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

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 : 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.

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
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
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