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Tipperary County Tennis Club

Tipperary County Tennis Club

Cometh the hour. Cometh the weather.

Tipperary County Tennis Club ran the 2012 Munster Claycourt Tennis Tournament from Sunday, August 12 to Saturday August 18.

Tournament Director Marcella Kelly battled gale force winds, tropical rains and all sorts of dreadful weather all through the week before eventually, on finals day Saturday, we were treated to glorious sunshine for the day in watching 21 finals on the  sun-baked red clay courts.

Marcella and her team did a truly magnificent job in very trying circumstances with incredible patience and accommodation to over 200 players putting in long hours to arrange the matches in 21 different competitions: singles, doubles, mixed-mens and ladies running off over 200 matches over the 6 days.

At the presentation of prizes on Saturday night, President Ann Bourke paid particular compliments to Marcella for her Trojan work.

She also expressed thanks to John Heffernan and his team for the heroic effort and works done to get the tennis courts into pristine condition despite the weather.

The President thanked all the members who put in such great work. “A huge thank you to the catering ladies who fed us all week, the barbeque organisers who produced mouth watering steaks on Friday night, those running the bar who produced liquid nourishment to keep us afloat, to the umpires of the finals and all who helped bag the courts in preparation for the matches. Tournaments do not run without such help, which was cheerfully given by all,” said the President.

Sincere appreciation was expressed to all the others local tennis clubs who kindly gave the use of their courts during the week for the many matches played. Due to the extreme weather conditions this was sorely needed.

The players themselves also showed great patience and good humour often getting wet to the skin in completing matches over the 6 days. Indeed one match ended up in 4 different venues during the week as each of the courts in turn became unplayable due to the weather. Fun was had by all and the good humour remained-win or lose-well done to all.Results of the tournament:

Handicapped Mixed: 1st Paddy Connery & Patrice O Connell

2nd Dominic Hayes & Siobhan Donovan

Men’s Singles 1-2: 1st James Crowe. 2nd Bryan Fogarty

Men’s Doubles1-2: 1st Des Dillon & William Guiry

2nd James Crowe & C J Kelly

Women’s Singles1-2: 1st Mary Claire Mc Carthy

2nd Elizabeth Coman

Women’s Doubles1-2: Sinead Dunne & Hannahmay Morrissey

2nd Louise Coman & Grace Durkan

Mixed Doubles 1-2: 1st Jaco Oosthuysen & Grace Durkan

2nd Dick Mc Carthy & Katherine Morrissey

Men’s Singles 3: Gareth Mcglinchey. 2nd Eugene O Mahoney

Men’s Doubles 3: 1st Aidan Mc Namara & Michael Waldron

2nd Paul Anglim & Gareth Mcglinchey

Mixed Doubles 3: Simon White & Leisa Fitzgerald

2nd James Morris & Lorraine Ryan

Men’s Singles 4: 1st Aidan Mc Namara. 2nd Ian Murphy

Women’s Singles 4: Clare Mc Bride. 2nd Leisa Fitzgerald

Women’s Doubles 4: Avril Cairns & Clare Mc Bride

2nd Orla Donavan & Marie Rogers

Mixed Doubles 4: Keith Hoare & Orla Donavan

2nd Bernard Ryan & Ann Quinn

Men’s Singles 5: 1st Michael Moroney. 2nd John O Dwyer

Men’s Doubles 5: 1st Ian Murphy & Willie O Neill

2nd Seamus O Meara & John Whelan

Women’s Singles 5: 1st Margo Fogarty. 2nd Bibi Melkova

Women’s Doubles 5: Eileen Hally & Laura Heffernan

2nd Siobhan Donovan & Patrice O Connell

Mixed Doubles 5: Rupert Butler & Laura Heffernan

2nd Sean Looby & Marie Walsh

Mens Doubles 6-7: 1st Sean O Neill & Tom Phelan

2nd Darren Kennedy & Adrian O Neill

Women’s Doubles 6-7: 1st Ann Ryan & Marie Walsh

2nd Kathleen Hally & Eileen Riordan

Galtee Walking Club

As the hours of daylight grow shorter and we approach Autumn the popular Wednesday evening walks are coming to an end. This week the meeting point is Bansha Woods Car Park, Kilshane where Therese Roche has a two hour walk planned and the final evening walk of the season starts from Christ the King Statue, Aherlow on August 29 and will be led by Mary Moynihan. Thanks to everyone who facilitated these walks through the summer and thanks to all the walkers for attending. Considering the poor weather over the past three months we escaped relatively lightly on Wednesday evenings with only the occasional wet day. Numbers attending were good with up to 50 on some occasions and it was good to see new members enjoying the walks.

The new schedule of Sunday walks to take us up to the end of the year has been prepared and is available on our website, As usual, there is a good variety to choose from with something to suit all levels of walker. Locations vary from the Silvermines to the Knockmealdowns and from Ballyhoura Country to the Comeraghs without forgetting our home territory of the Galtees and the Glen. There are also a number of Walking Festivals to look forward to over the coming months.

Walking is a wonderful recreational activity giving participants the opportunity to improve their fitness in beautiful countryside, fresh air and good company, so we encourage anyone interested to contact us and give it a try as we begin our new season.

St Michaels Schoolboys Soccer

Well done to Mark Hoban who played with the Irish under 16s in the Galway Cup last week. Mark was involved in the team that played against Aberdeen. Maccibi Haifa before losing on penalties to Dynamo Kiev in the final. The soccer season is starting very soon, all teams are getting ready with training taking place and games been organised. Any player who has not yet registered should do so as soon as possible.

Arravale Juveniles

Clonoulty proved too strong for our Under 16 A hurlers in thr West League semi-final last week. These lads can play better and we hope they did just that as they were fixed to meet Lattin in the Championship this week on Monday, August 20. Result next week.

The Under 12 hurlers were busy last week with the B Shield Final v Galtee Rovers and the E Semi-final against Eire Og at Annacarty. The Shield Final was a cracking game with some great hurling and spectacular scoring. The Bansha boys seemed to have a slight edge on us and the final scoreline, 5-8 to 6-1 was deserved by the winners. Well done to two gallant teams that provided fine entertainment for all present. .The E team travelled to Annacarty for their semi-final and what a thriller it turned out to be. . It was 3-2 each at full time and amid great excitement two well-matched sides bravely faced into extra time. We managed to keep Eire Og scoreless and notched two precious points ourselves, to pull off a hard-earned victory 3-4 to 3-2. . The team was: Daniels Nikolajevs, Michael Howe, Ronan Finnan, Mark Butler, Eoghan Lonergan, Jack English, Eamonn Ryan, Adam O Donnell, Brian Tuohy, Diarmuid Cummins.

The Under 14 hurlers will meet the winners of the Galtee Rovers v Rockwell Rovers game, this Thursday, 23 August at Golden, 6.45pm. Good luck lads.

Big news for the Under 10, 8 and 6 hurlers and footballers is that the training begins again this Saturday at Sean Treacy Park, at 10am. The Under 6s finish at 11am while the Under 10s and 8s go on until 12 noon. New members are welcome so come along to” the Park “on Station Road and join in the fun and games, with lots of sliotars and footballs to puck and kick.