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Herefordshire and Worcestershire League Match Reports
Winter 2019/20

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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Goodrich Ladies 'C'hasers

It was an early morning start for Goodrich 'C'hasers when they travelled to Kempsey, and after a very soggy couple of days the ladies were unsure as to how the surface at Kempsey would play.

The first pairing of Bonnie Palmer and Karla Morris, after a quick team talk, decided to keep the points short and not get into lengthy rallies. This was a good tactic, and they quickly wrapped up their first rubber, winning it 6-1 / 6-0.

The second 'C'hasers pairing of Sue Russell and Zena Jenkins took the first set of their rubber 7-6, and were 2 -0 up in the second when injury struck the opposition - one of the Kempsey ladies injured her shoulder and sadly had to retire. This resulted in Bonnie and Karla not having a second rubber so had to sit out, but were gratefully supplied with hot coffee and biscuits on such a cold morning.

Meanwhile Sue and Zena were involved in a close battle in the first set of their second rubber against the Kempsey first pair, and with the support of Bonnie and Karla from the side lines, came out on top winning it 7-6.  The Kempsey pair then took control in the second set winning it 6-3, and finally taking the third on a championship tie-break.  The overall result was a 3 rubbers to 1 win for the Goodrich 'C'hasers, who wish the Kempsey lady a speedy recovery following her shoulder injury.  This puts the 'C'hasers in top spot in Division 5 West of the H & W Winter League after four matches.

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Goodrich Ladies 'E'liminators

Following on from their win on Sunday, 3rd November, Goodrich 'E'liminators were looking for a second win on Sunday, 10th November, when they were hosting Kempsey 'C' team. 

'E'liminators first pair, Shani Courtney and Debbie Trigg, a well established pairing, won their first rubber in under an hour in straight sets, 6-1 / 6-1. The match was played at a slower pace to the opposition they faced last week which enabled Shani and Debbie more time to place their winning shots.

Meanwhile second pair, Lisa Bolster and Shelley Gwilliam, also finished their first match in under an hour, winning both sets 6-0 / 6-0. An outstanding performance for a pair who were playing only their second match together, and a promising partnership for the future.

With Goodrich having won both rubbers in the first round, Shani and Debbie's second match followed a similar pattern to their first, providing another win, this time 6-2 / 6-1. 

Lisa and Shelley’s second match provided the team with a clean sweep as they won 6-1 / 6-2. After an hour and 45 minutes all four rubbers were sealed in Goodrich 'E'liminators favour and see's them topping the H & W Winter League Division 6 West table.  The team is now focused on continuing their success when they meet Ledbury 'C' on Saturday, 30th November, aiming for a hat trick of wins.

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L to R: Lisa Bolster, Shelley Gwilliam, Debbie Trigg and Shani Courtney.

 

Bromsgrove Tennis Club

On Sunday 10th November Bronsgrove ladies C team hosted Ombersley A and won 3-1.

The two juniors, Claudia and Bella played number 1 and the long established pair of Steph Armstrong and Beccy Smith played second pair.

Both the home pairs confidently dispatched Ombersley's second pair, however their first pair were a different challenge. The youngsters showed great resilience and came back to win the third set putting Bromsgrove 3 rubbers up. Steph and Beccy then took on the visitors first pair, losing the first set, then winning the second. The third was nip and tuck, eventually ending in a tie break which the Ombersley pair won 10-8.

It was a very friendly game, the visitors complimenting the skill and maturity of the juniors.

Goodrich Ladies 'D'ie Hards

Having two teams in Division 6 West of the H & W Ladies Winter League meant the Goodrich D team played their E team on the evening of Thursday, 24th October.  In the first round both rubbers went to a full third set, with Sue Harley and Karla Morris recording a win for the D's, whilst Shelley Gwilliam and Lisa Bolster, who had not previously met each other, were victorious for the E's.

In the second round however it was the 'D'ie Hards more experienced pairings of Sue and Karla, and Karen Hawley partnering Di Webb, who were able to stamp their authority on the match, 6-3 / 6-1, and 6-3 / 6-3 respectively.  Debbie Trigg and Shani Courtney, the 'E'liminators first pair, were delighted to have taken a set off the 'D'ie Hards first pair, Sue and Karla, which will hold them in good stead for their future matches.  Having been on court for three half hours, the players and their supporters were grateful to retire to the welcoming atmosphere of The Hostelrie for some refreshments.

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L to R: Sue Harley, Karla Morris, Karen Hawley and Di Webb

Goodrich Ladies 'B'ashers

On Sunday, 13th October, Goodrich 'B'ashers got off to a flying start at Worcester in Division 4 of the H & W Winter League as both pairs, Kim Martin playing with Carolyn Riddell, and Jill Brown teaming up with Kirsten Mathews, took the first sets, but then got pegged back losing the next two sets to go down in both rubbers.

Determined not to let that happen again, both of the Goodrich pairs once again got off to a fine start taking the opening sets and this time rather than taking their foot off the pedals, they pressed on and wrapped up the second rounds in two straight sets, thus securing a fine winning draw and six points against a strong Worcester 'D' team.

A great start to the Winter campaign.  The 'B'ashers next match will be on Sunday, 17th November, when they will play host to M.C.S. 'A' ladies. 

Goodrich Ladie B

Bromsgrove Tennis Club - Ladies D

The first match of the winter season was played at home against Kidderminster and inspite of recent inclement weather, matches were played in good conditions . 

The Bromsgrove players got off to a flying start with the formidable duo of Claire Hancock and Di Horton (who were making their debut into the D team) gaining a clear victory over their opponents, winning 6 - 1, 6 - 2. Building on this successful start they then won their second match 6 - 2. 6 - 2.

The other Bromsgrove pairing of Claudia Bullock and Bella Bracknell were also in excellent form winning their first match 6 - 1. 6 - 2, following this up with a decisive 6 - 1, 6 -0 victory.

This was a great start for Bromsgrove, giving them a valuable 10 points.

Bromsgrove Tennis Club - Ladies A

On 13th October  Bromsgrove Ladies A team played Leominster A. This was another 4-0 win, which is an excellent start to the winter league.

The established pairing of Sally Franks and Tina Manning (together again after Tina’s injury in the Summer) won their first match against J Hilditch and S Snell 6 - 3, 6 - 1. They went on to win their second match against E Bowen and L Cain 6 - 4, 6 - 1.

The team welcomed back Lucy Simper who has recently been working away. Lucy partnered Katherine Smedley and they had an easy win (6 - 2, 6 - 2) against Bowen and Cain. Their second match against Hilditch and Snell was completed in two sets, 6 - 1, 6 - 0.

Although early in the season, Bromsgrove Ladies A team is proving to be a formidable force.

Bromsgrove Ladies A

Photo (L-R) - Katherine Smedley, Tina Manning, Sally Franks, Lucy Simper 

Bromsgrove Tennis Club - Ladies A

On Sunday 6th October Bromsgrove Ladies A team played against Stourbridge A team in a division 1 match.

This was the first match of the season and Bromsgrove got off to a flying start with a fantastic 4-0 win over a strong Stourbridge side. Rachael Mack and Katherine Smedley won their first match against Skym and Doyle 6 - 4, 7 - 5

This was followed by a convincing 6 -2, 6 -1 win by Sally Franks and her partner Tina Manning.Tina was back after 6 months out injured so team captain Sally was delighted to have her usual doubles partner back on the scene and in excellent form.

Rachael and Katherine followed up their first match win with a victory over Stourbridge’s Hill and Jones 6 - 4, 6 -2 playing well against strong Stourbridge duo. Sally and Tina completed the clean sweep with a 6 -0, 6 - 3 against Skym and Doyle.

Top of the league after 1st match! Bromsgrove play Leominster next Sunday.

Bromsgrove Tennis Club - Ladies E and F

Sunday saw the home derby between Bromsgrove E ( A) and Bromsgrove F ( H ) in terribly unpredictable and windy and wet conditions; not really tennis weather. 

The pairing of Sue Corfield and Jane Corbett  was pitted against Carol Cornelissen and Alison Douglas. After a very lack lustre start from the Home team losing 6-0 , Sue and Jane came back with a bang in the second to win 6-3. the new tie break ruling meant that the third set went to a Championship tie break which Jane C and Sue C lost 10-2. 

The first pair of Claire Carter and Bella Bracknell had a very tight match against the away pairing of Nicky Calthorpe and Ros Cooke winning 7-5,7-6 but the wind was very trying on the top tarmac court. 

The second runner was affected even more by the wind and Sue Corfield and Jane Corbett after a valiant fight in the first set ( a tight loss of 4-6 to the opposition) then lost the wind plot completely and lost 6-0. Alison and Carol then lost to Bella and Claire 0-6, 7-6 , 7-6 . 

In the end it was a tight winning draw to the Bromsgrove away team. Great effort all round in difficult conditions.

Bromsgrove Tennis Club - Men's F

The F team won this by three matches to one, and so got their season off to a flying start. However, the overall results mask the fact that some of the matches were very close. Dave Nichols and Andrew Heap were 5 - 1 up in their tie break against Rich Hope and Brian Barton, but they were pipped to the post, with the F team winning 6 - 1, 2 - 6, 7 - 6.

Alan Colley and Brian Taylor were successful in their first match against Martin German and Craig Horton, winning 6 - 4, 2 - 6, 6 - 1. Their second match against  Nichols and Heap was completed in two sets, the score being 6 - 2, 6 - 3.

Martin German and  Craig Horton brought some pride to the G team, winning their second match ion two sets 6 - 3, 6 - 3.

Play was intermittent due to very heavy rain.

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