Handicap tournament finals 2017

Event Winners Runners-up
Ladies Singles Cath Pearson Heather Wollen
Mens Singles Santtu Asp Andy Cholerton
Ladies Doubles Cath Pearson and Linda Robson Suzie Greenwood and Liz Long
Mens Doubles Chris Feeney and Darren Toes Graham Friel and Jeff Wollen
Mixed Doubles Peter Archer and Suzie Greenwood Mike Applegarth and Liz Long
Congratulations to everyone who reached the finals of the handicap tournament on Sunday, especially to the winners. We had a double winner in Cath Pearson, who won the Ladies Singles in a three-setter against Heather Wollen and the Ladies Doubles with Linda Robson.

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Some pictures from the Womens Doubles final.
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Open Day 2017

Saturday May 13th, our 4th Open Day and they just get better and better. Over 100 visitors had pre-booked for sessions with more just turning up on the day so all the courts were busy. The main coaching team had great support from some of the adult members though it was our junior helpers who deserve all the praise for how they worked so hard and so patiently with our younger visitors.

Only slight problem was the downpour at about 11am. I’ve never seen the clubhouse fill up so quickly. At least there were some lovely refreshments to keep people happy. After a short delay, we were soon back in full swing.

I hope these photos capture some of the enjoyment of the day.

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Smiths Cup events 2017

Seven pairs turned out for the Mens’ Smiths Cup competition on Sunday 9th April. With not a cloud in the sky and temperatures in the mid-20s, it was a glorious but physically demanding afternoon of tennis. For the second year in a row, Tom Van Klaveren and Ben Martin emerged as the winners, being undefeated in all of the six sets they played. Runners-up with five wins were Mark Hill and recently-joined new member Chris Cole. Debra Norton and Linda Robson provided the usual delicious tea.
The Ladies event on the Saturday was played in equally good weather. A glass of prosecco at the end added to the general enjoyment. The winners were sisters Jane and Anne-Marie Baldwin.
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Red Nose Day Quiz Night

Our Quiz Night on Red Nose Day was a sell-out and raised a final total of £200. Many thanks to everyone who contributed, most especially to Vicky Judge who as always set all the questions. “In the Red Corner” team were the winners thanks to a storming performance from Ken and Linda Robson. The prize for the best name went to the “Who Nose?” team. We even had a special guest – he was so keen to come, he came twice!

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Here are the results of the finals of the Handicap Tournaments.

Event Winners Runners-up
Ladies Singles Claire Davies Anne-Marie Baldwin
Mens Singles Graham Friel Mike Applegarth
Ladies Doubles Samantha Kurlej and Susie Greenwood Anne-Marie Baldwin and Sue Anderson
Mens Doubles Chris Ezra and Jon Clackett Peter Archer and Mike Applegarth
Mixed Doubles Katherine Rusbridge and Johnny Rowland Zana Fletcher and Geoff Lee


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PS : the Mens Doubles trophy wasn’t available on the day to present to this year’s winners, so Chris and Jon were presented with the one which looked most like it … which happened to be the U16 Girls trophy!

As Chair Paul Treacy pointed out at the presentation ceremony, events like this do not just happen and he thanked the umpires who helped to make it a bit more special for the competitors and he thanked Debra Norton and Richard Leversuch who ran the refreshments. The biggest thanks went to Zana Fletcher who did all the hard work, setting up the whole tournament as well as helping to organise finals day itself.

3 competitions in one weekend!

The weekend of April 16th and 17th was very busy for the club with three competitions being run. First up on Saturday morning was the Quorn Family Tennis competition, a mixed event for a child under 10 and an adult member of the family. It took place in dreadful weather, pouring rain at times and yet there was a good turn-out.
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By the afternoon, the weather had improved somewhat, though still very cold. The Ladies Smith’s Cup was then played. There were 7 pairs and Joan McCrossan and Sally Charlton emerged as winners beating Sarah Henbry and Claire Davies in a tie break in the final. Good tennis and a great tea so not all hard work and running around!
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Sunday afternoon – and the Men’s Smiths Cup tournament.It was played in beautiful Spring weather and the five Men’s Doubles pairs enjoyed a good afternoon’s tennis. After 4 rounds of play Tom Van Klaveren and Ben Martin were worthy winners having achieved a clean sweep of four wins in the four sets played against their opponents. Second with three wins out of four were Mark Hill and Calum Ellison. Many thanks to Suzie Greenwood for organising the tournament and to Debra Norton for providing cakes and biscuits for tea.
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Open Day highlights – the joys of tennis

Open Day 2015Over 250 people of all ages attended the Open Day on May 16th to enjoy the various activities throughout the day which formed part of the LTA’s national Great British Tennis Weekend. The Mini Tennis Zone was packed with youngsters trying tennis for the first time while adults and older juniors enjoyed the Cardio Tennis sessions which saw them all leaping about the courts during the fifteen minute sessions. Others came to hit with Avondale members, or beat the ball machine, or to test the speed of their serves.

Many participants joined the club on the day while lots of people signed up for coaching courses that take place throughout the year.“We have been running this event for four years and this was the best one ever,” said our chairman,Paul Treacy. “It was a joy to see our six courts full of new people having fun, enjoying the sessions which our brilliant juniors were helping to run.

A big thank you to everyone who helped run this event: the members who came down the hit for an hour and stayed much longer, to everyone who made scrumptious cakes and helped run the catering, to the car parkers and to all the juniors that gave up their Saturdays and were a credit to themselves and to the club.

See you next year!

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Posted on behalf of Gail Hunt