Monday, 24 December 2012

Sam & Chloe Magee take 2 Titles in Turkey

Early christmas present's all round as Sam and Chloe Magee secure mixed doubles and Chloe takes the singles title at the 2012 Turkish Open.
Congratulations from everyone at the E.L.T & B. Club.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Megan Bredin selected on the Irish U17 Team

Megan Bredin has just been selected on the Irish U17 Badminton Team that will represent Ireland at the Catalunya U17 Open on the 16/17th of Feb 2013.

This is another fantastic honour for the Club as Megan becomes our 13th Junior Badminton International. Her father Al (current Irish U15 Coach) was a Junior International along with Donie O'Halloran, David Browne, Joyce McInerney, Rowan Eade, Catherine O'Shea, Darryl Eade, Amir Intisar, Ruth Kilkenny, Ciara Pender, Joanne Flanagan and current U15 International Moya Ryan.

Congratulations Megan. Do us proud in Barcelona!!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Autumn League Tennis Finals

The autumn league finals were held on Wednesday dec 12 last. 24 competitors did battle on a beautiful crisp December evening.  6 semi finals were played followed by the finals with some exciting and extremely close fought matches.
This was followed by a social gathering in the bar to celebrate the end of what has been a great event and indeed a great tennis year.
The final results were:
Section 1Winners: dave Quinn & Siobhan O Donovan
R-up: Chris Rudland & Maria Dolan

Section 2Winners: Tom Davis & Roisin Breheny
R-up: Kevin Starling & Aoife Quinn

Section 3Winners: Gareth Ruanr & Joanne Clancy
R-up: Tom Byrne & Una Cummins

Thanks to everyone who took part in this tournament and those who supported the finals night.

The Tennis committee wishes all the tennis players a happy and peaceful Christmas and we look forward to an even better 2013 tennis year for the club.

Go raibh maith agaibh go leir agus Nollaig Shona doibh

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Munster U13 Closed Div 1 & Div 2

The Munster U13 Badminton Closed Div 1 & Div 2 will be held on Sunday the 20th Jan 2013 in U.L. Entries can be made online by going to  Munster U13 Closed.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Munster Winter Tennis League

Ennis Teams were in action again this weekend with Ennis Div 3 hosting Canon Hayes of Tipperary whilst Div 5 travelled to Cork to do battle with Bishopstown.

Div 3 team of Dave Keane Aidan Foley Margaret Flanagan and Maria Dolan managed a respectable score of 3/2 in favour of the Tipp side in what was always going to be a challenging draw. Despite this result however Ennis remain very much in contention at the halfway stage of the competition. With 4 teams competing for 2 positions Limerick Lawn are maintaining a narrow lead with the remaining 3 teams all carrying the same number of points!
The second round legs will be the deciding factor but at this stage having seen the competition Ennis are very much still in the running.

Div 5 meanwhile continued their winning streak with a superb away victory over bishopstown. The Team of Dave Quinn Chris Rudland Teresa Curtin and Elizabeth Tuohy managed a 3/1 win to leave them leading their group at the halfway stage.

Div 6 are also well ahead in their group going into the Christmas break and confidence is high that if they can keep up the pressure they should comfortably qualify for the knockout stages.

Congrats to all members for representing their club so well.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Irish Badminton Open

Dubliner Scott Evans won the men’s singles at the Carlton Irish Badminton Open today (Sun) at Baldoyle – a first home victory in this competition for almost forty years.
It was an emotional win for Evans, a double Olympian, who made the final in 2008 and has reached six other European circuit finals without ever taking a win.
In the women’s final, Chloe Magee, who had won the mixed doubles with Karen Bing in 2007, was making her first appearance in a singles final against 18-year-old Line Kjaersfeldt from Denmark. Magee struggled, trailing 10-18 in the opening game, but then underlining her fighting spirit when she pulled the score back to 20-20. She had a set point at 21-20, but failed to convert it. Kjaersfeldt then won the next two points to take the set 23-21.Magee played with more drive in the second set, winning 21-18, but her rival always had the edge in the tie-breaker, winning 21-18 and taking her first singles title at this level.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

All 3 Senior Tennis Teams are Top of their Groups

Our 3 teams are performing very strongly in their respective divisions in the Munster Leagues.
Div 6 continued their strong showing by defeating Tralee last Sunday to leave them currently top of their section.
Div 5 after one match are also top of their group with an away match against Bishopstown this Sunday.
Div 3 meanwhile scored a superb victory away to Sundays Well last weekend. A victory against arguably the provinces most prestigious club on their turf is no mean feat and leaves the Ennis team joint top after 2 matches with a home fixture this weekend against Tipp side Canon Hayes.
Fantastic to see our club being represented so well and great to see so much interest amongst members to play in these events.

Tennis Autumn League Finals & Xmas Party

The Finals take place on Wed 12th Dec.The format will be similar to the May doubles with semis and finals being played on the same night. 24 competitors will be taking part, but everyone is welcome to come and support the event.
There will be a festive athmosphere with finger food and a free raffle for small spot prizes on the night.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Moya and Alexandra win in Ulster and Munster

Moya Ryan and Alexandra Troy excelled over the weekend. Moya won the Ulster U15 Open Singles and Mixed (with Matthew Lightbody Lisburn) in Lisburn. She was defeated in the Girls Doubles Final (with Rachael Woods Lisburn). Lana Browne won the Singles Plate, and Karen MacNamara also performed well.

Alexandra Troy won the treble at the Munster U11 Close. She took the Singles, Doubles (with Zoe O'Herlihy Cork) and Mixed with Daniel O'Meara from Killaloe. Roisin Moore was defeated in the Girls Plate Final.
Other Ennis players who competed were Jack Browne, Meibh Dorgan, Grace Molloy and Emer Murray. Log onto the Tournament Software sites below for details.
Munster U11 Close

Junior Tennis News

Ennis were well represented at the Tennis Ireland Munster Branch Provincial Match Play Tennis 10's by Roisin Moore age 9 and Rhona Kerney age 9 which took place in Ballinlough Tennis Club, Cork last weekend. Both girls played brilliantly against stiff competition from players from Limerick,Cork, Waterford and Tipperary and progressed to the play off stages of the competition but despite their gallant efforts were both beaten in the tie breaks.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Tennis News

Autumn League

Despite some inclement weather over the recent past members are endeavouring to complete their sections in the Autumn League.

It has been decided that the final date for match completions will be friday December 7.
The provisional date for the Finals to be played is Tuesday December 11....This date is to be confimed and members should keep an eye on notice board for confirmation. The top 2 in each group will qualify for this final play off.
Remember if you have not paid €5 is due!!

Munster Winter League 

For the first time in years we have entered Teams in 3 divisions. It is great to see so many members interested in travelling and competing for their club.
Ennis has got off to a strong start in most divisions:
Div 3 played Limerick Lawn and the team of Aidan Foley Dave Keane Ann and Helen Gallery were narrowly defeated in a 3/2 scoreline in a tightly fought 3 set Ladies Doubles.
Next match is an away fixture to Sundays Well followed by Cannon Hayes on Dec 9 at home
Div 4 have played just one match against Canon Hayes and achieved a great win of 3-1 with Dave Quinn Chris Rudland Teresa Curtin and Liz Tuohy flying the flag for the club.
Div 5 are storming ahead with a superb 4-0 win against Bandon courtesy of Sean Carroll Wayne Burke Mary Healy and Una O Reilly, This was followed by a tightly fought battle against Whitechurch resulting in a 2-2 scoreline with Wayne and Mary this time teaming up with Declan Cusack and Aileen Daffy.
All matches won count as a point so with a lot of matches ahead a lot of points up for grabs.
Keep an eye on the booking sheets. Come down and support our teams in their home fixtures. Gurranteed exciting tennis and an opportunity to show off our superb facilities.

Turkey Blitzes

It is hoped to run off a couple of Blitzes (American Tournament style) before Christmas. Keep an eye on the board!

Monday, 26 November 2012

The Munster Badminton Juvenile Inter-County Championships

Clare U17
The Munster Juvenile Inter-County Championships were held in the Sports Arena in UL on Sunday 25 Nov. 18 teams from all over Munster competed on the 12 courts, with 180 participants.  For a tournament that only started four years ago it is now one of the biggest one day junior badminton events in the Country. There were four age groups Under 11, 13, 15 and 17. In Clare over 70 juniors attended trials to select the teams.
Clare U15


Clare were winners of the U15 and U17 titles, and R-Up in U13. The U11 team played very well also. The Clare teams are: (23 Ennis members highlighted)


Clare U11
Clare U13

U11Clare: Cillian O'Riordain, Emer Murray,Sean Flynn, Roisin Moore, Jack Browne,Grace Molloy, Oisin Clune, Alice Gleeson, Adam Greenan, Molly Fennessy.

U13ClareAaron Moloney, Alexandra Troy, Ronan Foley, Aisling O’Meara, Cian Flanagan, Katie Browne , Daniel O'Meara, Aoife Power, Eoin Power, Sadhbh Fennessy.

U15Clare:  Maurice Molloy, Karen MacNamara, David Moloney, Lana Browne, Ciaran Hickey, Aine Ryan, Brian Meaney,Sally Molloy, Brendan Dolan, Siobhan O’Connell.

U17Clare: Cian Fitzgerald- Bradley, Moya Ryan, Ciaran O'Brien, Ciara Dwyer, Sean Hanrahan, Megan Bredin, Eoin Flynn, Amy MacNamara, David McGrath, Kate Ryan.

Leinster U12 Badminton Open

No. 1 seed Ronan Foley won the Leinster Open U12 Boys Singles and was R-Up in the Doubles last Sat. in Terenure. This was his second Provincial title, as he is the current Munster U11 Boys champion.
Current U11 Munster Girls champion Alexandra Troy partnered Katie Browne to the final of the U12 Girls Doubles. The No 1 seeds were defeated 21-19 in the third set of the final.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Connacht Junior Badminton Open U13 & U17

13 juniors from the Club (with 13 adults in support) took part in the Connacht Open last weekend in Galway. As this was a ranking event for places on Irish Teams, most of the top players on the island were present,
The Club had 9 entries in the U17 competitions. These were Moya Ryan, Megan Bredin, Ciara Dwyer, Amy and Karen MacNamara, Lana Browne, Aine Ryan, Maurice and Sally Molloy.
There were 5 entries in the U13 competitions. These were Ronan Foley, Alexandra Troy, Seosamh Ryan, Patrick Bugler and Katie Browne.
Moya Ryan and Megan Bredin reached the Final of the U17 Doubles where at one set all Moya had to retire with an injured back. Ciara Dwyer and Megan reached the Semi Finals of the U17 Singles, where unfortunately both were defeated. There were also excellent performances from Karen and Amy, Aine and Lana, and Maurice and Sally in the Singles and Doubles.
All the U13 players played well, and gained invaluable experience at this level. They are all eligible to play U13 next year.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

125th Anniversary weekend 12th, 13th and 14th July 2013

There will be a meeting at the Club this Tuesday (20th Nov.) at 8pm to form a Committee to organise events for the 125th weekend celebrations next July. The Old Ground is booked for Sat 13th July in the Main Hall with over 180 people expected. These will include members and former members of the Ennis Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club, The Ennis Badminton Club, The Fergus Lawn Tennis Club and the Co. Clare Lawn Tennis Club and invited guests.  
There will also be a series of events over the weekend that could include the book launch of the history of the Club, a tournament with a dress code similar to 1888, a BBQ and exhibition match. This weekend will also be part of the Gathering, as former members from abroad are hoping to attend. Over 130 attended the Fergus L.T.C. Reunion in 2000.
If you would like to help organise this event please come along this Tuesday at 8pm, or contact

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Christmas Party for Junior Members

On Sunday 9th December 2012 we will be holding a Christmas Party for Junior Badminton and Tennis members.

Before the party, there will be separate badminton and tennis blitzes starting at 10:30am.  The blitzes will be team events with a mix of all ages and standards.

This will be followed (at approx 2pm) by a Christmas Party which will include a disco with DJ, Darryl Eade, a visit from Santa Claus, presentation of prizes, food, fun & games.

If a Junior member is not able to play in the blitz they are still welcome to come along to the party.  In addition, sisters and brothers of junior members are very welcome to come to the party.

The cost is €5 for 1 child or €10 for a family.

To book a place for your child/children please complete the form below or pick up a form at the club.  Post the form and money in an envelope marked Junior Christmas Party and post in the letterbox under the computer in the clubhouse on/before Friday 30th November.

We would like to have some spot prizes to hand out on the day.  If you are able to donate a spot prize or two it would be greatly appreciated.  You can either wrap the spot prize and put a label on it indicating whether it’s for a boy or girl and approx age.  Alternatively we will wrap the spot prize. We suggest gifts for around €5 or less. Please give your gift(s) to one of the organisers or drop to the office.

Also we will be looking for homemade goodies, both savoury and sweet, so for all budding Nigella Lawson’s out there we are calling for your help.  Please drop me an email to let me know if you can assist.

We will be in touch with further details in due course.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions or would have a few hours available to help with organising this party either in advance or on the day please do let us know.   

Finally, this party will ONLY be successful if we get enough Junior members attending so please sign up before Friday 30th November.

Don’t hesitate to contact one of the organisers below if you have any questions.

The Organisers

Assumpta Murray
086 8152404
Siobhan McSweeney
086 0243737
LyzAnne Kearney
086 8126941
Marie Moore
086 8100333
Shelly Hegarty
087 9690664
Teresa Curtin
087 2418806

Ennis Junior Badminton & Tennis Club
Christmas Party
Sunday 9th December 2012
Timings :

Blitz – 10:30am to 1:30pm
Party – 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Attendance & Payment Form

Child Name
Attending Blitz
(indicate whether Tennis
or Badminton)
Attending Party
Accompanied by Parent

Payment – €5 for one child / €10 for family – please indicate amount enclosed


Thursday, 8 November 2012

Senior Badminton Blitz

The results for last Monday's (Nov 5th) Senior Blitz were:

1st   Caoimhe Byrne & Margaret Flanagan
2nd  Evelyn Ahern & Maura Spring
3rd   Patricia O'Reilly & Maeve Flouch

Well done to all who took part.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Senior Badminton Schedule

New  Senior Badminton Schedule starting Monday 5th November.
Mon.:   8-10pm  Div 6 and beginners. 2 Courts.
Tues. : Will O/Neill Coaching 8-9pm  Div 6 & Beginners, (€6 per hour)  
             9-10pm Div 3, 4 & 5. (€6 per hour)
Wed:    8-10pm  Div 5 on Court 1, Div 3&4 on Court 2.
Thurs:   7-8pm Div 1, 8-10pm Court 1 club coaching, Court 2 open for bookings.
Players that wish to play on the Div 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Club Teams please contact Badminton Captain Niall Thornton at The Clare Leagues begin in January.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Will O'Neill Senior Badminton Coaching

Former Badminton International and top coach Will O'Neill is available for senior coaching on Tuesday nights from 8 to 9pm and 9 to10 pm.

Contact Badminton Captain Niall Thornton if you are interested. The coaching is for Div 6 and beginners 8 - 9pm and Div 3,4 & 5 between 9 - 10pm. The cost is €6 per hour (lights and shuttles included).

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Moya Ryan takes three titles at the Munster Juvenile Open

Irish U/15 International Moya Ryan played some of her best ever badminton to take three titles at the Munster Juvenile Open held at the Sports Arena in U.L. last weekend. The tournament had over 236 entries from all over the island north and south fighting for the coveted titles at U13, U15 and U17 levels. Moya won the U15 Girls title on Sunday when she defeated Kate Frost from Terenure 21-14, 22-20 in a cracking final. She then went on to win the U15 Mixed Final with Matthew Lightbody from Lisburn. She had already won the U17 Mixed Doubles with Matthew on Saturday. Moya also reached the U17 Girls final with her clubmate Megan Bredin. They lost by the closest of margins 21-17, 22-24, 14-21.  Other Ennis players that competed were Amy and Karen MacNamara, Seosamh and Aine Ryan, Patrick Bugler, Ciara Dwyer, Maurice and Sally Molloy, Alexandra Troy, Lana and Katie Browne. For all the details on the tournament go to Munster Juvenile Open .
U15 Girls Final Kate Frost, Mary Browne and Moya Ryan
Megan and Moya with Oliver Deady
President of Munster Junior Badminton 
U15 Mixed finalists: Kerri Scott (Lisburn), Matthew (Lisburn)
Mary Browne Secretary of Munster Junior Badminton,
Moya Ryan and Paul Reynolds (Terenure)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Will O'Neill and Darryl Eade Exhibition Match

Former Senior International and Professional player Will O'Neill will play former Junior International and Munster No. 1 Darryl Eade this coming Tuesday 16th Oct at 9pm at the Club. All adult players are very welcome to attend. It should be a great match, and will be followed by a meeting with the Senior Badminton Captain Niall Thornton to outline upcoming events for the rest of the year.  

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Karen MacNamara and Lana Browne win the Sligo Open

Top seeds Karen MacNamara and Lana Browne won the Sligo Badminton Open U/15 Doubles on Sat 29th September. This was the first tournament of the season and all players were happy to be back in competition. After a a slow start in the earlier rounds Karen and Lana kept their best performance for the final where they were convincing winners.

Karen comleted the double by taking the Mixed Title in style with her Dublin partner. Both girls were narrowly beaten in the semi final stages of the singles.
Ronan Foley reached the final of the boys U/13 doubles with his Ulster partner. Other Ennis players who travelled were Alexandra Troy and Katie Browne who also performed very well in the U/13 tournament.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Tennis Club Championships 2012 sponsored by the Cassidy Family

Singles Finals 
Mens A Singles:   David Clohessy def. Robert Carkhill
Ladies A Singles:  Alice Twomey def. Rose Lambert
Mens B Singles:  Daniel O Connell  def. David Lasbleye
Ladies B Singles: Mary Healy def.Claire Duffy
Mens C Singles:  Dave Elliott def. Killian Horgan

Doubles Finals
Mens A Doubles: Robert Carkill & David Clohessy def. Tim Horgan & Eoin Power
Ladies A Doubles: Ann & Helen Gallery def. Elizabeth Tuohy & Teresa Curtin
Mens B Doubles: Noel Hurley & Jude Mckenna def. Chris Rudland & Bill Twomey
Ladies B Doubles: Mary Healy & Michelle Cawley def. Colette Fannin & Aoife Rice-Quinn
Mens C Doubles: Tom Byrne & Brendan Mullins def. Killian Horgan & Mahesh Dayalan 
Mixed Finals
Mixed A:  Dave Keane & Alice Twomey def. Robert Carkill & Angela O Sulivan 
Mixed B:  Ger Browne & Siobhan O'Donovan def. Joe Walsh & Colette Fannin 
Mixed C:  Steven Molloy & Siobhan McSweeney def. Mahesh Dayalan & Mary Burke  

All photos include Frank Cassidy (Sponsor) and Aidan Foley Tennis Captain.

C Mixed
Mens C Doubles
Mens C Singles
B Mixed

Ladies B Doubles

Mens B Doubles

Ladies B Singles
Mens B Singles

A Mixed

Ladies A Doubles
Mens A Doubles
Ladies A Singles

Mens A Singles

Well done Tennis Captain Aidan Foley (Club Champion in 2003 and former President of Munster Tennis)) and his excellent Committee including John McLaughlin, Colette Fannin and Siobhan O'Donovan, for organising a fantastic tournament.

Frank and Nell Cassidy

Finally a big thanks to the Cassidy Family for sponsoring the tournament. It is great to have them involved in the Club again. They were integral in the formation of the Fergus L.T.C. in 1933, the club that prececed the current Club on the Mill Road. For details go to