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Herefordshire and Worcestershire League Match Reports
June/July 2018

Please find below some of the latest match reports that have been sent in. We are aiming to keep this page updated as much as possible.

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Bromsgrove Tennis Club

Bromsgrove teams battled the hot weather to bring off some great wins and put the heat on the leaders in their divisions.

In Division 3 the Men’s B team hosted Ross on Wye A team. The match opened with a tight battle between the No 1 pairs which Ross just edged against Phil Boardman and Ash Rutter, but elsewhere    Bromsgrove took two wins as 2nd and 3rd pairs Matt Smith with Jeth Tomlinson and Voitek Niedzwiedz with George Rogers won. Rogers and Niedzwiedz claiming it in a thrilling final set tie break, The second round was a triumph for Bromsgrove as they won all 3 rubbers, with Smith and Tomlinson pulling off a great win against the Ross 1st pair to give Bromsgrove a 5-1 win and lift them right up the table to challenge the leaders.

At the other end of the divisions the Men’s G team played the former table toppers Stourport C in division 10E. Veterans Mel McGregor with Alan Colley were the heroes, beating much younger opposition with a great display of tactics and experience. Opening with a tight 7-6, 7-6 win over the Stourport 1st pair they finished off with a great 3 set victory when it looked like an injury to Colley was turning the rubber against them. Elsewhere Stuart Roney with Joe Finn pulled off their first ever win after losing their opening rubber and Martin German with Craig Horton had a win and a loss to give Bromsgrove a 4-2 victory.

Not to be outdone the Ladies E took a maximum point 6-0 win away from their trip to play Bewdley E in division 8E. Again it looked like it was going to be tight as Bromsgrove 1st pair of Sue Corfield with Isabelle Bracknall opened with a tough battle against their opposite number. After two up and down sets they stormed back to take the deciding 3rd set 6-1. They then won the second rubber comfortably. At 2nd pair Di Horton with Claire Hancock pulled off a great double, including beating the Bewdley 1st pair in two sets. At 3rd pair Claire Andrews with Clare Nisbett put in strong performances to win both rubbers in 2 sets. Again this puts them in a great position to challenge the division leaders.

The only reversal came as the Men’s D team went down 2-4 to a strong Pershore B team. John Dudek with Dan Andrews opened losing to the Pershore 1st pair before beating the 2nd pair in two sets. At 2nd pair Jack Walters with Trevor Errington opened with a 2 set win before going down in a close final set tie break after a long tough battle against the Pershore 1st’s. Playing up from the F squad due to player unavailability Mark Wilson with Brian Barton put in a good performance despite losing both.

 

Bromsgrove Ladies hit rivals for 6!

The much anticipated Division 1 meeting of Bromsgrove Ladies A and David Lloyd Bromsgrove A saw Bromsgrove Ladies cruise to a 6-0 victory.

David Lloyd weren’t helped by being a pair short, but the Bromsgrove team were unforgiving as they claimed maximum points. With the pair missing only the Bromsgrove 1st pair of Rachael Mack with Imogen Sinclair played 2 rubbers. They won both in an impressive display losing only 5 games in the 4 sets it took to seal victory in both.

Sally Franks with Tina Manning also won in 2 sets. Hannah Weston with Katherine Smedley had a tough start. Coming in cold against the David Lloyd 1st pair of Claire Dunlop with Wendy Goodhill who had already played they lost the first set 0-6 before fighting back to win the next two 6-4, 6-3 to ensure a clean sweep for Bromsgrove.

Bromsgrove A

Pic L to R: Rachael Mack, Tina Manning, Katherine Smedley, Sally Franks, Hannah Western, Imogen Sinclair

Following on from their 6-0 victory over Hallow C, the men’s F team came unstuck in a tight battle against Worcester G in a tight division 9E match. Despite forcing a number of rubbers to 3 sets they found it difficult to convert these to wins. In the 2-4 defeat the positive for Bromsgrove was the way juniors Lucas Pye with Owen Perry played. They showed real maturity in their matches and some high levels of skill to claim points for Bromsgrove.

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

It was three wins out of three for Goodrich ladies last week when all three teams were in action. 

First up were the 'B'ashers playing away to Wellington on Wednesday evening, and the team consisting of Kirsten Mathews and Wendy Jenkins as first pair, and Carolyn Riddell and Karen Hawley playing as second pair won 3 out of the 4 rubbers keeping them in top spot of Division 6 in the H & W Summer League.  They have one more match to play which is away to Leominster B on Monday, 30th July.

The Goodrich 'B'ashers team were pleased and delighted to be able to support and promote The Simon Cooper Foundation in conjunction with FASTSIGNS.

This summer FASTSIGNS Goes the Extra Mile, raising funds for The Simon Cooper Foundation supporting specialist medical care providers and hospices associated with Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis and life limiting conditions.  Find out more about the Simon Cooper Foundation: https://simoncooperfoundation.org.uk

You can donate online at: https://uk.virginmoney-giving.com/Team/FASTSIGNS

Goodrich Ladies B

 

Next up were the 'C'hasers playing the following evening away to Ledbury C where they recorded their best win of the season so far.  The strong pairing of Katie Hunt and Kayla Coopey saw them win both their rubbers in straight sets, and Karen Hawley and Debbie Trigg won their first rubber but dropped the second, but even a flat tyre on the journey home could not deflate their spirits, as they have moved up to two places in the division and are looking to improve on this.  

goodrich ladies x



Finally it was the turn of the 'A'ttitudes to round off a very successful week and they did this in fine style at home to Manor Park 'B' on a very hot Saturday afternoon when even the spectators were called into action keeping the players replenished with cold drinks. 

First pair Rachael Wintle and Cath Hutchinson won both their rubbers in straight sets, giving each other plenty of vocal encouragement when required.  Second pair Jill Brown and Kirsten Ainsworth got off to a slow start in their first rubber, losing the first set, but turned this around to win the next two. 

Their second rubber was also a long drawn out affair, again a three setter, and going to the wire with two tie-breaks, but with plenty of support from the pavilion they managed to come out on top.  Last but not least, third pair Kim Martin and Steph Howell were very business-like in their approach to their two rubbers taking into consideration the heat so the less time spent on court the better, which they did in fine style, dropping only 6 games in total over the two rubbers. 

This has moved the 'A'ttitudes up to fourth place after 5 matches in Division 3, and they will be looking to pick up more points when they take on Stourbridge C on the 14th July at Goodrich.

  Goodrich A

 

Bromsgrove Tennis Club

A top of the table clash in division 9E saw leaders Bromsgrove E take on 2nd placed Wall Heath C.

The start time was brought forward so nobody missed the EnglandvPanama match, and Bromsgrove surpassed England winning 6-0 for a great maximum point victory to open up a big lead at the top.

Youngsters Charlie Tait and Ethan Oakes playing at first pair led the way with a great display of determination and skill. Losing their opening set to the opposition 1st pair they steadied themselves to fight back and take a well deserved win in 3 sets. They then had a comfortable 2 set win over the 2nd pair.

Josh Baldwick with 12 year old Harley Jones played 2nd pair for Bromsgrove and opened with a solid 2 set win. They then faced Wall Heath’s first pair and another tough rubber was fought out with Bromsgrove just taking it in a tie break in the 3rd set.
 Finally captain Rob Kindon with Paul Douglas also had a slow start, losing their opening set, before coming back strongly to win the next 2 sets 6-3, 6-1. They then went onto a straightforward 2 set win over their opposite 3rd pair.

Captain Kindon was really impressed by the fighting spirit of the team ‘To win all the tough 3 set battles, particularly as we were behind in two of them is a testimony to the fighting spirit of the team. We knew it would be hard as Wall Heath have had some good results, and to win 6-0 is fantastic and gives us a great opportunity of promotion and taking the division title.’

 

Bromsgrove Tennis Club

A trio of victories for Bromsgrove followed some great fightbacks by Bromsgrove pairs.

Playing Blakedown in division 8E the Ladies E team first pair of Claire Hancock with Di Horton started slowly going 0-5 down in their first set. A gritty performance saw them gradually take control before coming back to win the opening set and then the second to earn a great opening win. Following this up with a  2 set victory in the next rubber it was a great double for them.. They were well supported by Sue Corfield with Bella Bracknall who also won both their rubbers comfortably in 2 sets. New pairing of Sue Murray with Annabelle Whitmore had an encouraging start winning a rubber but losing the other, giving Bromsgrove a 5-1 win

In division 6E the Men’s D team took on Hallow B. This time it was John Dudek with Dave Brace who turned a 1-5 deficit in their opening set to a 7-5 win and then won the second to take victory. They then faced a long battle before running out winners in 3 sets to get their second vital win. At first pair Brian Taylor with Trevor Errington had a tough opening contest against the Hallow 1st pair but won in 3 sets, taking the final set 6-2. They then beat the Hallow 2nd pair in 2 sets. The new pairing of Dan Andrews with Tom Round opened with a good 2 set win, but went down against the Hallow 1st pair. The 5-1 win lifts Bromsgrove into second place in the table.

The victory against Fladbury for the Men’s E team lifted them to top spot in division 9E. Two strong performances by Charlie Tait with Isaac Bridge gave Bromsgrove the edge in a tight contest. The pairs of Mark Wilson with Mark Hudson and Barry Ross with Rob Kindon each won a rubber, to give Bromsgrove a 4-2 win. With Hudson and Ross both stepping up from a lower teams captain Kindon was delighted with the result.

Goodrich Tennis Club

On Sunday, 17th June, with the wind swirling around and the threat of rain in the air, Goodrich ladies Cath Hutchinson and Rachael Wintle played their final match in the H & W Team Tennis tournament, at home to David Lloyd Bromsgrove. 

In the singles match Rachael challenged hard but eventually went down 5-7/0-6, and the other singles match followed a similar pattern with Cath losing 4-6 / 1-6. 

Pairing up for the doubles match, Cath and Rachael again put in a good performance but were unable to get the upper hand and the Bromsgrove ladies took the two sets, 6-4/6-1. 

The Goodrich ladies can now concentrate on their next league match against Manor Park 'B' in Division 3 of the H & W Summer League which is at 2.00 p.m. on Saturday, 30th June at Goodrich. 

 

Bromsgrove Tennis Club

It’s been a good week for Bromsgrove teams in the Hereford and Worcs. leagues. In Ladies division 1 the A team had a real battle against Worcester A. Rachael Mack with Imogen Sinclair pulled off two great victories against the Worcester 1st and 2nd pairs, including a tense 7-5 final set win. At 2nd pair for Bromsgrove Sally Franks with Tina Manning beat their opposite pair to give Bromsgrove the vital third rubber. However with the Bromsgrove 3rd pair just edged out in their matches the final result was 3-3. The countback to decide the winner was nerve wracking for all players and it ended up 7-7 in sets and 67-67 in games -a rare tied match.

Another close match saw Bromsgrove Ladies D team take a narrow win against David Lloyd Worcester C in division 7E. The heroes for Bromsgrove were Claire Hancock with Di Horton. Stepping up from the E team they beat both their opposite 3rd and 2nd pairs in two sets. At 1st pair Lesley Hodson with Ros Cooke lost their opener but came back with a strong win in their second rubber. With Yvonne Priestman and Sarah Davies struggling in both contests the final score was again 3-3 but this time the countback went Bromsgrove’s way and they took the win bonus points.

Bromsgrove Ladies D

L-r Lesley Hodson, Claire Hancock, Di Horton, Yvonne Priestman and Sarah Davies. Ros Cooke missing

Wednesday evening saw both the Men’s C and E teams in action. Unavailability of several players meant some new pairings were tried out by the C team against Droitwich C in their division 5E contest. A match of hard fought battles saw the Bromsgrove pairs of Ian Pidgen with Phil Boardman, Max Feltham with Des Brown and John Dudek with Pete Morris each win one rubber. It looked like Bromsgrove were going to snatch victory until an injury to Brown meant a 0-6 loss in their final set. So again with a rubber score of 3-3 Droitwich took the win on sets won.

It was more clear cut for Bromsgrove E who beat Hallow C 5-1 in division 9E. It was always going to be hard for Hallow as they arrived a pair short. Justin Kai with Fabrice Vinson and Charlie Tait with Cameron Owen both won their only rubbers whilst Rob Kindon with Paul Douglas won one and lost one of the two they played. The result lifts Bromsgrove into the promotion spots, with a match in hand over the leaders who are just ahead.

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

On Sunday, 3rd June, with temperatures exceeding 25oC, Goodrich Ladies 'B'ashers, currently top of Division 6 in the H & W Summer League, played host to Boughton Park Ladies, in second place.  'B'ashers knew they were going to have to be on top of their game if they wanted to retain top spot, and first pair, Wendy Jenkins and Kirsten Mathews, got off to a flying start against the Boughton Park first pair, winning the first set 6-1, followed by a tight second set which went to a tie-break, with Wendy and Kirsten taking it in confident style.  They also won their second rubber, 6-0 / 6-3, whereby they retired to the pavilion for some well earned shade and liquid refreshments.

Once again Goodrich 'B'ashers second pair, Carolyn Riddell and Sue Harley, who seem to prefer to spend as much time as possible on court, got off to a good start in their first rubber against the Boughton Park second pair taking the first set 7-5, but let the second set slip away from them, 4-6.  Level pegging at one set each, both pairs were eager to win the third deciding set which went to a tie-break and the way of Boughton Park.  After a quick drink, Carolyn and Sue were back on court for their second rubber against the opposition's first pair, and took a little while to adjust to the faster pace they generated and saw the set get away from them 1-6.  Refocusing, the 'B'ashers pair were then able to take the second set to a tie-break, and with some vocal encouragement from Wendy and Kirsten, they won it.   All square once again and points to be had, Carolyn and Sue put in a tremendous performance but it was not enough to win the final set, losing 6-7.  However due to them picking up the extra set in each of their rubbers it was Goodrich who got the winning draw. 

The 'B'ashers next match is away to Wellington on the evening of Wednesday, 27th June

goodrich tennis

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

On the evening of Wednesday, 30th May, with the floodlights switched on due to the damp and murky conditions, Goodrich 'C'hasers played host to Wellington in Division 6 of the H & W Summer League. 

First pair Lesley Winters and Kayla Coopey, playing together for the first time in a match, started promisingly but as the Wellington ladies adapted to the carpet surface they slowly edged ahead and won the rubber 6-3/6-1. 

Established second pair Shani Courtney and Debbie Trigg faired better, winning the first set 6-4, then had a slight wobble in the second losing it 4-6, but managed to get themselves back on track and win a very tight and tense tie-break in the third set, 10-8.  In the second rubber Lesley and Kayla did not get off to a very promising start, going down 1-6, but turned it around in the second set to win it 6-4.  Going to a tie-break in the third set, it was Lesley and Kayla's turn to feel the tension, and eventually lost 9-11, but enjoyed the tennis against good opposition. 

Meanwhile, on the other court Shani and Debbie were unable to repeat their winning performance in the first rubber and lost the second rubber 0-6/2-6. 

The 'C'hasers picked up their first points in the league and are now looking forward to their next match on the morning of Sunday, 17th June, at home to Leominster 'B'. 

Goodrich C

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

On Saturday, 26th May, Goodrich 'A'ttitudes played host to Halesowen Ladies.  First pair Rachael Wintle and Cath Hutchinson took the first set in their first rubber 6-3 against Halesowen first pair, and were disappointed not to capitalise on having the upper hand by loosing the next two sets 3-6/1-6. However they soon bounced back by winning their second rubber in convincing style 6-2/6-0 against the Halesowen second pair. 

Second pairing Jill Brown and Bonnie Palmer reversed their score line by winning the first rubber 7-5/6-0, but could not maintain the momentum in the second rubber and although they kept the pressure on the Halesowen first pair, taking the first set to a tie-break, but loosing out.  The second set was also a close encounter but it was the opposition who again wrapped up the set to take it 7-5.

Playing together for the first time in a match, third pair Steph Howell and Kirsten Ainsworth had a very successful afternoon's tennis, winning their first rubber 6-0/7-5, and dropping even fewer games in their second rubber, wrapping that one up 6-1/6-3.

This is the first time Goodrich 'A'ttitudes have had an outright win in Division 3 of the H & W Summer League, so there was good reason for much celebration.  'A'ttitudes next match is on Sunday, 3rd June, away to Old Hill. 

goodrich ladies

 

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

On the evening of Tuesday, 22nd May, Goodrich 'B'ashers travelled to Woolhope to take on their 'C' team in the H & W Division 6 Summer League.   First pair, Kirsten Mathews and Wendy Jenkins got off to a flying start in their first rubber, going 3-0 up but then allowed the Woolhope first pair to draw level.  However that was to the only games they won, with Kirsten and Wendy going on to win 6-3/6-0.  Their second rubber followed a similar pattern, and with it being a perfectly still evening there was plenty of opportunities to do some successful lobbing, and a resulting score-line of 6-3/6-1. 

'B'ashers second pair, Carolyn Riddell and Sue Harley, also recorded a good win against their Woolhope counterparts of 6-2/6-2.  However their second rubber was to prove a lot more challenging, with the Goodrich pair dropping the first set 3-6 and the second set heading in the same direction.  However Carolyn and Sue, not known for going down without a fight, managed to draw level at 6-6 and win the tie-break comfortably.  With Kirsten and Wendy giving encouragement from the side-line, Carolyn and Sue were able to win the third set and claim all five points to put the 'B'ashers back in top spot in Division 6.  'B'ashers next match is on Sunday, 3rd June at Goodrich against Boughton Park at 11.30 a.m.

Goodrich tennis

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

On Sunday, 20th May, Goodrich 'A'ttitudes travelled the short distance to Ross to take on their 'A' team, on a very warm and sunny afternoon.  Ross, having coming down from Div. 2 to Div. 3 last Summer, are looking to bounce straight back up, and proved to be too stronger opposition for Goodrich. 

All of the games were highly contested, and it was down to Stephanie Howell and Wendy Jenkins, playing at second pair, to pick up two vital points for Goodrich in their first rubber against Ross third pair, Heather Peachey and Sandy Foulkes, winning in straight sets, 6-1/7-5.  Goodrich third pair, Jill Brown and Kirsten Mathews, were unlucky not to win their second rubber, going to a third set tie-break, but Sandy, playing with grit and determination, made sure the points went to Ross. 

'A'ttitudes first pair, Cath Hutchinson and Rachael Wintle enjoyed the challenge of playing against the Ross first pair, Val Davies and Jane Pepperell, followed by second pair Sarah Drake and Gaynor Raine, and are now fired up for their next match which is next Saturday afternoon, 26th May at Goodrich against Halesowen. 

Goodrich Tennis

L to R: Jill Brown, Wendy Jenkins, Steph Howell, Rachael Wintle, Kirsten Mathews, Cath Hutchinson.

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

On Saturday 12th May, Goodrich ladies Cath Hutchinson and Rachael Wintle travelled to Redditch to compete in the second round of the H & W Team Tennis tournament. 

In the singles match Rachael proved far too consistent for her young opponent, winning the rubber 6-2 / 6 - 2.  In the other singles match Cath battled hard but lost 3-6 / 1-6.  Pairing up for the doubles match, Cath and Rachael got off to a slow start and lost the first set 6-2, but in the second set they were getting the measure of the hard hitting Redditch pair and it was a much closer affair, but eventually Goodrich went down 7-5, unable to force a tie-break and a third set. 

It was a great effort though against opponents half their age.  The next Team Tennis match is at Goodrich against David Lloyd Bromsgrove, on Sunday, 17th June at 1.30 p.m.

Goodrich Tennis  Club

 

 

Bromsgrove Tennis Club

After a very short break the summer competitions have begun. For Bromsgrove Ladies Winter F team it was a case of celebrating promotion one week and turning out for the summer E team against local rivals David Lloyd Bromsgrove D the next – but they’d recovered enough to secure a resounding 5-1 victory in this opening division 8E  Hereford & Worcs League match. After a slow start first pair of Di Horton with Claire Hancock fought back to beat their opposite pairing, before despatching the second pair quickly. Claire Andrews with Claire Nisbet opened with a good win but then went down to the David Lloyd first pair. At third pair new pairing of Sue Corfield with Bella Bracknall quickly gelled and pulled off 2 great wins to hand Bromsgrove an emphatic victory over their Bromsgrove neighbours.

Bromsgrove Ladies F

The Ladies C team opened with a visit to Kempsey A for their division 4E match. The Kempsey first pair were in good form, beating Bromsgrove’s first pair of Steph Armstrong with Beccy Smith in a tight opener 7-5, 7-6 and second pair of Anne Simper with Marie Hackett more easily. However Bromsgrove’s strength in depth showed  as they won the remaining 4 rubbers. Lorraine Russell with Connie Wedelich were in great form and won both their contests in 2 sets. With each other pair contributing a win Bromsgrove ran out 4-2 winners in a great start to the summer campaign.

Bromsgrove men entertained Manor Park twice in a week. Last Sunday saw an Aegon Team Tennis match as Bromsgrove B took the visitors on. The 4 singles saw Jim Round, Jeth Tomlinson and Voitek Niedzwiedz all win, but Lucas Pye lost a long hard match. The two doubles matches saw Manor Park start strongly, winning one and taking the lead in the other. However Tomlinson and Niedzwiedz staged a great fight back to win in 3 sets and secure a good 4-2 win.

Manor Park D team returned on Wednesday evening to play Bromsgrove C in a division 5E Hereford & Worcs league match – a doubles competition - and a really tight battle lasted well into the night. The Bromsgrove heroes were Max Feltham and Des Brown. Playing as third pair they ground out a great 3 set victory over the opposition second pair and fought back from a set down to beat their opposite pair in 3 sets. A further win by Tim Wright with Voitek Niedzwiedz gave Bromsgrove the vital third rubber to draw the match at 3-3. However this time Manor Park took the win bonus points by winning more sets.

 

Goodrich Tennis Club - Ladies 'B'ashers

On Sunday, 6th May, Goodrich 'B'ashers played host to Ledbury 'C' on one of the warmest days of the year so far. 

First pair Kirsten Mathews and Wendy Jenkins won their first rubber 6-2/6-2. It was not all plain sailing for the first pair but they worked well together and overcame any blips that arose.  Second pair Carolyn Riddell and Sue Harley also won their first rubber, 7-5/6-3, playing with their usual steady consistency.  After a short break in the shade and a chance to top up the water bottles, the ladies returned to the courts.  In the second rubber Kirsten and Wendy again won 6-2/6-2, a partnership that is getting stronger, with left-hander Wendy able to set Kirsten up for the winning volley on numerous occasions.  Despite the heat Carolyn and Sue stretched out their second rubber when they won the first set 6-2, but dropped the second 2-6, but they rallied strongly to take the third set 7-6.  The 'B'ashers next match is on Tuesday, 22nd May, when they travel to Woolhope.  

Earlier in the week Goodrich Men were also in action when they entertained Madley 'C' in Division 6 of the H & W Summer League. The team, consisting of Mike Buck, Andrew Downing, Paul Terzer and Daniel Madge, took all the points after winning in straight sets and dropping only 11 games in the process.  This puts them top of the division with 18 points having already played and beaten Bodenham 'B' on the 23rd April.  Their next match is on the 14th May, away to Eardisley 'B'. 

Goodrich Tennis Club

On Sunday, 13th May commencing at 3.00 p.m., Goodrich Tennis Club will be participating in the Great British Tennis Weekend, an LTA sponsored event for families, adults and kids.  Come along and try tennis for FREE - we look forward to welcoming you to Goodrich.  For more information about Goodrich Tennis Club please contact:- secretary@goodrichtennis.co.uk or visit the website:- www.goodrichtennisclub.co.uk


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