Dinner Dance 2021 : December 10th Army Golf Club

Here are some details about how Vicky and I are planning to run the Dinner Dance this year. As you may recall, we normally have 8 tables which makes the dining area – and dance floor when we get to that stage of the evening – very crowded. This year, we think it is wise to limit the number of tables to 6.

We need to have an indication of numbers to see if the event will be viable. There is a sign-up sheet in the clubhouse to express your interest.

Out of courtesy to non-drinkers / drivers, we have decided not to provide wine on the table. This means we are able to reduce the cost of a ticket to £32.50 per person. (In our last event in 2109, the ticket price was £35). The bar will be open for you to purchase drinks.
Click here to see the menu.

We are getting information from the Golf Club about their Covid mitigations, such as how they will keep the room well-ventilated.

If we go ahead, we will ask everyone who is coming to confirm that they are doubly vaccinated.

Summer League results 2021

Somewhat belatedly, here are the links to the summer leagues, showing how our teams did. It was a “stand-alone” league reflecting the on-going uncertainty about getting matches played during the Covid pandemic. In fact, all the matches were completed and our teams had lots of success.

Click here for ADLTA results

Click here for Vets league results

Well done to the Mens A team who only dropped 7 sets in the whole season, finishing top of the Premier Division. The Ladies A were also winners, with the B team just missing out of second place by 2 points.

The Vets Mixed A team were comfortable winners of their division.

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.