A report by captain Liz Stringer …….
The weather forecast was ominous after a four day period of blue skies, sun and warmth (sorry La Manga girls but even Julie Hunter is sporting a tan……well, more freckles). The day, as predicted, started off rainy and miserable. Back to the England that we all know and love. By midday, however, even the glass half empty people were thinking that we would be playing in dry conditions. Wrong! No sooner had we set foot on court but we were experiencing that heavy drizzle that makes for heavy balls, steamed up rain splattered glasses and the regret that one had not brought a change of clothes.
The opponents were Ryecroft, an unknown quantity, but at least we had home advantage. The first rubbers were won by both Hoylake pairs. Liz Towersey and Cath Saunders looked as though they had been playing together for years. They complemented each other well and took the first set easily only for Ryecroft to come back to win the second set on a tie break. Despite the fact that it is a veterans tournament a full third set has to be played. Liz and Cath made short work of it, winning 6-1.
Julie Hunter partnered Liz Stringer, only having once played together in a match. They also won their first round, coming back from 5-2 down in the second set to win it 7-5 having won the first. So, 2 rubbers up going into the final round.
Alan T kindly microwaved the sodden balls from the first pairing’s match so that they were as good as new. Well…..3 were, one did get a little burnt but we now know to lower power settings and time for the next occasion. Ryecroft refused dry balls against Liz S and Julie for the next rubber so crafty Julie honed her drop shot skills and contributed massively to a quick win against the 2nd pair. A hard fought first set for Liz T and Cath saw them just lose in a tie break and then conceding as Hoylake were now victorious and Ryecroft were eager to get back; although not that eager that they didn’t have time for tea!
Well done to all who stepped up to the plate (which means we’re not in the plate) whilst those who shall remain nameless were sunning themselves in La Manga!
Thanks to the many members who have paid their 2018 subscription.
The others are reminded that, in order to avoid the late payment fee you need to have paid either direct to the Club bank account or by cheque to Pam Walker, by Monday 30th April.
The Hoylake Tennis Club bank account details are:
Sort Code 60-23-17
Account No 79373402
The club Handicap tournament is on Sunday 29th April.
There will be three doubles tournaments on the day – Ladies, Men and Mixed. The format of each match will be one short set – first to six games. First round losers will be entered into a plate competition, ensuring that everyone gets at least two matches in each competition.
You may sign up for the Ladies’ and Men’s tournaments with or without a partner. If you enter without a partner the handicapping committee will endeavour to match you suitably. The Mixed tournament will, as usual, be with partners drawn.
Start times will depend on entries and will be published on 27th April. It is planned to hold the Ladies’ and Men’s events starting in the morning and the Mixed in the afternoon. The tournament will replace the usual Sunday Social tennis.
So get the tournament season off to a great start by signing up in the clubhouse right away or sending an email to:
We will be holding our club ballot at the clubhouse at 8pm (please register from 7.30pm)
If you have registered with the LTA and wish to enter the ballot and are unable to attend please contact Steph Singleton on 07720 719170 who will arrange for a member of the Committee to act as a proxy for you.
The tickets available are on the club website and are displayed in the clubhouse.
Friday 18th May
£6 per person including Supper
Members, friends and family are all invited to our 2018 Race Night with Chilli Supper. Last year’s was great fun, with some returning home with lots of winnings in their pocket!
There will be choices of hot and mild meat Chillis with a vegetarian option as well.
For catering purposes please text or phone Karen Davies on 07801 842674 to book.
Please come along, support your Club and have a great night out!
Hola amigos : Hello friends
You’re invited to a Spanish charity night
Sat 26 May 2018 at 7pm
Hoylake Tennis Club,
Eddisbury Road, CH48 5DR
In aid of: Stick & Step, a local charity which helps children with cerebral palsy.
Cost: £20pp includes:
home-made Spanish tapas buffet including paella
dance show by the talented Joanne Johnson
mini quiz of Hispanic culture with prizes to win.
Extra to pay: games with prizes to win and drinks at the bar such as sangría, margaritas, beer, wine, etc.
Parking: free on the road adjacent to the club. Please do not block residents’ drives.
Book: contact Dave Cottriall for information on how to pay
07759 554 137
*****Only 30 spaces left so hurry up!!! *****
The Hoylake LTC Table Tennis team are playing in The Hepple Cup Final tonight at Upton Cricket Club, starting at 7.30 and probably finishing by 9.30.
Spectators and supporters are very welcome (no entry fee!!!)
The team is Alan Weldon, Phil Roberts and Geoff Dewhurst (reserve Steve Roberts)
The tickets we have been allocated this year are shown below and will be drawn for in the Clubhouse on 2nd May.Wimbledon Ticket Allocation 2018
Just a final reminder that the annual Open Day is this Sunday, 25th March, starting at 10am.
We expect the Club to be buzzing with children of all ages and their parents. If any one can spare a couple of hours to assist with on-the-day administration, Craig and his team will be delighted.
Please note the following message from Steph Singleton:
A massive thanks to all members who supported the club by registering on the LTA website for Wimbledon Tickets.
As a result of your efforts the club has been allocated 23 pairs of tickets for 2018.
We will be holding our club ballot for these tickets on Monday 2nd May. Please arrive from 7.30 to register for the ballot at 8 pm in the clubhouse.
Anyone who has registered with the LTA wishing to be included in the ballot and unable to attend should approach another club member to act as a proxy or if this is not possible contact me to arrange for a committee member to proxy for you.
The bar will be open during the evening and after the ballot the next draw for the HLTC 100 club will take place.
More details about the tickets to follow