Adult Social Tennis Tournament – Thurs 10 Oct.
An end-of-season mix-in doubles competition was held, with 12 of the Club’s most resilient players turning up to play in slightly damp conditions. The format allowed those attending to change partners after each match and provided each player with an individual score of games won. The format also contained a sudden death element on deuce points and when the games were level, which gave the players some practice at playing pressure points.
The overall winner was Peter Luard with 19 points with Grant Franklin a close second on 18 points. Well done to everyone who turned out!
Club Championships Finals Day – 22nd Sept.
This year’s championships took place in less than ideal conditions, with the start of play for the adults delayed by 1 hour. Despite the later start, excellent tennis was on show throughout the day.
As the adults waited for a break in the weather, the juniors braved the rain to play some excellent tennis organised by our Head Coach Jorge Martin. It was great to see all the courts in use for the junior competition and the matches played in such good spirit despite the heavy downpours.
These are the Champions and runners up in the Junior & Senior Finals Club Championship 2019.
14&U – Champion Ludo, runner up Issy
Mini Orange – Champion Aisling, runner up Rosa
Mini Red – Champion Leo, runner up Eva.
In the Men’s singles Douglas Barker beat defending champion Jamie Rowe, ending Jamie’s latest streak of titles.
In the Ladies singles Georgia McCarthy took on Emma Haynes in a tightly contested match with Georgia taking the match in the third set after a long hard-fought battle.
The Men’s Doubles saw defending champions Jamie Rowe and Pete Almond take on Douglas and Oliver Barker. This year the Barkers had a convincing victory with Oliver returning to the club after several years of absence.
The Ladies Doubles saw Louise Tunbridge and Corrina Hutchinson take on Penny MacFarlane and Pui Pride. Louise and Corrina coming out on top in a well contested match.
In the Mixed doubles the youth and talent of Emma Haynes and Sam Holland took on the experience of last year’s defending champions, Tony and Corinna Hutchinson. With the younger pair taking the victory in another very entertaining match.
In the Veterans Mixed double Tony and Corina made up for their earlier disappointment in Mixed doubles to win the final match of the day against Louise Tunbridge and Shaun Fishburn. It was great to see the tournament supported so well until the end of the days play. Well done to Louise for making it through her third match of the day!
Many thanks to everyone who took part in the championships, the supporters, spectators and umpires. A Special thank you to Lorna Whateley who was the recipient of the ‘Vic Pocock Cup’ for the club’s unsung hero award; this is in recognition of her invaluable work in supporting the club throughout the year. Thank you to Gill Holland for organizing our magnificent prizes and to Mhairi Peck, Douglas Barker for running the tournament.
Congratulations to all our winners and finalists !!
The Dan Burden Trophy
The sixth Dan Burden Trophy took place from 13th to 20th July at Elstead Tennis Club. The tournament is run to remember Dan, a young coach at Elstead Village Tennis Club who died in a road traffic accident on 11th October 2013 aged 21. A coach at Elstead Tennis Club, he started playing at 5 years old, before becoming a tennis apprentice and then a qualified coach.
The Dan Burden Trophy is a LTA grade 3 tournament, which is regional level. Elstead is probably one of the smallest clubs in the country to run a grade 3 event. To accommodate the event, as it has grown over the years and hosts over 200 players and, some of the events are now held at Byfleet Tennis Club. The tournament now has players from 8 and under to adult, resulting in 26 events, 355 entries and over 250 matches.
Players from all over the country took part again this year and the week started with the 14 and under and 18 and under boys and girls battling it out at Elstead. The high standard of play was notable and a delight to watch, especially with some of the local players taking part and even winning events.
The tennis club once again supported the event with ladies from the club running the kitchen – thanks go to Lynn Wright, Susanne Hunter and Betty Maitland for organising this – and local youngsters Daisy Phillips, Sophie Richardson, Douglas Barker and Emma Stewart helping with the court supervision. Although there were a few incidents on the court, 99% of the matches were played in a great competitive spirit.
At the end of the week, Elstead was host to the 8 and under, 9 and under and 10 and under players with Byfleet hosting the 12 and under, 16 and under and adult tournaments. It was great to see Eliot Glaysher winning the 18U event and runner up in the men’s and Kira Turpin winning the 14U girls and runner up in the 16U. Both players trained at Elstead as younger players.
The tournament is a perfect memorial for the club and the village to remember a fun loving, mischievous young man with a great sense of humour.
Ladies Morning Tuesdays
There is a great regular turnout of ladies on Tuesday mornings, averaging about 12 ladies each week. About once a month the ladies arrange for Barbara Awbery to come along and coach them. The sessions run from 9.30am – 11am and lady members of all standards are welcome.
Thursday Evening Club Night
Why not come down to the courts to meet up with other members and play a few games of tennis.
We currently run a mix in evening on a Thursday from 7pm and to ensure there are a good number of players we have introduced a system where you supply your email to the organiser Mike Mullins and Mike sends out a reminder each week. Everyone who supplies their email will receive a mailing usually on a Sunday and you must reply yes or no for the following Thursday.
This system has been working very well. If you want to get onto the roster let Mike know and he’ll get you on the system
Elstead tennis club have a number of teams which take part in both Summer and Winter. The club run Men’s, Ladies and Mixed Teams that compete in the ADLTA local league, Aegon Surrey and the Chaucer leagues. If you are interested in playing contact Scott Tunbridge.
Contact Jorge Martin Munoz for further information