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Press notes


2009 season



(Posted 29/09/2009) by Davy Clegg

A busy and exceptionally successful season of summer tournaments has drawn to a close for Donaghadee Tennis Club’s junior members.  This year seven young players undertook an arduous series of tournament participation across the length and breadth of Great Britain and Ireland. 
The Club has been developing a strong junior section for the last 10 years and the focus on local young talent is certainly starting to pay dividends as this year the Club had players training in Ulster squads as well as competing in tournaments. A number of juniors also made their competitive debuts for the senior club teams.
The number of competitive young people playing at Donaghadee has led to an increase in the number of teams fielded by the Club in both Juvenile and Senior leagues.  This year for example, the Club’s Men’s Singles League B consisting almost entirely of Juvenile League players won their division after a playoff with a much older and more experienced Bangor Tennis Club team.  The A team, with up to 2 juniors playing each week, comfortably maintained their position in Division 1 which represents a notable success for such a small club.  The Ladies singles team also maintained their position, again with one or two junior players playing in every match.
The Club’s hard working Junior Development Committee continues to work closely with coaches Simon McFarland and Steven McCausland to develop up to 50 young people each week in structured programmes all delivered at the Club’s Millisle Road base.  The sessions can cater for children from age 4 upwards.  All the Club’s coaching sessions are available to view on the website

The juniors who have competed this summer were:

K. Watts (U16) - 6 Quarter Final appearances, 1 Semi final and Group Stages of the Ulster Masters as one of the top 8 in Ulster.
A. Stubbs (U14 Ulster Interprovincial Team No.1) – 5 Tournament victories including the Ulster Masters and a semi final at the Irish Junior Championships (Dublin).  Also finished 5th in the UK at the Nike Junior Tour Finals at the Roehampton Club in London.
N. McKeown (U14) – A number of notable victories in his first competitive season of tennis.
J. Chambers (U14) – Doubles finalist and notable victories at many of the tournaments entered.

S. Octave (U14) – 4 appearances in either the singles or doubles semis or finals with 1 tournament victory.
B. Chambers (U16) – 2 tournament victories and appearances in semi finals and quarter finals at a number of other tournaments as well as qualifying for the Group Stages of the Ulster Masters as one of the top 8 in Ulster.
L. Octave (U12 Ulster training squad) – 3 tournament wins and appearance in last 16 of the Irish Junior Championships (Dublin), runner up at the end of season Ulster Junior Masters as well as selection for the International Tennis Federation  U14 European tournament in Cork.

The Club congratulates all its junior members and is delighted at the success each player has had this past summer and wishes them every success in the Winter series.   Thanks are also due to Dr. Graham Walker who has assisted in the preparation of a number of the players throughout the year; and finally thanks to the young people themselves who have been a credit to themselves, their families and the Club they represent.





(Posted 08/06/2009) by Davy Clegg

Halfway through the Mixed League Season, it’s the Donaghadee B team in Division 11 who are having the best of it with two wins from the opening five fixtures. Wins over Newcastle C and Hillsborough  should be enough to keep them in the division with a squad that changes from match to match. Kerry Savage has recently flown in to join the squad jointly captained by Keith and Rhonda Morrison... Others in the squad include Davy Verner, Gail Campbell, Brian and Pauline Mawhinney, Richard Sherwood, Vicky Maguire, also Club Secretary Lynda Rees and Trevor and Alison Octave. The B team finishes the season with home matches against Bangor (June 10) and Downpatrick (June17).

The A team in Division 6 have found the going tougher, losing all three matches by a 5-3 margin. The opening fixture against Newcastle was postponed and three matches remain for that elusive first win. The team- captained by Orla Edgar- have been close to drawing all three matches- injury to Dessie Mullan in the last match meant the Mens Doubles tie was conceded. In the match before that, Orla and Alison Wilson narrowly lost a three set thriller in a late night finish at Hillsborough.  The Dee pair lost
10-7  in an extended tie-break in the deciding set. The A team's remaining fixtures are at home to Civil Service (June 9) and the Newcastle match postponed from last month is yet to be rearranged. The final match is an away trip to CIYMS on June 16.

Singles success...
One trophy has already been won this season…
Congratulations to the youthful Donaghadee Singles side in Division 5 (Captained by Matthew McBride) who won a nailbiting play-off match at Bangor to clinch their division. The other team members were  Conor Savage, Kyle Watts, Aaron McCrea and Matthew McVeigh.....  The team will surely move up a division next season. In a division that contained  Newry, Hilden, Larne, Bangor and Newcastle it was decided in a play-off against our nearest neighbours as the Dee ran out 3-2 winners on the night.
The revived Ladies Singles team also played well winning one of their four fixtures.

Tennis coaching night..
The Club will be hosting a tennis coaching night  (for members only) on June 19 with our regular coaches Simon, Jonathan and Glenn  present to pass on those much needed tips. Tickets are £10 per person which includes the supper part of the evening, and there are a limited number of places available. Anyone wishing to play should sign up on the sheet provided on the notice board.

The Open Day tournament- a Mixed Doubles event- is again pencilled in for the first Saturday in August. It is hoped that as many Dee pairs as possible will take part this year and it is some time since we had a local pair winning the prestigious Council shield. The tournament usually attracts visitors from nearby clubs like Civil Service, CIYMS and the Boat Club. Invitations to the event will be going out soon.

New members welcome

Although we are now well into the summer, new members are welcome to join at any time... Club fees this year are £45 for adults  and a further sum, for a season ticket, payable to the Council.  The club now has a strong Junior contingent and there are regular coaching nights for all age groups.

The rest of the summer promises to be just as exciting for Donaghadee tennis playersat The Commons courts this year! Further information on the club can be found on the new website at  including details of how to join, the coaching information, and all the coming fixtures.