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Tullana on the Green Restaurant Summer League: Prizegiving

The Summer League sponsored by theTullana on the Green came to an end last week at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club. Over the previous eight weeks, matches had been played to ultimately finish with a Men's, Ladies, and Mixed Doubles Champions.

In the Monday night's competitions, David McDowell/John Sheridan took the men's honours, while Kathleen Maguire and newcomer to the club, Carol Maguire, took the Ladies title. Tuesday nights had seen a close fought competition for the Mixed Doubles title, and the strong partnership of Stephen Phair and Chloe Haveron clinched the title in the last match of the League.

The players and friends of the club enjoyed a great night on Saturday night in the Tullana on the Green Restaurant. Superb cuisine was followed by the presentation of prizes by Karen Knox, the Tullana proprietor. 

On behalf of all the players,Club Capt.Mary McCoy expressed sincere thanks to the Knox family for their continuing sponsorship of the event and for the wonderful hospitality just enjoyed.The players added their appreciation to Karen and Raymond Knox, and also expressed their thanks to Mary for organising the night and the prizes.


The Tullana on the Green sponsored Summer League

As the days shorten, the summer league sponsored by Tullana on the Green Restaurant in Lisnarick, is drawing to a close at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club with just three nights of play left. On Monday 18th the Men's doubles saw the experienced partnership of David McDowell and John Sheridan claim a convincing win from Alan Cadden and his newcomer partner Brian Boyle. In the Ladies doubles, Kirsty Murray (sub) partnered Carol Maguire and they ran out 7-6, 7-5 winners in a very tight match against Wendy Eaton/Kate Heaver.

On Tuesday, Alan Cadden and Kate Heaver just lost out to David Lowe (sub) and Chloe Cathcart who finished the evening with a scoreline of 6-3, 6-7, and a tiebreak win of 7-4.
The remainder of the week witnessed some great tennis when the annual Fermanagh Vets Tournament took place.

Play will continue until Tuesday 3rd October with a presentation meal and prize giving in the Tullana on the Green, on Saturday 7th October.

Please note:Club members and quiz lovers everywhere are reminded and will hopefully attend, "The Miamiguire Table Quiz", with question master Geoff Heaver, this Thursday night at 8.30pm in Mahons Hotel in support of our very own John Maguire who has rightly been selected to play for the Tennis Ireland Team in Miami Florida at end of October. 

Kyran Maguire wins U16 Masters Title

It was a great end of season for the 15yr old Irvinestown tennis player Kyran Maguire when he secured the U16 masters super set title last week at Belfast boat club. This was followed up with a Runner up overall position this weekend and secured a place on the Ulster team to travel to Scotland next month for series of matches.


For Kyran he finished his season on a high when he won a straight 7 sets in a row during the event beating some of the higher aged players in the 18s age bracket before finally just being ousted by the top U18 player in Ulster, Peter Corrie.

Also from the Irvinestown club Ryan Irvine who had some great wins over the 2 weekends finally just missed out on a place but finished a very creditable 6th with some fine hard hitting displays. Conan Whitley finished 7th with some narrow defeats and fine displays of his talent.

For the 3 boys it was the end of a long season and all did their club proud over the summer months ,they now get ready for the start of next season when they will train hard over the next 6 weeks in preparation for the indoor David Lloyd at Halloween.

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John Maguire Receives Top Award

The President of Tennis Ireland, George Stevenson MBE, presented our President, John Maguire with The Mavis Hogg award for Services to Ulster Tennis at The recent 25th Anniversary Tennis Ball in The Manor House. John was a founder member of ILTC 25 years ago and has worked tirelessly over the years to promote our club by hosting interpros, provincial and regional match plays for Ulster in Irvinestown. ILTC also run three Open Tournaments per year. John has encouraged and continues to coach Juniors to a National level.

John has been a great ambassador for tennis in The West. He has represented Ireland at Veteran Grade and retains the O45’s Doubles title and has won the O55’s doubles title as well. John has also two National indoor titles under his belt.

Memento To Michael Duffy
John Maguire presented a photographic memento to Michael Duffy in recognition of him being a founder member of ILTC and a current playing member. Michael helped found the Club 25 years ago with John Maguire and Liam McMulkin.

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Murray world number one: Kyran's brilliant week as Barclays ball boy

“Amazing, no words can describe it,” is how 16-year-old Irvinestown tennis player Kyran Maguire reacted to his week as a Barclays ball boy at the O2 Arena in London for the ATP World Tour finals (Mid November).

Kyran was on court not only for Murray’s standing ovation in his first game of the tournament but was also on court for the last 40 minutes of the final as Murray held off a late Novak Djokovic revival to win in straight sets 6-3 6-4.
Back home in Irvinestown, Kyran, ranked number four in Ulster and 12th in Ireland at U16 level, reflected on the week.

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Kyran Maguire (back, fifth from right) with ATP World Tours final winner Andy Murray

Irvine reaches Ulster U21 Tennis Final

Ryan Irvine from Irvinestown LTC had a great week at the Ulster Junior tennis Championships in Belfast finishing Runner up in the U21 singles.

He reached the final after winning 3 matches to get there, firstly against Scott Armstrong he won 6/2. 6/1 then he took on  Leon Gibson ,this match was of great quality with a score of 7/6 1/6 6/1 in his favour .

The 3rd round saw Ryan produce his best play of the week as he beat the No 3 seed Ardghal Mc Mahon 6/1 6/1 with some hard hitting forehands and calm tactical play. Finally in the final against Ben Cree Belfast, Ryan got off to a great start to lead 3/1 but Ben fought back to take the set and the 2nd set turned out something similar with Ben's experience coming through in the end but with Ryan pushing him all the way.

Ryan also reached the semi final of the U18 event as did in form Kyran Maguire who was unlucky in his semi against the No 1 seed Conor Mc Cabe losing in 3 sets. Also competing from the club was Conan Whitley who went out in the 2nd round but played well during the week.

Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club Spring League 16 Presentation

The Encore Steak House, Ballinamallard was the venue for the Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club Spring League presentation of prizes.The players enjoyed a great meal and a good nights craic, followed by presentations to the winners by Alan and Helen Hurst, proprietors of the Encore Steakhouse, sponsors of this Spring League.

The team winners were The Sirloins with The Ribeyes finishing runners-up, while individual winners (women's section) were Wendy Eaton with Chloe Cathcart runner-up. In the men's section the winner was Michael Duffy and the runner-up was Marty Garrity. 

The prestigious wooden spoon for the team at bottom of the league was awarded to The Soupers. Club Captain Mary McCoy thanked the sponsors most sincerely, acknowledging that without their support the League couldn't happen and she also thanked all the players who had weathered quite a few stormy nights during the past eight weeks to make this a fun and successful first league of the new year.

This will be the last tournament before the courts close for almost two months for refurbishment with a grand re-launch scheduled for Thursday 23rd June.

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Kathleen Maguire,The Captain of the Spring League winning team, The Sirloins, receives the Spring League Shield from the sponsors Alan & Helen Hurst of The Encore Steak House. Looking on are Club Captain Mary McCoy (left) and team Member Chloe Cathcart (right). Missing from the photograph are the other team members; David McDowell and Brendan McGuinness.

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Grand Final of The Tullana on the Green sponsored Summer League 16

The Grand Final of The Tullana on the Green sponsored Summer League at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club could not have been any closer when the play-off was contested last Wednesday.

The Surf Boarders, who topped the League after 6 weeks play, were going head to head with The Sun Dancers who finished just 3 points behind them. First blood on the night went the way of The Surf Boarders courtesy of an 8-5 win by Brendan King and partner David Lowe (sub). Determined to ensure this was not one-way traffic, Kirsty Murray and Kate Heaver took the next match by the same scoreline for The Sun Dancers.

So into round two and Kirsty, now with partner David McDowell, really put the pressure on, by taking the third game of the evening with a very impressive 9-4 victory for The Dancers. This meant that the Surf Boarders needed to take the final tie of the night by a scoreline of at least 10-3 to edge a win and David Lowe with Laura McDowell went on to do just that ending the League with a 27-25 point victory.

A worthy win for the team who had been the League front-runners, and a great night of tennis played in good humoured spirit and the warmth of a summer evening.

The Presentation of prizes took place after an excellent meal in the Tullana on the Green on Saturday and Club Captain Mary McCoy expressed sincere thanks to Raymond and Karen Knox for their kind sponsorship of the League once again this year.

Pic caption: Team Members of the Surf Boarders being presented with The Tullana on the Green Summer League Shield. John Sheriden, Karen Knox sponsor, Laura McDowell, Mary McCoy (Club Captain) and David Lowe (finals sub.). Missing from photograph are team members Joanne Daly and Brendan King.