Club Championships

We look forward to another Club Championships in 2019 and to your participation. We encourage all levels of ability to play and have a go in the main events. If you are looking to dip your toe into competitive tennis, the Blind Date event will pair more seasoned players with those who have not played so much, so that everyone has a fun, memorable playing experience.
The format of the competition is a knockout. Should you win your first match you proceed to meet your next opponent in the main draw of the competition. Should you not win, you will go forward with all those players who suffer a first round loss to the Plate competition where you will have the chance to play again and get to the finals. So all entrants to the Club Championships will play a minimum of two rounds.
The main competitions cover ladies’ and men’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles. Plate competitions will run in all five events. There is a Veterans’ mixed doubles competition for pairings of women over 45 and men over 50.  We also run a Blind Date competition where you enter individually and are drawn a partner at random to compete in a doubles event. The Blind Date winning pairings will also compete on Finals Day.
The competitions are open to all, juniors pay half the entry fee. Finals Day is scheduled for Sunday 22nd September 2019 when drinks and refreshments will be available for players and spectators.
For the first time we will also be holding a Junior Tournament on Finals Day. Jorge will be organising this and details will follow. 
If you have any queries, please contact Mhairi Peck at


This year’s Club Championships took place in perfect conditions for tennis on Saturday 8th September and despite some last-minute withdrawals in various events at the quarter and semi-final stages all the finals were well contested.

In the Men’s singles Jamie Rowe overcame a spirited performance from Pete Almond to repeat his triumph from last year. Jamie should have a target on his back for next year as he’s making a creditable habit of winning this top prize!

On the next court the Ladies Singles final saw last year’s winner Beatrice Henricot take on first time finalist Rebecca Haynes. Rebecca showed commendable consistency to catch Beatrice cold in the first set before a much closer second set, before Rebecca ran out the worthy champion.

The Men’s doubles had the combined talents of Jamie and Pete up against the surprise finalists Richard Haynes and Simon Humphreys. The experienced pairing produced a straight sets victory to make up for their loss at this stage last year.

The Ladies doubles saw last year’s winners Beatrice and Barbara Awbery with first timers Rebecca and Emma Haynes. B & B used all their experience to beat the sisters on this occasion but I’m sure we will see them back for revenge next season.

In the Mixed doubles another Haynes combination of Richard and daughter Rebecca (who was having a busy day!) took on the crack family mixed pairing of Tony and Corinna Hutchinson, coming through with an excellent win.

In the Plate, Veteran mixed and Blind Date competitions it was great to see so many newer members combining with some club stalwarts in some epic encounters. To pick out one event, the Men’s singles plate, it was the definitely hardest fought longest lasting 6–0, 6-1 match I have ever seen. Congratulations to Jonny Calow and commiserations to Ed Kerr but it was a great match to watch!

A brief run through of the other matches:

Ladies Doubles plate – Caroline Luard & Susie Mair beat Mel Hibberd & Moira Edwards

Men’s Doubles plate – MacDonald Smith & Dave Boynes beat Simon Essex & Chris Neil

Mixed Doubles plate – Mac & Yeside Linney beat Caroline and Simon Humphreys

Veteran Mixed Doubles – Tony and Corinna beat Chris Neil & Michele Kirby

Blind Date doubles – Ed Kerr & Bernie Andrews beat Jonny Calow and Michele Kirby

Many thanks to everyone who played in the championships, the supporters and spectators on the day, the umpires – Shaun, Barbara, Caroline, Doug and Scott and everyone involved in making tea, coffee, and to those who provided the many cakes.

Our magnificent prizes were organised by Gill Holland who also arranged the trophy engraving and the winners board printing. Finally, our sincere thanks to Mhairi Peck and able assistant Mike for all her organisation on a very smoothly run and controversy free event.

Congratulations to all our winners, See you next year!

Results & Pictures