A report from Pam Kloezeman….
As September 16th approached, we had 18 entrants with a few more standing by ‘if needed’.
Sunday dawned with weather uncharacteristically gloomy, a late withdrawal and mix up with another entrant but 14 Vets arrived bright eyed and bushy tailed, declaring they’d brought their spare rackets, snacks to keep them going, various support bandages (just in case), done their warm ups, taken any requisite pain killers, vitamins or cold remedies and assured me no drugs testing was required (I was wondering) … they were raring to go!
I have to say I think this may have all been part of a communally held smoke screen and gamesmanship tactic aimed at lulling opposition couples into a false sense of superiority, as a healthier, more youthful looking bunch of Vets you couldn’t wish to meet! In fact may need proof of birthdate next year.
Great to see the return of Kate and Andy Benc too after losing them to their commitments in Africa for the whole Summer.
We played the popular fast fours format with a single group so that all couples played 6 rubbers timed to a 20 minute limit exactly.
Those not already partnered were drawn for partners, necessary introductions made and with a reminder to all of the rules, off we went! The competitiveness of experienced players evident from the start, every point was hard fought….. no surprises there then!
As early results were posted it became a competition of two halves with some rather smugly off to a very strong start and others equally determined to catch up, knowing that in a round robin competition, ‘it’s not over till its over’. Moya and Frank Birchall made a formidable duo until they came up against Kikue and Alain’s game. So glad that Raima found time to join in the fun, partnering Chris Rathbone and with Carolyn partnering Nigel Wallis, what a group!
The weather improved by the minute until we were bathed in warm sunshine. Indeed, one observer remarked ‘playing in this not forecast warmth, required our Vets to drink more than they’d come prepared with, noting frequent trips between rubbers to the clubhouse. Whilst another agreed there seemed more ‘comfort breaks’ than usual but was unconvinced it was just to fill water bottles! The event concluded mostly without incident and apart from the odd wayward ball there were smiles all round.
The result. Well, we had a tie with 5 rubbers won by each of two couples: Julie Hunter and Joe Mcgillivray, Carol Tinsley and Chris Docherty. Asked if they’d like to play a ‘final’ deciding match rubber, they couldn’t agree and without anyone else to advise, I elected on this occasion to tot up the games won and deduct the games lost as the fairest way to decide. When calculated, Carol and Chris with their several impressive 4-0 results, had a two games advantage over Julie and Joe. Gallantly complimenting his partner, Chris was overheard saying ‘Carol played so well:taking no prisoners’!
Thanks to all for playing. Happy days!
After some great performances from the team beating Pinewood, Neston and Wallasey Manor along the way, we now have made the the final. We play Birkenhead this Sunday 2pm at Birkenhead. We would be grateful for any support on what should be a great afternoon of tennis.
We have a few players missing, however we still go in with a strong lineup to give Birkenhead a great challenge.
Line up is;
Singles – Mike, Gabriel, Lucy and Claire
Doubles Ed & Guy, Liz mh & Penelope
Mixed doubles Craig & Liz s
Fingers crossed weather holds up.
Your reporter was Fiona Lalloo…..
Hoylake 4 v Pinewood 2 @ Wallasey Manor
I arrived at Wallasey Manor in the pouring rain to find members of our fourth team looking as if they had qualified for the Wallasey Wet T Shirt competition circa 1970. They had all arrived at the venue for a very early 8.15 start and started playing with rain coats on but it was warm and coats were too much. Moya Locke had arrived early (previously unheard of) at 8.03 having set two alarms! This reflected the dedication of those playing for the fourth team in both the play offs and throughout the season.
John O’C, Chris D, Alan L, Alain, Ann, Liz W, Carol T and Moya played valiantly on hard courts in the pouring rain against strong opposition. They gained some sets but Pinewood managed to win on the day and will move into the Wirral Fourth League next season at Hoylake’s expense.
The following email comes from theCheshire County Administrator….
There is such a lot going on in Cheshire at the moment that I thought I’d try to summarise everything in one email rather than bombard you!
1) Cheshire East v West Matches
As some of you are aware the Cheshire West v East U12 boys and U12 girls fixtures on Saturday 6th October are fast approaching.
Due to low numbers we will be holding additional trials for both the U12 boys and U12 girls teams.
The U12 boys trials are this Sunday 23rd September, 5.30-7pm at Hoole at Mickle Trafford Tennis Club. Please send any nominations through to Liam Shelbourne on 07816784294 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U12 girls trials are this Saturday 22nd September, 2-4pm at Hooton Tennis Club. Please send any nominations to Arron Woodward on 07712257414 or Arrontennis365@gmail.com.
The trials are free to attend and aimed at players who are looking to compete but haven’t represented Cheshire in this year’s county cup. The trials will be run as fun high tempo training sessions.
Bowdon LTC have asked if any club is interested in floodlights that they need no longer need. All of these have metal halide luminaires that were working as recently as March, but would probably need rewiring, PAT testing and the new users would benefit from fitting LED heads rather than metal halide.
All are designed to be stable with the very heavy metal halide fittings
There are 4 of the “folding type” which are 4m tall and 4 of the retractable type which are winch operated, I cannot remember the exact maximum extend height, but probably in excess of 4m. These units are VERY HEAVY and will require a machine & labour to move. (Platt Construction have moved them so far and could move them to requested site for a fee).
Photos of the floodlights are attached.
I know nothing more about these so please contact email@example.com for more information.
3) Social Media Workshop – Weds 26th September – it’s FREE!
In the last club survey, you asked for more help with social media as it’s so important to get it right. There is a FREE course available on Weds 26th Sept at Hoole LTC at Mickle Trafford, time is 6.30pm. Please book your place here
4) British Tennis Awards are now OPEN!
We know that there are some fantastic people involved in all aspects of tennis in Cheshire – so let’s celebrate them! Who works tirelessly for your club? Who has coached your team to great successes? Why not say “thank you” by nominating them for an award? The nomination process is really easy and takes hardly any time. Nominate in 1 of the 10 categories here but be quick as closing date is 26th October.
5) New Office
We are finally ready to move into the new county office at Hoole LTC, based in School Lane, Mickle Trafford CH2 4EF. Although there may be a bit of to-ing and fro-ing with boxes to unpack, we hope to be resident from next Tuesday 25 September. For the time being, please use the mobile number to contact me as there is a problem with the main landline.
HLTC members who have BTM numbers can expect to soon receive an email from the LTA inviting them to opt in now for the 2019 Wimbledon Ballot. It’s easy and it would be great if you took this opportunity to support the club. There is no commitment for you to eventually enter the club ballot for tickets which will be held in the spring.
Your reporter was Liz Stringer…
The day had arrived. The venue Wallasey Manor. Opponents Pinewood 1. Hoylake 2 were fighting to stay in the 2nd division. The weather was appalling but with 3 practices under their belt on hard courts at Alderley the 2nds were confident. First on court Jon Miller and Mace Abedin. A hard fought match which ended one set all (play-offs are 2 tie-break sets). Fiona Lalloo and Viv Pennell were next on court and were 5-2 up in the first set when Geoff Dewhurst came on court to point out that one of the Pinewood ladies was ineligible to play. This meant a win for Hoylake 2nd ladies pairing and the 4th mixed. So now it was 5-1 to Hoylake. Next up were Lucy Hamlett and Penny Ellice-Clark. Again, a good battle but the girls were pipped 2-0. Now 5-3 and all to play for. Next on court it was Ed McIntyre and Harry Ellice-Clark. But then disaster struck in the warm up. Harry, leaning over the net to pass the opponents the balls was catapulted to the ground when the net snapped! Saving himself from worse injuries with his right hand, he was left bleeding and shaken. Twenty minutes later he bravely went back on court but was struggling to hold his racket and after 4 games was forced to retire. A loss for 1st men’s and 2nd mixed. Now 7-5 Pinewood. So only 2 mixed pairings to play, 1st and 3rd. 3rd up first, Jon and Fiona, with a fantastic victory, only dropping 1 game, which could be important if sets were tied. 7-7 with the final rubber to play – 1st mixed, Ed and Lucy. A well fought 1st set went Pinewood’s way but Ed and Lucy stepped up their game to take the 2nd set. 8-8 in sets. A nail biting finish. The game score? 62-50 to Hoylake. A fantastic result, an eventful day and some amazing tennis played. Another year in division 2. Well done Hoylake 2 and thank you to all the supporters, particularly the 4th team who stayed to cheer on the 2nds despite being cold and wet.
Please note that the working party, scheduled for 29th September, has been postponed. We will let you know the rearranged date in due course.
Due to the success of last years event (no break ups). I am going to run the couples tournament next Saturday 22nd September at 3pm. Looking for couples to participate however if you want to form a relationship for a day then that’s also fine ?.
Maximum I will take is 16 couples, first to contact me.
If you could contact me via text to enter on 07739714764.
Many thanks, Craig
Tomorrow we unfortunately lie in the playoffs for our 2nd and 4th team to stay up in there respected divisions. Although we don’t want to be in this situation it should be a great day of tennis. I know that the club are rooting for them to do well. We wish all our players the best of luck. Any support would be most grateful. It’s held at Wallasey Manor this year with our 4th team kicking off at 8:30 and our 2nd team on around midday. Fingers crossed the weather holds up.
The following message came from the LTA North Regional Team…
I’m emailing as I hope your club members would be interested in playing the Quorn Family Cup – Yellow ball event.
It is taking place at David Lloyd Trafford, on 15 September, and entries are first come, first served – online. Closing date is 5 Sept: https://www.lta.org.uk/play-compete/competing/family-tennis-competitions/quorn-family-tennis-cup/#?open=Yellow%20Ball
The format is family doubles – one partner is aged between 10-18, and their partner is a family member aged 18 or over. The winners and runners up qualify for the national finals at the National Tennis Centre on 13/14 October.
It should be a great, fun, family event, with loads of prizes on offer, so please do encourage your members to enter – first come, first served!