Spring Championships kindly sponsored by Real Estate Alliance – Brophy Farrell

I am delighted to announce the next tournament in the 2016 tennis calendar, the 2016 Spring Championships kindly sponsored by Real Estate Alliance – Brophy Farrell in Newbridge.  This will be a graded singles and doubles competition.  Each match will be the best of three sets with the final set a championship tie break.  The cost will be €10 for one event or €18 for two which will be taken from your fob account.

The tournament will run from the 4th of April and the finals will be on Saturday the 7th of May after league has been finished.  Note that for any men who are playing league on the 7th and who are in 2 finals I will move their singles final to Thursday the 5th of May – these will be the only finals that will be permitted to move.

To enter text me on 0861283734, reply to this mail or sign your name on the sign-up sheets in the foyer.  Don’t forget if you are playing the doubles to include the name of your partner.  If you don’t have a partner I will do my best to find one.  Note that I do expect anybody who has signed up for league to play in this tournament.

Closing date is strictly Wednesday March 30th at 21:00.  This is so I can get the player lists out to the relevant competitions and selections committees for grading, seeding and to get the draw done.  As soon as the mail to the committees is sent I won’t be able to accept any more entries so please try to get your entries in early.

Yours in Tennis,
David Watters
Naas LTC Men’s captain
086-1283734

Court Booking System – 3 month trial has started

Our new on-line booking system is live for a 3 months trial from Monday the 14th March 2016.

Please note that courts 7&8 are not prebookable courts and will remain as is, i.e use sign in sheet as normal.

What you have to do:

You have received 2 emails from clubmanager.ie on Monday. One with your username and one with your password.  Open clubmanager by clicking on the Login on either of the clubmanager emails or www.clubmanager.ie/

Login using your User Name and password.

We recommend that on first login you change your password to one that you can remember easily. Click on my services to do this. Password is case sensitive.

Please feel free to explore the site as your feedback is very important during this trial period, in particular, the court booking rules which are on top right of page.

To book a court:

Select date you wish to play, then select morning, afternoon or evening.

Click on timeslot on court you want. When you click on time slot “make a booking” pop-up will appear. Click extend to increase time from ½ hour,hour or 1.5hrs. Select players you want to play with.

Select Match Type- Friendly/Coaching

Press Book. The system will now send an email to the players involved in the booking

You now have booked your court.

 To Check in: (must be done in clubhouse)

When players arrive at clubhouse, one of the players must check in by clicking the booking.

On PC in foyer your booking will appear in green. You have 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after start time to check in. If this is not done you will lose the court and this court becomes free for use.

We need your feedback during this trial to fully evaluate the system. Please send your comments to groganpj@eircom.net or jstn.phelan@gmail.com

Winter League Update – with location!

Great League News! Our Ladies 1sts and Mens 1sts have both reached the finals of Class 1 Winter League.

Congrats to all our League players for representing NaasLTC in Winter League

Finals will be played on March 13th in Malahide Tennis Club

The Men’s first team are playing the home team Malahide at 10am.

The Ladies first team are playing David Lloyd at 12-midday

Lighting and Fencing works have started…

The lighting and fencing on Courts 1 to 8 is being upgraded!  This will cause some disruption, but please bear with us – it will be worth it!  A quick overview of the timings of this project:
Project started on Monday 1st Feb and will be complete by Friday 11th March – weather permitting. The last week has been very difficult and we have lost approx. 2 work days over the last 10 days due to weather.
It is planned that at most 2 courts will be out of action at any one time, primarily due to the necessity to bring new cabling to the centre poles. It is planned but not guaranteed that all courts will have lighting at all times, even during the change over from the old fittings to the new fittings. This may change due to logistical reasons but at most two courts will be out of action from no more than one night…..a big shout out to Shane Spring for managing this project!

January Doubles 2016 – kindly sponsored by The Elms

A reminder about the January doubles 2016 starting on Monday the 18th of January with the finals on Friday the 12th of February.

We have a high entry in this very popular tournament, and The Elms Home & Living near Punchestown Racecourse have kindly agreed to sponsor this competition, see http://www.theelms.ie for information or check their facebook page!

The draw is published online and we have emailed the link to all participants. To view, please click here.

Cost is €10 to be deducted from player’s fobs.

Regards,
Yvonne and David.
Naas LTC Captains.

New Sponsor for the Naas LTC Senior Open 2105

The Naas LTC Open 2015 is about to kick off – from 24 May to 31 May.

We are very happy to announce our new sponsor for the NaasLTC Senior Open 2015 this year… Naas Credit Union

Looking forward to a fantastic partnership for this event!

Remember, if you are looking for a competitive loan or interested in opening a savings account, check their website at:

http://www.naascreditunion.com/

Or click on their name in the post above to check out & their facebook page!

On Top of the World – World Team Tennis Championships

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I am so privileged to have represented Ireland and captained the over 35’s at the recent world team tennis championships, which was held in Club Alibey, Antayla, Turkey.  This has been an incredible journey for me personally, so to ensure I was in the best shape possible I went training in the gym five times per week. I lost 28lbs but mainly focussed on increasing my speed and strength. (I’ll be continuing with this regime permanently, to maintain this level of fitness).

It is an experience like no other – where you get to play against different styles of players, see their attitudes as well as learn a huge amount by watching the various other matches.

I found it challenging as our matches were played on red clay, a surface I had not played on previously, so it took a bit of getting used to (the clay in DCU where we practiced was nothing like this surface).  We were playing in 20+ degrees of heat and most of the Irish players suffered from blisters at some point (“Compeed” works a treat!).

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It wasn’t just the surface of the courts we had to adjust to – the opposition players had a very different style to what we are used to. They hit with very heavy topspin pushing you nearly to the back fence and then wait on their moment to hit a winner. They are extremely consistent and precise with their shots – and they have all the shots! They got to balls you wouldn’t believe, and didn’t just get them back but played winners. Almost all of them could dropshot from just about any position on the court and they used this to great effect.

Our first match was against Germany the no. 6 seeds (although they were eventual winners); we put up a good fight but they were too strong.  We then played the no. 3 seeds – USA – on St. Patrick’s Day. Although we lost on the tennis front we got on famously with the American team and ultimately the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations went on well into the wee hours of the morning.  They were delighted with some of the singing and Irish dancing performances! The next day, we played Sweden and then finally South Africa – again very close matches with some excellent tennis decided only by a third set each time.

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Ireland had a team of 24 in total divided into 4 over 35’s, 4 over 40’s and 4 over 45’s men and women and to say I had the best time of my life with the best people, I have made some lifelong friends an incredible experience I will never forget.  The atmosphere & team spirit was tangible and with almost all the opposition teams staying in the same complex, it must be what it feels like to be in an Olympic village. Representing Ireland at this competition was truly an unforgettable experience and one which I would dearly love to repeat!

 

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ADULT SERVING COACHING CLINICS ANNOUNCED!

Hi Naas LTC Senior Member,

I am excited to announce the first round of 4 Week Adult Serving Clinics with Master Coach Jonathan Coulston. All Adult abilities from Beginner to Social/Competitive to League players of all levels are invited to reply with an Expression Of Interest. In order to hasten the improvement of the serve in each player, we will then group players of similar ability… so please list all sessions that you will be available to attend.

These session have been used to great effect in the Naas LTC Junior Program since 2014, seeing many juniors enter a true performance level through simple focus on the most important shot in the game – The Serve. This intensive 4 Week Clinic also serves to compliment the Adult Coaching program which will also re-commence after the Easter break – those who miss out on Adult Coaching will find these sessions the perfect alternative to give intelligent focus and direction to their game.

This is a technical course. To make lasting change, ALL players are required to bring a Tennis Diary to take notes on sound serving fundamentals and of serving issues particular to them.

PLEASE NOTE: There are only 4 Serving Clinics available this round, so please reply ASAP. If Junior Serving Clinics do not fill this round, those sessions will then be offered to the Adult membership. Those who miss out on these New Adult Serving Clinics this offer will be placed on a waiting list for next term.

TO ENTER:

Please email ASAP to dot@naasltc.net with the following details requested below. All replies must be received by Thursday April 9th.

  1. Session Times are as follows (Please mark more than one session, or all sessions available where possible so that we can more effectively group players by playing/serving standard):

NAME:

LEVEL (Beginner, Improver, League+Class):

AVAILABILITY

THURSDAY 7:30-8:30pm:

THURSDAY 8:30-9:30pm:

SATURDAY 10:30am-11:30am:

SATURDAY 11:30am-12:30pm:

(For Example:

NAME: Pete Sampras

LEVEL (Beginner, Improver, League+Class): League Class 1

AVAILABILITY

THURSDAY 7:30-8:30pm: YES

THURSDAY 8:30-9:30pm: NO

SATURDAY 10:30am-11:30am: YES

SATURDAY 11:30am-12:30pm: YES)

DATES:

 

DAY/DATE DAY/DATE
Week 1 Sat 11th APR Thurs 16th APR
Week 2 Sat 18th APR Thurs 23rd APR
Week 3 Sat 25th APR Thurs 30th APR
Week 4 Sat 9th MAY Thurs 7th MAY

 

 

Generally, the 4 Week Serving Clinics will focus on the below issues, however will be modified to accommodate a standard where tactical serving is of more useful attention.

(Week/Date/Teaching Points-Session Focus)

Week 1:               STANCE – BALANCE – GRIP

Week 2:               TOSS – RHYTHM – TAKEBACK

Week 3:               FULL EXTENSION – SLICE CONTACT

Week 4:               REVIEW

 

Regards,

 

Justin Clarke

Director Of Tennis