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Winter Provincial Matchplays Weekend 1

The draws and schedule for the first weekend of the Provincial matchplays are available from the tournament site.

Please note the following:

  • All events will be run using the Compass (Swiss) format. You should have 3 or 4 matches regardless of whether you win or lose them. If you lose your first match you are NOT out of the event!
  • Check the day and time of your match carefully - matches are shown for Friday and Saturday. You may have two matches in the same day. The schedule for Sunday's matches will be published on Saturday
  • Each age group will be played indoors at a particular venue, either Belfast Indoor Tennis Arena (Ozone) or David Lloyd Belfast or Belfast Boat Club. The location of each match is displayed against it - please make sure you go to the correct venue!
  • Please arrrive in good time for each match
  • Matches will be best of three sets starting at 0-0 in the first two sets with a championship tie-break in place of a third set. Once a player loses a match, their subsequent matches will be best of three sets starting at 2-2 with a championship tie-break at one set all.
  • Warm-ups wil be strictly limited to 5 minutes.
  • Players must complete all matches to achieve a finishing position
  • Players may not play all their matches at the same venue - we rely on the venues to make courts available during the weekend.

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct will be enforced and players are reminded of the penalty system:

  • 1st offence - Warning
  • 2nd offence - Point Penalty
  • 3rd offence - Game Penalty
  • 4th offence - default

Any player defaulted from a match will not play any further matches in the event.

A game penalty awarded during a championship tie-break will result in a default.

Dress Code

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING DRESS CODE FOR PLAYERS IN THE MATCHPLAYS:

Recognised tennis attire and appropriate shoes must be worn.  Tracksuit bottoms may be worn during warm-ups only. Leggings and ball shorts worn without skirts/shorts ARE NOT permitted during matches.  

Access to Venues

Please note the following for the matchplays:

As these matchplays are run indoors this provides very limited space for watching and spectators may interrupt players concentration. Therefore we have decided in the interest of fairness:

  • in the case of David Lloyd's indoor facility those not playing a match will be asked to stay in the cafe area behind the glass frontage
  • in the case of the Ozone centre, those not playing a match must stay outside the court area and all areas leading to the courts. Parents may wait in the reception area, or drop their child off and collect them when finished. 
  • in the case of the Belfast Boat Club bubble, those not playing a match must stay outside the bubble and may wait in the bar area in the clubhouse.

Only officials, UBTI coaches and members of the UBTI Junior Development Committee will be permitted in the court area and the area leading to the courts at the Ozone, courtside at David Lloyd's indoor facility and in the Belfast Boat Club bubble. We assure you the children will be supervised at all times within the indoor venues.

 

Withdrawals

Players who withdraw due to injury or illness will be deducted 100 UTP ranking points, unless they provide a valid doctor’s certificate within three days of the tournament completing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As these match plays are run indoors in bubbles this provides limited space for watching and spectators may interrupt players concentration.

Therefore we have decided in the interest of fairness not to allow any spectators inside the bubbles during the match plays and in the case of David Lloyds indoor facility all spectators will be asked to stay in the coffee shop area behind the glass frontage.

Only members and officials from the UBTI Junior Development Committee will be permitted inside the bubbles or courtside at David Lloyds indoor facility

Club House facilities are available at Hilden Tennis Club which is a few minutes by car from Wallace Park which does not have clubhouse facilities

We assure you the children will be supervised at all times within the bubble and at David Lloyd's indoor facility

 

Belfast City Council Club & Player Funding Opportunities

Belfast City Council have opened their Support for Sport Grants for activities taking place from 1st April 2018. There are a number of grants which individual players and Clubs may be able to benefit from, including the Support for Sport: Individual Grant (up to £1k), Support for Sport: Small Development Grant (up to £1k) and the Support for Sport: Large Development Grant (up to £5k).

Support for Sport: Individual Grant (Up to £1k)

Parents of individual players who wish to apply for the Support for Sport: Individual Grant of up to £1k should review the guidance notes at https://www.belfastcity-grants.com/ and contact Lauren Smythe, UBTI Development Manager, for a template application form.

The relevant information should be returned to Lauren by 12pm on Friday 1st December 2017 to enable an application to be made on behalf of the player. Athletes Must:  Be residents of a Belfast City Council area or represent a sports club which is based in Belfast.  Currently be on Governing Body Elite/High Performance Squads or equivalent in an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Sport Athletes Must Not:  Be in receipt of Sport Northern Ireland’s Athlete Investment Programme (AIP) funding or hold an award from the Mary Peter’s Trust.  Be in receipt of funding from another Local Authority Eligible Project Costs:  Personal out of pocket expenses arising from travel to the rest of the UK or abroad to train  Participation in governing body approved competitions outside Northern Ireland  Sports Science/Sports Medical/Physiotherapy/Sports Psychology Support on the listed training/competition trips If the athlete has met all of the eligibility criteria, Belfast City Council will consider the following factors; 1. Competition levels 2. National Ranking 3. Results achieved in previous 12 months Please Note:  The Individual Grant is for activities taking place between the 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019.

Support for Sport: Small Development Grants (Up to £1k)

Tennis Clubs who wish to apply should consider the following; Eligible Types of Project:

1. Coach education training -For clubs who want to train new or existing coaches in any area which will benefit the club. This includes all levels of accredited sports-specific coaching qualifications. 2. Club development training -For clubs that are working towards improving through achieving awards, such as Sports Equity, first aid qualifications, child protection training and fitness qualifications. 3. A ‘kick start’ -For new clubs that are starting up (or existing clubs that are starting up a new section), we can help with initial start up costs such as coaching costs and facility hire. Clubs with their own facilities may only apply for facility hire which is necessary to deliver outreach activities taking place elsewhere. Clubs who apply for this area of funding may also be eligible to apply for a one-off equipment grant. 4) A ‘try-it’ event -For clubs that want to hold an event to promote their organisation or sport and to attract more people to join. We will only offer funding to programmes that are additional to normal club training sessions. Funding will cover costs such as facility hire (if the event is being held outside your club’s facilities), coaching costs, marketing, officials’ costs, medals, trophies and certificates. 5. A Sports Festival / Development event- For clubs wishing to organise an event to provide new competitive opportunities for junior or beginner members, or to raise the club’s profile. This might include facility hire (only if the event is being held outside the club’s own facilities) officials’ costs, medals, trophies and certificates. 6. Equipment grant -You can apply for an equipment grant. This is a one off payment of £250 towards the purchase of new training equipment for new clubs or new sections within existing clubs that have been established within the past three years. The equipment must be for club use. Equipment for individual/personal use is not eligible. Eligible Project Costs This scheme can be used to pay for:  Staff costs (coaches, umpires, referees) where they have appropriate qualifications and have been checked through Access NI if appropriate  Tutor costs or course fees provided by governing bodies or recognised training providers  Marketing materials up to a maximum of £200  Facility hire for events outside club premises · Marketing materials up to a maximum of £200  Travel within Belfast for visiting teams  Medals, certificates, and trophies up to a maximum of £200 Please Note:  The Support for Sport: Small Development Grant is for activities taking place between the 1st April 2018 and 30th September 2018.  Belfast Tennis Clubs who would like to apply for the Support for Sport: Small Development Grant should review the guidance notes and apply directly at https://www.belfastcity-grants.com/ by the deadline of 12 noon on Friday 12th January 2018.

Support for Sport:Large Development Grants (Up to £5k)

This grant is designed for Belfast based sports clubs who wish to develop by undertaking a new project. Organisations must have/ be:

 A club or a constituted community group with a current membership affiliated to a governing body that is recognised by Sport NI or Belfast City Council (National Governing Bodies are not eligible to apply)  Belfast based, that is, must meet, train, compete and be administered within Belfast and / or have Belfast residents comprising at least 75% of its membership.  Have in place a current, active club development plan covering a minimum of three years.  Have a National Governing Body Development plan  Open to all sections of the community. Eligible Project Costs This scheme is aimed at encouraging the development of sports within the Belfast area, either through the growth of existing clubs, or through projects aimed at encouraging new people to take up sporting activity. Please Note:  The Support for Sport: Large Development Grant is for activities taking place between the 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019.  Belfast Tennis Clubs who would like to apply for the Support for Sport: Large Development Grant of up to £5k should review the guidance notes and apply directly at https://www.belfastcity-grants.com/ by the deadline of 12 noon on Friday 12th January 2018.

UBTI encourage individual tennis players & Tennis Clubs in other Council areas across the Province to contact their local Sports Development Officer to find out information on grants available to support their development.

   

Winter Provincial Matchplays

Entries are open for the Winter Provincial Matchplays - please note the following:

  1. If you qualified in first or second place from a regional matchplay or are exempt from a particular age group then you are eligible to enter the Provincials. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE PROVINCIAL MATCHPLAYS OTHERWISE
  2. All entries must be made on-line via the tournament sites at the links below
  3. All events will be played on indoor facilities - there will be a charge of £21 to cover the hire of facilities which is payable when entering online
  4. Players will have more than one match regardless of whether they win or lose - there will be a maximum of 4 matches per player over the weekend
  5. Entries will close for all Provincial matchplays on Wednesday 8th NOVEMBER
  6. If you are eligible to play in the matchplays but are not going to enter please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  as soon as possible to that your place can be offered to someone else
  7. If you have any queries about the matchplays please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

QUALIFICATION PROCESS

Please note that the qualification process for the National Matchplays has changed this season.

The National Matchplays are scheduled to take place the weekend of FRIDAY 8th to SUNDAY 10th DECEMBER

1. The top 12 available players from the National Rankings in each age group on a specified date will qualify directly for the National Matchplays. The ranking date used to determine these players will be:

  • Under 12, 14 and 16: Tuesday 7th November 2017 (including 2018 tournaments e.g. David Lloyd)
  • Under 18: Tuesday 28th November 2017 (including 2018 tournaments, e.g. David Lloyd and Under 18 Provincial Matchplays)

2. Players who qualify as part of the top 12 in the National rankings for Under 12/14/16 will NOT play in the Provincial Matchplays. 

3. There will be one further place in each age group for the winner of the Provincial Matchplay, as long as there is at least one player in the Provincial matchplays who is ranked in the top 30 of the National rankings. If the winner of the Provincial matchplay cannot play in the National Rankings, then the place will be offered to the runner-up, as long as they are ranked in the top 30 of the National rankings. Further reserve places in the Nationals will be allocated by National ranking.

4. Players who anticipate a top 12 national ranking on the relevant ranking date may provisionally enter the National matchplays and not the Provincial matchplays. Players who enter the Provincial matchplays and then gain direct entry into the Nationals will have their entry fee for the Provincial matchplay refunded.

5. The current updated age group National rankings for November 7th 2018 can be found at https://www.tennisireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/TI-Junior-Ranking-45-2017-new-age-groups-only.xlsx - these will be used to determine the top 12 players who will qualify directly for the Under 12, 14 and 16 National Matchplays. These rankings will be further updated for Under 18 after the the Under 18 Provincial matchplays.

See https://www.tennisireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-Winter-matchplay-rules-website-update-2.pdf for more details on the new process.

RULES

The matchplays will be run according to the following rules:

Matchplay Rules 2017/8

MATCHPLAY DATES

The Provincials will take place over two weekends as below - each age group will be played on one of the weekends only. The venues for each age group will be confirmed later:

Age Group Dates
Under 12 Boys and Girls Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th November
Under 14 Boys and Girls  Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th November
Under 16 Boys and Girls Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th November
Under 18 Boys and Girls  Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th November

  • Events with smaller numbers of entries may not require players to attend each day of the weekend
  • Matches on Fridays will take place in the evenings
  • Matches will not be scheduled on Saturday mornings

HOW TO ENTER

  1. Click on the tournament entry link below - if you do not have a Tournament Software account then you can create one through the website itself. Having an account will allow you to easily enter your details when entering any tournament which has online entry
  2. Follow the steps to enter the appropriate event - make sure that you are available on the weekend of the actual event for the appropriate age group in the table above. PLEASE NOTE WHICH OF THE TWO WEEKENDS YOUR AGE GROUP IS ON FROM THE TABLE ABOVE - you will only be playing on ONE of the two weekends
  3. Pay the entry fee of £21 - this can be made using any credit or debit card or via a PayPal account if you have one
  4. Submit your entry
  5. You will receive an email confirmation of entry to the email address which is associated with your entry. 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE PROVINCIAL MATCHPLAYS UNDER 12 or UNDER 14

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE PROVINCIAL MATCHPLAYS UNDER 16 or UNDER 18

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Ulster Tennis Masters Events 2017

Ulster Tennis Masters Events 2017
 
Under 14 Masters

The U14's Masters Boys Team of Ethan Hance, Tristan Ferguson, Jamie Lyall and Johnny McCracken.
and the Girls Team,  Eve Callaghan, Caoimhe McDonell, Katie Lowry and Sarah Baker, travelled to Dundalk on Saturday 14th October with coaches Ross McCarey and Katie Hill. They played against a Dundalk Select team and won overall 10-2 in matches, with 5 matches going to championship tie breaks!
After the matches the team went out for dinner and to the funfair in Dundalk. On the Sunday morning the Ulster and Dundalk teams trained together with Dundalk head coach John McGahon.
 
 
 
U14s Masters Teams Dundalk October 2017
 
U14s Boys and Girls Team
 
The Under 18 Masters Boys Team of Cian McDonnell, Matthew Robinson, Matthew Saunders, Ross Jenkinson travelled to Malahide TC on Saturday 21st October with coach Ross McCarey.
The Under 18s all played a singles and doubles match on Saturday and again on Sunday with the result being 6-6. The highlight match on the weekend was Cian McDonnell Vs Conor Reiley with Cian coming through and winning 10-8 in the championship tie break.
 
U18 Masters Team Malahide October 2017
 
U18 Masters Teams malahide October 2017
 

After the Saturday matches the team all went to Malahide Leisureplex and took part in a laser quest game and bowling. (Ross Mc won the bowling!!)
 
U18 Masters Malahide 2
 
 
   

Bangor LTC win the North South League 2017

Bangor

After two weekends of competitive tennis and great fun, Bangor LTC have won the 2017 North / South league, which was  hosted by Dundalk Tennis Club.
The North / South league has been running since 2009 and was the brainchild of Dundalk coach John McGahan who, working with Lyn Jamison of Portadown Tennis Club  brought together 6 teams from the North and 6 teams from the South to play on a league basis. The current condensed format involves play over two weekends at the very central and accessible Dundalk Tennis Club.
This highly prestigious event is by invitation only and Bangor were delighted to receive an invitation in 2016 for the first time.  Having finished fourth last year it was a great achievement for Bangor to win the event this year and become only the second team from the North to win the event.
Thanks must go to the small but dedicated organising committee of Lyn Jamison from Portadown Tennis Club and Jill Steeples from Dundalk Tennis Club, without who’s efforts this event would not be possible. Thanks also to Dundalk Tennis Club for hosting the event.
If you are lucky enough to receive an invite to this event you should accept it quickly. This is an event which  will continue to grow in popularity.

   

Peter Bothwell Achieves New Career High of 654

Peter Bothwell has achieved a new singles career high of 654.  After recently winning two doubles titles at Barnstaple (with N Pauffley of GB) and in Egypt (with D Perez Sanz of Spain) and reaching the final in Nottingham  and Roehampton (with L Johnston of GB) Peter's current doubles ranking of 589 is expected to move into the top 500 on Monday 23rd October.  

Congratulations to Peter!

 

   

Tennis Ireland 4 Year Strategy - Online Survey now open

We welcome all Ulster Clubs to have their say in the new Tennis Ireland online survey.

MY POINT; The Plan for Tennis in Ireland was launched on September 25th and will run for 4 weeks. This survey, which will be sent to all clubs but is also available via the Tennis Ireland website and will only take 15 minutes to complete 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.

The online survey can be completed at this link https://www.tennisireland.ie/2017/09/26/my-point-tennis-in-ireland-survey/

You can also send a written submission via this email:- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     

Every voice is important and this online survey is a vital part of shaping our future focus areas and priorities

   

Bryan Bailie wins Super Senior Title in Mallorca

BRYAN BAILIE WINS MALLORCA SUPER SENIOR OPEN MENS DOUBLES TITLE

Congratulations to Bryan Bailie who has won the Mens Doubles title in the Over 65 age group at the 22nd Mallorca Senior Open (Super Seniors) on 7th October.  

Bryan and his Austrian partner, Harald Hellmonseder, had a convincing win 6-0 6-1 over the Italian pairing of Carlo Colla and Stefano Rivoira in the final and did not drop a set in this ITF Grade 1 event throughout the tournament.

Please see the link following link for a full list of results http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100038581 

   

20th Belfast Open Wheelchair Tournament 22nd-24th September 2017

The 20th Belfast Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament took place at Belfast Indoor Centre from 22nd to 24th September 2017. 

Details of the matches and results can be found here

Main Draw Singles Winner 2017 Ivor Jess

Main Drawer Singles Winner Ivor Jess MBE. All presentations made by George Stevenson MBE Ulster Branch Tennis Ireland President

Main Draw Singles Runner Up 2017 Noel McShane from London

Main Draw Singles Runner Up Noel McShane

Main Draw Doubles Winners 2017 Gerry Milligan  Ivor Jess

Main Draw Doubles Winners Gerry Milligan & Ivor Jess MBE

Main Draw Doubles Runners Up Stafford Lynn  Noel McShane

Main Draw Doubles Runners Up Stafford Lynn & Noel McShane

 

2nd draw Singles Winner 2017 Ross Gourley

2nd Draw Singles Winner Ross Gourley

2nd draw Doubles Winners 2017  Nathan McCabe  Peadar Heffron

2nd Draw Doubles Winners Nathan McCabe and Peadar Heffron (not in the picture)

 

2nd draw Doubles Runners Up Ross Gourley  Diarmuid Murphy

2nd Draw Doubles Runners Up Ross Gourley & Diarmuid Murphy

C Division Singles Winner 2017 Tabitha Fung from England

C Division Singles Winner Tabitha Fung

C Singles Runner Up 2017 Jack Agnew

C Singles Runner Up Jack Agnew

   

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