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. 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


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.


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.
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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.



Junior Tennis Festival

A HUGE Thank you to all the amazing Coaches and Leaders, Zana Fletcher, Paul Treacy, Ken Robson and Peter Fennell on parking, Debra Norton for her delicious catering, for making Saturdays Junior Tennis Festival such a great success! You were all awesome! Well done Team!

Here is a comment from one of the parents :Thanks for having us this morning, we all had a lovely time and enjoyed the activities. All your young people who were there helping and coaching were delightful!


Handicap Finals results 2018

Congratulations to everyone who won through to compete in the Finals of the 2018 Handicap Tournaments, especially to Cath Pearson who was once again a double winner. She retained the Ladies Doubles title, partnered this year by PJ Young and she won the Mixed Doubles with Darren Toes. She was nearly joined as a double winner by Chris Ezra. He won the Men’s Singles but just missed out on the Men’s Doubles, losing 31-28, 31-28 in a very close final. On one of the hottest days of the summer,it was an achievement just to play two matches!

Event Winners Runners-up
Ladies Singles Sarah Henbrey Katherine Rogers
Mens Singles Chris Ezra Mike Thornley
Ladies Doubles Cath Pearson and PJ Young Lynn McKenzie and Angela Redstone
Mens Doubles Jon Stiddard and Daniel Turner Chris Ezra and Oliver Wells
Mixed Doubles Cath Pearson and Darren Toes Alison Jameson and William Carlisle

Thank you to the umpires and Debra Norton and Ann Hanson for the delicious refreshments.

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St George’s Day quiz

OK, so it wasn’t exactly St George’s Day, but close enough to use it as our theme. Vicky Judge as always gave us a great quiz, won by St George and his Dragons. The prize for the best team name went to “The Quizzers of Oz”, though “Knights in White Cotton” must have been a very close second. There were no prizes for the best outfit. If there had been, my choice would have been Alistair and Caroline with their Scottish Saltire T-shirts – a very classy choice.

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