• The Golden Vale Tennis Challenge 2020
  • Welcome to the Golden Vale Tennis Challenge

    The Golden Vale Tennis Challenge (GVTC) is a 12 week ladder based tennis competition for clubs in South Tipperary and surrounding regions of North Cork and East Limerick. 
    Update: Wed 22nd July 2020

    The Spring/Summer 2020 GVTC finals will take place on Sunday 26th July 2020 in Kilfeacle Community Tennis Club starting at 11:00am. Congratulations to all of the finalists and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the club. The schedule for the day is as follows:


    GVTC Women's Singles Finals

    Category A - Catherine Fitzell vs Michelle O’Meara  - 11:00

    Category B - Helena Cahill vs Helen Kirby - 15:50

    Category C - Aisling Fanning vs Carol Carew - 13:10


    GVTC Women's Doubles Finals

    Category A - Guilfoyle/Devlin vs O’Brien/Kemp - 11:20

    Category B - O’Brien/Colclough vs O' Neill/Keating 14:20

    Category C - Fanning/Fitzgerald vs O’Connor/Murphy - 16:10


    GVTC Men's Singles Finals

    Category A - Fernando Garcia Seeber vs Aidan Barry - 11:40

    Category B - Mark O’Brien vs Carlos Sampson - 14:40

    Category C - Michael Griffin vs Andy Hennessy - 17:00


    GVTC Men's Doubles Finals

    Category A - O’Mahoney/Tarrant vs Garcia Seeber/Garcia Seeber - 14:00

    Category B - O’Connell/Sampson vs Phelan/Phelan - 19:00

    Category C - Ryan/Franklin vs Dalton/Bourke - 19:20


    GVTC Mixed Doubles Finals

    Category A - Lonergan/Tarrant vs Keaty/Hayes   - 15:30

    Category B - Cahill/Hartigan vs O’Brien/O’Connell - 12:50

    Category C - Kirby/Franklin vs McGrath/Harnett - 17:40


    Update: Saturday 27th June 2020 - The GVTC is now reopened for challenges.

    Dear GVTC Competitors.

    We are delighted to announce that the Golden Vale Tennis Challenge is back after our break since March.

    As agreed in March, all ladder rankings were frozen. As of today, challenges that were in place in March have been reinstated so other challenges can now be issued for matches starting on Monday 29th June.

    The last date to issue challenges will be Sunday 12th July 2020 with final results entered by Thursday 23rd July 2020.

    Finals will take place on Sunday 26th July and will be hosted by Kilfeacle Community Tennis Club.

    Ladder finalists will be decided based on the top two players or teams in each category as of 12pm on Friday 24th July 2020. If a player/team cannot participate in the final, the next highest ranked available player/team will compete in the final instead.

    Enjoy the tennis..

    GVTC Committee


    Update: Sunday 15th March 2020 - Due the the situation with Covid-19 and the fact that a number of participating clubs are now closed for challenges, the GVTC 2020 is paused until further notice.

    Please do not issue any further challenges or enter any scores until notified that the ladder is reopened .

    Once the ladder is reopened:
    1. The ladder challenges window will be opened for 2 weeks before the final cutoff for challenges.
    2. Current ladder rankings as of 15th March 2020 will be reinstated.
    3. Current challenges as of the 15th March 2020 will be reinstated.

    Thank you.
    GVTC Committee.

  • Overview
    The Golden Vale Tennis Challenge (GVTC) is a 12 week ladder based tennis competition for clubs in South Tipperary and surrounding regions of North Cork and East Limerick.
    GVTC Competitors must be current (2019/2020) members in one of the clubs listed below to participate:
    • Emly Tennis Club
    • Hillview Tennis Club
    • Hospital Tennis Club 
    • Kilfeacle Community Tennis Club
    • Larkspur Park Tennis Club
    • Lattin Lawn Tennis Club 
    • Mitchelstown Tennis Club
    • New Inn Tennis Club 
    • Rosanna Tennis Club 

    What is a Tennis Ladder?

    A tennis challenge ladder is a system where players are organised in a list (ladder) based initially on rankings. You can then challenge other players within a limited range above you (usually 3 places). If you challenge someone and win, you take their place and they move down one place in the ladder. Likewise, players below you can challenge you. This ensures that you get play with players of a similar skill level and the more you improve, the more advanced players you get to play with. In the case of the GVTC, we use an online ladder management system that come with a smartphone App that makes latter participation very easy and issuing or accepting a challenge is as simple as clicking a button.
    Why Enter the Golden Vale Tennis Challenge?
    • Increase your opportunities for matchplay with players of a similar standard from other clubs . 
    • Get to know new players across the region
    • Play at a day/time that suits your schedule
    • Improve your level of tennis - ladder based competitions by their nature help motivate you to play more and improve.
    Want to Sign up now, just jump to the Registration and Payment Section, otherwise read on for more details on how the competition operates. 


  • Categories to Enter

    In total, there are 5 overall ladders comprising of Mens Singles, Womens Singles, Mens Doubles, Womens Doubles and Mixed Doubles. These ladders will be split into the following ladder grading categories for finals night:

    • Mens Singles - Grade 1/2, 3/4 & 5/6
    • Womens Singles- Grade 1/2, 3/4 & 5/6
    • Mens Doubles - Grade 1/2, 3/4 & 5/6
    • Womens Doubles - Grade 1/2, 3/4 & 5/6
    • Mixed Doubles - Grade 1/2, 3/4 & 5/6

    Different gradings categories will operate within the same ladder, e.g. competitors in the Mens Doubles - Grade 1/2 & Mens Doubles - Grade 3/4 will all compete within the same ladder but at different levels. The benefit of having multiple grade categories across a single ladder is that it will potentially allow players to progress up the ladder, and based on performance, eventually compete with players above their current grading. This will also result in greater opportunities for gameplay across the ladder.

    Please note that for doubles and mixed categories, the players themselves must arrange the pairings and the GVTC will not source partners.



  • GVTC 2020 Entry Payment


    Golden Vale Tennis Challenge Entry Payment Form

    Please complete the following form to pay for entries into the Golden Vale Tennis Challenge. When paying for doubles or mixed entries, only one person in the team needs to make €30 the payment (i.e. it is only €30 per team, not €30 per person). If paying for multiple ladder entries, please complete them as separate payments, using the form below each time.
    GVTC Categories
    Player Name
    Player Grade  
    Only Complete the section below if entering in doubles or mixed
    Partner Name  
    Partner Club  
    Partner Grade  


  • How to Login to the GVTC Ladders
  • Once you have signed up and paid for your GVTC ladder entries, you can login to the GVTC Tennisrungs system using either a web browser or a mobile app.

  • Using Tennisrungs on the Web

    Login to Tennisrungs on the web

  • Using the Tennisrungs Mobile App

    GVTC players can also download the tennisrungs free mobile app to make challenging and reporting scores a whole easier. Download for free in the Google Play and Apple App Stores.


  • Details of Gradings & Ladder Operation

    Ladder Grading Criteria

    • Player rankings in each ladder will be based on the latest available gradings from Munster Tennis and the upgrade rule will apply. Players that are upgraded within the duration of the ladder will be required to compete at the newer grading. e.g. a Grade 5 player upgraded to a Grade 4 will have to complete in the Grade 3/4 category. This also applies to doubles and mixed category gradings.
    • Players will initially be ranked within in each of the three categories (1/2, 3/4 & 5/6) in the order in which they have completed payment for the ladder entry. Therefore, players that sign up and complete payment first will be ranked higher in their respective categories (1/2, 3/4 or 5/6) in the ladder. 
    • For the Grade 1/2 categories, no team can have two Grade 1 players together so a grade 1 player must have a grade 2 or higher partner. 
    • For doubles and mixed categories, the highest grading in a team will determine the category that is entered. e.g. a Grade 5 and Grade 4 combined pairing will be entered in the Grade 3/4 category. 
    • Singles players and teams can play through into the next category final. For example a grade 5/6 pair could in theory progress to the final of the 1/2 category if they are eventually placed in the top 2 positions of the specific ladder. In this scenario, such a player or  team will forfeit their place in the 5/6 final and the next highest team in the 5/6 category in the ladder will take the place in the 5/6 grade category final.
    • Ungraded players must enter the grade category of the highest grading they have won in the last three years.  For example, if an ungraded player won a grade 4 event in 2016, they should enter in a Grade 3/4 category.

    Green Fees, Lighting and Court Booking Arrangement

    • Clubs participating in the GVTC have agreed to waive green fees for visiting players competing in the GVTC.
    • Lighting costs (where applicable) are to be covered by the host player so it is the responsibility of the host player to ensure that lighting is provided for visitors.
    • It is also the responsibility for the host player to book courts as required.
    • Host players should also provide tennis balls for matches.
    • Where agreed between both players/teams, a third party location can be used for games if required. 

    Ladder Commencement Dates, Closing Dates and Finals

    • The GVTC 2020 Round 1 (January - March 2020) will open for challenges on Wed 1st of January 2020. Any additional entries from the 1st of January onwards will be added to the bottom of the specific category(1/2, 3/4 or 5/6) entered within each ladder.
    • Ladders will close for entries on 10th January 2020.
    • Last date to issue challenges will be Sunday 12th July 2020 with final results entered by Thursday 23rd July 2020.
    • Finals will take place on the Sunday 26th July and will be hosted by Kilfeacle Community Tennis Club.
    • Ladder finalist will be decided based on the top two players or teams in each category as of 12pm on Friday 24th July 2020. If a player/team cannot participate in the final, the next highest ranked available player/team will compete in the final instead.


  • GVTC Rules and Condition of Entry

    GVTC Spring 2020 Ladder Rules for Seniors Ladders

    1. The player that is challenged has the discretion to play either at home or away so they determine the game location.
    2. Lighting costs (where applicable) are to be covered by the home/host player so it is the responsibility of the home player to ensure that lighting is provided for visitors.
    3. It is the responsibility for the home player to book courts as required.
    4. Home players should provide tennis balls for matches.
    5. You may issue up to 1 challenge at a time
    6. You may challenge up to 3 spots. 
    7. If the challenge is successful, you will take the spot of the person you challenge and your opponent will be bumped down 1 spot.
    8. You may challenge down the ladder by up to 5 spots. If your challenge down is unsuccessful, you will be placed one spot below the person you challenged.
    9. If challenged, you will have 3 days to "Accept" or "Deny" the challenge or the challenge will be considered a "forfeit" and the challenger will be granted the win.
    10. By accepting a challenge, you agree to play the challenge within 10 days after the date of acceptance.
    11. If you cannot play within 10 days, simply "Deny" the challenge and the challenger will be rewarded the win and can move on.
    12. If a challenge is accepted and not played within 10 days, it will expire and the challenge will be deleted from the system and will have to be re-issued. Of course, since rankings continually change, a re-challenge may not be possible
    13. When a challenge is accepted, the challenged player/team must offer at least one session time to play the match starting anytime between 7pm and 9pm before the challenge expires. If the challenged team cannot offer any time-slot before the expiry period, they must forfeit the game to the challenger
    14. A player must wait 7 days before re-challenging the same player.
    15. Match winners will be determined based on best of 3 sets with a championship tie-break in the case of a third set. i.e. first to 10 point tie-break and win by at least two points.
    16. Players must issue all challenges using the TennisRungs.com website. However, as this may be a new system for some players, it is also recommended that players send a text message notifying the other player of the challenge on tennisrungs.
    17. Due to a software issue in tennisrungs, the following deterioration rules cannot be implemented for the GVTC 2020 so have been removed for the event. Inactive players in the ladder that have not completed a match (losses by forfeits do not count) and entered a result by the periods outlined below will be automatically dropped positions in the ladder as follows:
      • After 21 days of no activity (22nd January 2020), players will be dropped 5 spots.
      • After 42 days of no activity (12th February 2020), players will be dropped 5 more spots.
      • AFTER 63 days of no activity (4th March 2020) - players will be dropped out of the ladder.
    18. Your ladder admin can be emailed at GVTC@kilfeacletennis.ie if you have any questions.

     Conditions of Joining

    By joining the Golden Vale Tennis Challenge via the TennisRungs system, you are:

    • Declaring that you are 18 or more years of age.
    • Agreeing that where players are less that 18 but have attained the age of 14 years by 31st December 2019 (U15 2020), such players must be registered by a parent/guardian using a parents email address and telephone number. All bookings must be arranged by a parent/guardian and a parent/guardian must be present at all times for games played as part of the GVTC.
    • Agreeing that your name and scores can be displayed on or via the public website and facebook pages of clubs participating in the GVTC and also on the GVTC TennisRungs.com account page.
    • Agreeing that your email address and mobile phone number (where you provide it) can be shared with other members of the Golden Vale Tennis Challenge via the TennisRungs system. 

  • General Information

    What is the minimum age for players enter the GVTC?

    Players must have attained the age of 14 years by 31st December 2019 (U15 2020) or above. Players in the U15 - U18 age category will be entered into the GVTC as the following graded players:
    • TI U16/U18 Ranking of 1 - 50 - Grade 1/2
    • TI U16/U18 Ranking of 51 - 150 - Grade 3/4
    • TI U16/U18 Ranking of 151 or higher - Grade 5/6
    Junior Players that are U11 - U14 for 2020 can enter the junior version of the GVTC, as outlined at https://kilfeacletennis.ie/gvjtc/ 


    What is the cost for players participating in the GVTC?

    The entry fee is €15 per player per ladder category entered. 

    What system is used to manage the ladders?

    The GVTC uses the TennisRungs online ladder system. This is a different system to the ebookingonline system used to book courts in some clubs. It is designed specifically to manage tennis ladders. Once you sign up to the GVTC tennis ladders, Tennis Rungs will give you feedback on:

    • How you are doing
    • What your ranking is
    • Who you can challenge
    • The record of your opponents
    • Contact information to schedule matches with your opponents
    • How your friends and other GVTC members are doing

    More information on the Tennisrungs system is available at https://info.tennisrungs.com/

    What is required to issue or accept challenges on a ladder?

    If you have a smartphone, the easiest way to make or accept challenges is by using the Tennisrungs app. This is available on the Google Playstore for Android devices and the Apple Apps Store for IOS. Just use your tennisrungs.com username and password to login, once the app is installed on your phone.

    If you don't have a smart phone, you can also use your email address to accept challenges and a Web enabled PC, Table or phone to enter results and also to issue challenges. While not required, it is recommended that challenges sent through the TennisRungs system should also be sent to the person/team challenged by text message. 

    How are games organised between participants on the ladder

    Participants can organise games at a time that is convenient to both players/teams.  It is the responsibility of the host player to book the courts and ensure that they are available for the agreed time.

    What is the Ladder Entry Fee Used For?

    Ladder payments are used as follows:

    1. To cover administration and online transactions fees, advertising and the cost of the software necessary to operate the GVTC and GVJTC. 
    2. Player prizes
    3. Any remaining funds will be redistributed back to the clubs involved based on the overall proportion of players entered into the ladders by the club.