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.


American Tournament : May 31st

We are holding our first American Tournament since August 2019! It will be on the late May public holiday : May 31st.

It will differ in some details from our usual arrangements, most notably in that it will NOT be a roll-up. You will need to register in advance (an email has been sent out about this) as we will still need to limit the number of participants. Having names beforehand will help the organisers manage the afternoon within the remaining Covid regulations.

Let’s hope for fine weather and a good afternoon of tennis!


Finals 2020 : results

No Juniors, no formal presentation of trophies, no rain (so that was a good thing), no refreshments ( definitely not a good thing) and limited number of spectators. That didn’t stop the club having a weekend full of excellent tennis.

Thanks to the committee who had thought through all the issues about putting on the finals in the present circumstances and to the finalists who had to play without the usual buzz around the club.Thanks as always to Zana who put in so much time putting the draws together and running the weekend.

Here is one of my favourite photos from the weekend. You might think they had just won, but in fact they were the runners-up in the Mixed Doubles final; typical of the good spirit in which the matches were played.

Here are the list of winners and runners-up.

EVENT WINNER RUNNER-UP
Mens Singles William Jones Peter Grant
Mens Vets Singles Peter Grant Peter Archer
Mens Doubles Paul Kemsley and David Pharo Peter Grant and Stuart Lamb
Mens Vets Doubles Peter Grant and David Pharo Steve Dunne and Chris Iles
EVENT WINNER RUNNER-UP
Ladies Singles Jane Dow Jane Baldwin
Ladies Vets Singles Ailsa Fraser Cath Pearson
Ladies Doubles Elaine Leitch and Sam Williamson Debbie Ryder and Jane Vincent
Ladies Vets Doubles Debbie Ryder and Jane Vincent Sally Charlton and Joan McCrossan
EVENT WINNER RUNNER-UP
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 Chris Iles and Sally Charlton Peter Archer and Jill Penton

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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.
(I hope all these images display correctly for you. The website was very unco-operative when I was trying to upload them and they seem to display differently on different platforms. Grr!)
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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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