Quiz night : October 17th

October 17th was our autumn quiz, with one of our biggest turn-outs yet.

Zana wrote on Facebook

“A very big thank you to Vicky Judge, Katherine Rusbridge and all their helpers for hosting another very successful quiz night.Great questions, great atmosphere, great quizzers and tasty dinner. Can’t wait until the next one.”

Thanks Zana – glad you enjoyed it.


Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who attended the coffee morning recently.

We raised about £520 with gift aid, a brilliant effort by lots of people and Chris Butt contributed 2 lovely paintings Pat Seymour a beautiful quilt . People brought cakes and raffle prizes and everyone was so helpful and generous . What a fantastic effort by a fantastic club .
Thank you, from Penny Roberts / Georgie Cooksey .



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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Finals weekend – 2019

There will be some great matches taking place commencing at noon on both days. Refreshments will be on sale throughout the afternoon. Please come and support our finalists. Friends and families welcome. Click here to see the programme of finals.

We had a great turn out of spectators last year and they all seemed to have enjoyed the tennis.


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!


Success for Ladies Teams:Summer 2019

All five of our Ladies teams were successful in the Summer League. The Ladies A team came second in the Premier Division. OK, that is not first but they were up against an incredibly strong Brightwell squad who have comfortably won the division for the last three years. Our team finished well ahead of their closest rival for second place.

The Ladies B team won Division 1 and have been promoted. Well done to them! They won all their matches and secured their top place with a match to spare.

The Ladies C team, also in Division 1,had been promoted from Division 2 last season. It is notoriously difficult to retain your place when you move up but they did it easily, finishing 3rd out of the 6 teams.

Both the Ladies D and Ladies E team were in Division 4. The Ladies D team ended in second place, thus earning promotion. They had a slightly nerve-wracking end to the season but they secured their promotion place in their final match in which they won all of their sets. This is the first season that we have put out a Ladies E team. It was good to have so much interest in playing that we could manage to do this. They performed creditably ending mid-table.

Well done to all the players and a big thank you to the team captains.


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


Fun day June 1st

We called it our Fun Day and it certainly was fun! We combined special events with a visit from Robyn Moore who has set herself the challenge of hitting 200,000 balls in 30 days, fundraising for the BreakPoint charity with the help of Bright Ideas in Tennis. This was her first day; she had already spent the morning at the Calthorpe Park tennis courts and spent a further 4 hours with us on the hottest day of the year so far. Gosh, that seems like a huge challenge! Good luck to her. Of course, to meet her challenge she needed the help of our ballboys and ballgirls to keep replenishing her ball machine

Around the club, our coaches and Young Leaders were fully occupied running drills such as “hit the bin” challenges. We certainly had at least one winner who was very pleased with his prize of a Bright Ideas in Tennis sports top.


Other parts of the courts were just in use by families having a good time. And of course we had the usual lovely refreshments on sale.

Many thanks to everyone who made this day possible, especially Zana Fletcher (who also ran the Family Tournament in the morning!) and Debra Norton who organised the refreshments and several of the non-tennis competitions such as Guess the Weight of the Cake. Just for the record, the answer was 1250g.


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!