Shane Cooke, President of Munster Tennis, was speaking to WLR FM's Sports Editor, Gavin Whelan, ahead of the 33 Irish National Seniors (Veterans) Close Championship. Speed through to the 31:20minute mark to listen in via Soundcloud. Click here for WLR FM's Live Player App.
Calling all Tennis Fans
Whether you are a beginner, a Club Player, an international, a parent or support our game as a coach, administrator or as a volunteer, Tennis Ireland is looking for your help.
Tennis Ireland is building a 4 year strategy that will meet the needs of existing players at all levels in reaching their potential, and building the profile of tennis in Ireland so we can attract others to participate and enjoy our game. The plan will provide a roadmap that will help Clubs, Coaches, Provinces and our Performance Players, whilst allowing us to partner successfully with others supporting the game such as, but not limited to, the Dublin Lawn Tennis Council and the Parks Tennis Organisation.
How can you get involved?
Tennis Ireland have put together a steering team, representative of every aspect of the sport, for the project who have designed a consultation framework that allows people to get involved in several ways:
Firstly, we have scheduled a series of workshops around the country to meet and gather the ideas and aspirations of people who are involved in tennis at all levels, these meetings will be facilitated by Pinta Consulting, to capture the best ideas as to how we can grow and improve the experience of tennis at all levels. The meetings will be two hours in duration and are designed so that we can listen to all the diverse voices of tennis.
The schedule and location of these meetings are as follows:
21st September - North Dublin - Crowne Plaza, Santry (Dublin Airport) 7pm-9pm
26th September - Cork - Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown 7pm-9pm
28th September - Belfast - Crowne Plaza, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast 7pm-9pm
2nd October - South Dublin - Clayton, Leopardstown 7pm-9pm
3rd October - Claremorris - McWilliam Park, Claremorris 7pm-9pm
5th October - Naas - Osprey Hotel, Naas 7pm-9pm
We would really ask that you come along, if you can. Everybody is welcome!
To assist with the management of these events participants are asked to register their interest in attending via the link below a minimum of one day prior to the event.
If you can’t make one of our workshops – you can still contribute to an online survey.
MY POINT; The Plan for Tennis in Ireland which will be launched on September 25th and will run for 4 weeks. This survey, which will be sent to you and will be available via the Tennis Ireland website and will only take 15 minutes to complete and will give you the opportunity to outline what matters most for you and this in turn will help us to shape the future of tennis in Ireland.
If you wish to go into greater detail, we would welcome that also written submissions are welcome via MYPOINT@tennisIreland.ie
This is your opportunity to make your point, so don’t miss it.
Pictured is Andrew Jones, of Bluebird Care, and Shane Cooke, President of Munster Tennis, ahead of the Young Seniors Interprovincial Championships being hosted by Belfast Boat Club, proudly displaying the official squad kit provided by Joma & Teamwear Ireland which features the distinctive corporate logo of Bluebird Care.
The Young Seniors Munster Tennis Squad set off for Belfast this weekend to take part in the three day Interprovincial Tournament at the prestigious Belfast Boat Club on the banks of the River Lagan, and will be looking resplendent in their purpose made Joma branded tennis wear thanks to the generous support of Bluebird Care.
Commenting on an arrangement that will see the distinctive vivid Bluebird Care logo proudly adorned on the left sleeve of all our players’ Joma kit at the weekend, Munster Tennis’ Commercial Advisor, Kevin Mullen, enthused “Andrew Jones (MD of Bluebird Care, Tipperary and East Cork) kindly stepped forward to offer his backing to the Young Seniors ahead of a tournament he will actually be featuring in as a valued member of the Mens 35 team. We thank him sincerely for his generous support in what we hope will be a very memorable weekend for all concerned with Munster Tennis”.
An opportunity to cement his loyal backing to his very own squad is not something Limerick Lawn Tennis Club member Andrew could decline easily, and commenting after the official kit handover to President Shane Cooke, Andrew proudly said “As a strong supporter of Munster and Irish tennis and as a player now for over 25 years, it is my pleasure to have Bluebird Care associated with this team. I look forward to the team having a very successful weekend in Belfast and on behalf of Bluebird Care and all our staff, we wish them the best of luck representing their Province.”
Bluebird Care provides the highest quality of care, leading the field in customer service. Providing a bespoke service to each of their customers and can offer the security of a nationwide brand with the personal assurance of knowing the local team is just around the corner. For further information see www.bluebirdcare.ie or call 052 618 8080
The 2017 Munster Summer Cups Finals were hosted by Sunday's Well Boating and Tennis Club, Cork, on Sunday, 3rd September.
This tournament, contested by knock-out matchplay, is always tough, highly competitive and exciting from the first ball hit on start date to the last on Finals Day.
The weekly "buzz" created by the results was heightened this year by their easy availability on the new League Software on the Munster Branch website.
The teams from all over Munster who battled through to the Finals of 2017 treated the large crowd of supporters and spectators to quality, high standard, thrilling tennis in every grade; 1 through to 6. All results can be found on here .
That scorelines in tennis do not always reflect the play was certainly proven on Sunday with nerve-jingling finishes to all matches being the order of the day.
Munster Branch extend Congratulations and WELL PLAYED to all players, Winners and Runners-up, in every grade and would like to acknowledge the exemplary sportsmanship shown throughout the day.
Many thanks to our Principal Event Partners, Walsh's Carpets, and also to sponsors Keanes Jewellers (for their continued generous support of the Ladies Grade 4 event) and Sunday's Well for their warm welcome to us all, for the use of their excellent clubhouse and facilities and for keeping us fed and watered throughout the day!
Lastly, it has to be said that the weather was "reasonably" kind to us. A Great Day had by all! Go to Munster Tennis Facebook page to see photos of the Finals.