Finals 2020 : results

No Juniors, no formal presentation of trophies, no rain (so that was a good thing), no refreshments ( definitely not a good thing) and limited number of spectators. That didn’t stop the club having a weekend full of excellent tennis.

Thanks to the committee who had thought through all the issues about putting on the finals in the present circumstances and to the finalists who had to play without the usual buzz around the club.Thanks as always to Zana who put in so much time putting the draws together and running the weekend.

Here is one of my favourite photos from the weekend. You might think they had just won, but in fact they were the runners-up in the Mixed Doubles final; typical of the good spirit in which the matches were played.

Here are the list of winners and runners-up.

EVENT WINNER RUNNER-UP
Mens Singles William Jones Peter Grant
Mens Vets Singles Peter Grant Peter Archer
Mens Doubles Paul Kemsley and David Pharo Peter Grant and Stuart Lamb
Mens Vets Doubles Peter Grant and David Pharo Steve Dunne and Chris Iles
EVENT WINNER RUNNER-UP
Ladies Singles Jane Dow Jane Baldwin
Ladies Vets Singles Ailsa Fraser Cath Pearson
Ladies Doubles Elaine Leitch and Sam Williamson Debbie Ryder and Jane Vincent
Ladies Vets Doubles Debbie Ryder and Jane Vincent Sally Charlton and Joan McCrossan
EVENT WINNER RUNNER-UP
Mixed Doubles Peter Grant and Jane Vincent Mark Elliott and Gill Stoney
Mixed Vets Doubles Peter Grant and Jane Vincent Chris Iles and Sam Williamson
Mixed Super Vets Doubles Chris Iles and Sally Charlton Peter Archer and Jill Penton

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Finals 2020 : photos

Here are some photos from our Finals weekend 2020

You’ll notice some faces keep re-appearing, notably Peter Grant who played in three finals on Saturday and another three on Sunday. Hope you could get out of bed on Monday morning, Peter!

Nearly as busy was Jane Vincent, who played four finals across the weekend, winning three of them.
(I hope all these images display correctly for you. The website was very unco-operative when I was trying to upload them and they seem to display differently on different platforms. Grr!)
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Junior results Summer 2019

Event Winners Runners-up
U10 Singles Oscar Callaghan Oliver Casselton
Boys U12 Singles Oliver Mills Jacob Diskin
Boys U14 Singles Freddie Schlag Jacob Diskin
Boys 10.1 – 10.2 Jacob Diskin Oliver Mills
Boys U16 Singles Matthew Tarling Max Jenkins
Boys U18 Singles Sean Cronin Matthew Leys
Event Winners Runners-up
Girls U14 Singles Amber Callaghan Nina Roddick
Girls U18 Singles Chloe Tarling Georgie Charles
Girls 10.1 – 10.2 Singles Isabel Cann Savannah Cockerill
Girls U18 Doubles Georgie Charles & Chloe Tarling Willow Cockerill & Emily Pagan


Tournament results 2019

Finals weekend, as always, was a great event. The standard of play was very high with nearly all the matches being very closely contested, with the final score not reflecting the quality – and length!- of the rallies. Special mention goes to the marathon Ladies Vets Final : 7-6, 4-6, 7-5, won by Ailsa Fraser and Sam Williamson and the Boys U12 Final : 7-6, 7-5 won by Oliver Mills.

It is always good to see the Juniors and Seniors competing on the same weekend; Sunday saw the total spread of ages with both the Super Vets (Over 60) Mixed Final and the Under 10 Singles Final. The stand-out feature to my mind was the Juniors play. All the competitors looked very accomplished with powerful, consistent hitting with variety of strokes. I followed the U16 Boys match and if you were for some reason only able to see the ball but not the players, then you would never know that it was Juniors rather than Seniors playing. They were a credit to themselves and to the coaching team.

Congratulations to all the players, especially to those who won two Finals : Debbie Ryder, Stuart Lamb, Sam Williamson, Will Jones and Chloe Tarling.

Finally, our thanks go to Zana for organising all the tournaments; it must be a massive task. Also thanks to Debra Norton and her team of helpers for providing lovely refreshments throughout the weekend.

Event Winners Runners-up
Mens Singles William Jones Harry Bywaters
Mens Vets Singles Daren Carter Jeff Wollen
Mens Doubles Matthew Jones & Will Jones Steve Dunne & Chris Iles
Mens Vets Doubles Stuart Lamb & David Pharo Daren Carter & Richard Kurlej
Event Winners Runners-up
Ladies Singles Gill Stoney Sarah Henbrey
Ladies Doubles Debbie Ryder & Jane Vincent Gill Stoney & Isabel Williams
Ladies Vets Doubles Ailsa Fraser & Sam Williamson Debbie Ryder & Jane Vincent
Event Winners Runners-up
Mixed Doubles Stuart Lamb & Debbie Ryder Mark Elliott & Gill Stoney
Mixed Vets Doubles Chris Iles & Sam Williamson Jeff Wollen & Sally Grace
Mixed Super Vets Doubles Peter Archer & Jill Penton Derek Carder & Sally Stow
Event Winners Runners-up
U10 Singles Oscar Callaghan Oliver Casselton
Boys U12 Singles Oliver Mills Jacob Diskin
Boys U14 Singles Freddie Schlag Jacob Diskin
Boys 10.1 – 10.2 Jacob Diskin Oliver Mills
Boys U16 Singles Matthew Tarling Max Jenkins
Boys U18 Singles Sean Cronin Matthew Leys
Event Winners Runners-up
Girls U14 Singles Amber Callaghan Nina Roddick
Girls U18 Singles Chloe Tarling Georgie Charles
Girls 10.1 – 10.2 Singles Isabel Cann Savannah Cockerill
Girls U18 Doubles Georgie Charles & Chloe Tarling Willow Cockerill & Emily Pagan

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Albany Trophy tournament 2019

27 brave souls turned out for the Albany Trophy tournament on the hottest August Bank Holiday Monday on record. The tournament is essentially an American tournament with the mixing-up of partners over six rounds. There is though a twist in the scoring system to even things up during play;straightforward really once you get your head around it, but a bit beyond me to describe clearly here.

We had joint winners in both the Ladies and Mens section : Sally Charlton and Sam Rush in the Ladies, Andrew Mundell and Pete Smith in the Mens. The runners up were Andy Cholerton and Sam Williamson. Well done to them all. Special mention for Andrew playing in his first tournament and to Andy for being a prize winner in all three of the tournaments he participated in.

Our big thanks as always to the ladies who provided the splendid tea – Debra Norton, Ann Hanson and Jill Penton. Not sure there was that much tea being drunk, it was mainly orange or lemon squash with lots of ice.

Next American tournament will be on Easter Monday 2020. In the meantime, there is Finals weekend to look forward to. The standard of play from both Seniors and Juniors is always very high. All spectators welcome!


Handicap Finals results 2019

Well done to our finalists in the Handicap Finals. This is always a good competition as the handicapping system ensures that everyone has a chance of winning through. Well done especially to Cath Pearson who retained the Mixed Doubles trophy with a new partner and to Wendy Day who competed in all three finals, only just missing out on a clean sweep of the trophies.

Event Winners Runners-up
Ladies Singles Wendy Day Cath Pearson
Mens Singles Harry Bywaters Feredico Ardiles
Ladies Doubles Wendy Day and Zana Fletcher Rachel Grey and Debra Norton
Mens Doubles Mark Hill and Mike Thornley Peter Archer and Nick Ward
Mixed Doubles Cath Pearson and Mark Elliott Wendy Day and Chris Cole

To see the results of all the matches throughout the competition, click here


Late May American Tournament : 2019

 

Bank Holidays come thick and fast at this time of year and we had our third of the season on Monday 27th May. Another great turn-out, 10 men and 15 ladies which gave everyone a lot of good tennis. The ladies section had joint winners in Wendy Day (playing an American for the first time) with Gill Stoney. Debra Norton was runner-up. The mens section was won by Andy Cholerton with Mike Thornley and Chris Cole as joint runner-ups. Congratulations to them and especially to Gill and Chris for their third “podium finish” of the season. Many thanks to Cath Pearson and Alison Jameson for providing the lovely tea and a special thanks to Caroline Reid who happened to be the only player sitting out for the round after the tea interval; she quietly got on with all the washing up and clearing away!


Second American Tournament

Public holidays are rather close together at this time of year, so on Monday 6th May we were once again enjoying an American Tournament; 27 people this time, showing how popular they are. Does the photograph of winners look familiar? Gill Stoney was again the best lady with an average of 5.6 from each round of 8 games, just edging out newcomer Sam Rush on 5.5. Cath Pearson was 3rd. Chris Cole was a clear Mens winner with an excellent average of 6. Mark Hill came second on 5.17 with a tie for 3rd place between Steve Dunne and William Carlisle on 5.0. No Andy Cholerton in the winners group this time, for the simple reason that he was the organiser. Thank you Andy for taking that on. Thanks also to Ann Hanson and Joan Jones for supplying a lovely tea.


Easter Monday American Tournament


This Easter was the warmest for many years and gave us an excellent start to the American Tournaments this season – perfect weather and a perfect number of players : 24, 10 men and 14 ladies – which meant nobody had to sit out; we all played the 6 rounds of 8 games each. Andy Cholerton came out as the best male player, beating Mark Hill and Chris Cole by just one game overall. For the ladies, there was little doubt who would win – Gill Stoney returning to the club after a break of a few years because of injury. She only dropped 7 games out of 48 all afternoon – well done, Gill! Katherine Rogers and Susan Gilchrist were second and third in the Ladies respectively.

Gill’s success was one highlight. The other was, of course, the tea – maybe the reason some of us come. Many thanks to Linda Robson and Jackie Staunton for preparing it and to Ann Hanson and Sally Daniels who came to help set it out and more importantly to clear up afterwards.

It was the first American Tournament that I have organised – and it all seemed to go smoothly. Phew!


Smiths Cup 2019

Ladies : This attracted 12 pairs, a full house! – and this included 6 pairs playing in the competition for the first time. The club house was buzzing and there was a great atmosphere throughout the afternoon. Debbie Ryder and Rachel Gray were the winners with Cath Pearson and Katherine Rogers as runners up.

Mens : 7 pairs contested the Mens’ Smiths Cup one day doubles tournament on Sunday 7th April. The round robin format involved each pair playing a short set against each of the other pairs during the course of the afternoon. Most matches were very evenly contested and in the end countback had to be brought into play to determine the overall winners. Chris Cole/Mark Hill and Steve Dunne/Chris Iles both managed to win 5 of the 6 sets they played, but Chris and Mark were crowned champions, having conceded one less game overall. Mark Hill is to be congratulated on successfully retaining the title he won last year, albeit with a different partner this year.

Thanks to Suzie Greenwood and William Carlisle for organising their events.