Thursday, 28 February 2013

Badminton Senior Club Championships

These will be held on Wed.13th & Thursday 14th March at the Club.


Start time will be 7.30 For 8 Pm.

Sign up sheet in the Club.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Club History Night

A Club History Night will take place next Tuesday the 5th March at 8pm in the Club. All are welcome including juniors. Hopefully everyone will feature in the presentation !! The history of our Club is really the history of four clubs.

1 The County Clare Lawn Tennis Club (1888-1948). This club was based on the Mill Road and was taken over by the Fergus LTC in 1948. The presentation gives a summary of each year and a short profile on 95 members, with features on the families of Rev J.H. Griffith, Rev J.J. Griffin and Rev Richard Scott.

2. The Fergus Lawn Tennis Club (1933-1982). This club originated on Cusack Road and moved to the Mill Road in 1948. The presentation gives a summary of each year and a short profile of over 180 members, with features on Frank Cassidy, Fr Frank Cassidy, Noel Cassidy, Claire Cassidy, Jerry Ryan, Bill Bluett, Liam Cahir, Anna and Leslie McCrum, Frank (Diver) McNamara, Joe Molony, Jimmy Monahan, Fr Sean Moriarty, Tom Mannion and Fergus Walsh.

3. The Ennis Badminton Club (1958-1982). This club originated on Station Road (as the Catholic Social Club) and moved to the Mill Road when it amalgamated with the Fergus L.T.C. in 1982. There is a summary of each year and a short profile of over 51 members, with features on Evelyn Carey, Gerry Collins, Tom Dillon, Frank McInerney, Niall McMahon, Phil Molony, Gerry Bredin, Maureen O'Connell and Joe W. Williams.

4. The Ennis Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club (1982 to the present). The presentation gives a summary of each year and a short profile of over 260 junior and senior members, with features on Tom Eade, Johnny Flynn, Danny Comerford, Adrian McNeill, Noel and Ann Tierney and John McLaughlin.

The 125th Anniversary Dinner will be held at the Old Ground on Sat. 13thJuly. Numbers limited to 160. Buy your tickets now. Contact Siobhan O’Donovan for details. The book will be launched on the night before Friday 12th July again at the Old Ground.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Tennis News Div 5 Victory

Ennis division 5 continued their winning ways in their winter League campaign last Sunday.
Now that we are at the knock out stages, the competition is getting tougher and a formidable Mallow team arrived in Ennis last Sunday to take on the team of David Quinn Chris Rudland Liz Tuohy and Teresa Curtin.
After doubles round it was all square and following two thrilling mixed matches the score stood at 2-2. The decider is a one tie break mixed set. Chris and Teresa took on this task and at the end of some fantastic tennis pipped their Cork opponents in a thrilling 7-6 scoreline .
Many congratulations to our team who now progress to a quarter final encounter against old rivals Nenagh on March 10 in Nenagh.
Hopefully we can get some supporters to travel to cheer on our team!!
Well done again

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Irish U13 & U17 Teams in Granollers Spain

Back Row L to R Fionnula McCourt, Megan Bredin,
Ciara Dwyer, Sarah Boyle & Rachael Darragh.
 The Irish  U13 & U17 Teams were in Granollers Spain last weekend. Ennis Girls Megan Bredin and Ciara Dwyer were on the Irish U-17 Team along with the Team coach Will O'Neill. This Irish trip proved a great success with players competing extremely well in all areas.  It gave them  the chance to see for the first time what it takes to compete at this level and each of them took this in their stride.
The Irish U-13 & U-17 Teams

Overall the Irish won 4 Silver Medals in Spain in the U13 Girls & U17 Girls Doubles.  Rachael & Rebecca Woods took the first of the Silver Medals  with Rachael Darragh & Sara Boyle taking the second.
Click Here for final placings

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Clare U11, U13, U15 & U17 Badminton Championships

Aine Ryan, Ronan Foley, Alexandra Troy & Aisling O'Meara.

The Clare Badminton Championships with 224 entries were held last weekend in the sports halls in St Josephs Doora Barefield and Cratloe. There were four age groups U/11, U/13, U/15 and U/17 (Div 1 & Div 2). The Clubs represented were An Droichead, Annaughneal, Ardnacrusha, Broadford, Ennis, Killaloe, Miltown Malbay, and Mountshannon. The results that featured Ennis players were as follows:
Under 11
Div 1 Boys Singles: Winner Cillian O'Riordan (Ennis)   R-Up Luke Sugrue (Mountshannon).
Div 1 Girls Singles: Winner Roisin Moore (Ennis)   R-Up  Emer Murray (Ennis).
Div 1 Boys Doubles: Winners Sean Flynn (Miltown Malbay) & Cillian O'Riordan (Ennis) 
Div 1 Girls Doubles: Winners Grace Molloy (Ennis) & Zi Yan Spillane (Ardnacrusha) 
Div 1 Mixed Doubles: Winners Cillian O'Riordan & Roisin Moore (Ennis) 
Under 13
Div 1 Boys Singles: Winner Ronan Foley (Ennis) R-Up Daniel O'Meara (Killaloe).
Div 1 Girls Singles: Winner Alexandra Troy (Ennis) R-Up Katie Browne (Ennis).
Div 1 Boys Doubles: Winners Eoghan Power & Daniel O'Meara  (Killaloe) R-Up Ronan Foley & Patrick Bugler (Ennis).
Div 1 Mixed Doubles: Winners Aisling & Daniel O'Meara (Killaloe)  R-Up Ronan Foley & Alexandra Troy (Ennis).
Under 15
Div 1 Boys Singles: Winner Maurice Molloy (Ennis) R-Up David O'Shea (Killaloe).
Div 1 Boys Plate: Winner David Moloney (Ennis) R-Up J.C. McMahon (Broadford).
Div 1 Girls Singles: Winner Aine Ryan (Ennis) R-Up Sally Molloy (Ennis).
Div 1 Boys Doubles: Winners Maurice Molloy & Brendan Dolan (Ennis) R-Up Ciaran Hickey (Annaghneal) & David Moloney (Ennis).
Div 1 Girls Doubles: Winners Lana Browne & Karen MacNamara (Ennis) R-Up Sally Molloy & Aine Ryan (Ennis).
Div 1 Mixed Doubles:Winners Maurice Molloy & Aine Ryan (Ennis) R-Up Brendan Dolan & Lana Browne (Ennis).
Under 17
Div 1 Boys Plate: Winner Eoin Flynn (Ennis) R-Up Ricky Bolton (Mountshannon).
Div 1 Boys Doubles: Winners Eoin Flynn (Ennis) & Sean Hanrahan (Miltown Malbay) R-Up Ricky Bolton & Oran Scanlan (Mountshannon).
For all the results go to Clare Badminton Championships.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013



The Club's A.G.M. will be held on Thursday March 21st at 8pm at the Club.

Tennis News

Munster Winter League With group stages over we see our Division 5&6 Teams through to the knock out stages. Div 5 take on Mallow in a home fixture this Sunday at 12pm. If any members around please come and support our team....
Div 6 meanwhile have a tough away fixture on March 10 to Cork based Dromahane.... This small 2 court club are not to be underestimated boasting some fine players (this being the home club of our Tennis Captain!!!) No doubt Sean Carroll and his team and are training hard to meet this challenge and continue with their winning ways! Good luck to both teams.

Div 3 were unfortunate to meet a vastly improved Canon Hayes last Sunday and despite some incredibly close matched ( incl 2 third set tie breakers)were unable to secure the required points to progress to the knock out stages.
The enthusiasm by members to play for their club had been fantastic and I would hope to encourage some of our newer members to try out for the Summer Leagues. I would hope to enter teams in div 3/4/5&6.... And as the summer comps are all knockouts there is less commitment required so it should be easier to field teams. I will be putting up a notice shortly looking for expressions of interest.

Galway TripThe planned trip to Galway tennis club is going ahead on march 9. Numbers are steady but we could do with a few more ladies for balance!! C'mon it promises to be a great day!

Spring LeagueDon't forget to put your name down for the spring league set to kick off in March. Details on notice board. Entry fee only €5.

Ronan Foley Elev8 Superstars Junior member Ronan Foley was selected to represent Clare in the RTE programme. 6 kids from around Ireland were selected, each from a different sporting discipline. Pitted against each other in 9 events ranging from kayaking to archery to diving They competed for the title of overall Elev8 superstar. Shot over a weekend last autumn it is currently being shown on RTE Network 2 each tues at 12 pm and 4pm. It runs for the next 9 weeks.How did he do? Tune in and find out!!! Photo of  Ronan in action in a nose bleeding high wire balancing act!!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Munster U15 Closed Championships Div 1 & Div 2

Maurice Molloy wins the Div 1 Plate Singles
The Munster U15 Closed Div 1 & Div 2 with 159 entries was held on Sunday 10th Feb at the Sports Arena in the University of Limerick. All the Div 1 finals will be held on March 29th (Good Friday) in Ennis along with the finals of the U/13 and U/17 Munster Closed Championships. All the Div 2 finals and the Plate finals were completed on the day.
The finalists in the U/15 Div 1 are (Players from Ennis Highlighted):
Boys Doubles:  Cian O'Mahony & Brian O'Mahony V. Lyndon Fairbrother & Maurice Molloy
Girls Singles: Moya Ryan V Karen MacNamara
Girls Doubles:   Lana Browne & Karen MacNamara V Moya Ryan & Alexandra Troy
Mixed Doubles: Brian O'Mahony & Lana Browne V. Cian O'Mahony & Moya Ryan
Boys Singles Plate Div 1:  Maurice Molloy def David Moloney
All the results can be seen at Munster U15 Closed Championships

Monday, 4 February 2013

Moya Ryan wins two U/15 National Titles

Current International and No 1 Seed Moya Ryan won the Irish U/15 Singles and Mixed last weekend in Lisburn. In the Singles she defeated Kate Frost 21-17, 21-13. In the Mixed she partnered Matthew Lightbody from Lisburn to win the final 21-12, 21-13. She was also defeated in the Girls Doubles final. Other Ennis players who competed were Karen MacNamara and Lana Browne. For all the results go to Irish U/15 Open.

Tennis News

Galway Invitational

Galway Lawn Tennis Club have invited us to Galway to play some social Tennis. The provisional date for this visit is Saturday March 10th. All standards are invited. A sign up sheet will be available on the Noticeboard in the Club House. if interested please sign up asap as we need to get an idea of numbers travelling. Galway are always great fun and we can be gurranteed a good day of tennis.

Munster Winter League Success

Congratulations to our Division 5 and 6 Teams who have both qualified for the knockout stages of the Winter League. Both teams were in action last Sunday with Div 5 taking on Bishopstown and Div 6 taking on Tralee both home fixtures.
Division 5 continued their domination with a 4-0 victory ensuring top spot group qualification. Having only dropped 4 games during the group stages this strong team of Dave Quinn Elizabeth Tuohy Chris Rudland and Teresa Curtin must surely be confident facing into the knockout stages.
Division 6 meanwhile were already assured of qualification and their match v Tralee was simply to decide on group placings. Ennis needed at least 3 points to attain top spot. Unfortunately a much improved Tralee took the ladies doubles and in a cruel twist our lads lost in a heartbreaking two tie break sets 6/7 6/7.. The remaining matches were academic at this stage and the home side were content with an overall 2nd place finishing in their group. Congrats to Sean Carroll Ray Cummins Michelle Cawley and Aileen Daffy for continuing to fly the flag for Ennis.
Division 3 meanwhile having started this league with no aspirations find themselves achingly close to qualifiaction with 3 teams vying for the second qualifying spot with only one point separtating them facing into the final showdown.
Next Sunday sees our Div 3 team travel to Tipperary to take on Canon Hayes. Ennis need to get at least 3 of the 5 points on offer to be on with a chance......a very doable task although our Tipperary opponents are chasing the 4 points they need! In addition our fate will also depend on how well Sundays Well do v Limerick Lawn. With Limerick already qualified we need our neighbours to comprehensively beat their cork opponents. We have it on good authority that Limerick have no intention of allowing a Cork Victory! Here's Hoping!!  Good Luck to Div 3.
In fact congrats to all our Teams and especially our team Captains who have the difficult task of selecting players. Unfortunately with only 4 spots on each team it is not always an easy task. Thanks to everyone who took part and especially for the way in which they hosted visiting teams. Many of these teams had never been to our club before and all were incredibly impressed with both our facilities and our hospitality.

Spring League

Yes it really is that time again to dust off the racquets and find those tennis shoes again!
The Spring League will be up and running shortly. The exact format is yet to be decided but a sign up sheet will be on the board in the next couple of days. Please get as many people to sign up so we can kick start our 2013 Tennis season

Husband/Wife Event

This event is to be resurrected most probably in an event to be run off over a couple of nights. Further details available shortly.

Court Booking Procedures

This continues to be a contencious issue with certain members continuing to flout the booking rules. It is the intention of the Tennis Committee to revisit this issue again this year. Attempts last year to revise procedures were met with staunch opposition. However improvements must be made to ensure that all courts are utilised in the most efficient manner possible for the benefit of all Memebers. Any and all suggestions gratefully received.