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NewsLetter Latest News from the Bristol & Bath Tennis Club No. 44 January 2005 HIT THE TARGET FOR BABE CHARITY WEEK 2005 This year’s Charity Week is dedicated to raising money for Babe’s Big Appeal to build a new children’s hospice in Wraxall, near Bristol. £6 million has been raised already, but £9 million is still needed to build, equip and endow it with initial running costs. The week, the brainchild of Alan Franklin, features a Tennis Challenge, which runs from Saturday January 15th through to the following Saturday 22nd, and culminates in a full evening of entertainment, including a grand play-off for the members with the highest number of points accumulated during the week, an exhibition doubles match with an unusual angle, a reception with wine and a delicious Spanish theme buffet. The Tennis Challenge for members is to score points during the course of a normal singles or doubles game in Challenge week, by hitting various targets on the court. A small donation to the appeal is made by participating Inside: players in each of these matches and will be deducted from members’ Boasters Weekend 2 accounts in the usual way. Players will compete in two handicap bands The Ponsford Plate 2 and the number of points awarded per target will depend on the player’s Rob Fahey comes handicap. to B&BTC 3 ....And, of course, points means prizes ..... 44-55 Handicap Links of London, who are the main sponsors of the event, have generously Singles 3 offered to present a watch to the winning players at the play-off on Fontainebleau 3 Saturday 22nd. We are grateful to East Fashions who are also sponsoring Match Results 3 the event. British Ladies Handicap Tournament 4 After the members’ play-off, the Professionals Challenge, sponsored by New Members 4 Dunhill, will feature Kevin King and Warren Sweet who take on Mark Taster Sessions 4 Coghlan and Mike Henman, using Challenge rules. CHARITY WEEK EVENTS Calling all Country Members! The Country Members Weekend is enjoyed every year Saturday 15th Tennis Challenge opens by visitors and natives alike. Masterminded by John Saturday 15th - Friday 21st Play as many Tennis Challenge Chawner, this year it will be held over the weekend of Matches as possible March 5th & 6th. As usual, there will be a full programme Friday 21st 10.00am - 5.00pm Cricket Pro-Am of matches, delicious meals and socialising. Saturday January 22nd If you are interested in playing please contact Kevin or 7.15pm Drinks reception 7.30pm Tennis Challenge play-offs Jim at the Club as soon as possible so that we can 7.45pm Professionals Challenge Match organise accommodation for those who would like it, 9.00pm Spanish theme buffet supper as well as the playing schedules and programme of 9.45pm Prize giving events. Please register each Challenge Match with Kevin or Jim. Some excerpts from last years report: Why not invite your friends along to the Charity Evening? ‘Lunch was astonishing’, ‘pudding was glorious’, ‘excellent Wine reception, finals, newly-covered balls were a treat to play with’, ‘fine short Professionals Challenge, buffet dinner, prize giving. Tickets speech’, ‘another glorious lunch’, ‘Champagne’.... £20 from the club. Page 1 B&BTC Tel: 0117 973 3444 Fax: 0117 974 3888 www.bbtennis.org.uk More... Bristol & Bath Tennis Club, Beggar Bush Playing Fields, Abbots Leigh Road, Bristol BS8 3QD THE PONSFORD PLATE We were particularly delighted to have Nick back in fine form to present his trophy. All the players enjoyed an excellent day; the few clear rules did not tax the brain and ensured that everyone had an equal share of the action. As in last year’s competition, at the service end the non-serving player had to remain worse than the last gallery and the stronger players of each couple served to each other. Kevin arranged the couples so that joint handicaps were closely matched and all matches were played off level. In the first box, Julian Hemming and Trish Morris won their three matches, with Judy Orme and Chris Kenber runners-up with two wins. In the second box, Karen Henty and Peter Jones also won all their matches, beating Sarah Bryan and Graham Veitch into second place. In the final, Julian and Trish put up a determined fight — an extra incentive for Julian being an impending babysitting deadline — and won the match 6-3, 6-1. This is Julian’s third Ponsford Plate win in four years, each with a different partner; perhaps he could be auctioned as a doubles partner during Charity Week? BOASTERS WEEKEND Ellie Beale writes: The annual Boasters' Weekend, organised by the Clifton Boasters Rackets Club, was held over the weekend of the 7th to 9th of January. About 40 players took part and were offered a veritable feast of rackets, real tennis and squash, in whatever combination they desired. Separate competitions were held for each of the three sports and a fiendishly clever timetable was arranged by John Newman and Sam Beale to ensure that all the games could be accommodated. Games on Friday evening and Saturday were organised on a box format, and Sunday's play was in the form of knock-out competitions for 'plate' and main events. On Saturday night, Steve Atkinson organised a very successful dinner in the 'Mauretania' in Park Street - the result of which was that one pair failed to wake up in time for their 9 o'clock match on Sunday morning! A succession of exciting games resulted in John Newman and Anthony Sandow beating Peter Ashmead and Charlie Colquhoun in the final of the Real Tennis Plate, and Sam Byron-Evans and Duncan Lidgitt beating Mark Hardinge and Dan Walker in the final of the Rackets Plate. Mark Swallow and his partner James Mallinson had to do a quick dash from their Rackets semi final, over the bridge to play in the Real Tennis final against David Jenkins and Nigel Harradine. David and Nigel started in fine style and were soon 5 - 2 up in an 8 game set. Then Mark and James got their act together and eventually fought back to 7 all. After some fantastic rallies and tremendous retrieving by all players, David and Nigel emerged victorious from the final game. David was also the winner in the squash competition, in which he was ably partnered by Simon Burns-Cox. The Rackets final was between Mike Henman and Reg Williams and Richard Clarke and Peter Atkinson. They played the best of 5 games, and the final score of 3 - 0 to Mike and Reg did not reflect the quality of play and the excitement of the games. All in all it was a very worthy final. Finally, the 'Triple Racket' prize, to the pair who achieved most points in a combination of all three sports, was won by Sam and John Beale, who won their box at Squash, and reached the semi finals of both the Rackets and the Real Tennis competitions. The whole event was surrounded by an atmosphere of good-sportsmanship which made it most enjoyable for players and spectators alike - and ensures that it will continue to be well supported. Page 2 B&BTC Tel: 0117 973 3444 Fax: 0117 974 3888 www.bbtennis.org.uk More... Bristol & Bath Tennis Club, Beggar Bush Playing Fields, Abbots Leigh Road, Bristol BS8 3QD Inter-Club Matches World No 1 at B&BTC ! October 31st Holyport (H) Brodie Cup Lost 1 - 4 Arrangements are well advanced Joe Morris, who was also match manager, was our only winner, for Rob Fahey, the World No 1, defeating John Garrett 6-4, 6-3. A good day was had by all. to hold coaching clinics at B&BTC R E S U LT S October 31st MCC (A) Lost 1 - 3 on February 28th and March 1st A fine match with three of the four contests going to three sets. this year. There are still a few Dan Butler and Peter Jones won their three-setter. places left and anyone who is in- December 4th Queen’ s Club (H) Won 5 - 0 terested should contact Kevin or Under Tricia Moffat’s clearly inspired management, B&BTC won Jim at the court. all five matches against Queen’s. On the evening of February December 11th Hyde (A) Lost 1 - 3 28th Rob will play an exhibition Tricia Moffat played first and had a very good match, which she match against Nick Wood who is won. Nicky McClure also played a fine match and had four match also well up in the world rankings. points but eventually lost, as did Gordon and Jim. This will be a unique opportunity to witness Real Tennis played at Night Pennants the very highest level on our own court and we hope to fill the The latest Wednesday series produced a decisive 5-1 victory for dedans, the side galleries and the Team 3: Barbara Coates, Sarah Sharp, Tim Thompson and Tricia upstairs viewing area with as Moffat (deputising for regular team member Chris Kenber). The next series is about to start, so if you haven’t done so already many spectators as possible. please enter without delay. Further details will be issued later. HANDICAP SINGLES 45 TO 55 FONTAINEBLEAU Twenty-one players took part in the Hand- There followed some dramatic retrieving Jon Starks, Guy Demetriadi, Joe icap Singles Competition for players with and defensive play and the score was Morris, Patrick Charrington and handicaps between 45 & 55 held over the again level at 3-all. In the deciding game KK had a very enjoyable trip to weekend of November 13th & 14th. of this four game set, Gren picked up a Fontainebleau on the weekend of Graham Stott, Harry Spur, John very fast low cross-court backhand and put Redmond, Gren James, Tricia Moffat and it into the dedans. On the next point November 6th and 7th, with An- Barbara Coates were the winners of the however, he put a shot into the net and so thony Scratchley their excellent preliminary boxes. lost the set 3-4. host. On Saturday, Jon won his Graham Stott wasn’t able to play in the After initially losing concentration in the singles match against Helen Hend- semi-finals and his place was taken by the second set, Gren won the long first game erson 6-3, 6-0; Guy had a three box runner-up Chris Pople. from 0-30 down and stormed through the set battle to win his match There was a clear winner in each of the second to 2-0. Harry recovered and fought against Rupert Donner 5-6, 6-3, semi-final boxes: Gren James and Harry back to 2-all, but it was soon 3-all. The Spurr each won both their matches to go deciding game was another long battle; at 6-5 and Patrick won his match 6- through to the final. 40-all Harry misjudged a shot of Gren’s, 4, 6-4. KK and Joe lost their The final itself was a thriller, with Harry leaving it to win the chase that gave Gren matches against Olivier Michel twice returning two balls successfully the second set. and Yves Carlie. On Sunday morn- Henman-style from behind his back, and The third set was also initially one of ing KK played and won a singles some very good chases being laid and quickly reversing fortunes: Harry took the match against Jon Hamer 6-4, 6-0 won. first game to love, Gren the second 40-15, With a 5 point difference, the handicap was Harry the next two. In the final game and the other four players played owe half 15, receive half 15 in Gren’s exhaustion was becoming a factor and friendly doubles games. The week- favour. Gren served a double fault at a crucial end was a great success and much In the opening game Harry coolly laid a moment; Harry sent an excellent shot enjoyed by the players. chase of better than 1 at 40-30 up and won along the wall to win a chase of three Ihe game with it. Gren won the second yards. game and in the third, Harry again laid two Congratulations to Harry on winning 4-3, chases better than one and took the game. 3-4, 4-1 and to Gren on only just losing. It The fourth game levelled the score at 2-all. was an exceptionally entertaining match. Page 3 B&BTC Tel: 0117 973 3444 Fax: 0117 974 3888 www.bbtennis.org.uk More... Bristol & Bath Tennis Club, Beggar Bush Playing Fields, Abbots Leigh Road, Bristol BS8 3QD The British Ladies' Handicap Singles & Doubles Tournament at Hardwick House & The Oratory School Ann Skelhorne writes: The British Ladies' Handicap Singles & Doubles Tournament was held at Hardwick House & The Oratory School over Halloween (no derisive comments needed - Joe Morris has already published a book of them!). This tournament was a huge success for all players - a weekend of great tennis and excellent humour. Judy Orme, Angela Reichardt and Ann Skelhorne nervously ventured into the Singles competition. The Hardwick court cut needed some getting used to, and alongside the superb playing of Juliette Lambert and Susan Castley Ann's demise was swiftly ensured. Judy met with the extra handicap of Gabrielle Smart having been in altitude training (it's amazing the depths some delve to find an original excuse for losing). Angela was the most successful of the trio, having actually won TWO of her games and had the honour of being second in her group. The doubles proved to be more promising for all. Angela reached the semi-finals of her competition with a convincing 6-2 win. Judy and Ann, having had the wealth of experience of A coaching session - some ob- servers even thought they knew what they were doing! (Thank you Kevin) - had a sound first round win and an amazingly unexpected second win over the top seeds, Freddy Adam and Susan Castley. Unfortunately, they were not aware of the nervousness of their Final opponents and allowed a 6-2 lead dissolve into a 9-6 loss. Both left Hardwick happy but bemused about what could have been... Fantastic hospitality and the wonderful opportunity to play on two very different courts makes this a bril- liant tournament -how about entering the next LRTA event - all abilities are made so welcome. Next time...? Ladies Taster Session Dates For Your Diary Following the positive response to our Sat 15th January CHARITY WEEK to Sat 22nd January Ladies' Taster Session last year, we are planning to hold another one in the Sun 23rd January All-comers Handicap Singles near future, possibly at the end of Sat 29th January Ladies Open Championship January or the beginning of February. (The Ron Brown Trophy) Fri-Sun 11th/13th February Ladies Handicap Championship If you know any ladies who might be Sat&Sun 19th/20th February All-Comers Handicap Doubles interested to have a go, please let Tournament Kevin know so that we can keep you Sun 27th February Under 18 Junior Championships informed of the arrangements. (The Beale Trophy) WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS ! A warm welcome to our new members: FULL MEMBERS: COUNTRY MEMBERS: Sarah Bryan has ended her trial membership and Anthony Barnes, Julia Davis, Ronnie Hicks, becomes a full member Mary Morris Toby Ingram Matthew Mann joins from Junior Membership JUNIORS MEMBERS: Danny Watkins Vicky Coombes, Louis Gordon, Edward Playfair, Arthur Radnall. TRIAL MEMBERSHIP: Mark Beese The NewsLetter Contributions or suggestions for future articles for publication are always welcome, and should be sent to the Editor - Trish Morris - by phone on 0117 9734966 or 07867 833476, or by e-mail to Trish.Morris@uk.fujitsu.com Copy may also be left at the Court. The closing date for copy for the next edition is 28th February 2005 Page 4 Issue No. 44 January 2005
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