Handicap tournament results 2022

Our first handicap tournament finals day fully back to normal since 2019. We did have one last year but still with some limitations due to Covid. This time – spectators, refreshments, trophy presentations and, as always, a good afternoon of competitive tennis. Well done to all the finalists.

  Winner Runner-up
Mens Singles Santtu Asp Mike Thornley
Ladies Singles Sue White Helen Palser
Mens Doubles Graham Friel and Paul Hampshire Santtu Asp and Oliver Mills
Ladies Doubles Lynn McKenzie and Sarah Gibbons Sam Rush and Liz Long
Mixed Doubles Katherine Rusbridge and Cliff Church Lynn McKenzie and Jonty Maston

Jubilee Tournament

Our Jubilee event with 40 players and a magnificent tea was a great event. As Chair, Paul T said “What an amazing day today! Great organisation and fabulous food.” We even had a special visitor who seemed to be enjoying her day!

Well done to the finalists with winners : Sam Williamson and Roger Barnacle in the Mixed , Alison Jameson and Sue White in the Ladies.

Many thanks to everyone who came and help make it such a memorable day, especially to Linda Robson and Debra Norton who laid on such a wonderful tea for all 40 of us! They even had food left over as we were all so full. Who could believe that we would all fit into the space in front of the club house.

Lots of red, white and blue with some ingenious ways to achieve this. Best example was Sam who cut off a flag from her plastic bunting and ironed that onto her Tshirt. Took a few goes to get it right!

And the tennis arrangements weren’t bad either.


May American Tournament

Just two weeks after our Easter Monday tournament, we were back for the early May American. We limit the numbers of participants to 28 so that no-one has to sit out for more than one round of the six. We had 13 players who had not been with us on Easter Monday and we welcomed two new faces to this type of event.

Once we all arrived and registered (there is now a bit of standing joke between the regulars about one player who is nearly always last), play got underway in the usual competitive yet friendly manner.

Our winners were Mark Hill with an impressively consistent set of scores : 6,6,6,6,7 and Val Talbot who had to play all six rounds, scoring 6,5,4,6,6,6. Runners up were Clare Bambridge and Mike Thornley. Third place was tied in the Ladies (Kim Field and Lynn McKenzie), with Richard Eynon in the Mens.

Our next American will be on Thursday June 2nd, the first day of the Jubilee weekend. Should be a good event!


Tributes to Ben Tucker

Many of you will already have heard the shocking news of Ben Tucker. He was a lovely young man who attended the club as a boy then as an adult, along with his family for many years. He was shot in a random shooting at a convenience store in America on April 24th whilst visiting his family.

Paul Treacy, Chair wrote:-
“I was shocked to hear of the tragic loss of Ben Tucker, aged just 27, in a senseless incident in the USA. Ben was a regular player at the Club for many years, having worked his way up from the Juniors to the Men’s A team and was our Men’s Singles Champion in 2013. Ben was also a valued member of the coaching team as a Coaching Assistant for a number of years. Our thoughts go out to his mother Sarah and all Ben’s family at this sad time.”

Kathy Charles, Director of Coaching wrote:-
“I was utterly heartbroken to receive the sad news about Ben. I had the privilege of coaching Ben, and his brother Mark, for a number of years. Whilst at Avondale Ben became a tennis leader and was an integral part of the coaching team prior to leaving the Club to attend university. He was very popular and well-liked with his peers and all those he coached. Ben was a lovely and extremely talented young man, who had a natural flair for tennis. My thoughts are with his mother Sarah, father Jon and brother Mark at this terribly sad time.”

Tom Van Klaveren wrote an article for HampshireLive where he is a reporter. Tom is also a member at Avondale; he is a similar age to Ben and he knew Ben as they were growing up. What a sad article for Tom to have to write.
Click here to read the article
Ben was an ardent Liverpool fan and the image shows him in front of some Liverpool shirts. It was provided for the HampshireLive article by the family and taken from there for this account.

Please go to our Facebook account if you wish to add your tributes to Ben.


Easter Monday American Tournament

We had a full house for our Easter Monday American Tournament with our usual mix and match rounds of tennis. A great start to our American Tournament season, summed up by this comment from one of the players “Everyone was in friendly-competitive mode, with a relaxed atmosphere and healthy banter on court… and delicious cakes to revive us afterwards”. That sums it up nicely!

Cliff Church playing for the first time, scored a remarkable average of 7 games in each round of 8 games – well done Cliff! Sue White was the best lady player with an average of 6.2


Club tennis balls

Please be aware that there are supply chain issues with tennis balls and we are waiting to receive an order placed some weeks ago. We are not the only club in this position. This may mean that the balls in the lobby rack cannot be replaced as frequently as usual.


Smiths Cup results

The two Smiths Cup events were held on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April – the first time since 2019. The Ladies event on the Saturday was won by Sue White and Tessa Barrett. On Sunday, the surprise winners were Nick Ward and Andy Cholerton; surprise winners as Andy was a last minute stand-in and the pair had never played together before.

Thanks to Sue White for organising the Ladies and Chris Ezra for organising the Mens.

Here are some comments from Chris
“Just to say thanks to every pair who played today, a very strong field with some great quality tennis and played in a great spirit. Congrats to the winners Nick Ward/Andy Cholerton! Special mention to James Carlisle & young Roni Asp who had to put up with formidable opposition! Well done both of you.

A big thank you to Kath Dyer who helped in the kitchen & supplied us with the teas & coffees as well as washing & clearing up!”


£1520 raised for Ukraine

We held a very successful fund-raising event for Ukraine in the club house. Just over £1520 was raised – a truly amazing result! It was very well attended with people contributing cakes and raffle prizes, and clearly being very generous.

Many thanks to everyone who came and contributed something and a huge thank you to Jill Smith who initiated the event.

Here is Jill’s comment : Thank you to the committee for allowing us to use the Clubhouse this morning for the fund raising coffee morning. It was very successful thanks to the brilliant members, their generosity and enthusiasm. We had a terrific turn out and support .


In memory of Jackie Hinves

We were saddened to hear that Jackie Hinves had passed away at the age of 89. Jackie joined Avondale in the mid 70’s & remained an active Avondale Club playing member up until her move to Whitchurch in 2003. She retained a small residence in Church Crookham which she returned to at regular intervals, until 2009. Jackie would always try to come back for Finals weekend even after her permanent move.

Please click here to read the full tribute to Jackie, written by Dave Adams.




Change to mix-in sessions

Following a review of the use of courts booked for our mix-in sessions, it has been agreed to stop booking courts for Friday mornings and increase the court bookings for Sunday afternoons. There will now be four courts on Sundays, instead of three. On balance this was considered to be the most effective way of using court space for the benefit of all our members.