At the recent Leigh & Westcliff Platinum Ball, trophies and certificates were presented to captains/players of our successful teams for the last three completed seasons. These included our Ladies 2 and Mixed 3 teams in Winter 2021/22, our Ladies 3, Mens 3 and Mixed 4 teams in Summer 2021, and our Ladies 2, 4 and 5 and Mens 1 teams in Winter 2019/20. In addition, our Mens 1 team received the trophy for the Summer Jubilee Knock Out Cup competition in Summer 2021. Well done to everyone in our teams!
Great to see some of our own junior members reaching the final stages of events at the Westcliff Lawn Half Term Junior Tournament. This was a three day Grade 4 open tournament with nine singles events for various ages. In the 8&U Mixed Singles event, Finn Fordham beat Beau Moore, both club members, in the final, whilst in the 18&U Boys Singles final, Freddy Ward came out top against brother George Ward. Well done to all our club members who took part, and thanks to Graham for refereeing the event and to those members who helped with organisation and providing refreshments for competitors and spectators. For details of future LTA open tournaments at Westcliff Lawn, please visit https://competitions.lta.org.uk/find?Q=westcliff…
What a turnout for this year’s Captain’s Day! About 65 members, family and friends came to the club at some point during the day to enjoy a BBQ lunch, social tennis in the afternoon and/or afternoon tea. Many were there for all three!! And in glorious sunshine! Many thanks to our club captain, Steve, for hosting the event, organising tennis with prizes for winners of every set played, and for providing a fabulous spread of cakes at tea time, washed down by prosecco! Thanks also to our BBQ chefs, Peter and Tim, assisted by Tim’s son Thomas, to Hazel for serving afternoon tea, and to Andy for manning the bar. A great way for us all to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Westcliff Lawn has held a first stage “Play Your Way To Wimbledon” tournament for our club junior members. The winners of the four events played now have the opportunity to compete in County or Regional finals to try for a place in the National finals to be played at Wimbledon later this summer. The 14&U Boys Singles was won by Callum Pettit with Thomas Cauchi runner up and the 14&U Girls Singles was won by Julia Davey with Thea Hawkins runner up. In the 18&U Boys Doubles, Freddy & George Ward were the winners beating Callum Pettit & Daniel Eldridge, whilst the 18&U Girls Doubles was won by Elodie Wainwright & Eleni Tryfonos who beat Julia & Rachel Davey. Well played everyone and good luck to all the winners at the next stage of the competition!
Great to see club members Freddy and George Ward benefiting from a doubles coaching session from Ken Skupski, current international player and doubles specialist. Ken visited Westcliff Lawn and spent 3 hours on court with the boys. Ken intends to continue coaching Freddy and George – exciting times ahead for the boys!
Another successful social event was held at the club this month – our French themed tennis and supper evening. Unfortunately no photos taken of those who came dressed for the occasion in blue, red and white, sorry! But some food photos instead – tartiflette and French apple tart. Thanks to all the chefs (Gill, Tom, Jane, Tash, Andy, Angela, Sheila, Andrea) and also those who helped Gill and Jane serve the food and wash up, plus our barman, Andy. Don’t forget to save the dates for forthcoming events: Thursday 2nd June Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday – Captain’s Day BBQ lunch, tennis and teas, Tuesday 21st June – evening tennis and food, and Saturday 9th July – summer evening event, details to follow soon.
During the Easter Holiday run of tournaments, club members Freddy and George Ward won the 16&U Grade 3 Boys Doubles at Gosling, and were runners up in a Mens Grade 3 Doubles event at Garons. Their success continued this month at the Grove Grade 3 Open Doubles Tournament when Freddy and George won the 16&U Boys Doubles. And most recently, they came out on top in the Play Your Way to Wimbledon (formerly Road to Wimbledon) 18&U Boys Doubles event held at the club which gives them the opportunity to compete in the Regional Finals in Cambridge in June to try to qualify for the National Finals at Wimbledon. Congratulations to both Freddy and George and good luck in the Regional Finals!
A great evening at the club to celebrate the completion of the new LED floodlights on courts 3, 4 and 5. We were joined by friends from Penzance Tennis Club – Birte, Des, Keith, Elaine, Helena and Joyce – plus Rod from Nottingham, who like many of our own members competes in the Penzance Open Tournament every summer. Social tennis on all the courts, the turning on of the lights by Mark and a wonderful Thai supper cooked by Ashley. A huge thank you to Bill and Mark for all their hard work masterminding our latest improvement project which now provides the club with 6 top class floodlit courts.
This new event proved popular with all ages enjoying their usual coaching sessions with an emphasis on fun and games plus the chance to try out the ball machine and test their serving speed. This was followed by Parent/Adult & Junior Doubles competitions split into 9 & Under and 10 & Over categories. Congratulations to our winning pairings of Duncan Taylor with daughter Amelia and Mark Eldridge with son Dan. Thanks to Graham and all the coaches and helpers, plus Mark Eldridge, Wendy Thrale and Linda Gaze for their hard work in the kitchen providing refreshments.