What an amazing few days we have had in Rushbrooke for this year's Junior Interprovincials.
Starting off on Tuesday with the Under 18 event we had Leinster blazing a trail to the title but we were entertained with great tennis over the three sessions.
On Wednesday we started the Under 14 event and Munster finished deserving winners at the end of play today. The final day on Thursday saw some of the best action seen for many a year with some spectacular matches both in the morning and afternoon sessions.
Congratulations to all the players who showed remarkable sportmanship throughout the three days and it was fantastic to see all the players from the provinces mixing and getting on so well with each other. Thank you to the captains, mentors and all the supporters who attended the event.
To the different sponsors on our side we would like to thank Harbour Browns Steak house in Cobh for the fantastic gear for both our junior teams and also our Senior team. Thank you to FDC Group who sponsor our senior performance squad which provided many of the players to the winning team,thank you to C&C Group for the bottled water for the players for the event and also to some of the local businesses who provided minerals and fruit.
Thank you to Colm and Emma Mc Donagh for the great coverage on our social outlets and especially for the many great pictures that captured the action throughout the event.
This year we decided to see if we could try and raise the profile of the event a little bit with a few new ideas. We produced many photographs and tried to cover each and every player that they might have something to look back on, we streamed live some of the action and also streamed the two presentations live.
Finally, we decided to present each player with a medal as recognition of their participation and it was great to hear the captains call out their players and to be presented by Tennis Ireland President Mr Clifford Carroll. Hopefully this might be something other provinces might continue as it's the players that make the event that it is and it's a nice gesture which all the captains and players were really delighted with.
Finally a word about Rushbrooke, a really spectacular setting for such an event. Thank you for use of your magnificent facility. Well done to Eddie Ronayne and the rest of the team Robyn, Maggie, Paul & Martin who showed how it should be done. Well done to the bar staff of Rushbrooke who tirelessly looked after all the players with food and drink over three tough days.
Thank you all for making this a great event in 2017.