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Postponed again owing to bad weather.
Next Open Day is Sat 03 August
Open Day Saturday 27 April 2019 from 1-5pm
(Postponed from Sat 13th April owing to bad weather)
Visitors welcome to try out tennis with fun games for adults and juniors
Light refreshments available. Free Prize Draw
Rackets provided - just wear trainers!
Another trophy for Cloughey !
U14 boys win their league
Our U14 boys won all their matches and will now play in the knockout challenge at the end of June. Congratulations to the team - Ross Jenkinson, Joel Bunting, Charlie McClements and Max Jenkinson. Photos will follow
Another trophy for Cloughey!
We waited 8 years to win our first league trophy and now we have 2 within the last 6 months. Our team won their division of the Floodlit Trophy.
Photo L-R Christina Hinds, John Lee, Vicky Bentley, Andrew McClements, Hazel young, Lee Jenkinson.
Annual Club Junior Championships
Jenkinson boys do a double act!
Ross Jenkinson retained the Rainey Shield (for U16s), while his younger brother Max won the MacLaine Plate for U12s. 23 players participated in 4 different competitions for the various age-groups and many matches were closely fought.
Click here to see full results
Yellow Group boys with winner of Rainey Shield Ross jenkinson
Green Group with winner of MacLaine Plate (U12s) Max Jenkinson, Gold medallist Conor Kelly and Amy Crossman (bronze)
Women's Friday Morning Tennis Group
After a break of over a year, this group is up and running again. Lorraine Bateman is the coordinator, and arranged to play from 10-12am. However, last week several players turned up at 9am immediately after the school drop-off. Others arrived at 10 and including the coffee break the session lasted almost 3 hours. Members are invited to come along for a bit of 'fun' tennis and relaxation on Fridays - its a great way to start the day. Just turn up or you can text Lorraine 07969-844887 to check in advance and let her know you are coming.
Ladies Team lands first trophy for Cloughey & District
Cloughey & District ladies team won the final of the Ladies Junior Knockout Cup at Bangor defeating Whitehead 3-1. Captain Hazel Young had to find a last minute replacement for Elaine Bunting who had helped the team win their way through to the final. Club Secretary Carol Clark stepped in after a 2-year absence with injury. Vicky Bentley and Carol steered the team to victory winning their first match 6-2 6-3 while Hazel and Christina Hinds lost their first match by a similar margin, but then won the 'reverse' match by 6-1 6-2. It was then up to Vicky and Carol who lost their first set in the decisive match by 2-6 but then won the second set by 6-3. The third tie-breaker set was not required, as Cloughey had by that time an unassailable lead, and were declared winners.
Commenting on the win, Club Chairman Alistair Dunn congratulated the team on their success and said they had taken a big step forward that would put Cloughey & District Tennis Club 'on the map' in Ulster Tennis.
Cloughey + District Ladies team
Winners of the Belfast & District junior Challenge Cup 2015
L-R Christina Hinds; Carol Clark; Hazel Young (Capt); Elaine Bunting; Vicky Bentley
Junior Clubplay welcomes visiting coach from England
On Saturday 8th Aug, coaches Alistair and Christina were joined by John Robertson, an LTA level 2 coach from England, who happened to be on holiday visiting friends in Cloughey. He volunteered to help us with Junior coaching and demonstrated some stimulating drills and routines that had the kids working really hard - and enjoying themselves. This was a very pleasant surprise and thoroughly enjoyable for eveyone involved. Many thanks to John and we hope he comes back to Cloughey for another holiday!
Visiting coach john Robertson poses with Club Coach Alistair Dunn and the Green and Yellow groups.
John was very impressed with our kids!
We got a nice email from John who lives in Durham, Northumberland in England - click here to read the email.
Club Junior Championships 2014
Some of the competitors gathered for medal ceremony
Saturday 20th September was another day of Indian Summer weather, with clear blue skies also a stiff North wind that tested the players ability.
Competitors played in 4 groups starting at 9.30 through to 2pm with a series of round robin matches. See photos of the players and the medal winners.
The tournament finished with the final of the Rainey Shield between Joel Bunting and Ross Jenkinson with Ross coming out on top 6 games to 3.
Thanks to all the volunteers and parents who helped out with the organisation of a very enjoyable event.
Right: U8 medal winner Saoirse Hinds, Christopher Hinds, Daniel Calvert and Aideen Birt.
Orange Group competitors enjoy a break
Joshua Childs (Alistair Dunn), Elle Coffey, Bailey Young, Charlotte Caughey
Bailey Young, with the McLean Plate
(Alistair Dunn), Ross Jenkinson, Joel Bunting Joshua McClements, Charlie McClements
Ross Jenkinson with the Rainey Shield
CLOUGHEY BOYS GRAB TROPHIES AT NORTH DOWN u12 TOURNAMENT
The North Down Juniors tournament 2014 held at Bangor LTC is part of the summer series of open tournaments held in NI. This is the 2nd year our juniors have entered. Last year the Bunting brothers (Josh & Joel) met in the final of the U12 Novice Plate competition. This year, the U12 Novice event was won by Ross Jenkinson who defeated hot favourite Mckenzie Conor from Lisburn in a tense and exciting final 7-6, 6-4. Ross Jenkinson & Joel Bunting also won the U12 doubles event, with another great performance, again defeating a fancied pair to lift the trophy.
Josh Bunting, now in the u14 category, fought through several tough matches to reach the semi-final where he defeated Lokesh Pugalengthi from Helens Bay in a match that lastedover 3 hours. In the final he took the first set and anearly lead in the second set, but tiredness caught up with him and he had to settle for 2nd place - a very creditable achievement at this level.
Joel Bunting receiving special trophy for 'most enthusiastic player from UBTI President George Stevenson
Some of Cloughey younger Juniors at Bangor LTC
Daniel, McKenzie, Christopher, Odhran, Aodhin, Saoirse.
Ross Jenkinson & Joel Bunting after winning the U12 doubles at Bangor
Right: Josh Bunting receives his runner-up medal from UBTI President George Stevenson. >>>>
Joel Bunting Ross Jenkinson, Charley McClements and Josh Bunting at the North Down tournament
Ross Jenkinson receives his trophy from George Stevenson (UBTI President).