Friday, 20 December 2013

Clare players feature in the Munster U13 and U17 Badminton Open

There were some great performances from Clare juvenile players at the Munster U13 and U17 Open last weekend in UL. Alexandra Troy won the U13 Girls Singles and was runner up in the Girls Doubles. Ronan Foley and Aisling O'Meara were runners up in the U13 Mixed final. Daniel O'Meara won the Boys U13 Doubles with Michael Staunton from Connacht, and was also runner up in the Boys U13 Singles.Seosamh Ryan and Patrick Bugler were narrowly defeated in the U13 Boys Doubles semi final. Moya Ryan was runner up in both the U17 Mixed and Girls Doubles finals. The tournament had over 190 entries.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Clare Badminton wins the Badminton Ireland County of the Year Award 2013

Clare Badminton won the County of the Year Award 2013 at the Annual Awards Dinner at the Hilton Hotel Dublin. At a huge ceremony (where Ennis was shortlisted again for the Club of the Year Award and Moya Ryan for the Young Player of the Year Award), Clare Badminton won the Award in recognition of their achievements in Juvenile Badminton Development. Mary Browne Secretary of Clare Juvenile Badminton accepted the award.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Maureen Coleman

Maureen Coleman was a keen tennis and badminton player throughout the 80's and 90's. She never missed an American Tennis tournament and she was invariably one of the winners at the end of the evening. Playing against Maureen was tricky as she played the net very well and if you played the ball straight at her you invariably lost the point. If you were her partner, Heaven help you if you missed a shot as Maureen would let you know without hesitation what she thought.

Maureen, without doubt, was special and her life was devoted to the club. She had an infectious laugh, a warm personality and was very competitive. When she died in 2010 everyone that remembered her was saddened by her loss. Maureen in her generosity left some money to the club in her will. The club has had a specially engraved wooden seat made in her honour. When you sit on it to watch a tennis match remember the much missed Maureen Coleman.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Great Results for Ennis Players in the Connacht U13 & U17 Open

Alexandra Lee Troy from Ennis won the Girls Singles, Girls Doubles (with Kerry Fallon) and the Mixed Doubles with Daniel O'Meara from Killaloe, in the Connacht U13 Open on Sat 16th Nov in Sligo. In the Mixed Final she and Daniel defeated Ennis players Ronan Foley and Katie Browne. Daniel had earlier won the Boys Doubles (with Michael Staunton) when again he defeated Ronan Foley (with Benjamin Darragh)in the final. In the U17 Mixed final Moya Ryan (Ennis) and Norman Lau (Alpha) were narrowly defeated by Paul Reynolds and Rachael Darragh.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Munster Juvenile U13 and U17 Dec 14th and 15th

The Munster U13 & U17 Juvenile Open will be held on Dec 14th & 15th in the University of Limerick's Sports Arena. The closing date for entries is the 30th of November. Entries can be made online at the Clare Badminton Website.

Ennis has 10 players on Clare U13, U15 and U17 Teams

Ennis had 10 players on the Clare U13, U15 and U17 Teams that played in the recent Munster Inter County Team Championships that were held in UL recently. They were at U13 Ronan Foley, Katie Browne, Patrick Bugler and Seosamh Ryan. At U15 Alexandra Troy and at U17 Karen MacNamara, Lana Browne, Eoin Flynn, Aine Ryan and Orla Murray.

Aisling Ryan selected on the Irish Senior Badminton Team

Aisling Ryan has been selected on the Irish Team to play Sweden and Russia on the 3rd December. She follows former members Ruth Kilkenny and Donie O'Halloran to achieve the honour of representing her country at the highest level.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Tennis Autumn League

The Autumn League starts shortly. See noticeboard for details and entry sheet.

Husband and Wife Tournament Sunday Nov 3rd

A Husband and Wife Tournament will be held on Sunday Nov 3rd. The prize will be the Adrian Rynne Cup. See noticeboard for details and entry sheet.

5 Week Cardio Tennis starts Wed Oct 23rd 8pm

Sunday, 6 October 2013

New Taraflex Badminton Surfaces

The new Taraflex Badminton surfaces have been laid over the existing two courts. Please use the correct shoes with no black soles.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Munster Juvenile U11 & U15 Open

The Munster Juvenile U11 & U15 Open will be held in the Sports Arena at the University of Limerick on Sat 19th and Sunday 20th October. The U11 will be completed on the Saturday. The U15 will finish on the Sunday. Closing date for entries is Sat Oct 5th. To enter go to the Clare Badminton website. A Badminton Ireland affiliation number is essential.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Tennis Club Championships 2013

The finals of the senior tennis club championships were played last weekend at the Ennis Lawn Tennis and Baminton Club. These matches brought to a conclusion two weeks of top class tennis at the club. Robert Carkhill won the treble, the singles, mixed and doubles, all in the A level, for the second time in three years. The organising committee were tennis captain Aidan Foley, John McLaughlin, Siobhan O'Donovan, Colette Fannin and Ann O'Hanlon. The results were as follows:

Mens A Singles: Winner: Robert Carkill. Runner-Up Daniel Foran. Ladies A Singles: Winner Alice Twomey. Runner -Up Helen Gallery. Mens A Doubles: Winners Robert Carkill & David Clohessy. Runners-Up Michael McMahon & Daniel Foran. Ladies A Doubles: Winners Margaret Flanagan & Mimi Conroy. Runners-Up Elizabeth Tuohy & Teresa Curtin. Mixed A Doubles: Winners Robert Carkill & Angela O Sulivan. Runners-Up David Clohessy & Teresa Curtin. Mens B Singles: Winner Steven Molloy. Runner-Up Chris Rudland. Ladies B Singles: Winner Caroline Foran. Runner -Up Raquel Mcnamara. Mens B Doubles: Winners Bill Twomey & Chris Rudland. Runners-Up Frank Owens & Joe Walsh. Ladies B Doubles: Winners Siobhan O Donovan & Aoife Rice. Runners-Up Anne Twomey & Roisin Brehony. Mixed B Doubles: Winners Joe Walsh & Michelle Cawley. Runners-Up Frank Owens & Aoife Rice. Plate Mens Singles: Winner Vladamir Mabhena. Runner-Up Brian Moore. Plate Mens Doubles: Winners Brian Moore & Noel Gavin. Runners-Up Pius Murray & Richard Burke. Plate Mixed: Winners Noel Gavin & Anne O hanlon. Runners-Up Robert Dunne & Brenda Lee.

Friday, 6 September 2013

New Olympic standard surfaces for the Badminton Courts.

There will be new Olympic standard surfaces laid on the Badminton courts from September 17th to 24th September. The courts will be closed for that week. The new Taraflex surfaces will give the Club top class courts for years to come.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Senior Badminton Blitz

Doubles Badminton Blitz Friday 13th September 7.30pm
Entry Fee 5 Euro
All adults of every standard welcome!!!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Annual Club Tennis Championships 2013 Sept 2nd - 15th

Entry forms available in Club and closing date is Thursday August 29th at 6pm.
This year it has been decided to hold an A and B event. However to encourage everyone to play and to ensure members get the maximum number of matches a Plate event will be held in each B event with an entry of 16 or more. Essentially this ensures a minimum of 2 matches in each event for all competitors. However to ensure this format is a success it is essential we get maximum participation. The Club championships are the highlight of our tennis year and a large entry would round off a wonderful summer in this our 125th anniversary year!!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Munster/Connacht Trip to the Alpha Badminton Club Lisburn 16th, 17th & 18th August

The trip to the Alpha Badminton Club on the 16th, 17th& 18th August for a start of season coaching weekend with Trevor Woods was a tremendous success. 23 Munster/Connacht players (10 from Ennis) along with over 27 players from Alpha B.C. were treated to a top class Programme that started at 7pm on the Friday and finished at 1pm on the Sunday. It included :

Friday Evening: Coaching 7.00pm – 10.00pm: Warm –up, Movement / Footwork, Routines, Technical work and Tactical work. Supper for the players.
Saturday: Coaching 10.00am - 11.30am. 11.30am – 1.00pm Circuit Training – Matt Gleave. Lunch for the players. Match Play 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Lisburn Swimming Leisureplex Pool – 4.00pm - 5.30pm.
Lisburn Racquets Club 6.30pm - 10.30pm – Bar-B-Que and Disco.
Sunday: Play 10.00am – 1.00pm
Match Play / Alpha / Munster / Connacht Mixed Players Tournament.

The Coaches (who all gave their time voluntarily) were Trevor Woods, Tony Stephenson, Stuart Lightbody, Tony Murphy, Sinead Chambers , Ciaran Chambers, Gavin McCawley and Alannah Stephenson. All of these players / coaches were on the Team from Alpha that represented Ireland in The European Club Championships in France this year. Matt Gleave (Commonwealth Games Badminton Player – Fitness Instructor) did the circuit training.

Along with the 23 players from Munster/Connacht were another 30 parents and family who were enthralled by the warm hospitality, the top class organisation and the superb facilities. Trevor and his coaches were outstanding, providing the players the opportunity to be coached by and play with some of the biggest names in Irish badminton. The coaches also offered an insight into their own training schedules by going through demonstration routines and playing exhibition matches during the weekend.

After the event Trevor complemented all 50 players on giving 100% commitment to the training. They all had a well-deserved visit on Saturday to the Lisburn Swimming Leisureplex with huge slides and top-class pools providing endless entertainment. This was followed by an excellent BBQ and Disco. The parents were able to cross the road from Alpha B.C., go down Wallace Avenue, and into the centre of Lisburn to shop on the pedestrian Bow Street and in the large Bow Street Mall Shopping Centre (60 Stores).

We would like to thank Trevor Woods, all of the coaches and players, Suzy Armstrong and the Parent’s Committee, Club Chairman Brian Chambers and everyone else involved for their kind invitation and the fantastic programme they provided. We would also like to thank Lisburn City Council for sponsoring the event and congratulate Lisburn on being the European City of Sport for 2013.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Badminton Ireland High Performance Director Tommy Reidy comes to Ennis

Badminton Ireland HP Director Tom Reidy was at Club on Monday the 12th of August between 6-9pm. He gave an on court session for two hours to 20 players and then had a one hour parents meeting giving advice on what parents should be focusing on when supporting their children in the sport of badminton. This was a continuation along the theme of the Parents Forum at Marino Institute of Education last month which gave a great insight into how to support young players as they develop as people and mange their training and school work.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

There was a large entry for the last part of the 125th Anniversary Celebrations at the Club on Sunday 14th July. Aidan Foley and John McLaughlin ran the tournament with ease and the BBQ was excellent (thanks Aoife, your Dad, Mum and Casper). Ann O'Hanlon and Siobhan O'Donovan finished the weekend in style.