A lovely sunny day for our Winter Handicap Doubles Finals. Well done to all the pairs who made it to the finals and congratulations to the eventual winners of each event, Ashley Eastwood & Tom Reader in the Mens Doubles, Chrissie Christou & Karen Clark in the Ladies Doubles and finally Dan Thrale & Tash Hilsum in the Mixed Doubles.
Congratulations to our club captain Steve Wynn who has received a Lifetime Achievement award from Essex Tennis. The award was presented by Essex President Richard Lehman at the Essex AGM. We nominated Steve in the Lifetime Achievement category of the LTA Awards scheme to mark thirty years as Westcliff Lawn’s Club Captain. In addition to this, Steve has been involved in various roles for Essex Tennis for almost twenty years, currently serving as Chairman of the Essex Competitions Committee. He has also run Southend & District tournaments for many years and this year will referee the Penzance Open Tournament for the 25th consecutive year. And of course Steve plays regularly for both club and county teams. Having been selected as county winner of the award, Steve’s nomination now goes forward to a regional shortlist, where a judging panel will choose regional winners who then go on to be considered for a national award. So very well done Steve, and good luck at the next stage!
A successful run of festive events in December including a Seasonal Drinks Night, Christmas crafting and cookery, plus some tennis when the weather permitted! Thanks to all those involved in organising events, in particular, Bill, Mark and Julian for the Seasonal Drinks, and Sheila, Tash, Andrea and Jaki for the crafting and cookery. Plus all those who came along to one or more of the events to join in the fun!
Bill Dixon officially “opened” our new floodlights and courts 9 & 10 prior to Ashley & Lisa’s Pie Night attended by 50 members. Steve thanked Bill and Mark once again for all their hard work on our latest refurbishment project. Many thanks as well to Ashley and Lisa for providing delicious pies for everyone, and to all those who supported the event and helped on the night.
This year we opted for a night at the tennis club with cocktails and canapés. Over 60 people attended and the club championship trophies were presented by club president, Bob Guthrie. Anthony Weingarten collected the Men Singles trophy as well as the Mens Doubles trophy with partner, Adam Groves.
Congratulations to our end of season American Tournament winners Nicola and Aaron who received the Beresford Marshall Memorial Trophy.
Congratulations to club member Dan Thrale who has won the National Police Mens Singles Championships 2019! Dan had to return the WLTC Mens Singles trophy last weekend after 7 years of success in the event came to an end but he promptly replaced the empty spot on his mantelpiece with this new trophy! A great achievement!
A sunny day for this year’s club finals and some excellent tennis! WLTC has a new Mens Singles champion in Anthony Weingarten who went on to win the Mens Doubles as well with partner Adam Groves. Cally Flinders also had a successful day with 3 out of 4 wins, whilst Gill Sanderson and Nick Spillett each won two titles. Well done to all the players, both winners and runners up.
Photos from finals day can be seen on our Facebook page (no account required to view).
Thanks to Steve for organising the tournaments and finals day, Wendy, Sandra and their team of helpers for providing refreshments all day, Mark for running the bar and Andy for taking photographs. Don’t forget the trophy presentation will take place at our Cocktails & Canapés Night on Saturday 19th October.
A successful week for club members at the Essex County Closed Championships which took place at the end of the summer holidays. Finals day wins for Adam Groves & Anthony Weingarten in the Boys 18 & Under Doubles, Aaron Hilsum in the Boys 14 & Under Singles and Doubles, and also George Ward in the Boys 12 & Under Consolation event. Well done to all our players and a special mention for Aaron who was chosen as the most improved 14 & Under player in the tournament.
The WLTC Summer Open Tournament saw some great tennis during the week with success for some club members. Dan Thrale was runner up in the Mens Open Singles, new members George and Freddy Ward came up against each other in the final of the 12 & Under Singles with George coming out on top, and then together they finished runners up in the Boys 14 & Under Doubles, and lastly Aaron Hilsum won the Mens Open Doubles. Many thanks to our tournament referees Lesley & Ian Pitt and Graham Boosey for organising another successful tournament. Thanks also to the other tournament committee members Bill Dixon, Mark Taylor and Wendy Thrale for their hard work, and to members who helped umpire matches for the younger age groups. Finally a very big thank you to Wendy Thrale and Sandra Taylor for their sterling work in the kitchen providing refreshments throughout the tournament. They were very grateful for the help given by Heather, Sheena, Sally, Debbie P, Christine, Claire and Celia during the week plus donations of delicious homemade cakes!