Just a reminder that entries for the principal club tournaments are now being registered. Sign up on the notice board in the clubhouse!
Report by Liz Mason-Home
Sunday was a lovely hot day. Frank Noble was there to preside over proceedings and yes I should have asked him to write this piece too! The only thing we had to wait for were the courts, but there were some great Aegon matches going on to entertain us for 20 minutes. Better to have a busy tennis club than not busy say I.
Proceedings got under-way and it was lovely to see 8 women and 8 men ready to start dancing on court. We had some of our newer members making an appearance, Jay Durham playing with Pam Kloezeman and Karen Hope playing with Jon Miller, together with some longstanding members who have left and come back again …… welcome back Rob Crawford (with whom I recall getting to the final back in 2006 and losing to Jon’s mother!!!) It was decided, as there was a nice number of entries, to have a knockout competition with first round losers playing in a plate.
Lots of good tennis was played and the final was won by Lynda Arnold and Joe McGillivray (didn’t Linda win last year?) who narrowly beat Liz Mason-Home and the eternally youthful John O’Connell 6-5 (good handicapping Craig). The plate final was won by Gill Cottrial and the said Rob Crawford who beat Steph Singleton and Frank Birchall also 6-5. (Craig knows a bit about tennis doesn’t he?)
Hopefully everyone enjoyed the day and many thanks to all for turning up. Thanks also to Frank Noble who officiated. Trophies were presented by the Club Captain.
LMH Vice Captain
Superb start for the Hoylake Men’s Summer League 1st team. After 2 fixtures we are 3rd position in the table following a difficult away tie to Helsby 1st team on 28th April where Dave Callanan, David Challener, Dan Rothwell and newcomer to the club, Dave Thomas, battled hard to bring home half the points with a 12/12 score.
This evening’s home match against runners up in the 1st division last year, Neston 1st team, provided some great tennis. Dave Callanan, Phil Cutts, Simon Birchall and Paul Cottam emerging victorious with a fantastic 16-8 scoreline.
A sign of good things this season (hopefully)
Details of this event have now been finalised. Please refer to the poster in the Clubhouse.
You will be sampling five gins, accompanied by suitable food “teasers”. The cost is £25 per person. Please reserve your places by emailing Lynda Arnold – Lynda.email@example.com. Payment should be made by bank transfer to the club account – sort code 60-23-17, account number 79373402.
The entry sheets for our main summer tournaments have been posted in the clubhouse so please support these events by signing up as soon as possible. You just need to have paid your annual subscription and be available to play in the finals on Saturday 6th July.
The first phase of the annual club handicap tournament was held last Sunday when the Ladies and Gentlemen competed in their separate events.
The ladies competed in two leagues. Group “A” was won by Coral Richards and Lucy Hamlett and Group “B” by Pam Walker and Samantha Howden. In the play-off, Coral and Lucy emerged victorious.
The men, with fewer entries, played each other. Simon and Frank Birchall won with maximum points. Mark Davies and Steve Roberts finished in second place.
The second phase – the mixed event – is to be held this coming Sunday at 12 noon. The couples, handicaps and the draw have been completed. We just need the weather to be kind.
We have recently received a copy of the safeguarding audit report from our LTA auditor, Alyson O’Donnell – and we passed with flying colours – mainly green! We were assessed on the five minimum standards that the LTA now require: safeguarding policy and procedures, diversity and inclusion policy and procedure, welfare officer, criminal record checks and risk assessment and we achieved each standard. The traffic light system of scoring gave us only one ‘red’, which concerned the small changing rooms not being disability friendly.
“Hoylake LTC is a well-run tennis club within a residential area. It benefits from having several courts available for all year round play. The Club encourages junior players and ensures that they are well represented at the club and that their opinions or concerns are raised at committee level. The Club is confident in its Safeguarding ability.”
The results of the LTA survey to members, sent out in conjunction with the audit, were also very positive. Forty-nine people completed the questionnaire and responses were very encouraging:
• 100% were satisfied or very satisfied with the coaching
• Requests were made for more evening coaching, and sessions for seniors, doubles and groups.
• 80% were aware of the safeguarding policy, and related codes of conduct, and most felt that this policy was important to have.
• General welfare and safeguarding: 95% were fairly or very confident about how to report a safeguarding issue and who to go to.
• The summary included very positive statements about the friendliness of the club and the hard work of the coaches and volunteers. A need for better facilities was mentioned.
Thank you to everyone who helped coordinate the audit, committee members who ensured everything was in place and to everyone who completed the survey.
Please look at information on the noticeboards by the hatch, or on the website, for information about the Welfare Officer, safeguarding and other policies and the codes of conduct.
Club Wimbledon Ticket Ballot Reminder
Our ballot is on Wednesday evening ( 8th May) and will start at 8pm.
Please arrive from 7.30 to check registration etc. If you are unable to attend you can ask another club member to act as your proxy or you may request a committee member act for you by contacting Steph on 07720719170.
Able to join programme at anytime and pay the remainder of the course.
Would the member who has taken possession of the large saucepan please return it to the kitchen? It will be needed when matches start!