key dates for Junior competitions which are as follows: Make sure to get your entries in as they really are great fun and the highlight of the junior year

Junior Handicaps –             4th to 8th July

Junior Championship  –     18th to 24th July

Also a reminder that there are a number of summer camps available to suit all ages and standards – details are on the club noticeboard. Summer supervision starts on June 20th and Adrienne Cusack will be on duty from 10 till 5 but remember that juniors need to leave the premises between 1pm and 2.15pm as advised in our previous newsletter

The juniors have had a very busy and productive first half of the year. The stand out performance was definitely Rachel Hartnett making the final of the u16 national match play tournament – very well done to her on a wonderful performance. David Cullen, Fergus O’Rourke Roy Keegan and Matthew Earle also made the top 10 in the national finals which is wonderful for the club.

 Junior leagues and Stars and Stripes

 The juniors  played in two Leinster tennis junior leagues – u12 girls and u18 mixed. The u18 mixed team was unlucky not to qualify, coming third in their group but with some great performances. Well done to Harry Crossan, Gary Kelly,  David Keane, Jerome Doyle, Rachel Hartnett, Anna Schwer, Claire Doyle, Lara Sommerville, Sarah McAuley and Julie Ringrose.

The u12 girls faced some stiff competition in their section and although they did not qualify, again had some great matches. Well done to Lucy Schwer, Orna MCMorrow, Isobel Aherne, Ellie Lyons,  Monica Doyle, Libby Kerr, Lucy Hartnett and Isobel Murphy

In the Stars and Stripes competition the u12 girls team won the Girls cup which was a great achievement ! Very well done to the team, they really performed well throughout the competition. Lucy Schwer, Monica Doyle, Ellie Collins, Orna McMorrow, Isobel Aherne, Libby Kerr, Lucy Hartnett, Isabelle Blake, Sarah Ruttle, Freya Claffey, Clara McGannon, and Alex Cullen.

In the boys competition the U12 boys teams showed huge enthusiasm and many boys got to play during the competition. Many thanks to those who played – Theo Claffey, Daniel Schwer, Charlie Woodcock, Con McCarthy, Richard Kinsella, Rees Dowling, Daniel Kelly, Rory Finlay, Sam McGannon, Charlie Mc Morrow, Marcus O’ Donnell, Luke Fitzgerald, Mark Fitzgerald & Gavin Holahan.

In the u18 competition, which is mixed, the team were pipped by a single point in the semi-final and then won the third/4th place play off. Well done to James McCabe, Patrick Byrne, Mark Earle, Harry Shaw, Caoimhe Byrne, Sarah McGee, Anna Schwer, Claire Doyle and Sarah McAuley

In the u14 competition the team did very well to qualify for the main semifinals and finished third overall which was great. The team was:  Girls:  Nicole O’Connell, Suzanne Cullen, Sophie Walsh, Alex Purcell, Izabella Boyne, Eva O’Sullivan, Eve Murray, Lauren Ennis, Eva Rose Melvin and the Boys were: Oliver Kennedy, Harry Kelly, Peter Shaw, Philip Bolger, David Dunne, Louis Devlin, Ross McCabe, Sam McGannon and Joshua Fitzpatrick

Junior Tournaments

The juniors have been playing in a number of open tournaments – although the main season is really getting underway now. There were some great performances, the key ones being Fergus O ‘Rourke: won a couple of u18 titles outside of the main Dublin events and also reached the semi finals in Templeogue in both singles and doubles; Josh Mackey: Won Castlebar u14 doubles and was a semifinalist in the singles, also semifinalist in doubles in Templeogue;  Matthew Earle: finalist in the u14 doubles in Templeogue and a semi-finalist in the singles; Rachel Hartnett: semifinalist in Malahide  u16; David Cullen:  semi-finalist at u18 in Brookfield; Roy Keegan (also a member in David Lloyd): won the Castlebar tournament and was a semi-finalist in Mullingar and Templeogue and Charlie McMorrow who was a semi-finalist in the doubles in Brookfield. Very well done to them all

Fun Tournaments

There have been a number of fun tournaments so far this year, but the main one was definitely the February mid-term one which was combined with a cake sale. There will be more of these over the summer

Parent and Child Tournament

This was held on the bank holiday Monday and as usual was a great success.  There were six sections this year and the winners were as follows:

Section 1        :           Rob  & Lara  Kelly

Section 2                    Lorna & Dan  Kelly

Section 3                    Ciaran & Ronan Bolger

Section 4                    Willie & Aaron Dunne

Section 5                    Jackie  &  Sean Colfer

Section 6                    Peter  & Charlie  Woodcock

 Lots of buzz around the club!  

Summer Trips

As advised earlier in the year there will be a number of trips this year. A group of u12/U14 girls is going to the Castlebar Open this month and a group of u18 boys and girls will be going to Rushbrook in Cork in August  – we will have all the results in the autumn newsletter

Senior Leagues

It is particularly great to see the number of juniors who have successfully made the transition to the senior league teams – so many of them are playing with distinction it is impossible to name them all but I have to highlight a few! I’ll start with Rachel Hartnett , Anna Schwer and Lara Sommerville who are playing on the senior ladies teams for the first time this year – Rachel has already helped the ladies first team to the Class 2 winter league final and promotion to Class 1 and is playing superbly on the Ladies first team in Summer league.  

Both Rachel and Anna are doing their junior cert but have still found time to play for the club so well done to them. For the men, David Cullen was excellent in the no 1 doubles on the men’s first team helping them to win the Class 2 event and promotion to Class 1 and that team also included Fergus O Rourke and Gary Galvin.

The current men’s second team which has already qualified for the Class 3 playoffs has 4 current juniors – Gary Galvin, Harry Crossan, David Keane and Gary Kelly and is captained by Kevin Wylde who has just left the junior ranks this year. This just highlights how important it is to keep bringing those juniors through so many thanks to Stephen and all the coaches for keeping the pipeline coming!

We would also like to congratulate Sarah Healy who is one of our u16 girls on her outstanding achievements in cross country running over the past few months, Sarah won both the national schools and clubs titles and to cap it off won the international schools event also! Very well done Sarah

Finally we really want to wish all of our juniors the very best of luck in the Junior and Leaving Cert  – nearly over now and we hope it all goes well!


Monkstown Junior committee