Your Guide to the GAA on TV this Weekend

With a busy weekend of sport ahead, we’ve got you covered with this guide for all the GAA on TV this weekend.

We love our GAA at Intersport Elverys and this guide has all the details of this weekend’s GAA fixtures.

We’ve got all the bases covered.

 

GAA on TV this Weekend: Saturday, May 11 2024

Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship

Dublin v Antrim at 4pm on: TBC
in Parnell Park

Carlow v Kilkenny at 4.30pm on: GAAGO
in Cullen Park

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship

Cork v Limerick at 7pm on GAAGO
in Pairc Uí Chaoimh

 

gaa on tv this weekend

 

GAA on TV this Weekend: Sunday, May 12 2024

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship

Dublin v Louth at 1.45pm on RTÉ Sport
in Croke Park

Ulster Senior Football Championship

Armagh v Donegal at 4pm oon RTÉ Sport
in Clones

 

 

 

 

 

gaa on tv this weekend


Empowering Women at Intersport Elverys | International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, Intersport Elverys is thrilled to spolight how we embrace and promote Women in Sports Empowerment.

We are celebrating our many talented female staff members and Brand Ambassadors.

Their inspiring stories are not just about sports, but also about how resilience and teamwork can lead to success.

At Intersport Elverys, we are actively supporting our female athletes and staff members, from the grassroots to the elite, to be the very best they can be.

Our goal is create an inclusive and supportive environment where woman can thrive in their sports.

In this blog, you will hear from a female elite referee, para-rower, International sprint hurdler and runner, gaelic football, soccer and camoige stars.

Enjoy.

Empowering Women in Sports Q&As

Sharlene Mwadsley – Irish Athletics 400m Runner

Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower women, beyond the field or course? 

A. “Sport brings a lot of women together.

“For me it’s always a conversation topic. People ask me about it and they’re actually genuinely interested. People coming up to you telling me I’m a huge role model – that’s something that I never even dreamt that I would be.

Outside of the track and field, sport gets people to enjoy what they do and even just to have a healthy lifestyle – you’re on the on the right path.

Q. What sportswoman or team inspires you the most?

A. “In athletics there’s obviously so many great and amazing girls at the moment – Rhasidat Adeleke, Ciara Mageann but also my 4 x 400m women’s team because no matter what, there’s such a huge support within the team itself so just being a part of that team like that really inspires me.”

Q. What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

A. “Don’t be so hard on yourself.

“You really get caught up in the moment of what’s going on and transitioning into being a senior athlete isn’t the easiest thing, so I definitely would tell myself that it’s actually okay to not put so much pressure on myself and that to succeed, just to trust the process.”

 Q. What guidance would you offer to girls contemplating quitting sport?

A. “I would say ‘Don’t – keep trying!’ And ‘You never know if you don’t try’.

“When I was younger I was never really good. I was just always pretty average and then it was just that I ended up having a breakthrough when I was around 17 and I wouldn’t have known that I would have ever had that breakthrough if I didn’t keep going. 

 Q. Who is the woman you admire or look up to that was outside of sports?

A. “My mom, haha! Does everyone say their mom?

“My mum had me when she was quite young and I feel like she did everything she could to make sure that I always had everything that I needed and she always put me into anything like any sport that I wanted to try out.

“Even now every meter that I run on the track, I know she runs it with me and she’s the most nervous person – even more nervous than I am.

“She’s someone who’s always been there for me, through the highs, through the lows, and I know that she’ll be there till the end. I was very blessed that my mom was like that.

“All it takes is one influential voice and even if that was me saying that to one person and they took it onboard.”

Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete and how have you overcome them? 

A. “For me I have just faced challenges in my own performances, and I don’t think I have had any in athletics – I feel it’s 50:50 with males to females so I’ve only ever dealt with the disappointment that I have had to overcome in my own athletics career.

“Not going to the Olympics in ‘21 was really disappointing for me but I obviously came back from that and I’m a lot mentally tougher because of it.” 

Katie O’Brien – Irish International Para-Rower and World Champion

Q. Who is a woman you admire or look up to? 

A. “My Granny is a women I admire.

“She is extremely intelligent, kind, caring and is constantly doing nice things for other people but never looks for anything in return.

“She’s is just quietly impressive, loving and most definitely admirable.”

 Q. What sportswoman or team inspires you the most? 

A. “Katie Taylor is my sporting hero.

“She’s insanely hard working, always striving to be her best, and is such a lovely person.

“I love how she inspires both men and women of all ages.”

 Q. What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self? 

A. I think I’d tell her to have more confidence in herself and who she is. I think all 16 year olds need to hear that!”

 Q. What guidance would you offer to girls contemplating quitting sports? 

A. “I’d say to keep up something, it doesn’t have to be competitive, but find something that you enjoy doing!

“There’s  so many options out there, you may just not have found your sport yet!

“I didn’t find rowing until I was 16.”

Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower women beyond the field or court? 

A. “Sport teaches you so many lessons.

“It shows you how to work hard, how to believe in yourself, to feel strong, how to be brave and how to face a challenge face on. ”

 Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete, and how have you overcome them? 

A. “Fortunately, within rowing there is very little disparity between the interest in male and female racing.

“So I’m quite lucky in that respect. ”

Claire Purcell – FAI Elite Referee & Intersport Elverys Staff

Claire is a member of the FAI Elite Referee Panel.

She was the first female official to referee a Junior Cup Final in Ozier Park and refereed the Senior Women’s Cup Final in 2020. 

Claire has had quite the journey with Intersport Elverys since she started as a Sports Adviser in Waterford in 2016, promoted to Key Holder in 2019, took part in our Emerging Manager programme in 2021 and was promoted again to Assistant Manager in Waterford in 2022. 

Q. Who is a woman you admire or look up to? 

A. “A woman I’d look up to is my mam.

“She’s hard-working, caring and is always willing to help with anything.

“She always puts everyone before herself and without her, I don’t think I would be half the woman I am today.”

Q. What sportswoman or team inspires you the most? 

A. “A sportswoman I would look up to is Stephaine Frappart.

“She is a female referee from France. She has achieved a lot for female referees.

“She was the first female to referee a mens UEFA champions league match in 2019 and first female to referee in the mens World Cup. She is very inspirational and paved the way for future female referees.”

Q. What/Who inspired you to pursue a career in sports? 

A. “My dad inspired me to be a referee.

“He is a referee too and noticed that there weren’t many female referees and encouraged me to take up the whistle.

“I have always been involved in sport and always loved to run so it’s great to be able to do both.”

Q. What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self as an aspiring athlete? 

A. “Keep believing in yourself.

“Always push yourself to the next level. It’s not always going to be easy but there are many positives that come out of it.

“A quote I would tell my 16-year-old self would be: ‘Without rain, there would never be rainbows’, meaning that all the challenges you face will pay off in the end.”

Q. What guidance would you offer to girls contemplating quitting sports? 

A. “Don’t give up.

“Sport is so good for your mental health and offers an escape from a mundane type of lifestyle.

“It can build confidence in social aspects but also in physical aspects. I you genuinely love doing sports, you should never let a small factor hinder your passion.”

Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower women beyond the field, track, court etc? 

A. “I feel like on the field, I have a voice which then empowers me to speak up in certain situations in life.

“As a referee, we need to be fit which off the field, gives a confidence boost.”

Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete, and how have you overcome them? 

A. “As a referee, when I started, it was difficult as there wasn’t many female referees and didn’t feel confident in myself and sometimes doubted myself.

“Over time, my confidence grew and have made friendships along the way.”

Q. For you, who is the most inspirational woman on the planet, and why? 

A. “For me, I think that Molly-Mae Hague is an inspirational woman as she is a person who overcame what people thought of her.

“She is very young and has achieved her own brand, clothing collaborations and made herself an entrepreneur.

“She always talks about how to forget what people think and to do what makes you happy. She is very family orientated too, which is something I can relate to.”

Sarah Dillon – Westmeath LGFA & Intersport Elverys Staff

Sarah was the 2021 TG4 Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year after.

Her county, Westmeath beat Wexford in the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup to win the Ladies All Ireland Intermediate football championship title.

Sarah scored 1-6 in the final and was player of the match. 

She has been a Sports Advisor in Elverys Lakepoint since 2020.

Q. Who is a woman you admire or look up to? 

A. “One of the most iconic sports people of all time in my opinion has got to be Katie Taylor.

“Katie came from a humble background and is living proof that hard work pays off.

“She is such an inspirational figure and a perfect role model for all budding athletes.”

Q. What sports woman or team inspires you the most? 

A. “Growing up my biggest aspiration was to play with my local club, Milltown Ladies.

“I followed them from a very early age and looked up to numerous players on our team who represented both club and county.

“My dream was to play with them and it wasn’t long before I was training with them, playing with them and became part of a huge sporting family who have helped me and inspired me through many difficult times in my life.

“Being part of a dedicated hard working and inclusive team makes playing sport so enjoyable.”

Q. What/Who inspired you to pursue a career in sports? 

A. “Both my parents encouraged me to take part in sport.

“They both played sport and believed that the values learnt from sport would help in every aspect of life.

“My mam was the coach of our local basketball team and my dad is the Milltown Ladies coach and both have inspired me to pursue my love of sport instilling in me a good work ethic and never give up attitude that can be incorporated into everyday life.”

Q. What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self as an aspiring athlete? 

A. “I would have told my 16 year-old self that recovery and injury prevention are vital parts of enjoying sport and prolonging your career to play at a high level.

“I would encourage my 16 year old self to enjoy the moment more and to not put as much pressure on myself to perform.”

Q. What guidance would you offer to girls contemplating quitting sports? 

A. “Don’t …….. just think about all the things you would be giving up.

“The obvious benefits are your health, wellbeing, fitness and the social element.

“The most important part is the lifelong friendships that you form. The exciting roads that sports lead you down and the numerous doors that sport open for you.”

 Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower women beyond the field, track, court etc? 

A. “I believe to be successful in sport you have to follow some simple life rules, which are work hard, work as part of a team, take criticism and try to improve yourself upon it, follow direction and remember you can get nothing for nothing in this world you get out of life what you put in.”

Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete, and how have you overcome them? 

A. “By playing sport at a high level can often come with injuries – unfortunately I have sustained bilateral ACL reconstructions and bilateral shoulder reconstructions.

“These injuries have taught me resilience and to appreciate how precious a sports career can be, it has taught me not to take for granted the privilege of being involved in sport.

“These injuries helped me deal with setbacks in life and the importance of preparing your body and mind to the best of your ability let that be in the gym, mindfulness, and nutrition or anything that is required to help you achieve your best in anything you do in life”

Q. For you, who is the most inspirational woman on the planet, and why? 

A. “For me the most inspirational women is Michelle Obama, I believe her outlook on life teaches us that we are able to do anything that we put our mind to let that be in our life choices or in sport.

“She was famously quoted in saying ‘Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education then get out there and use that’.

“I have brought this mentality into my sport and feel that it has helped me reach higher goals.”

 Sarah Quinn – Irish Sprint Hurdler

Q. Who is a woman you admire or look up to? 

A. “So many but I’d have to say my Mam!”

Q. What sports woman or team inspires you the most?

A. “Sarah Lavin .”

Q. What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

A. “You’re on time for your own life .”

Q. What guidance would you offer to girls contemplating quitting sports? 

A. “There is a world of opportunity out there if you’re willing to work hard, stay the course and focus on your own journey! ”

Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower women beyond the field or court?

A. “Sport can give you confidence and an ability to tackle any situation that comes your way.

“If you’re able to tackle setbacks on the track/pitch then you’re better able to handle them off the track/pitch too. ”

Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete, and how have you overcome them?

A. “I would say I’m very fortunate to be involved in a sport that doesn’t have much gender bias within it.

“The challenges I’ve faced are what you would normally imagine within any sporting environment.

“Fun, patience, perseverance and hard work have seen me through all of my setbacks! 😊 “

Lauran Robinson – Dublin Camógie & Intersport Elverys Staff

Lauran plays on the Dublin Camógie team.  

She started with us in Santry & Henry Street as a Sports Advisor and moved to Suffolk Street after Henry Street Closed and was promoted to Key Holder this year.

Q. Who is a woman I admire or look up to? 

A. “One woman I admire and look up to is Malala Yousafzai.

“Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education who gained global recognition after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban at the age of 15.

“Despite facing adversity and risking her life for her beliefs, she continues to advocate for the rights of girls to receive an education.

“Malala’s courage, resilience, and unwavering dedication to promoting education and gender equality serve as an inspiration to millions around the world, including myself.”

Q. What sports woman or team inspires you the most? 

A. “Serena Williams is a tennis legend who has dominated the sport for over two decades.

“Her incredible athleticism, determination, and resilience have made her an inspiration to athletes around the world.

“Despite facing numerous challenges and setbacks throughout her career, including injuries and health issues, Serena has consistently demonstrated her unmatched skill and mental toughness on the court.

“Beyond her achievements in tennis, Serena has also been a powerful advocate for gender equality and social justice, using her platform to speak out on important issues.

“Her impact on the world of sports and beyond is truly remarkable and continues to inspire generations of athletes.”

Q. What/Who inspired you to pursue a career in sports?  

A. “Starting off playing GAA for my local club there wasn’t a girls’ team that I could join so I used to train and play matches with all the boys’ teams.

“So, that gave me the foundation of skills and confidence, so when it got to the time there was a girls’ team, I always stood out and wanted to try being the best I could, and that passion has just continued.”

Q. What advice would you give to your 16 year old self? 

A. “I would tell myself that you only learn by making mistakes.

“So, making mistakes is completely okay cause how else are you meant to learn?”

Q. What advice would you offer girls contemplating quitting sports? 

A. “Sports is such a good way to be able to take your mind off things and make so many friends.

“Some of my best friends today I have met through playing camogie.

Going to training meeting your friends outside of a school setting 2/3 times a week will be the memories you’ll always reminder as you start to get older.” 

Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower a woman beyond the field? 

A. “I think sports can teach anyone about resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity.

“Dealing with losses of important matches, setbacks like not making the starting 15, and injuries on the field, learning these from a young age can help anyone  bounce back from challenges in other areas of life too, such as academics and careers.

“It’s just like going back to training the following week and putting 110% effort even if you lost that match or didn’t start or the job interview or test didn’t go as you’d of hoped you are back training the next week just like you apply for another job or study harder for the next test.”

Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete? 

A. “Well, I think from the start even from there not being a girls camogie team for when I wanted to join, I think that challenge of the equality in sports between men and women has always been prevalent throughout my whole career.

“From money allocated to the boys team vs the girls, pitch times and conditions of the pitches that we got versus the boys and also even down to the gear we are given and the amount of food we were given after matches.

“Although there have been many strides to rectify this in recent years, it is still a relevant topic from county teams down to club levels too.”

Q. Who is the most inspirational woman on the planet? 

A. “I’d have to say without a shadow of a doubt my Mam who is my best friend has always been my biggest inspiration to me.

“She embodies the essence of strength, resilience, and unconditional love, serving as a constant source of guidance and support throughout my entire life’s journey so far.

“From all the ups and downs from winning back-to-back Ireland finals with college to losing championship finals with club and facing relegation in county and many injuries along the way, she’s the first person there with the biggest hug no matter the occasion.”

Jenna Slattery – Galway United & Intersport Elverys Staff

Q. Who is a women I admire or look up to ?

A. “My Mother.”

Q. What sports woman or team inspires you the most?

A. “Katie Taylor”

Q. What/Who inspired you to pursue a career in sports?

A. “My Family.”

Q. What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

A. “Never give up, keep believe in the process.” 

Q. What advice would you offer girls contemplating quitting sports?

A. “Don’t quit unless you are sure it’s the right decision for you.

“Have a good think of all the positive effects it has on your life no matter how little or big each little positivity sports brings to you is a reason to not give up, sports can develop you as a person in the everyday world and it’s not just in sport.

“My advice would be to sit down and reflect on why they are thinking of quitting but on those reasonings. I would try see if I could see the alternatives to these and trying to find a way to turn the negatives of why you should quit to, how can I change this and flip that thought in a positive effect.”

Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower a woman beyond the field?

A. “Sports gives you a drive to be the best version of you wether that be on the field or off the field, it empowers females to have greater confidence in themselves as the strive in sports showcasing their abilities, talents gaining a sense of empowerment and self-worth.

Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete?

A. “I have faced many challenges in my playing time, from at a young such as not getting picked for the Munster squad and being in the final 2 to get dropped aswell as when moving to a different club trying to balance school and football then trying to push to be my best in training and matches.

“I have pushed myself ever since having set backs which are not always a bad thing, if you go the right way about them they can have a positive effect on you as a person and always your playing time.

“You learn who you are as a person and how you can build yourself back up to be a bigger better and stronger person.

“I’ve had to get an understand of when you put your head down focus on your belief, understanding that there is a process to everything and if you but your head down you’ll find a way to achieve anything once you work hard and believe.”

Q. Who is the most inspirational woman on the planet?

A. “For me to be the person I am today, my mother is the most inspirational woman I know, even though my mam has had upsets in life she never stops been the amazing woman she is.

“Everyday she gets up and is determined to make the most out of the day no matter if it’s on tough days or good days she never fails in providing the best for herself and not only herself but for us as a family.

“My mother is strong, independent, beautiful, empowering, she has made me become the person I am today.”

 

 Conclusion

We love our sports at Intersport Elverys.

And we also love to promote inclusivity and empowerment with our female athletes through sport.

Check out our website for more information.


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Expert Tennis Racket Reviews 2024: Find Your Perfect Match

Picking a tennis racket can be like choosing breakfast cereal – there’s so many on offer it can be overwhelming! That’s why we’re going to make your life a lot easier with this Tennis Rackets Reviews for the 2024 range.

If you’re a seasoned played, new to the game or a parent buying for your little one, this is packed with information you should know before you buy.

We’ve picked out our most popular rackets for our reviews.

There is one for all abilities, shapes and sizes.

Things to consider are weight, balance, grip size and string tension.

Keep reading to learn more.

Or, this blog delves into the different styles of players and what racket suits them. 

What to Consider when Buying a Tennis Racket

Before we get into the tennis racket reviews, you should know what to look for when you’re buying.

Firstly, the size of the tennis racket to yourself is critical.

This Tennis Racket Size Guide delves deep into that.

But in short:

  • A lighter racket with smaller grips is ideal for Junior players’ development
  • Beginner adults and intermediate level players should look for rackets with a blend of power, control and a comfortable grip
  • Advanced players tend to go heavier on their rackets with smaller heads that emphasize precision over power

Tennis Racket Reviews for Ireland in 2024

Wilson Tour Slam Lite Tennis Tackets Review

Price: €45

The Wilson Tour Slam Lite is designed to give players a nice blend of power and maneuverability.

Its lightweight design and more forgiving head size make it suitable for players across all skill levels too.

You can deliver powerful shots with less effort, vibrations and still feel like you’re in control of the racket.

You’ll also get a top-quality racket for a very affordable price.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Power Bridge: Enhances the length of the main strings, optimising rebound speed and power for forceful shots.
  • Stop Shock Sleeves: Positioned at the 3 & 9 o’clock points of the frame, these sleeves significantly reduce string vibrations, offering a cleaner and more comfortable feel.
  • V-Matrix Technology: A unique throat design that expands the sweet spot, providing extra power and forgiveness on off-center hits.
  • AirLite Alloy: The aluminum composition of the racket not only ensures durability but also contributes to its lightweight strength, making it easier to handle without sacrificing power.
  • Head Size: 722 sq cm, offering an oversize head that generates impressive power and adds forgiveness, thanks to the enlarged sweet spot.
  • Length: 69.9 cm, providing extended reach and coverage.
  • String Pattern: 16×19, allowing for a balanced mix of control and power in your shots.
  • Strung Balance: 33 cm, offering a stable and even feel throughout the swing.
  • Strung Weight: 291 grams, striking the perfect balance between lightweight agility and the necessary heft for powerful strokes.

Pros

  • Improved control and power, thanks to its well-balanced weight distribution.
  • Enhanced comfort during gameplay due to the shock-absorbing properties of its design.
  • The sleek navy colour scheme adds an aesthetic appeal that stands out on the court.

Cons

  • May not be ideal for players looking for a racket with a heavy frame for groundstrokes.
  • Novice players may struggle with switching to this model if they are accustomed to using a significantly heavier racket.

Check it out HERE or below.

the wilson tour slam lite tennis racket review

 Pro Touch Ace 500 Tennis Racket Review

Price: €20-40

The Pro Touch Ace 500 gives the player a great blend of feel, control and power.

At an exceptional price too.

It lightweight graphite frame has an even balanced point that lets a player enjoy great freedom in its use.

It’s quite versatile, so can suit players of all levels. But we recommend this for beginners in particular.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Racket Length: 68.5 cm long, allowing for an ideal reach to execute different shots.
  • Weight: 275 g, perfect for quick movements and powerful shots.
  • Balance Point: The balance point is evenly distributed at 34.5 cm, providing stability and control with each stroke.
  • Material: Made from a graphite composite, this racket provides durability while maintaining responsiveness.
  • String Material: Made from Polyamide (Nylon), offering a blend of resilience and performance.
  • String Tension: Set at 28kg to achieve a perfect balance of control and power.

Pros

  • The graphite composite frame decreases the racket’s weight while improving its strength, enabling players to effortlessly deliver powerful shots.
  • The even balance point is meticulously designed to offer players exceptional control over their shots, making it a perfect option for those who prioritise precision.
  • The polyamide stringing provides a durable and sensitive contact area, enhancing the racket’s feel and performance while playing.

Cons

  • Although the racket is designed to suit a variety of players, newcomers may struggle with the initial switch to this more advanced configuration.
  • The optimised string tension, although suitable for most players, might need to be fine-tuned for those with particular preferences.

Check it out HERE or below.

the pro touch ace 500 tennis racket reviews

 

Babolat Evoke 102 Tennis Racket Review

Price: €60

If you’re a recreational tennis player, or just starting out your journey, the Evoke 102 is a great addition.

You will find yourself improving very quickly using this ‘Wimbledon’ stlye racket.

Mainly due to the lightweight design and adapted head that gives ample control and power.

More expensive than the others featured so far, but it’s a great racket that’s not quite at the professional grade but has plenty to offer.

Suitable for newcomers or intermediate players.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Head Size: 660 cm², providing a generous sweet spot for increased forgiveness on off-center hits.
  • Length: 685 mm/27 inch – standard length for good reach and coverage.
  • Weight: 260 g +/- 7g – making it lightweight for ease of maneuverability.
  • Balance: 330 mm +/- 10mm – offering a balanced feel that aids in control and stability.
  • Stringing Pattern: 16/19 – a versatile pattern that offers a good balance between control and power.
  • Stiffness (RA): 58, indicating a frame that provides a good feel with reduced shock on impact.
  • Composition: Fused GRAPHITE, offering durability and a lightweight frame for players at all levels.

Pros

  • Its lightweight and balanced design caters to recreational players who appreciate its ease of use and manoeuvrability.
  • The racket’s generous sweet spot and fused graphite composition enhance its forgiveness and durability, making it ideal for players seeking to enhance their game.
  • The combination of black and yellow colours brings a vibrant touch to the racket’s overall appearance.

Cons

  • Experienced players might consider the racket’s specifications less ideal for top-tier competitive matches, as it is designed more for recreational purposes.
  • Players with specific performance preferences may need to customise the recommended string and tension.

Check it out HERE or below.

the babolat Evoke 102 tennis racket reviews

 

Head Radical 27 Tennis Racket Review

Price: €40

The Head Radical 27″ is tailored for entry-level adults that want performance but also forgiveness and ease of use.

If that sounds like you, look no further.

Well do.

But the aluminium frame is very distinguishable by its Damp+ insert, a feature designed to isolate impact and reduce nasty vibrations for those off-centre hits.

Hey, they happen us all!

It’s endorsed by American professional tennis player, Taylor Fritz too.

If you’re a beginner, this option is ideal for you. Or if you’re a recreational player looking for no-frills performace, this ticks that box.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Weight: 275g, balancing lightness with the necessary heft for controlled swings.
  • String Pattern: 16/19, a versatile configuration that supports a good mix of power and control.
  • Head Size: 700cm² / 108in², offering a large sweet spot for enhanced forgiveness on off-center hits.
  • Handle Grip Size: 4.25 inches, ensuring a comfortable grip for a wide range of hand sizes.
  • Head Cover: Comes with a full-length cover featuring a half zip and carry strap for easy transportation and protection.
  • Length: 27 inches, a standard size for adult players providing ample reach and coverage.
  • Frame Material: Aluminum, known for its durability and lightweight strength, complemented by o’ beam technology for improved performance.

Pros

  • The Damp+ insert helps reduce vibrations, providing a comfortable feel upon impact, which is great for beginners who are sensitive to racket feedback.
  • The lightweight design allows for easy movement, making it ideal for players looking to improve their swing and technique.
  • Adding a head cover with a carry strap enhances the racket’s protection and convenience when not in use.

Cons

  • Although ideal for newcomers and casual games, experienced players may prefer a racket with advanced features designed for competitive matches.
  • Although the aluminium construction is durable and lightweight, it may provide a distinct feel and response in comparison to more premium composite frames.

Check it our HERE or below.

the head radical 27 tennis racket review

Pro Touch Ace 21 Tennis Racket Review

Price: €17.50-35

For aspiring young players, the Pro Touch Ace 21 is ready made.

It comes complete with a free backpack to keep all their bits and pieces in, this tennis racket is packed with performance for exceptional pricing for all you hardworking parents.

It places huge importance on the size, weight and tension to suit kids and get them enjoying the sport.

Who knows what the future could hold for them.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Type: Kids Tennis Racket, specifically designed to accommodate the ergonomic and play needs of young players.
  • Weight: 220 g, making it exceptionally lightweight for easy handling by kids.
  • Bag Included: A practical carry bag is included, enhancing convenience for transportation and storage.
  • Material: Constructed with Aluminum for the frame, providing durability and lightness, and Polyurethane (PU) for a comfortable grip.
  • String Material: Polyamide (Nylon), offering a good balance between durability and playability.
  • Length: 53 cm, appropriately scaled down to fit young players comfortably.
  • String Tension: 24 kg, optimised for kids to enjoy a blend of control and ease of play.

Buy it HERE or below – while stocks last.

Wilson Six.One Lite 102 Tennis Racket Review

Price: €140

Certainly the most expensive of all the tennis rackets in this review blog, but for a reason.

The Wilson Six.One Lite 102 racket is an exceptional choice for young players moving up to their first adult-sized racket. .

It is really lightweight and forgiving, but equally designed to support and improve the talent up and coming players.

The colour shading makes it stand out from the crowd to compliment its performance.

So if your son or daughter is starting to make progress in their tennis game and want to take it to the next level, this is an investment for them.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Type: Racket, tailored for young or transitioning players seeking an adult-sized frame.
  • PWS (Perimeter Weighting System): Reinforcement between 3:00 and 9:00 in the frame, significantly boosting the power this racket delivers.
  • Weight: At 264g, this racket offers extraordinary maneuverability, making it perfect for players who prioritize comfort and agility.
  • Head Size: 665cm², a large head size that aids in centering the ball, enhancing ease of play, and optimising power through an improved trampoline effect.
  • Balance: 33cm, aiding in accelerating the racket head to achieve excellent ball speed.
  • String Pattern: Versatile 16×20 pattern, catering to players who enjoy generating spin, offering good ball length from the baseline.
  • Colour: White, with a stylish design that is both sleek and eye-catching.

Pros

  • The PWS reinforcement boosts the racket’s power while maintaining its lightweight design, allowing young players to have both agility and strength in their shots.
  • This racket is perfect for players looking to improve their precision and technique, thanks to its large head size and forgiving design.
  • The balance and string pattern are carefully crafted to support a quick learning process, offering the speed and spin potential desired by ambitious players.

Cons

  • Ideal for those starting out or at an intermediate level, advanced players may prefer rackets with specialised features for competitive matches.
  • The unique style, while attractive, may not suit everyone’s preferences, especially for players who prefer more understated or classic designs.

But it now HERE while stocks last.

the wilson six.one lite 102 tennis racket review

Wilson US Open 21″ Junior Tennis Racket Review

Price: €35

If you’ve an aspiring young Novak Djokovic or Serena Williams, then this Wilson US Open 21″ Junior tennis racket will get their dreams started.

Designed with the backing of the United States Tennis Association, it is commonly seen on the courts of USA junior events.

Specifically suits kids that are 10 years and under, the construction of it supports the development of the basic tennis skills.

It’s very lightweight, offers great playability and should provide them hours of fun at the very least.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Type: Tennis racket, specifically approved for 10-and-under tennis, making it an excellent choice for beginners.
  • Lightweight Power: Engineered for easy swinging, allowing young players to develop their skills without the burden of a heavy frame.
  • C-Beam Construction: Enhances the racket’s stability, providing a solid feel that boosts confidence with every stroke.
  • Design: The vibrant and colorful frames not only make this racket visually appealing but also ensure it stands out on the court, adding a fun element to the game.
  • String Pattern: 16 x 18, a pattern that offers a good balance between control and power, tailored to the needs of junior players.
  • Length: 21 inches, perfectly sized for young players to handle and maneuver with ease.
  • Strung Weight: 186g, further emphasizing the lightweight aspect for optimal swing speed.
  • Head Size: 92 square inches, providing a suitable sweet spot for this age group, encouraging effective hitting and learning.

Pros

  • Its lightweight design and easy swinging capability make it ideal for beginners, allowing them to enjoy the game without any strain.
  • The C-Beam construction not only enhances stability but also supports the development of a young player’s technique, providing a consistent feel during play.
  • The vibrant design serves a dual purpose by not only enhancing the aesthetics but also appealing to young players, thereby making tennis a fun and engaging activity.

Cons

  • Young tennis players will need to switch to a bigger racket size as they develop and improve their skills.
  • This design and its features are geared towards beginners, which may not meet the needs of more advanced young players seeking competitive features.

Check it out HERE while it’s still in stock.

Conclusion

We hope you’ve learned something from this tennis racket review guide.

Intersport Elverys is proud to have an extensive selection from all the top brands.

So whether you’re a junior starting out, or a high level adult, there’s a racket for you.

VIsit our full range below.


Discover What are the Best Football Boots for Weak Ankles

If you’ve had an ankle injury before, knowing the best football boots for weak ankles will help you.

It could also be the difference in you getting to take part in your sport and not.

Anyone who has suffered a bad ankle injury in the past knows how easy it is to pick them up again.

They are always lurking around the corner.

If you are a footballer, hurler, rugby player, or soccer player, you cannot overstate the need for the right support.

Research has shown that an ankle injury costs over €300, and that 80% of these injuries result in time off work!

This blog will help you choose the best football boots for weak ankles and prevent sprains.

if you have weak ankles, do you know what is the best football boots to wear to help your game?

The Best Football Boots for Weak Ankles: How it Works

Ankle injuries are really common in field sports, particularly ones with multi-directional movements and physical contact.

Soccer, GAA, rugby and more.

In Great Britain, a study was conducted on 91 football clubs. The study found that ankle sprains accounted for 11% of all injuries over two seasons.

So while ankle injuries and sprains can be impossible to fully avoid, choosing the right boots can help prevent them.

Here’s how:

Stablisation

Special football boots with added ankle support reduce the chance of rolling or twisting during play, making you more stable.

It’s important to be extra careful, especially on uneven playing surfaces like the ones in Ireland!

In sports like football, soccer, rugby, and hurling, players often encounter quick and unexpected movements.

Shock Absorption

Landings or sudden stops can exert significant pressure on the ankles.

Wearing cushioned boots absorbs impact, distributes shock evenly, and reduces strain on ankle joints.

When pitches get hard in the summer time, this becomes even more important.

Improved Proprioception

Football boots, like physiotherapists, provide athletes with improved feedback on the position and movement of their ankles, increasing their awareness.

This helps athletes become more mindful during their performance.

In plain English, this means having better awareness of your foot when you’re running or jumping.

Being more aware can improve control and stability during physical activity, reducing the risk of injury.

Reduced Overpronation

Many athletes suffer from overpronation, where the foot rools inward excessively when running or walking.

That’s why choosing football boots with proper arch support can help correct this and protect your weak ankles.

Prevention of a Re-Occuring Injury

Getting an ankle inury is annoying.

Having a re-occurence can be even worse.

So choosing and knowing what is the best football boots for protecting your weak ankles can keep you off the sidelines.

Wanting a quick return to sport? Invest in the right boots to help.

Best Picks for Football Boots for Weak Ankles

When choosing football boots that provide excellent ankle support, it’s crucial to take into account features that improve stability, comfort, and help prevent injuries.

Here are the top recommendations for players with weak ankles:

Nike Phantom Luna 2 Pro High Top

Nike Phantom Luna 2’s are made for stability. The high top design provides extra ankle support.

The stretch Flyknit upper provides both comfort and lightweight, ensuring that it does not impact your mobility or speed.

The Nike Cyclone 360 traction stud design helps improve agility and reduce rotational movement from foot to floor, so you can get a bit confidence when making sharp cuts.

And finally, the repositioned lacing pattern allows for increased midfoot adjustability with is designed for players with flatter or high arches.

the nike phantom football boots are known for protecting weak ankles

Puma Future 7 Ultimate

Puma’s latest line of boots are really versatile and built for support.

A real all-rounder, meaning they are suitable for all grass and field sports, thanks in part to the evoKNIT PO upper and FUZIONFIT+ compression band tech that secures your foot in place.

Pull them on and you’ll really know what we mean here.

If you have a previous ankle injury, these are really worth trying for the foot-to-grass feel you get and the support to back it up.

the puma future 7 football boots are great for what is a common injury is sport, weak ankles

Nike Mercurial SuperFly 9 Elite

The Mercurial SuperFly is keeping with Nike’s legacy of speed and precision based boots, but now with added ankle support.

The Zoom Air unit is made specifically for soccer players, so important to keep in mind, but they are also popular across other sports too.

Their tri-star stud design allows quick and confident change of directions while the improved Flyknit warps your ankle for a really secure feel.

It’s not every athete’s cup of tea, but this new design stimulates the foot much better, Nike say, after testing it on hundres of athletes.

nike mercurial football boots are up there with the best that is for weak ankles

 

If you’re looking for a look at our full range of football boots, we’ve conducted a Ultimate Football Boot Review for 2024. 

Fitting Guide to Maximise Ankle Support in your Football Boots

Choosing the appropriate football boots is just the initial part of ensuring the protection of your ankles from potential injuries.

The fit of those boots plays a crucial role in how well they provide support and help prevent sprains.

Here’s a complete guide to help you make sure your football boots provide the best possible ankle support:

Measure your Feet

It is important to have your feet measured before purchasing new boots, as foot size can vary over time.

Take into account both the length and width to determine the optimal fit.

Get the Right Fit

For football boots to fit snugly and not cause any discomfort is important.

Ensuring that there is only a small gap between the toes and the front of the boot is important.

By securing the foot, you greatly reduce the chances of sliding and potential ankle injuries.

Check for Ankle Support

Boots with high-top design or a dynamic fit collar provide extra support for the ankle.

Experiment with various styles to determine which offers the optimal combination of support and flexibility for your specific requirements.

Get the right Socks

It’s important to try on boots with the socks you plan to wear during games, as they can impact how well the boots fit.

Compression socks can provide additional support if you need them.

Try out the Boots

If you can, give the boots a test run on a surface that closely resembles the one you’ll be playing on.

Be mindful of the sensations in your ankles when you perform turns and sprints.

The boots should provide a good balance between stability and freedom of movement.

Consider Orthotics

If you have specific foot conditions or require additional support, orthotics may be a helpful option to explore.

Some boots have removable insoles, so you can put in custom orthotics for better support that suits you.

Break-in Period

Give your boots some time to conform to the shape of your feet.

Good football boots will shape to your feet over time, giving you more comfort and support, like a sports physio.

Conclusion

Knowing what is or what is not the ideal football boots for weak ankles is essential to staying injury free.

To avoid ankle injuries, understand the characteristics of good ankle support, ensure proper fit of your boots, and maintain them correctly.

For a broader look on choosing the right football boots, check out our Ultimate Guide blog.

Keep in mind, staying injury-free is all about being proactive, and having the right pair of football boots is crucial for achieving that goal.

Discover the ideal pair of football boots at Intesport Elverys and elevate your game with added ankle support, giving you the confidence to excel on the pitch.