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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.

Season finale – August American tournament

A staggering 38 players turned out for the final American Tournament of the summer, which meant that an unprecedented 7th round had to be slipped in to ensure that all entrants played at least 4 rounds. The weather stayed dry throughout and the action was fast and furious all afternoon. With so many mouths to feed, the tea ladies had to pull off something of a five loaves and two fishes performance, but they prevailed, as they always do.

Roger Barnacle and Mark Hill tied for top male player, both achieving an average of 5.50 games won on the day. The ladies’ competition was just as closely fought, with a three-way tie for first place between Sarah Henbrey, Kath Pearson and Katherine Rogers, all with an average of 5.75 games, with Georgina Riches just behind on 5.25 games.

A photo of the day’s prize-winners is attached, with apologies to Chris Cole, who should be there as he was in fact joint runner-up with Peter Beyer and Andy Cholerton in the mens’ competition, with an average of 5.25 games. He is owed a bar of chocolate for his efforts.

Many thanks as always to William Carlisle for organising the afternoon.

Albany tournament 2018

15 players (8 male, 7 female) turned out, in incredibly hot conditions, to contest the Albany Trophy 2018. This was a really awkward number, which the computer programme didn’t like. What a pity there was not just one more lady to make it perfect. Maybe people were put off by the thought that it would be hard work. It was ! Many thanks to all those who did turn up.

There were winners, as there always is. Peter Beyer powered his way to a barely believable average of 4.8 games across the 5 rounds he played and Ailsa Fraser, who is becoming something of an Albany Trophy specialist, finessed her way to first place again in the ladies’ competition, with a superb average of 5.8 games won.

The last American Tournament of this year will be held on Monday 27th August. If you want to know what it’s like to be able to smile like Ailsa and Peter, get that date in your diary and be there !

May bank holiday American tournament

The late May Bank Holiday American Tournament on Monday 28th May was again blessed with fantastic weather and a terrific turnout. The draw allowed most participants to take a breather for one round during the afternoon’s play, but for an unlucky few, it was six rounds of eight games on the bounce, with only a brief interval for the usual scrumptious afternoon tea. Kudos for the best overall performances on the day went to Mark Hill and Ailsa Fraser, both of whom showed flair, consistency and durability in achieving an average win rate of just over five and a half games for each group of eight games played with a wide variety of different partners.

Many thanks to Debra Norton and Alison Jamieson for the lovely tea.

The next American-style one day tournament is the Albany Trophy on Sunday 8th July.

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May day American Tournament

24 players (12 ladies and 12 men) participated in the Bank Holiday American Tournament yesterday, ideal numbers in some respects, since it meant that all courts were in action throughout the afternoon. Heatwave conditions, however, meant that as everyone had to play in every round, there were some very hot and tired people at the end of the six rounds. A delicious afternoon tea, prepared by Debra Norton, Linda Robson and Ann Hanson, did provide some very welcome respite at the midway point. At the end of it all, Alison Jamieson and up and coming young newcomer Andy McElligott were the clear and deserving winners, both amassing 5 more games than their nearest rivals. Next American Tournament is Monday 28th May.

PS from Katherine. William, who provided the text of this post wasn’t quite right when he said we had the ideal number of people available. We had 25, as William would have like to play but as the organiser he gallantly stepped aside.
And another PS : Yes, Andy is very tall!

Smiths Cup for Men

Seven pairs contested the Mens’ Smiths Cup on Sunday 15th April. Each pair played everyone else in a round robin format, based on rule changes which were trialled at the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan last November. These included short sets of first to 4 games, with a tiebreak at 4-all, sudden death at deuce and no let on serves. This made for a fast and furious pace throughout the afternoon. Mark Hill and John Jillings emerged as worthy winners, winning all of their six matches, just edging out father and son combination William and James Carlisle, whose only defeat of the afternoon was a closely-fought 5-3 loss to Mark and John.

The group photo was taken before play

American Tournament August 28th

24 players (16 men and 8 ladies) turned out for the Albany Trophy, the last American Tournament of the summer, so all six courts were in action throughout the afternoon. Glorious weather conditions, good tennis and a fabulous tea, with Joan Jones’s raspberry pavlova deserving of special mention (the raspberries were homegrown and freshly-picked). The handicap format had the desired effect of keeping most matches fairly even. Ailsa Fraser emerged as winner of the ladies’ section and Johnny Rowland won the mens’ section, both amassing a total of 32 games in the course of their six matches. Johnny Rowland also won this event last year, so well done to him for successfully defending.

American Tournament May 29th

8 ladies and 6 men took part. Thankfully the rain which was forecast didn’t materialise, although conditions were quite hot and humid; a good afternoon of competitive but sociable tennis was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Steve Dunne, Kim Field, Linda Ganter and Katherine Rusbridge for the usual scrumptious afternoon tea. Congratulations to the winners Katherine Rogers and Paul Treacy. We were pleased to welcome a new member who seemed to enjoy herself and to welcome back Kim who came for the first time to the tournament at the beginning of May. Always good to see someone come back – we must be doing something right!

Next American Tournament is Sunday 23rd July. It would be nice to have all 6 courts in action throughout the afternoon.

May holiday American Tournament

Twelve of us gathered for the American Tournament on Monday May 1st, 4 ladies and 8 men so the perfect number for 2 Mixed games and 1 Mens game throughout (though it would have been nice to have had a fuller turn-out, perhaps it was the rather iffy weather that put people off). The winning man was yet again Steve Dunne with Kim Field,on her debut, and Linda Ganter coming joint first in the Ladies. The problem was we only had two bottles of wine as prizes … but Steve, like a true gentleman, agreed that the two ladies should each win a bottle and he went without. Well done to the winners and thanks to William Carlisle for running it and to Debra Norton and Linda Robson for doing the lovely tea.

The next American Tournament will be on Monday 29th May. No need to pre-book, just turn up to register at 1:15, ready to play at 1:30.

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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