All posts by Katherine Rusbridge

Finals results : 2021

Finals weekend was, as always, full of great tennis with some genuinely enthralling matches. The closest fought one was probably the first : the Mens Singles match which went to a third set with no-one really able to predict the outcome at that stage. It was Peter Grant who won… the first of his remarkable six (yes, that is six) successes! He played and won three on Saturday and still had the stamina to play and win another three on Sunday. Many congratulations Peter! Jane Vincent also had a busy weekend, winning all four of her finals.
They had certainly earned their drink at the end of Saturday.

The Ladies Doubles match was very entertaining with great “gets” and long, long rallies, even producing some gasps of astonishment from the spectators as the rallies unfolded.

Mens Singles Peter Grant Paul Kemsley
Mens Vets Singles Peter Grant Mike Thornley
Mens Doubles Peter Grant and Stuart Lamb Mark Elliott and Mitchell Elliott
Mens Vets Doubles Peter Grant and David Pharo Paul Kemsley and Stuart Lamb
Ladies Singles Gill Stoney Sue White
Ladies Vets Singles Gill Stoney Cath Pearson
Ladies Doubles Debbie Ryder and Jane Vincent Elaine Leitch and Sam Williamson
Ladies Vets Doubles Debbie Ryder and Jane Vincent Sally Grace and Leila Warwick
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 Peter Archer and Jill Penton Chris Iles and Sally Charlton

Albany tournament 2021

Our Albany tournament on Bank Holiday Monday took place in disappointingly gloomy weather … but there was nothing gloomy about the event. 27 players enjoyed a full afternoon of good tennis (and a nice tea, courtesy of Debra Norton) with nobody that baffled by the handicap scoring system, designed to ensure that everyone could feel they did well. Our winners were Linda Robson and Pete Smith (who also won it the last time it was played back in August 2019). Well done to them and to the runners-up. There was a two-way tie for second place for the Ladies : Debra Norton and Ailsa Fraser. The men’s side produced a three-way tie for second place : Chris Iles, Tom van Klaveren and Greg Smith.

Yo might like to read the post from the 2019 Albany tournament. That took place on the hottest Bank Holiday Monday on record and the post ends by saying the next American tournament would be on Easter Monday 2020. If only that had been true!

July American Tournament

We usually just have our American Tournaments on Bank Holiday Mondays but as we have been deprived of them for so long, we decided to slip in an extra one on a Sunday. The weather forecast for 25th July was for thundery rain storms but in the end 21 hardy players managed to play a full afternoon of tennis before the rain arrived.

It wasn’t just the tennis that was enjoyable – after four rounds of play there was a well earned break for tea and cakes before we resumed for a further 2 rounds. The cakes were particularly appreciated as seen in these photographs – many thanks to the bakers, Debra Norton and Linda Robson.

Back on court the winning lady was Sam Williamson with an amazing average of 6.4 in each round of 8 games and runner up Clare Bambridge. The Mens winner was Mark Hill with Pete Smith and Paul Treacy joint runners up. A very enjoyable afternoon all round.

No photos of the action this time, just people enjoying their tea break. Everyone was too busy playing!

Handicap tournament July 2021

All the organisers had their fingers crossed that we would be able to complete our Handicap Finals Day despite a very iffy weather forecast. It was rather stop-start but we made it. Good matches, closely fought, no more so that the Ladies final where the score was 31-28, 28-31, 31-29 . Well done to Cath Pearson for that win and for going on to win both the Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles; a clean sweep of each event she could enter.

Event Winners Runners-up
Ladies Singles Cath Pearson Alison Jameson
Mens Singles Andy McElligott Mitchell Elliot
Ladies Doubles Cath Pearson and Juliet Worthington Carol-Anne Harrison and Kim Field
Mens Doubles Andy Cholerton and Graham Friel Roger Barnacle and Andy McElligott
Mixed Doubles Cath Pearson and Richard Vallis PJ Young and Mitchell Elliot

U12 team news

We have now played two junior League matches

In the 1st, the U12s played on the 12th June away to David Lloyd Southampton. The boys had a great and close game with all the matches going to a tie break. Unfortunately the tie breaks fell the wrong way and we lost. Well done in a close match Antonis Nicolaidis and Alec Mach

The 2nd U12 match was away to Romsey. The boys again had a great game and managed a 3-0 win!! Well done Oliver Cassleton and Harry Mcintrye on your win today

Junior mix-in

Monday ” Match” play Mondays 6:00 – 8:00pm

Play tennis with other junior members under the supervision of our Senior Leaders who will give you tips on how to effectively play singles and/or doubles / social game.

A great opportunity to enhance your game, put those skills you have been learning into play and maybe meet some new junior members to organise your own weekly tennis games.

In the present circumstances, you do need to pre-register. Please use this link

An American Tournament – at last!

The Bank Holiday on Monday May 31st was our first American Tournament for nearly 18 months. After a miserable May for weather (and for other reasons!), we were blessed with a sunny day, perhaps a bit too hot for the players. We did have to make a few changes to ensure we were Covid-secure, in particular we asked players to pre-register. What didn’t change was the friendly atmosphere, good standard of play and of course the tea. Thank you Debra! Cath Pearson and Linda Robson were joint 1st for the ladies. The result for the mens was very close, with Andy McElligott ending on an average score of 5.40 games in each round with newcomer Alistair Jones on 5.33.

Juniors : interested in a free coaching session?

We are offering a free coaching session with Kathy Charles or Jamie Cheetham to a Junior member who introduces a new U18 member to the club. The coaching session will be a joint one, for you and your friend. Your friend is welcome to come as a visitor before deciding to join : they can now do so at just £2 a visit, half the normal visitor fee.

(The offer is also open to U18s in the same family. If one joins, then the other joins, both will benefit from the coaching session)

For more details click here

Details for club from May 17th

There has been a significant relaxation of  Government restrictions on outdoor tennis from 17th May, which is mainly good news as listed below. However there are some points you need to bear in mind.

    • Our social mix in tennis sessions have now returned  click for photo
    • Shared tennis balls are now available in the ball rack for use by adult members.
    • We shall also be holding an American Tournament on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May – to enter this tournament you will need to register in advance Click here for further details and entry form
    • League matches are now underway
    • Team captains may now use the main lounge area of the pavilion for league matches, subject to a maximum occupancy of 12 people in this area, divided into groups of no more than 6 people.  Players are encouraged to wear face coverings when in the lounge area.
    • The guidance is still that players should normally come to the Club dressed ready to play but in case of need the changing rooms may now be used,
    • We are continuing the current arrangement of one person at a time in the changing rooms and toilet areas for the time being  due to limitations on space and ventilation