Welcome to the International Club of Ireland
"Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean "
To set the game above renown,
To love the game beyond the prize,
To honour, while you strike him down,
The foe that comes with fearless eyes,
To count the life of battle good,
And dear the land that gave you birth,
And dearer yet the brotherhood,
That binds the brave of all the earth.
-Sir Henry Newbolt...
The IC of South Africa will be hosting the IC Rod Laver African 16U Junior Challenge from 11-13 October at the Gauteng East Tennis headquarters in Benoni with four teams competing. As the only IC movement on the continent it is encumbered upon South Africa to host this event every second year.
This year we are pleased to say that after many questions were raised and answered to the satisfaction of the SA Embassy in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian team has been granted visas and they will be taking part for the first time.
Zimbabwe, who have traditionally played in this qualifying event were unable to field a team so Botswana have been invited in their place.
As the IC of SA have been able to involve Tennis SA in this event for the first time, they will be fielding a team from their various Growthpoint development hubs which should be a competitive side. The IC of SA team will make up the four teams.
There will also be a clinic which will see children from four of the African Townships in and around the Benoni taking part in a coaching and tournament environment and also give them the opportunity of seeing some of the continents better junior players.
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