Reports covering the period 1 May 19 – 30 Apr 20
Ladies’ Double Tournament – Sunday 2nd June 2019
Sunday 2 June Ladies Doubles Tournament was held at the tennis club in bright, sunny conditions. Organised by Caroline Arkell, 8 ladies participated in 4 doubles teams in a round-robin, 1 set format. Each team was drawn out of a hat. Overall winners were Sally Hopkins and Rachel Danby winning all 3 sets 6-3, 6-1 and 6-2. The runners-up were Belynda Faulkner and Dawn Brown. Rachel showing how to strike the ball correctly! Nice posing ladies!
Men’s Singles Tournament – Sunday 2nd June 2019
Twelve men took part in the Singles Tournament on Sunday 2 June in the afternoon including last year’s winner, Alex Wasilewski. Players were seeded into 2 groups of 6 with each participant playing 5 rounds of 15 mins duration against each player in the group. Group winners were Phil Taylor, who won all 5 of his rubbers and Eddie Savin, who won 4 and drew 1.
The eventual winner should have been decided by a 1 set match between Phil and Eddie. Unfortunately rain interfered with play towards the end of the day so it was decided by mutual consent to award the trophy to Phil, seen here holding his trophy aloft in time-honoured fashion! Well done to all players for taking part in an enjoyable afternoon of competitive tennis and thanks to Simon Hossack for helping to run the event and play in lieu of an absentee!
American Doubles Tournament – Sunday 7th July
Thanks to Mark Wasilewski, our new Deputy Chairman, for organising an American Doubles Tournament and submitting the following report!
The crowds had taken all the car parking space for miles. Fun and unexpected mixed tennis partnerships were formed to entertain the gathering. But, despite the local soccer tournament blocking access and Andy and Serena’s entertaining performance at Wimbledon, the men and ladies of Thrapston & District Tennis Club gathered to try and make sense of the order of play for the American Tournament.
The weather was kind; warm and pleasant with a little need for sun cream, but not so stifling as to make 3 hours of tennis a chore. Mind you, the delicious cakes, chilled Prosecco and ripe strawberries and super thick double cream, were sufficient distractions and sustenance needed for those running around tennis courts.
The competition was fierce, but both Caroline’s lemon cake and Tigger’s orange cake were deemed worthy joint yummy winners, and so rang the bells of nearby St Clements (a bit of poetic license I’m afraid).
On the courts, the behaviour was most polite in most instances. Jim came closest to a stewards’ enquiry when throwing down his racket for the second time, but was saved by the stalwart defence of his now abandoned partner Judith. Alex gave her a gentle rally run around whilst Jim thought about reclaiming his racket from the nearby fence. He returned just in time to witness Judith relinquishing the point.
The match referee was called in to settle a dispute Judith had with herself about whether she should lose the point because the ball hit her foot first whilst standing a metre behind the baseline. Her partner (possibly Phil Taylor) suggested that rules such as that would not be enforced. Such insubordination can quickly lead to unrest and possibly unnecessary strife. So the Match Referee (Mark), acted swiftly, decisively and with the wisdom of Solomon (none of which until now had been seen in the organisation of the tournament), to declare Judith was right to think the point would be awarded against her.
It was good to see such a broad range of ages with teenies Will and Todd at one end of the age spectrum and with, errr, others at the other end.
In the first half of the draw, two players quickly stood out for the lead. Alex got off to a flyer with 13 games after just two rounds, three clear of Oliver. Round by round, though, Oliver clawed back this gap. The final round was his ‘rest round’ so he had an angst ridden watch from the veranda as the clubhouse leader on 29 points – at least he won’t have to cut his fingernails for another month or so.
On court, Alex was playing with Pauline against his sibling Todd partnered with Will. Getting three games would leave him tied with Oliver, not just on games, but wins and head to head. But unlike his serve, he managed to hold his nerve and sneaked a 4-3 win and with it the top of the final leader-board.
In the lower half (mainly female) the last round did not have Tigger involved, but she was a joint leader in the clubhouse with Judith, closely followed by Pauline. But Jane had a storming last round soaking up six points with Chris to leapfrog the tightly place pack to sneak a win. She had also managed to sneak off before either knowing this or collecting her prize – the downside, along with the washing up, of having dinner guests.
As Mark said, “It was a really well-run and, apart from the faults, an almost faultless event, with a great atmosphere, played in a generous and sporting spirit, and if I had not left them at home, great prizes.”
For the record, attendees were Caroline and Jim Arkell, Helen Thomas and Phil Taylor, Judith Wildman, Richard Male, Pauline Stamper, Will Pratt, Jane Welman, Oliver Love, Chris Bull and Tigger Wasilewska with offspring Alex and Todd – see picture below.
Veterans’ Trophy – Sunday 15th September 2019
Twenty ‘veterans’ took part in the Veterans’ Tournament, which was held in fine sunny weather on Sunday 15th September. Actually the combined ages of the pairs had to be 90 years or greater. As some of the participants were barely into their thirties, their partners had to be in their 60s to meet the threshold, and so several players were very much ‘senior citizens’!
In fact the oldest couple, at a combined age of 147, namely Keith Stockley and Chris Bull, won the prize for the best score when factoring age with games won – well done vets!
Organised into 2 leagues, each group of 5 pairs played round-robin doubles each lasting 25 minutes with points awarded for wins and draws and, in the event of draws, games won counting too. The 2 winning couples were Caroline Hossack with Mark Alewood and Peter Kirk with Simon Hossack. They then competed in the final match played as a set.
Congratulations to Peter and Simon for winning it 6-2 and being declared the overall winners.
There then followed a BBQ and social which was enjoyed by all those present.
Our thanks go to all the players who took part, to the ladies who provided refreshments and baked cakes and to our chef, David Weston for running the BBQ.
Our final thanks go to Martin Welsh for running the event and to his daughter, Cloe, for awarding one of the prizes. The Trophy is held to honour the memory of Martin’s father-in-law, Ferrers Le Mesurier, who played tennis at the club until his death at 85 almost 5 years ago.
League Results – Summer 2019
Northampton Lawn Tennis Summer League
Men’s Division 2 – Henry Spencer’s A Team – 6th
|2||Crick & West Haddon A||10||7||1||2||51||29||365||290||7||47|
|8||Corby TC C||10||4||1||5||35||45||329||353||4||35|
|11||Duston United C||10||0||2||8||21||59||274||427||0||21|
Men’s Division 4 – Simon Hossack’s B Team – 1st
|7||Duston United D||10||4||1||5||35||45||356||364||4||35|
|9||Crick & West Haddon B||10||3||1||6||32||48||343||378||3||32|
|10||Earls Barton B||10||1||0||9||23||57||283||418||1||23|
Mixed Division 2 – Hilary Baseley’s Team – 10th
|6||Duston United A||11||4||2||5||43||45||366||384||4||43|
East Northants Tennis League
Men’s Division 1 – Martin Welsh’s A Team – 4th
|1||Corby TC A||8||7||1||0||60||4||372||150||7||60|
|7||Corby TC B||8||2||1||5||19||45||208||323||2||19|
|8||Ferrers & Rushden A||8||1||0||7||14||50||180||338||1||14|
Men’s Division 2 – Jim Arkell’s B Team – 3rd
|8||Corby TC C||9||3||2||4||29||43||270||332||3||29|
|10||Ferrers & Rushden B||9||0||1||8||14||58||226||402||0||14|
Ladies’ Division 1 – Vanessa Taylor’s A Team – 2nd. Judith Wildman’s B team – 7th.
|1||Corby TC A||7||7||0||0||46||10||321||129||7||46|
|6||Corby TC B||7||2||1||4||23||33||213||252||2||23|
|8||Corby TC C||7||0||1||6||12||44||145||299||0||12|
Mixed Division 1 – Chris Hutchinson’s Team – 5th (so far!)
Source of info: MyDiv
Northampton Tennis League Awards Dinner – Summer 2019
It was a great evening for Thrapston Tennis Club at the Northampton Tennis League Awards Dinner held on Saturday 2 November 2019. If you remember last year, the Men’s A and B team picked up 4 Divisional titles between them and have now added a further 2 this year! The A team captained by Henry Spencer won the Winter Division Three title. The B team with Simon Hossack won the Summer Division Four title. Well done to all those who contributed to those successes!
However, the most rewarding award was Thrapston winning The Prentice Salver. This award is given to the club that is most conscientious in meeting league rules or in other words, to the ‘nicest’ club. This covers everything from registration to prompt inputting of results, accommodating other teams and not incurring the various penalties that the league can impose. Moreover, it recognises those teams that make its visitors most welcome. Thrapston teams have developed a reputation for providing unexpected and good hospitality – from homemade cakes, snacks, cheese and biscuits and, of course, the killer ingredient: Prosecco!
This award not only comes with a Silver Salver that is now on display, but also a cheque for £100 for the Club.
This is a tremendous reflection on the team players and in particular the team captains: Hilary Baseley of the Mixed Team and prone to providing cheese and biscuits in part because these are not allowed at home; Henry Spencer of the Men’s A team and never slow to reach for the bottle opener; and Simon Hossack of the Men’s B team who must be considering building his own snack and biscuit factory by now. It also reflects well on the Club’s administrators especially Keith Stockley and Jane Welman.
Although the Award was presented by the Northampton Tennis League, Thrapston’s reputation for hospitality extends to the captains of the East Northants League: Ladies’ A Team Vanessa Taylor; Ladies’ B Team Judith Wildman, Mixed Team Chris Hutchinson; Men’s A Team Martin Welsh and Men’s B Team Jim Arkell.
Inter-club competition is a great conduit for social interaction with tennis lovers beyond our own club and a great window on our own club and we are very proud of this award.
League Results – Winter 2019
Northampton Ladies Winter League – Division 1 – Hilary Baseley
Northampton Mens Winter League – Division 2 – Thrapston A – Henry Spencer
Northampton Mens Winter League – Division 5 – Thrapston B – Simon Hossack
Northampton Mixed Winter League – Division 1 – Hilary Baseley