Key Junior Competitions

Key Competitions

 

1.    DLTC/Leinster Leagues

These are leagues run by the Dublin Lawn Tennis Committee and Leinster Tennis – typically Monkstown compete in Class 1 which is the highest standard, but we have also competed in Class 2 on occasion. The leagues are run on a round robin basis with winners and runners up going through to play-offs etc. There are generally three age groups – u12, u14 and u17/u18. Teams are selected by the coaches and parents are often asked to help out.

2.    Match play Competitions

The match play competitions are typically aimed at players who have reached a higher standard and would probably have a Leinster ranking. They are open to anyone who would like to improve their game but the standard is high. Age groups are u12 u14 u16 and u18. The first competition is to qualify for the Leinster match play finals – a kind of regional round. Then the top 8 or so from Leinster will go on to contest the National Finals. Monkstown juniors have been very successful in these competitions with Conor Gannon and Sean O’Rourke winning National titles in recent years and many others placed in the top 10 – a great achievement for a small club

3.    Junior Open Competitions

Many clubs run open tournaments for juniors and these can be great fun and a great way of improving your tennis. The standard in some of the big Leinster competitions  – such as Lansdowne and Donnybrook – can be very high, but almost all of them run plate events so children are guaranteed a couple of matches. Monkstown tends to have a lot of players playing in these tournaments so there is generally a good buzz around. Some of the tournaments outside Dublin can be more sociable and better fun. Details and on-line entry can be found on the TI tournament software website

4.    Fitzwilliam Irish Junior Championship

This is the premier event for junior tennis players in Ireland and is played in August each year in Fitzwilliam tennis club. You have to apply to enter and there are also qualifying rounds. Again Monkstown juniors have done very well here in recent years – Conor Gannon won the u12 singles title in 2014  and Julie Byrne was runner up in the u18 category in 2014 and again in 2015. There are typically 20 or more Monkstown juniors playing and many more go out there to support  – the tennis is wonderful and the atmosphere great – something to aspire to but also to enjoy supporting.

5.    Stars and Stripes Competition

The Stars and Stripes competition was set up jointly by Monkstown and Sandycove a number of years ago.  It was aimed at children who were doing tennis coaching and developing into competent players, but perhaps getting a little discouraged by the extremely high standard of the open and match play competitions, where it can be very difficult to get past round 1! Eight local clubs compete and there are 6 boys and 6 girls on the u12 and u14 teams. There is also an u18 competition – 3 boys and 3 girls on that team. The general rule is that it is open to children who are not ranked within the top 40/50 in Leinster – so children who may well be solid league players of the future but perhaps not aspiring to individual careers in tennis. There is a strong emphasis on the social aspect and the tournament does not count for ranking points (performances in open tournaments and match plays earn ranking points – this is how players obtain Leinster rankings). The Stars and Stripes tournament is run twice a year  – Spring and Autumn for all age groups

6          Monkstown Junior Championship

This is the main internal competition for Monkstown players and there are a large number of events  – singles and doubles for boys and girls in all age groups. The finals day is always a great day with wonderful tennis on display and a relaxed atmosphere around

7.         Junior Handicap event

 This is the one that every child has a chance in!! Handicaps are given by the coaches and we really try to get as many children as possible to participate. The finals day is always on the Friday and a barbecue is provided   – we also try hard to get good weather which helps!!

8          Internal Fun Tournaments

These are informal fun competitions run for all age groups and standards – depending on demand – at mid-term and Easter time. Sign- up sheets will be in the club and details will also generally be on the web