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The Encore Steak House Spring League (Week 8)

As the Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League enters it's final week, play over the past two weeks has witnessed mixed fortunes.

In week eight, bottom of the table Sirloins, met mid-table rivals The Fillets, so a win by a healthy margin was needed. At the end of the evenings play, there was a wide margin, but unfortunately for The Sirloins the 29-10 scoreline was in favour of The Fillets with 9-4 wins from the partnerships of Donal Burns /Kathleen Maguire (sub) and Simon McCormack/Sinead Maguire, while Stephen Phair and Wendy Eaton had. a convincing 11-2 victory.

Next on the agenda in week eight, saw League leaders The Soupers take on second place, The Ribeyes. Their league positions reflected the final scoreline, with The Soupers just edging The Ribeyes with a narrow 21-18 victory. The big win for the Soupers came from Paul Hynes/Laura McDowell who took their match 10-3, while the Ribeyes had wins from Pete Keogh/Kathleen Maguire (8-5) and 7-6 for the subbing partnership of Cliff Worley/Wendy Eaton.

And so into week nine and first up were The Appetisers, coming off a bye-week, pitted against The Sirloins., who were determined to put the past week's result behind them. A great 12-1 win by David McDowell and Andrea Irvine set them on their way. David Lowe and Kate Heaver cemented the lead with a 9-4 win in the second game, but honours were reversed in the final nights match when Ryan Edgar and Karen Johnston played their way to a fine 11-2 win for the Appetisers. This resulted in a team scoreline of 23-16 for The Sirloins.

On Tuesday, The Ribeyes were playing their final game in this years Spring League, so were looking for a good finale win against The Fillets. However, sterling play from Donal Burns/and sub Frances Taggart (8-5), Stephen Phair/Wendy Eaton (10-3) and Simon McCormick with sub Laura McDowell (9-4), meant honours on the night were awarded instead to The Fillets by a scoreline of 27-12. So going into the final week, the latter named, Fillets, sit on top of the league with a healthy 14 point cushion.

Running in tandem with the Spring League are the Mens and Ladies individual leagues to determine the overall top performing players. As we head into the final weeks play, the leading female player is Chloe Haveron with 107 points while Paul Hynes leads the mens table on 118 points.

The Encore Steak House Ballinamallard, sponsors of this League, will be the venue for a meal and presentation of prizes on Saturday 23rd June. Players and members, regardless of whether they played or not, are advised to let their team Captain or the Club captain know if they wish to attend this evenings craic.

Current League positions:
Team played points
1. Fillets 9 166
2. Soupers 9 152
3. Ribeyes 10 143
4. Sirloins 9 123
5. Appetizers 9 118


The Encore Steak House Spring League (Week 6)

Into the second half of this years Spring League sponsored by the Encore Steak House Ballinamallard, and week six saw a Monday evening contest between The Appetisers.and The Soupers.The latter were hoping for a good performance to make ground on the league leaders The Fillets, who were on a bye-week. 

Great play from a full team was duly rewarded with a huge 28-11 overall points tally courtesy of victories by; Michael Duffy and Kirsty Murray (9-4), a magnificent victory for Alan Cadden and Catherine Taggart (12-1) and finally Paul Hynes with partner Laura McDowell putting the finishing touches to a great night for The Soupers, (7-6).

Tuesday nights match was a tighter affair when The Ribeyes met The Sirloins. First up was Kathleen Maguire with subbing partner Marty Garrity who took their game 8-5 for The Ribeyes. However tables were turned in the next game when David Lowe and Kate Heaver took the spoils for The Sirloins with a huge 11-2 win. 

The Ribeyes fought back courtesy of Angela Flack and her subbing partner Laura McDowell with an equally impressive win of 10-3 giving the edge to The Ribeyes with an overall 20-19 victory on the night.

The second round of matches on both evenings, where seeds from the two teams play together for individual points, means that the leading male player is now Paul Hynes with a total of 83 points while leading female is Angel Flack with 73 points.

Play continues over the remaining four weeks with the League concluding on Tuesday 19th June, and then a meal and presentation of the prizes will take place in the Encore Steak House, Ballinamallard on Saturday 23rd June.

Current League positions:
Team played points

1. Soupers 5 109
2. Fillets 4 93
3. Ribeyes 5 92
4. Sirloins 5 90
5. Appetizers 5 84

The Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League (Week 5)

As the final match was played out last Tuesday night, the half way stage was reached in the Encore Steak House Ballinamallard, Spring League.

On the Monday evening, The Appetizers took on The Fillets, who had a magnificent start to the nights play when Donal Burns and subbing partner Francis Taggart took their game 11-2. This was followed immediately by yet another resounding win by the same 11-2 margin, courtesy of Stephen Phair and Wendy Eaton. In the final pairing, Ryan Edgar and Karen Johnston restored some honour for The Appetizers with an 8-5 victory, but the damage had already been done and so The Fillets ran out convincing winners on the night by 27-12 points.

On Tuesday it was the turn of The Sirloins to entertain The Soupers and in the first round Michael Duffy and partner Kirsty Murray took their game by the tightest of margins, 7-6, in favour of The Soupers. However, fortunes were reversed in the next game on court, when David Lowe and Kate Heaver took their match 8-5 for The Sirloins. So with all to play for in the final pairings, Paul Hynes and Laura McDowell pulled out all the stops and took their game with a great 11-2 win, thus ensuring the total points tally on the night went the way of The Soupers by 23-16.
So at the half-way stage with all teams having played each other, The Fillets sit on top of the Spring League table with a healthy 93 points; 12 ahead of their nearest rivals the Soupers.

On both evenings, the second round of matches, where seeds from the two teams play together for individual points, means that at the halfway stage the leading female player is still Chloe Haveron with 66 points and Donal Burns hanging on to the Men's and overall lead with 69 points but is closely pursued by Paul Hynes on 67 points.

Play continues over the remaining five weeks with the League concluding on Tuesday 19th June, and then a meal and presentation of the prizes will take place in the Encore Steak House, Ballinamallard on Saturday 23rd June.

Team played points
1. Fillets 4 93
2. Soupers 4 81
3. Appetizers 4 73
4. Ribeyes 4 72
5. Sirloins 4 71


The Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League (Week 4)

Week four of the Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League was played at Irvinestown Tennis Club over Tuesday and Wednesday evenings last week due to the closure of the Bawnacre facility on Bank Holiday Monday.

On Tuesday The Fillets played the Ribeyes, who were missing their number one player thus giving a walkover score of 13 -0 to the top pairing of Donal Burns and Frances Taggart (sub). The Ribeyes fought back with a narrow 7-6 win from Brendan King /Chloe Haveron and an impressive 8-5 victory for John Sheridan and Angel Flack but the night ended with an overall score of 24-15 in favour of the Fillets.

On Wednesday night, the Appetizers took on the Sirloins with John Maguire and Jill Parkinson opening the score for the Appetizers with a 7-6 win while teammate Carol Maguire partnered with sub Alan Cadden, took the same score from their match.The Appetizers rounded off a successful night with an 8-5 victory for Mark O'Connor/Ryan Edgar to finish with a 22-17 points win.

The second leg of the league matches on both nights saw tight competition for points for the individual scores and resulted in a change at the top of the Men's ladder with Donal Burns now on 57 points while Chloe Haveron retains the Ladies and overall lead with 66 points.

Play continues every Monday and Tuesday (except Bank Holidays) with the League concluding on Tuesday 19th June and celebratory meal and presentation of prizes in the Encore Steak House, Ballinamallard on Saturday 23rd June.

Current League positions:
Team played points
1. Ribeyes 4 72
2. Fillets 3 66
3. Appetizers 3 61
4. Soupers 3 58
5. Sirloins 3 55

The Encore Steak House Spring League (Week 3)

The Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club Spring League, sponsored by the Encore Steak House Ballinamallard, continued last week with two nights of total contrast for the players.

Mondays clash between The Sirloins and The Fillets was played in, befitting spring - like weather, resulting in a 21-18 victory or the Sirloins. Wins came from steady play by David Lowe and Kate Heaver, (7-6) and then an 8-5 win by two subs on the night; Chloe Haveron and Laura McDowell. The Fillets did however start the night with a 7-6 win thanks to Donal Burns and partner Tanya Cathcart.

Fast forward 24 hours to Tuesday evening, and it was touch and go as to whether play would even commence or not, such were the circumstance. Proceed they did however, and a constant and torrential downpour of driving rain meant that the Ribeyes and appropriately named Soupers played out their games in atrocious conditions. Michael Duffy with partner Kirsty Murray obviously took to the conditions like, "ducks to water" by winning the first round with a resounding 11-2 victory for The Soupers. Despite the valiant efforts of Brendan King/Chloe Haveron, and then John Sheridan/Angel Flack for The Ribeyes with consecutive wins of 8-5 from both pairings, the night belonged to The Soupers with a points tally of 21-18. This win in these conditions takes the Soupers from third, to top spot in the League.

On both evenings, the second round of matches is a platform for seeds from the two teams to play together for individual points, which means that after week three the leading female player is Chloe Haveron with 50 points and Paul Hynes with 49.

Play will continue every Monday and Tuesday and the League presentation night and dinner is scheduled for Saturday 23rd June in The Encore Steak House, Ballinamallard.

Current League positions:
1. Soupers 3 58
1. Ribeyes 3 57
3. Fillets 2 42
4. Appetizers 2 39
5. Sirloins 2 38

U18 Provincial Finals (April 2018)

Irvinestown Tennis club hosted the provincial finals at the Bawnacre Centre new tennis facility on 28-29 April.  Representing the Western area was Amy and Ciara Griffin from Enniskillen TC and Alex Holden and Kyran Maguire from Irvinestown. 

Both the Griffin girls played really good tennis in separate groups of three with each winning 1 match each with Ciara beating Kym Mc Grath from Letterkenny 6-1 6-2 before losing to eventual Rup Tara Stewart from Portadown 2-6 5-7. Amy beat Julia Wawrzyniak Letterkenny 6-2 6-0 and losing narrowly to the eventual winner of the event Amberlie Collins Belfast boat club 3-6 7-6 6-10. After the round robin group stage both sisters then played for 3rd - 4th place and Amy came out on top with a 6-3 6-4 over Ciara .

In the Boys event it was a very successful return from injury for Kyran as he just started back training 2 weeks ago.
After winning his first match against fello club member Alex Holden he powered his way through to the final beating no 2 Seed Rory Cunningham 7-6 7-6 in a hard hitting semi final. Kyran eventually succumbed to No 1 seed Cian Mc Donnell Belfast Boat Club in the final 2-6 4-6 but not without a fine display but match fitness was an issue in the end, but he was more than satisfied with his weekend performance.

For Alex this event was a great chance to gain valuable experience at this level and he gave his all over his 3 matches with signs of producing good tennis as he now prepares for the new season ahead eventually finishing 8th overall.

The club and Ulster Branch tennis thanked all the parents, plus volunteers who gave up their time to supervise and run the event. Special thanks to the Bawnacre Centre and staff for the hospitality and the use of the superb new tennis facility with the courts playing really well within only a week of being open.

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Encore Steak House Spring League (Week 2)

Week two of the Encore Steak House Spring League at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club  was played last Monday and Tuesday evening on the magnificent newly refurbished courts at The Bawnacre Centre.
Monday, pitched the Ribeyes against the Appetizers; the former having opened their account with a win in week, one, whilst the latter needed to bounce back from an early defeat.

First blood on the night did go the way of the Appetizers with a great win from the partnership of John Maguire and Jill Parkinson with a score of 9-4.An identical scoreline was recorded in the second match, but went the way of the Ribeyes, courtesy of Brendan King and partner Chloe Haveron. So with all to play for in the third and final leg, the Appetizers newcomer Ryan Edgar along with Karen Johnston took the spoils with once again, a scoreline of 9-4; thus ensuring a team win of 22-17.

Tuesday witnessed the first outing in this years Spring League by the Fillets, who met a wining team from week 1, the Soupers. However, straight out of the blocks for the Fillets came club newcomer Donal Burns partnered with sub Andrea Irvine to take the first match on the night, 9-4, and this was followed up by an even more emphatic win of 10-3 by the pairing of Stephen Phair and Wendy Eaton ! The Soupers did salvage some honour on the night however when Paul Hynes and partner Laura McDowell took the final match 8-5. Too little too late unfortunately, as the final points tally on the evening was; 24-15 in favour of The Fillets.

In the second round of matches,players switch with their number in the opposite team and games are played to accrue points on individual table. Leading man at this point is Paul Hynes with 34 ,Chloe Haveron tops the ladies section with 32 points.  The Sirloins had a bye-week due to the League consisting of Five teams. 
Play will continue every Monday and Tuesday, with exception of the Bank Holiday Mondays, and the League presentation night and dinner is scheduled for Saturday 23rd June in The Encore Steak House.

Current League positions:
    Team         played   points
1. Appetizers    2           39
1. Ribeyes        2           39
3. Soupers        2           37
4. Fillets            1           24
5. Sirloins          1           17

The Encore Steak House sponsored Spring League

Playing for the first time on the four newly renovated Bawnacre Centre tennis courts, and under superb new floodlights, The Encore Steak House sponsored Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club Spring League, got under way last Monday and Tuesday evening. On Monday, despite atrocious weather conditions, the teams were so delighted to be back playing, they hardly noticed the driving rain and the wind swirling all around the courts! 

The Appetizers took on The Soupers and it was only appropriate that first up for the Appetizers, was ILTC's very own Ireland Vets International John Maguire. Partnered by Jill Parkinson they were narrowly beaten by Kirsty Murray with subbing partner David McDowell, 5-8 for The Soupers.

Newcomer Alex Holden playing alongside sub Wendy Eaton, took the spoils however for the Appetizers in the next game albeit by the narrowest of margins, 7-6. Another welcome newcomer, or to be more precise, a returnee after many years - Paul Hynes, along with subbing partner Kate Heaver took the final team match of the night for the Soupers with a well earned 8-5 victory. So on the night the overall Team scores were.The Soupers 22 - The Appetizers 17

The next phase of the nights play, saw the opposing seeds on each team playing together, with a view to amassing individual points, to decide top Male & Female points scorers over the entire competition; the only stipulation being, that subs cannot earn points.

Points on the night: John Maguire 16, Alex Holden 10, Mark O'Connor (another new member) 9, Alan Cadden 16, Paul Hynes 17, Jill Parkinson 7, Karen Johnston 5, Kirsty Murray 19, Sarah Murray 9.

Tuesday evening pitched The Ribeyes against The Sirloins, and the former got off to a flying start when Pete Keogh and Kathleen Maguire came away with an emphatic 10-3 win. The next two games however, went the way of The Sirloins, courtesy of David Lowe/Kate Heaver and the final pairing of Cliff Worley/Justin Keogh. Both wins were by the slimmest of margins; 7-6 so on the night the spoils went the way of The Ribeyes by a 22-17 scoreline.

In the mixed team matches, individual points gained on the nights play were; Pete Keogh 14, David McDowell 12, Brendan King 10, David Lowe 12, John Sheridan 11, Justin Keogh 12, Cliff Worley 15, Chloe Haveron 15, Angel Flack 14 and Kate Heaver 11.

The other team in this five-team tournament, The Fillets, are yet to play and so the league positions will be published next week. Play continues every Monday and Tuesday (except Bank Holiday Mondays) and the end of tournament presentation dinner will be held in The Encore Steak House on 23rd June.


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.

Read full story HERE

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.

Photo caption:
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.