21 May

Court repainting

Hi All

We have finally got a date for re-painting courts 1 – 3 and it will be during half term next week. These courts will be closed during the day this Friday and from Tuesday 26th until Sunday 31st May inclusive which will hopefully cause the minimum of disruption. The Booking section of the website has been updated.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

18 May

Open Day success

I wanted  to let everyone know what an unqualified success  our Open Day was on Saturday at the club (with our gratitude for the amazing weather).

In terms of preparation Ollie, Barbara and Lorna put in a lot of time and effort to ensure we maximised the publicity in the local area with yours truly customising the LTA posters for our own benefit, with the addition of the banners (thanks to Rupert and the cricket club for the use of their fences) the word certainly reached a large number of local people.

The next key area was the day itself and we had fantastic support from many members who baked cakes, scones, brownies and other delicious offerings for our guests and a good number came down to help meet, greet, serve cake, tea, coffee and juice over the 4 hours of the event.

The result was a fantastic day to introduce tennis and our club to over 80 people (with more parents watching their kids have fun). Hopefully this will result in a whole new group of new members of all ages enjoying our facilities going forward with the requisite boost to our membership.

An abiding memory was watching Ollie being bombarded with tennis balls by very small people, in what I assume was an exercise in coordination in picking up and throwing which seemed to be very successful. The 4-6 year olds seemed to thoroughly enjoy the process and the red smiling faces that came in to have orange juice and cake showed the great time they had and I would guess making the parents evenings all the better for the bedtime operation.

Loads of people to thank and so as not to miss anyone out on behalf of the club thanks for helping the day go so well and I hope all enjoyed giving such great pleasure to everyone who came down to the club.

17 May

Cricket match

A quick mention for the local cricket match that took place on Sunday between the tennis club and Elstead cricket club. The result was a politically correct win for the cricket club by 5 wickets though the match was probably closer than the score suggests with a couple of our team playing cricket for the first time and our ‘ringers’ Sam and Ollie falling in the first couple of overs to a magnificent catch in a million and a huge yahoo. A stabilising partnership from Shaun and Scott and a large number of wides from Elstead brought a degree of respectability to the score but it was probably 40 runs short of what was needed to win.

The game was very entertaining, played in a great spirit and our thanks to Rupert for his organisation and the cricket club for its hospitality. it is definitely something that we will make an annual fixture going forward, to add to our annual golf day. If anyone has any similar initiatives they would like to introduce let me know and we’ll back you all the way.

15 May

Mens A vs Rowledge

Well, Friday just confirmed the strength of this top Summer League. Despite fielding a strong side and putting up a spirited performance, we succumbed to a 7-2 loss to Rowledge at HOME.

Our visitors fielded a very strong side, with 2 coaches and one player who is a Surrey A
reserve. Having said this, I think we all confirmed that we’d rather be playing matches at this level week in week out, being pushed.

The next 3 Matches are:-

HOME to CAMBERLEY MENS A Friday 29th May
then off to AVONDALE to meet there MENS A Tuesday 2nd June
and then HOME to BRIGHTWELL MENS A Friday 12th June

All will be very tough matches.

The line-up for Friday 29th May is:

Jamie (el captaino this night), Patrick, Mr T. Junior, Mike Peck and Mr T. Senior – still waiting to finalise the last player.

Please consult your diaries and let me know regards availability for all the above 3 matches.

FYI – you can view all the Season’s fixtures via the LTA webportal:-

https://lta.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/draw.aspx?id=DDEC7A76-A84D-443E-B776-3734FDB2A49B&draw=1

Pete

08 May

Mens A vs Camberley B

Second match of the season was Friday and more injuries to the squad with Haynes’y pulling up midway through the second set with hamstring trouble. Despite conceding 2 sets to Camberley it was still a close fought match with us losing 5-4 in the end. Still, 8 points in this league is valuable.

Probably worth a mention is that Camberley fielded almost an A team Friday against us, with 3 of their 6 players having played twice for their A’s already this season and 5 of the 6 have all played for their A Team so far.

Next Match is Friday 15th May HOME to ROWLEDGE MENS A, 6:30 PM start.

The team will be:

Me, Jamie, Patrick, Pete Lincoln, Kev – still waiting to finalise the last player since losing Haynes’y for this one through injury.

If you any of you are able to make this Friday please let me know asap, drop me an email or text me.