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Great start for Teams in the Winter League

posted 14 Feb 2018, 03:27 by Philip Mulligan

Week 3

Another great week this week in the Winter League with 5 wins out of 6 with the Ladies winning all their matches and three of the teams making it 3 wins out of 3. The Class 2 team made it 3 out of 3 with a 3-0 win at home to Castleknock, the Class 3 team won 3-0 at home to Claremount, the Class 5 team again made it 3 out of 3 by winning 2-1 away to Co. Wicklow while the class 6 team also made it 3 out of 3 with a 2-1 win away to Carrick. On the men’s side, the Class 4 lost 2-1 at home to Co. Wicklow while the Class 6 team won 2-1 away to Leixlip. Best of luck to all the teams in this Sunday’s matches

Week 2

More of a mixed bag this week in the Winter League with 3 wins and 3 losses, though all the losses were close matches. The Ladies continued their good start with 3 wins, the Class 2 team won 2-1 at home to Greystones, the Class 3 team lost 2-1 at home to Trinity, the Class 5 team won 3-0 away to Blackrock while the class 6 team won 2-1 away to Stackallen (I didn’t know where it was either, it’s in Slane). On the men’s side, the Class 4 lost 2-1 at home to Clontarf while the Class 6 team lost 3-0 at home to Blackrock. Best of luck to all the teams in this Sunday’s matches. 

Week 1

Fantastic start to the Winter League for both the Ladies and men’s teams with 5 wins out of 6. The Ladies Class 2 team won 2-1 at home to Naas, the Class 3 team lost 3-0 away to Donnybrtook, the Class 5 team won 2-1 away to Greystones while the class 6 team won 3-0 at home to St. Marys. On the men’s side both teams had 3-0 home victories, the Class 4 against Portmarnock and the Class 6 team against Leopardstown. Best of luck to all the teams in this Sunday’s matches. 

Kickstart Hillwalkers enjoy a sweet (sorry) walk up Great Sugarloaf

posted 14 Feb 2018, 03:17 by Philip Mulligan

After three very wet and snowy walks the weather gods finally shone on the kickstart hillwalkers as they enjoyed a dry and mild day on Saturday as they climbed the Sugarloaf. The walkers started at Kilmacanogue GAA pitch on the East side of the mountain and then climbed via the south and west sides before eventually making their ascent on the north side to the top. Here they enjoyed a well-earned hang sandwich and a great 360 view.

After a tricky enough initial descent the walk continued along the north side just above the Rocky Valley and then completed the full loop back to the GAA pitch. A nice 3 hour walk which left plenty of time for a quick snack in the local pub Plucks before heading home to see the Rugby match and prepare for the Gala night that evening.

This week's walk is a slightly tougher challenge of Camaderry in Glendalough which is nearly 700m high (Sugarloaf is 500m). We will meet in the club at the Hurling arena at 9. 






HILL-WALKING KICKSTART GLENALBYN STYLE !!!!!

posted 7 Feb 2018, 04:38 by Philip Mulligan

After very wet expeditions up Maulin and Mullacor for their first two hikes the Kickstart Hillwalking group took on Djouce Mountain from Luggala side for their 3rd outing hoping for better weather. Led by Tom and Philip there was a great turnout of 22 hardened hikers and despite the dry weather forecast we were hit with a horizontal snow storm and high winds but we soldiered on to the top. There was no hanging around at the top mind, due to the near arctic cold and wind. 

Further down on the other side of the mountain there was a brief stopover for some refreshments before joining part of the Wicklow Way back to the cars. All in all a 3 hour walk which in the conditions was long enough. It was then back to the Sugarloaf Café at Djouce Golf Club for the much welcomed afters. Not sure where this week’s walk will be as yet as we are monitoring the weather forecast. 

There will be three more walks each Saturday over the coming weeks and then it will revert to the Tennis club monthly walk. I'm sure the kickstarters will continue with these walks and anyone else who wants to join us is most welcome. 






Next hike – Djouce Mountain - Saturday 3rd February

posted 31 Jan 2018, 08:34 by Philip Mulligan

This Saturday’s hike is Djouce Mountain from Luggala side, this is the easiest side from which to climb Djouce and it is not too difficult. It is mainly boardwalk and then on a path up the mountain but you will still need boots, all the gear and the change of clothes/shoes. It’s not too long a walk about 3 hours and the good news is I know this route very well!  

We will meet in the Club at 9 or if you are going direct then 9:45 at the start point which is Ballinastoe car park on the R759 (see below). There are limited spaces here so we need to car pool as much as possible.

From Kilmacanogue take the road for Roundwood/Glendalough (R756), go past Djouce golf club on your left and then take the next right signposted Sallygap (R759). Continue on this road, you will eventually pass the sign for the Wicklow Way on your left and then when you get to the top of that hill you will see the gates for Lough Dan on your left (red signs). Keep going and you will see the car park before you get to the top of the next hill on your right. If this is full continue to the top of the hill and then as you start to descend again you will see a laneway on your right and you can park there. There is a brown sign with a walking man on it which say Glendalough 16km and a wooden sign on the bank on the right with Ballinastoe woods.

Please let me know if you are going direct so we don’t start without you. Forecast is ok though I think it will be cold and windy. Probably head to the Sugarloaf Café at Djouce Golf Club for the afters.  

Winter League

posted 31 Jan 2018, 08:33 by Philip Mulligan

Fantastic start to the Winter League for both the Ladies and men’s teams with 5 wins out of 6. The Ladies Class 2 team won 2-1 at home to Naas, the Class 3 team lost 3-0 away to Donnybrtook, the Class 5 team won 2-1 away to Greystones while the class 6 team won 3-0 at home to St. Marys. On the men’s side both teams had 3-0 home victories, the Class 4 against Portmarnock and the Class 6 team against Leopardstown. Best of luck to all the teams in this Sunday’s matches. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at GTC

posted 20 Dec 2017, 03:00 by Philip Mulligan   [ updated 20 Dec 2017, 03:01 ]



On behalf of the Tennis Committee – I would like to wish all the Tennis Club members and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we hope to see you all on the courts in 2018. 


Christmas Hill Walk

posted 20 Dec 2017, 02:57 by Philip Mulligan

We rounded off the year on Saturday with the Spinc walk in Glendalough. It was a crisp but dry day and apart from a run in with a male deer who got a little too keen on our sandwiches and the icy boardwalk we all got around safe and sound. Even Anu’s bright yellow runners came back unscathed. It was another really enjoyable day followed by refreshments in the Wicklow Heather. Thanks to everyone who came out on the walks during the year and we hope to see a few more of you venture out in 2018. Thanks as always to Tom for all the organising and guidance. We look forward to the starting up again in January. Check out the photos below.







November Walk - Seefin and Seefingan

posted 15 Nov 2017, 09:44 by Philip Mulligan

We had a great turnout on Saturday with 9 people heading to West Wicklow for our first time where we climbed up Seefin and Seefingan mountains. We had dry weather even though it was wet under foot after the heavy rain on Friday. We were home and hosed by the time the heavy rain came Saturday afternoon. Check out the photos below. The next walk is on Saturday December 15th. 





Christmas Party

posted 15 Nov 2017, 09:29 by Philip Mulligan

The Christmas Party is on Friday 1st December in Glenalbyn Bar from 8 p.m. till late. There will be a mulled wine reception, buffet dinner, spot prizes and then you can dance the night away with our DJ. Tickets are €15 and can be booked by contacting Sharon Slattery at 087-6273940, Pam Kelly at 086-6023831 or Claire O'Dwyer at 087-9254087.


Glenalbyn Staycity Mixed Singles Tournament

posted 25 Oct 2017, 08:03 by Philip Mulligan


Thanks to Kunal for organising a mixed singles tournament which will start the first week of November. 

The winners (1 man/1 woman) get a free night stay at any of the Staycity aparthotels on www.staycity.com

Based on the responses, players will be organised into mixed groups & each player has to play everyone else in their group. 

The players need to organise matches themselves over a 4-6 week period. 

Please only enter the competition if you are willing to organize & complete all your matches by the deadline. If not, we will tally up the total points anyways so you might lose out to others who have completed their matches.

 
AGP Tour Regulations (Association of Glenalbyn Professionals!)
- Players will be split into groups & everyone plays each other in a round robin format.
- Each match is 2 full tie-break sets. The scoring system is like a football table i.e. 3 points if you win both sets, 1 point if you win a set each, and 0 if you lose both.
- The player with the highest number of points wins their group. 
- The criteria for winning the voucher is one gladiator & one gladiatrice with the most number of points across all groups. In the event of a tie, number of wins gets next priority. If that doesn’t solve it, the vouchers go to the winners from the higher group.
- There is no entry fee.
- Email Kunal at kunal_gill@rediffmail.com or text him the result at 0870650356, a spreadsheet will be shared periodically with the tally. A sheet will also be put up on the noticeboard for you to update. 

Please let Kunal know if you like to enter by 27 Oct latest. Then I can sit with Philip to organize the groups & we will unleash you into the ring from 1st November.

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