Mini Tennis Festival March 2024

With the event due to start at 2pm, it wasn’t looking promising with about 10 minutes to go; dark skies, even a short hailstorm, but our luck was in. The rain stopped, families started to arrive and soon all the activities aimed at the youngest visitors were underway. We even had blue sky!

Some of the visitors had already taken part in their usual Saturday morning coaching session and were keen to play again. The activities were a mixture of basic ball skills and actual racquet skills. There were some seriously good young players.

The stars of the show were, as always, our Junior helpers who worked cheerfully throughout despite the fact that it remained decidedly chilly. As impressive as their manner of helping was their skill. It is not that easy to feed a ball just so for a very young child to have a chance of hitting it.

Our thanks to all the people who helped make the event a success!




League trophies

The ADLTA  trophies for the Mens’ winter league 2022-2023, Mens’ summer league 2023 and the Mixed summer league 2023 were presented to Avondale at the league AGM in the autumn. Some members of the A team squad were up at the club house for a recent match. Here they are pictured with the Mens’ winter and summer cups.



Thank you, Dave

Dave Adams has faithfully looked after the rack of tennis balls at the club for over 50 years! Not only has he sorted and replenished the balls in the rack routinely almost daily, he has also issued balls to team captains for home matches and the organiser of events such as the American Tournaments and Smiths Cup tournament, and I am sure much else besides.

He has recently stood down and a small team have taken on this role. As Paul Treacy said at our AGM, it has taken five people to replace him! Paul presented Dave with a memento of his contribution to the club which was, fittingly, topped with a tennis ball!


Summer League results

Our teams playing in the Aldershot & District league this summer have had some fabulous results!

  • Mixed A team won the Premier Division.
  • Men’s A team also won the Premier Division
  • Ladies A came a close 2nd in the Premier Division

A huge well done and thank you to all players across our 12 teams entered in the league. Particular thanks go to all the team captains for volunteering their time and efforts to manage a team.

Here’s to a successful winter season (14 Avondale teams entered!). Go Avondale go!!



50th anniversary celebration : 2023

Saturday September 2nd was a very special Finals day ; we were celebrating 50 years at our present site on Ewshot Lane. We had invited former members to join us and it was great that so many came. We have never had such a crowd for our Finals and the buzz around the club was amazing. The tennis almost took a bit of a back seat as there were so many people chatting and catching up with old friends

An added bonus was that three of the Junior trophies – the Seymour trophy, the Ryder trophy and the Archer trophy – were presented by guests Simon Seymour, Jill Ryder and Bill Archer.

Even the weather in this most fickle of summers was kind to us, indeed it was almost too warm. The catering team of Debra Norton, Linda Robson and Ann Hanson were kept very busy. Ann had a special reason for coming (though she always does come to help out) ; she was one of the club members who moved from our earlier site off Albany Road to our present one.

We hope these photos give some impression of the lovely day we had.

Thanks to Lina Robson for these photos. Please click on any one to start a slideshow of full size photos.


Results from Finals weekend 2023

Here are the results for all the matches from Finals weekend in 2023

The accolade of competing in the longest match went to the two lady pairings. We all thought 2h 30m was long when they played the Ladies Doubles on Saturday; their Ladies Vets match was even longer at 2h 45m! The stand-out achievement in the Junior section was Oliver Casselton who won the U14 and the U16 boys singles finals. If he had entered for the U18, he may well have won that too!

EVENTWINNERRUNNER-UP
U12 BoysFilip MachLuke Glennon
U12 GirlsMelissa CoxIzzy Hayward
U14 BoysOliver CasseltonAlek Mach
U16 BoysOliver CasseltonJacob Diskin
U16 Girls Amy PalmerIsla Roddick
U18Michael PalmerJacob Diskin
EVENTWINNERRUNNER-UP
Mens SinglesDavid JonesBen Martin
Mens Vets SinglesPeter GrantStuart Lamb
Mens DoublesAlistair Jones and David JonesDavid Pharo and Paul Kemsley
Mens Vets DoublesDavid Pharo and Peter GrantCliff Church and Paul Hampshire
EVENTWINNERRUNNER-UP
Ladies SinglesSam RushGeorgie Charles
Ladies DoublesDebbie Ryder and Jane VincentElaine Leitch and Sam Williamson
Ladies Vets DoublesDebbie Ryder and Jane VincentElaine Leitch and Sam Williamson
EVENTWINNERRUNNER-UP
Mixed DoublesPeter Grant and Jane VincentMark Elliott and Gill Stoney
Mixed Vets Doubles (O50s)Peter Grant and Jane VincentAlistair Jones and Fran Jones
Mixed Super Vets Doubles (O60)Peter Smith and Ailsa FraserChris Iles and Sally Charlton
Mixed Platinum Trophy (O70s)Roger Barnacle and Val TalbotEdward Woods and Jane Woods


Finals weekend 2023 : photos

Well done to everyone who won through to the Finals, especially to our winners. A few familiar faces keep repeating in the photos : Peter Grant winning 4 finals and Jane Vincent also winning 4. The full results are in a separate post. Look out too for the post of photos of our past members helping us celebrate 50 years at Ewshot Lane. Three of our Junior winners were honoured to be presented with their trophy by the original donors who had come as our guests : the Seymour trophy for the U12 girls, the Ryder trophy for the U12 boys and the Archer trophy for the U18 boys.

Please click on an image to see a slideshow of the photos at full size


Tribute to Caro Thornley

It was with a deep sense of sadness and shock that we learnt that Caro Thornley had died on August 25th. Caro had been a very active member and supporter of the club, not only playing several times a week she also captained the Ladies B Team to great effect over a number of years. She always took an interest in the progress of other teams and frequently turned up as a spectator at club events.

Caro was a lovely caring person, always prepared to listen. This was shown through her brilliant organisational skills, her drive to optimise her team (and her tennis) but ultimately her steadfastness, her humour, her generosity – which included her amazing baking for both home & away matches, even if she was not playing – that made her one of the rocks in our tennis community.

Caro will be greatly missed, by everyone in the Ladies B team who feel devastated by their loss and the wider club membership. She was a good friend, a tennis lover and one of those very special people who burns brightly filling those around her with kindness & joy. She was a beautiful, generous and caring soul.


We send our condolences and support to her husband Mike, and to Harriet, Benjamin and Anna.

This has been written from contributions by her friends in the Ladies B team : Nicola Lea, Sally Charlton and Jill Penton