Men Produce Excellent Contest

Men’s first team captain Richard Whaley and second team captain Mike Park were able to organise an inhouse friendly this morning and it was great for the chaps to be back on court in this competitive atmosphere. With teams mixed to produce an even looking affair on paper, this was an eagerly awaited clash. Unfortunately Rob Payne was a late withdrawal but thankfully mixed third team captain Tony Cutler stepped up and his late heroics were appreciated by all.

Whaley paired up with regular partner Adam Turner at seed one and they took on Mike and his son Ollie on court one. Plenty of big hitting and long rallies as the quartet all looked strong. Some breath-taking rallies and excellent finishes meant this was a high class rubber which Whaley and Turner just had the better of as they ran out 8-4 winners.

On court two Steve Jones and Jeremy Reddish teamed up for Whaley’s Warriors at seed two and they faced Parks Predators second pair of Andy Roberts and Tony Cutler. This was a baptism of fire for Tony but he held his own and with some fine serving and excellent spin , ensured Jones and Reddish would have to work hard for the points. With Roberts covering every inch of the court and hitting with pace and power, this was another hard fought battle which saw another 8-4 success.

Court three had Mike and Bradley Triffitt at seed three to help even up the squads and they faced giant Paul Godden and the improving Jonathan Tyler. Paul and Jonathan look a promising duo and with good team work and command of the court they provided fierce opposition. The Triffitt’s were relying on craft and guile although Brad was enjoying his hard hitting rallies whilst Mike was happy to dictate the pace and make his opponents guess every shot. At 6-3 down the match was threatening to get away from the Triffs but they fought back and with plenty of deuce games managed to close to eventually go down to a narrow 7-5 reverse which kept the overall score nice and close.

Round two began with the Parks facing Jones and Reddish and once again they were involved in a high quality contest. Steve was producing some exquisite efforts from out wide whilst Jeremy was enjoying his lovely looping back hand returns. Mike was a pillar of consistency whilst young Ollie produced the power and was extremely impressive at the net. This always looked a tight one and so it proved with little between the pairs. Finally it was Parks Predators who took the honours following a fine 5-7 victory.

Richard Whaley and Adam Turner had moved down to court three and would need to be in good form to contend with Godden and Tyler. Paul was booming the serves down and with Jonathan showing a lovely touch at the net the duo were playing very well indeed. However the top dogs are a tough nut to crack and with Adam also boosting an eye catching serve and Richard a handful around the court, they managed to run out 8-4 winners again.

On Court two Roberts and Cuter against The Triffitts promised to be very difficult to predict and it was no surprise this rubber was to last the longest of the round. It was neck and neck throughout with most games going to deuce and points having to be hard won. The Triffs spent many rallies defending against the aggression of Roberts but with Tony producing plenty of soft hands stuff close in it was hard work to gain any momentum. A draw would have been about right but with Brad finding his range with some lovely double handed backhand return cross court winners,  it helped them to a narrow 7-5 success.

So the Warriors held a 10 point advantage going in to the finale but Roberts and Cutler produced an incredible effort against Whaley and Turner which threatened a huge upset. They played some scintillating tennis to put the frighteners on the top pair and Richard and Adam had to dig very deep before finally just getting over the line 7-5. Steve and Jeremy continued their good morning as they produced their best against Paul and Jonathan. With great fitness and composure they played intelligent tennis to outwit their opponents who couldn’t quite breach the gulf despite a strong effort as the Warriors ran out 9-3 victors.

It was left to the Parks against the Triffitts on the show court to conclude proceedings and the Triffs made a good start to open up a 2-0 lead. This galvanised the Parkes who moved ahead 3-2 but there was never much between this quartet. Brad exchanged rallies against Mike and Ollie whilst Mike T produced some good net play and some softer returns to slow the pace. Mike T managed to hold serve at 5-6 to ensure honours were even after a long but enthralling rubber ended 6-6.

A nice morning in pleasant conditions saw the Warriors finally prevail 63-45 against the battling Predators but all agreed it had been a useful work out and a nice opportunity to play competitive tennis.

Victory for the Warriors but the Predators made them work ever so hard.

Some of those in action this morning stand for a social distance picture.

Social Tennis Sessions

Thank you for your continued support in keeping the club a safe and enjoyable place to play tennis.
We are now in a position to restart some of the Social Tennis sessions, in line with updated Government and LTA Guidance. The first session will be Sunday 2nd August. We will be doing this as a staged approach, to ensure we are able to run it safely.
All social tennis sessions will need to be pre-booked so we can control numbers and have data required for ’track & trace’. Spaces will be limited on all sessions.


Sessions available

All sessions will be organised by a member of the ACTC coaching team to help check players in, arrange matches and help promote social distancing. Those waiting to go on court must be respectful of existing social distancing guidelines. If it rains heavily, the session will be cancelled.
Sessions will be able to be booked a week in advance via Clubspark – you MUST pre-book in order to attend the session. Anyone not on the list maybe turned away, if the session is at capacity. Bookings can be done via the links above, 7 days in advance. Anyone who may struggle to book, please contact Mike Triffitt who will help you book your place. 


If you can no longer attend, please log into your ClubSpark account as soon as possible and cancel the session, so other members can book the place. 
Players are to access the club vis the big gates next to the river bank. 4 balls per court will be provided and a small hand sanitiser to be used between rounds. The clubhouse will remain closed other than for using the toilet. 
We will continue to monitor the demand for social tennis and also any feedback from members to try and keep expanding the social tennis programme.


Any questions, please get in touch


WCTC Committee

Mixed Doubles Draw

Group 1PlayedWonLostPoints
Jamie Perkins / Sue Perkins44012
Adam Turner / Lucy Wright43110
Harry Full / Jo Coverdale3125
Marc Bickers / Helen Robinson3033
Guy Wood / Angela Crossley2022
Adam Turner/Lucy Wright beat Guy Wood/Angela Crossley 6-3,6-2

Adam Turner / Lucy Wright beat Harry Full / Jo Coverdale 6-3,6-4

Jamie Perkins / Sue Perkins beat Guy Wood / Angela Crossley 6-4,6-3

Adam Turner / Lucy Wright beat Marc Bickers / Helen Robinson 7-6,6-7,10-5

Jamie Perkins / Sue Perkins beat Marc Bickers / Helen Robinson 6-2,6-2

Jamie Perkins / Sue Perkins beat Adam Turner / Lucy Wright 6-3,6-3

Harry Full / Jo Coverdale beat Marc Bickers / Helen Robinson 6-4,6-4

Jamie Perkins / Sue Perkins beat Harry Full / Jo Coverdale 6-3,6-4

Group 2PlayedWonLostPoints
Philip Longstaff / Yvonne Mannall3207
Richard Whaley / Lara Fawcett3107
Paul Hill / Rachel Hill3106
Tom Warburton / Emma Youlden3033
Richard Whaley / Lara Fawcett beat Tom Warburton / Emma Youlden 6-2,2-6,6-3

Paul Hill / Rachel Hill beat Tom Warburton / Emma Youlden 6-3,6-2

Philip Longstaff / Yvonne Mannall beat Paul Hill / Rachel Hill 7-5,4-6,6-3

Richard Whaley / Lara Fawcett v Paul Hill / Rachel Hill unable to arrange therefore match drawn and 2 points each .

Richard Whaley / Lara Fawcett v Philip Longstaff / Yvonne Mannall unable to arrange therefore match drawn and 2 points each .

Philip Longstaff / Yvonne Mannall beat Tom Warburton / Emma Youlden 6-2,6-3

Group 3PlayedWonLostPoints
Mick Abel / Clare Carvis3217
Richard Franks / Christina Plant3217
Nigel Williams / Louise Williams3135
Ollie Newsome / Sophie Newsome3125
Mick Abel / Clare Carvis beat Richard Franks / Christina Plant 7-5,5-7,11-9

Richard Franks / Christina Plant beat Nigel Williams / Louise Williams 6-7,6-4,11-9

Mick Abel / Clare Carvis beat Ollie Newsome / Sophie Newsome 5-7, 4-2, Retired

Richard Franks / Christina Plant beat Ollie Newsome / Sophie Newsome 6-4,7-5

Nigel Williams / Louise Williams beat Mick Abel / Clare Carvis 6-1,6-0

Ollie Newsome / Sophie Newsome beat Nigel Williams / Louise Williams 4-5, Retired

Group 4PlayedWonLostPoints
Bradley Triffitt / Sophie Hunt3309
Kevin Duckenfield / Dawn Steel3217
Matt Smyth / Debbie Vines3125
Tom Owen / Charlotte Todd3033
Bradley Triffitt / Sophie Hunt beat Matt Smyth / Sheila Duxbury 6-4,4-6,14-12

Matt Smyth / Debbie Vines beat Tom Owen / Charlotte Todd 6-4,6-2

Bradley Triffitt / Sophie Hunt beat Kevin Duckenfield / Dawn Steel 7-5,6-3

Bradley Triffitt / Sophie Hunt beat Tom Owen / Charlotte Todd 6-3,6-1

Kevin Duckenfield / Dawn Steel beat Tom Owen / Charlotte Todd 7-5,6-4

Kevin Duckenfield / Dawn Steel beat Matt Smyth / Debbie Vines Match conceded

Group 5PlayedWonLostPoints
Mike Triffitt / Louise Beasley3309
David Rhodes / Fiona Chantrey3125
Tony Cutler / Anne Lillywhite2114
Steve Crossley / Judith Crossley2022
Mike Triffitt / Louise Beasley beat Tony Cutler / Anne Lillywhite 6-1,6-1

Mike Triffitt / Louise Beasley beat David Rhodes / Fiona Chantrey 6-2,6-3

David Rhodes / Fiona Chantrey beat Steve Crossley / Judith Crossley 6-0,6-1

Tony Cutler / Anne Lillywhite beat David Rhodes / Fiona Chantrey 6-4,1-6,10-5

Mike Triffitt / Louise Beasley beat Steve Crossley / Judith Crossley 6-4,6-0

Group 6PlayedWonLostPoints
Tom Harrington / Clare Sutton44012
Brian Thomas / Ann Jones4217
David Beaumont / Bethany Colman3125
Peter Johnston / Suzanne Harte3116
Geoff Taylor / Rachel Woodward4044
Tom Harrington / Clare Sutton beat Brian Thomas / Ann Jones 4-6,7-6,10-7

Tom Harrington / Clare Sutton beat Peter Johnston / Suzanne Harte 6-1,6-3

Tom Harrington / Clare Sutton beat Geoff Taylor / Rachel Woodward 6-1,6-2

Peter Johnston / Suzanne Harte beat Geoff Taylor / Rachel Woodward 6-1,6-0

Tom Harrington / Clare Sutton beat David Beaumont / Bethany Colman 6-1,6-3

David Beaumont / Bethany Colman beat Geoff Taylor / Rachel Woodward 7-6,6-4

Brian Thomas / Ann Jones beat David Beaumont / Bethany Colman 6-1,6-1

Brian Thomas / Ann Jones beat Geoff Taylor / Rachel Woodward 6-0,6-1

Peter Johnston / Suzanne Harte drew with Brian Thomas / Ann Jones 6-3,0-6,3-3

In Group 1 the top two pairs will advance to the quarter finals. Groups 2-6 inclusive the winner of each section qualifies. The best runner up from Groups 2-5 inclusive will be the final quarter final seed. Each pair will therefore have a minimum of three matches whilst its four for those in groups 1 and 6. Each Quarter Final winner then advances to the semi final with two winners making the final. If there is a tie at the top of a group, the winner will be determined on head to head record. If still unresolved the highest number of sets gained will count followed by games won.  Each match is best of three sets with a championship tie break to ten played as set three. If players want to play a full final set that is fine if both agree and time allows.

If players can arrange their group matches themselves starting from week commencing June 22nd and text me the scores I will update the tables thanks. I will forward each player a list of their opponents contact details. Any questions contact Mike Triffitt on 07508 057744.

Group Playoff

Richard Franks / Christina Plant beat Kevin Duckenfield / Dawn Steel 6-4,6-4

Quarter Final Draw

Winner Group 1 Jamie Perkins / Sue Perkins beat Best Placed Runner Up Groups 2-5 Richard Franks / Christina Plant 6-0,6-1

Runner Up Group 1 Adam Turner / Lucy Wright beat Winner Group 4 Bradley Triffitt / Sophie Hunt 6-2,6-0

Winner Group 2 Philip Longstaff / Yvonne Mannall beat Winner Group 5 Mike Triffitt / Louise Beasley 6-1,7-6(8-6)

Winner Group 3 Mick Abel / Clare Carvis beat Winner Group 6 Tom Harrington / Clare Sutton 6-2,6-3

Semi Final Draw

Adam Turner / Lucy Wright beat Philip Longstaff / Yvonne Mannall 6-2,6-2

Jamie Perkins / Sue Perkins v Mick Abel / Clare Carvis

Final

Adam Turner / Lucy Wright v Jamie Perkins / Sue Perkins or Mick Abel / Clare Carvis

Mens Doubles Summer Tournament

The men’s doubles final took place on Wednesday evening September 16th and with conditions dry and fine the scene was set for an exciting contest between top seeds Richard Whaley and Adam Turner who entertained Andy Roberts and Richard Franks. There was plenty of big hitting on show and with serves booming down the quality was there for all to see. Andy was enjoying himself with plenty of success at the net whilst Richard Franks was defending manfully and covering every inch of court as always. Adam was using his tremendous forehand to good effect whilst Richard Whaley was content to unleash a plethora of weapons which kept his opponents guessing all game.

A close opening rubber saw Whaley and Turner take the set 6-3 and despite a valiant fightback in the second, the favourites were able to match that score running out 6-3,6-3 winners to lift the trophy.

A really exciting competition which was well supported and thanks to all who contributed this summer.

Group 1PlayedWonLostPoints
Adam Turner / Richard Whaley3309
Mike Park / Ollie Boyes Park3217
Tom Warburton / Josh Bayliss3125
Jeremy Reddish / Rob Payne3033
Adam Turner / Richard Whaley beat Mike Park / Ollie Boyes Park 6-3,6-4

Tom Warburton / Josh Bayliss beat Jeremy Reddish / Rob Payne 6-2,6-0

Adam Turner / Richard Whaley beat Tom Warburton / Josh Bayliss 7-6,4-6,10-2

Mike Park / Ollie Boyes Park beat Tom Warburton / Josh Bayliss 7-6,6-4

Adam Turner / Richard Whaley beat Jeremy Reddish / Rob Payne 6-2,6-0

Mike Park / Ollie Boyes Park beat Jeremy Reddish / Rob Payne 6-1,3-6,10-7

Group 2PlayedWonLostPoints
Richard Franks / Andy Roberts3309
Mike Abel / Marc Bickers3217
Philip Longstaff / Jonathan Tyler3125
Kevin Duckenfield / Steve Duckenfield3033
Richard Franks / Andy Roberts beat Kevin Duckenfield / Steve Duckenfield 6-1,6-3

Richard Franks / Andy Roberts beat Mike Abel / Marc Bickers 6-7,6-3,10-7

Richard Franks / Andy Roberts beat Philip Longstaff / Jonathan Tyler 6-1,7-5

Philip Longstaff / Jonathan Tyler beat Kevin Duckenfield / Steve Duckenfield 6-4,6-3

Mike Abel / Marc Bickers beat Kevin Duckenfield / Steve Duckenfield 6-3,6-4

Mike Abel / Marc Bickers beat Philip Longstaff / Jonathan Tyler 6-4,6-3

Group 3PlayedWonLostPoints
Mike Triffitt / Bradley Triffitt3309
Matt Smyth / Robin Mannall3217
Mike Wilkinson / Felix Evans3124
Mike Richards / Tony Lewis3033

Mike Triffitt / Bradley Triffitt beat Mike Wilkinson / Felix Evans 6-2,6-3

Mike Triffitt / Bradley Trifitt beat Matt Smyth / Robin Mannall 2-6,6-1,10-5

Matt Smyth / Robin Mannall beat Mike Wilkinson / Felix Evans 6-0,6-2

Mike Triffitt / Bradley Triffitt beat Mike Richards / Tony Lewis 6-2,7-5

Matt Smyth / Robin Mannall beat Mike Richards / Tony Lewis Retited

Mike Wilkinson / Felix Evans beat Mike Richards / Tony Lewis Retited

Group 4PlayedWonLostPoints
Lindsay Edgar / Dave Rowlands3309
Barry Johnson / Zak Watson3116
Tom March / Gabe Mead3125
Ben Gold / Jeremy Branton 3024
Barry Johnson / Zak Watson beat Tom March / Gabe Mead 6-1,6-1
Lindsay Edgar / Dave Rowlands beat Ben Gold / Jeremy Branton 4-6,6-1,6-1

Lindsay Edgar / Dave Rowlands beat Barry Johnson / Zak Watson 7-6,7-5

Lindsay Edgar / Dave Rowlands beat Tom March and Gabe Mead 6-0,6-3

Tom March / Bradley Triffitt beat Ben Gold / Jeremy Branton 6-3,1-6,7-6

Barry Johnson / Zak Watson took a draw with Ben Gold / Jeremy Branton – Two points each

Group 5PlayedWonLostPoints
Tony Cutler / Tom Harrington3309
David Rhodes / Art Page3217
Brian Thomas / Will Mawson3024
Stuart Robinson / Ollie Steel3024

David Rhodes / Art Page beat Brian Thomas / Will Mawson 6-3,6-2

Tony Cutler / Tom Harrington beat David Rhodes / Art Page 4-6,7-5,10-4

Tony Cutler / Tom Harrington beat Brian Thomas / Will Mawson 6-3,6-4

David Rhodes / Art Page beat Stuart Robinson / Ollie Steel 6-7,7-5,10-8

Tony Cutler / Tom Harrington beat Stuart Robinson / Ollie Steel 7-6,6-2

Brian Thomas / Will Mawson took a draw with Stuart Robinson / Ollie Steel

Each pair will have three group games with the winner of each section advancing to the Quarter Final along with the three best placed runners up. The winners of each Quarter advance to the Semi Final and those winners advance to the Final. If there is a tie at the top of a group, the winner will be determined on head to head record. If still unresolved the highest number of sets gained will count followed by games won. Each match is best of three sets with a championship tie break to ten played as set three. If players want to play a full final set that is fine if both agree and time allows.

If players can arrange their group matches themselves starting from week commencing June 22nd and text me the scores I will update the tables thanks. I will forward each player a list of their opponents contact details. Any questions contact Mike Triffitt on 07508 057744

Quarter Final Draw

Winner Group 1 Adam Turner / Richard Whaley beat Runner Up Group 3 Matt Smyth / Robin Mannall 6-1,6-2

Winner Group 2 Richard Franks / Andy Roberts beat Runner Up Group 1 Mike Park / Ollie Boyes Park 6-1,6-2

Winner Group 3 Mike Triffitt / Bradley Triffitt lost to Runner Up Group 2 Mike Abel / Marc Bickers 1-6,3-6

Winner Group 4 Lindsay Edgar / Dave Rowlands beat Winner Group 5 Tony Cutler / Tom Harrington 7-5,6-2

Semi Final Draw

Winner Group 1 Adam Turner / Richard Whaley beat Lindsay Edgar / Dave Rowlands 6-0,6-0

Richard Franks / Andy Roberts beat Mike Abel / Marc Bickers 6-2,6-4

Final

Adam Turner / Richard Whaley beat Richard Franks / Andy Roberts 6-3,6-3

Ladies Doubles Cup Event

The ladies doubles final took place this afternoon, Monday September 7th, with Yvonne Mannall and Rachel Hill taking on Angela Crossley and Emma Youlden. Angela and Emma had needed three sets on each occasion to win Group 2 whilst Rachel and Yvonne had been involved in a tough semi-final which also required three sets showing the strength of the ladies competition this summer.

The weather was overcast but dry as play commenced and this final promised to be very tight and competitive. The four are good friends off court but there was no quarter given on it as this battle was producing some terrific tennis and many hard fought winners. Angela was serving well and with a great backhand creating some lovely angels as well as some excellent defensive work. Emma is a relative newcomer and was catching the eye with her court coverage and big hitting from deep. There are few who hit as hard as Yvonne however and Rachels smart net play is well renowned too. Little between the pairs but the underdogs took the opener after a narrow 6-4 success as they threatened an upset. Yvonne began to pile the power on in the second however as she began to exploit the gaps and put Youlden and Crossley under pressure. With Rachel patrolling the net the pair showed why they are so lethal and levelled up matters following a 6-3 success.

Light drizzle was starting to fall as the final set began and conditions would prove more difficult. Emma and Angela continued to battle manfully and were certainly not waving the white flag. However Yvonne and Rachel used their wealth of experience to produce some clever and intelligent tennis as they started to take control. They punished any loose return and were extremely clinical. Showing no mercy they rattled off a 6-1 final set success to claim the title.

An exciting final indeed with some brilliant tennis to entertain the watching crowd. Thanks to everyone who helped make the ladies event such an exciting competition this season.

Congratulations to Yvonne and Rachel who ran out worthy winners after a tough clash picking up the shield along with their M & S biscuits.

A brilliant effort from Angela and Emma who did amazing to reach the final and made the favourites pull out all the stops to finally defeat them. Consolation M & S biscuits for them to enjoy!

Some good babysitting work from junior Bradley Triffitt kept young Charlotte happy whilst mum Angela was battling away on the show court!  

Group 1PlayedWonLostPoints
Rachel Hill / Yvonne Mannall2206
Trish Bell / Angie Bell2013
Lara Fawcett / Charlotte Todd2013
Rachel Hill / Yvonne Mannall beat Trish Bell / Angie Bell 6-0,6-2

Rachel Hill / Yvonne Mannall beat Lara Fawcett / Charlotte Todd 6-4,7-5

Trish Bell / Angie Bell v Lara Fawcett / Charlotte Todd – No date arranged match void 2 points each

Group 2PlayedWonLostPoints
Angela Crossley / Emma Youlden2206
Helen Robinson / Sue Perkins2114
Lucy Wright / Jo Coverdale2022
Angela Crossley / Emma Youlden beat Lucy Wright / Jo Coverdale 6-1,5-7,10-8

Angela Crossley / Ema Youlden beat Helen Robinson / Sue Perkins 6-3,2-6,10-6

Helen Robinson / Sue Perkins beat Lucy Wright / Jo Coverdale 6-4,6-2

Group 3PlayedWonLostPoints
Louise Beasley / Sophie Hunt2206
Fiona Chantrey / Anne Lillywhite2114
Gill Rowe / Carole Womersley2022
Louise Beasley / Sophie Hunt beat Fiona Chantrey / Anne Lillywhite 7-6, Retired

Louise Beasley / Sophie Hunt beat Gill Rowe / Carole Womersley beat 6-1,6-1

Fiona Chantrey / Anne Lillywhite beat Gill Rowe / Carole Womersley 6-1,6-0

Each pair will have two group games with the winner of each section advancing to the Semi Final along with the best placed runner up in all three groups. The winners of each Semi Final advance to the Final. If there is a tie at the top of a group, the winner will be determined on head to head record. If still unresolved the pair needing the least number of individual games will advance (for example a pair winning in two sets would beat a pair winning in three sets etc)  Each match is best of three sets with a championship tie break to ten played as set three. If players want to play a full final set that is fine if both agree and time allows.

If players can arrange their group matches themselves starting from week commencing June 22nd and text me the scores I will update the tables thanks. I will forward each player a list of their opponents contact details. Any questions contact Mike Triffitt on 07508 057744

Semi Final Draw

Winner Group One Rachel Hill / Yvonne Mannall beat Best placed runner up Helen Robinson / Sue Perkins 6-7,6-2,6-4

Winner Group 2 Angela Crossley / Emma Youlden beat Group 3 Winner Louise Beasley / Sophie Hunt 6-1,6-0

Final

Rachel Hill / Yvonne Mannall beat Angela Crossley / Emma Youlden 4-6,6-3,6-1

Mens, Ladies And Mixed Doubles Competitions

With the continued success of the singles tournaments we now plan to run events surrounding doubles with Men’s, Ladies and Mixed competitions next. In a change from the normal end of season events, where partners are allocated, we are asking members to organise their own partners for these three competitions. People often enjoy teaming up with friends and family and this provides the perfect opportunity. Don’t worry we will still accept entries from those without partners and I will allocate . It is hoped we can copy the successful group system employed in the singles and this again guarantees three matches at this stage.

So once again in the first instance WhatsApp or text Michael Triffitt direct on 07508 057744 with your pairing or individual entry and I will send details of each event in due course thanks.

Tennis Subscription Renewal Notice

At the start of lockdown in March the WCLTC committee advised all members that we would be suspending the subscription renewal until the end of June. With restrictions on the playing of tennis recently eased we are now asking members to pay a reduced subscription rate to cover the remaining 9 month period July 1st 2020 until March 31st 2021.

Taking into account the loss of team tennis, access to Wimbledon tickets and certain Covid-19 restrictions on play the committee has agreed that the revised rate will be 50% of the full year subscription. We sincerely hope that you will continue to support the club throughout this year by renewing your membership using the link below.

https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/WetherbyCastlegarthLTC/Membership/Join

Financially, this decision will leave the club able to meet all of its expenditure requirements for the forthcoming year due to the support we have received locally and from the LTA. In addition we are also pleased to welcome many new members that have taken advantage of our free April-June membership offer. We hope that you have enjoyed playing tennis at Wetherby and will take up full membership for the remainder of the year. If you are part of a household or family our group membership packages offer further discounted rates.

For anyone who is unable to rejoin immediately due to shielding or financial constraints please do feel free to contact the club later in the year when we will be able to offer a reduced renewal rate and get you back on court.

UPDATED RULES FOR RESTRICTED PLAY AT WETHERBY CASTLEGARTH TENNIS CLUB

Many thanks to all members who have respected the restrictions the Club has currently been operating under. Your compliance is appreciated, and reflects well on our Club to those in the community who monitor our compliance.

The Wetherby Castlegarth Tennis Club (WCTC) Committee have reviewed the Government statements (Thursday 28th May) and the subsequent updated LTA guidance of a safe return to restricted tennis play issued today 31st May 2020, and we are content to consequently update our rules for play from 1st June 2020. Members will continue to play at their at their own risk, and with the easing of restrictions for play, comes the members responsibility for adhering to the Government/LTA advice and the WCTC rules for play.

As a reminder, only members (not visitors sorry at this stage) who have pre-booked a court online, are allowed to play currently. As previously, do not leave your home to play tennis if Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has, or has had, symptoms of COVID-19.

Both singles and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible. This means that four people from different households can now play doubles. You may consider agreeing in advance which player takes the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court.

For the foreseeable future the Clubhouse will remain closed to all members and coaches. This will remain under review and we will update members as soon as this changes. This will mean that the use of floodlights will continue to not be available at this point. There will consequently be no toilets available for use at this time. Please continue to plan and prepare accordingly.

Players should wash their hands with Soap and Water for at least 20 secs before leaving home to go to the Club, and need to bring and use their own hand gel to clean their hands after touching shared surfaces.

Players should not share equipment/food/drink. Players are no longer required to identify and use their own tennis balls clearly marked with their own initials unless they wish to, however if you choose to use shared balls, please take extra care to avoid touching your face during play, and clean your hands immediately before and after play with alcohol gel. If you share equipment (e.g. racquets), please thoroughly clean before and after use. Also use alcohol gel after touching any court gates, fences, benches etc and avoid doing so where possible.

A one-way system will be maintained for court access to minimise individuals coming into contact, and the online booking system has been amended to stagger court times and introduce a 15minute changeover time. Please only book complete one hour sessions to be considerate to other members and avoid changeover contact.

The Club will continue to endeavour to provide additional hand sanitisation stations to supplement (not replace) the individuals provision at the entry/exit to the Club. This is not a substitute for individuals needing to provide their own hand sanitising supply. Some players may consider the use of gloves to and from the tennis court to minimise risk.

Please ensure that you leave the court before the end of your allotted time so that it is empty for the next players.

During play, members should remain at least two metres away from other players at all times and either avoid changing ends or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net. Players should avoid chasing down balls onto another court if other players are using it. If using your own individually marked tennis balls, use a racquet or foot to return them to your opponent as you would tennis balls to other players on another court. LTA Players Guidance can be found via https://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/news/2020/lta-guidance-for-tennis-players—covid-19.pdf

The first member to open the Club should leave the gate open and sanitise their hands subsequently, and the last person should pull the gate behind themselves and sanitise their hands immediately.

The numbers of members who can be coached at one time is under review. The max number under LTA guidelines is 6 people, however the implications at WCTC are yet to be decided. New coaching protocols have been put in place by Angela Crossley and her team. Please contact Angela if you have specific questions or an interest in booking lessons. https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/AngelaCrossleyCoaching/News/c635beb1-991d-4906-85b9-222fd9fc3250

Do not congregate after playing. Benches are not available to members at this time.

The First Aid Box will remain in the Clubhouse for genuine emergencies, where an accident will be recorded in the Accident book.

If a member has played at WCTC and develops symptoms of COVID-19, you must follow the HMG guidelines on ‘test and trace’ on the gov.uk website.

As stated you must be a member to play. Currently all 2019-20 members have had their membership rolled over until the end of June for free. This is a good time for members to encourage family members to try tennis – as new membership will also be free until the end of June – but you must have applied through our website https://wetherbytennis.org.uk/membership/

Please continue to stick to the Club’s Car Parking protocols, where members can only park in our designated spaces during office hours. Please walk or cycle if you can to minimise this issue.

The Committee will continue to do our best to react to HMG/NHS/LTA advice as it becomes available, whether to tighten, or indeed further ease the current restrictions.

Thanks for your patience, discipline and compliance in playing within the above practices.

Please enjoy your tennis safely.

Regards

Steve Jones
Chairman,

on behalf of WCTC Committee

Wetherby Castlegarth LTC

Ladies Singles Summer Event

A big thanks to Charlotte Todd and Lucy Wright who played out an entertaining and hard fought Ladies singles final on Bank Holiday Monday which proved a real war of attrition. With the sun beating down conditions were lung busting for both players yet they gave everything in this two hour battle. Charlotte made a strong start and was never headed in the opener. She served well and using space, exploited gaps to keep Lucy on the run and having to defend far more than she would have hoped. However at 5-2 Lucy mounted a comeback and taking two games put pressure on her opponent. However Charlotte stood firm to take the set 6-4 .

It was important Wright took the initiative in the second but Todd was proving ever so consistent and playing some cracking tennis. She went 3-1 then 4-2 ahead and was sensing the finishing line. Although both ladies were having to cope with an ever increasing heat they certainly were not stopping and many rallies were incredibly long . Charlotte managed to produce some nice short winners and with her backhand strong she was creeping closer to glory. Lucy closed once more but despite saving one match point wasn’t able to deny Charlotte the crown as she served out for a 6-4,6-3 success.

Both finalists deserve great credit and can enjoy the biscuits with Charlotte already having a space allocated for the trophy on her sideboard I imagine!.

Good luck to Lucy in her mixed doubles semi-final where she will be looking to secure another final appearance and thanks to all who took part in the ladies singles this summer.

Group 1PlayedWonLostPoints
Lucy Wright3309
Suzanne Harte3217
Iris Greaney3125
Rachel Woodward3033
Suzanne Harte beat Iris Greaney 6-4,6-1
Suzanne Harte beat Rachel Woodward 6-0,6-0
Lucy Wright beat Suzanne Harte 6-0,6-1
Lucy Wright beat Rachel Woodward 6-0,6-0

Iris Geaney beat Rachel Woodward 6-1,7-5

Lucy Wright beat Iris Greaney 6-1,6-1

Group 2PlayedWonLostPoints
Charlotte Todd3309
Anne Lillywhite3217
Sophie Hunt3125
Judith Crossley3033
Sophie Hunt beat Judith Crossley 6-2,6-3
Charlotte Todd beat Sophie Hunt 6-1,7-6
Charlotte Todd beat Anne Lillywhite 6-1,6-3
Charlotte Todd beat Judith Crossley 6-0,6-0
Anne Lillywhite beat Judith Crossley default

Anne Lillywhite beat Sophie Hunt 6-3,6-1

Each player will have three group games with the winner and runner up of each section advancing to the Semi Final. The winners of each Semi Final advance to the Final. If there is a tie at the top of a group, the winner will be determined on head to head record. If still unresolved the player needing the least number of individual games will advance (for example a player winning in two sets would beat a player winning in three sets etc)  Each match is best of three sets with a championship tie break to ten played as set three. If players want to play a full final set that is fine if both agree. (The fitter ones amongst us perhaps!)

If players can arrange their group matches themselves and text me the scores I will update the tables thanks. I will forward each player a list of their opponents contact details shortly. I would suggest booking two hours for each match which will require reserving consecutive slots via the court booking system . Usual restrictions still apply so no spectators at present sorry. Any questions contact Mike Triffitt on 07508 057744

Semi Final Draw

Winner Group 1 Lucy Wright beat Runner up Group 2 Anne Lillywhite 6-1,6-2

Winner Group 2 Charlotte Todd beat Runner up Group 1 Suzanne Harte 6-2,6-2

Final

Charlotte Todd beat Lucy Wright 6-4,6-3