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Herefordshire and Worcestershire League Match Reports
August 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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Goodrich Tennis Club

On Thursday, 23rd August, Goodrich Ladies 'C'hasers played there final match of the Summer season in Division 6 of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire League, at home to Woolhope C ladies.  Depending on the result, the 'C'hasers could finish in either fifth or sixth place in the division, so knowing what was at stake Katie Hunt and Kayla Coopey, 'C'hasers first pair, recorded one of their best wins of the Summer, taking the first rubber 6-2/6-1, and the second rubber 6-0/6-2. 

Goodrich ladies second pair, Shani Courtney and Debbie Trigg, also had a good win in their first rubber, coming through the right side of a tie-break in the first set, then taking the second set 6-3.  Although Shani and Debbie battled hard in the second rubber, they came out on the wrong side of a 0-6/3-6 defeat, however between them the two Goodrich pairings had picked up enough points to take fifth place overall, which was a very rewarding end to their Summer season.  Very well done ladies.

Goodrich Tennis

Goodrich Men rounded off their Summer season with a very convincing win on Friday, 31st August, when they travelled to Woolhope to take on their B team.  Mike Buck and Andrew Downing quickly took the first rubber 6-1/6-0 and duplicated the score in the second rubber.  Meanwhile Goodrich second pair, Daniel Madge and Mark Brown, took a little longer in their first rubber, but still got the win, 6-3/6-4.  However the Woolhope first pair proved too strong for Daniel and Mark in their second rubber, which they lost 3-6/0-6.  This was a great win for the Goodrich Men and means that they have finished top of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Summer League Division 6 West, and also saw Mike and Andrew finishing top of the player statistics table.

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

On Sunday, 19th August, Goodrich 'C'hasers travelled to Boughton Park, who had already sealed second place in Division 6 of the H & W Summer League.  Due to the perfect conditions, the 'C'hasers were lucky enough to get their first experience of playing on Boughton's grass courts.  First pair, Kayla Coopey and Katie Hunt, were unfortunate not to win their first rubber against their opposite number, loosing the first set 7-5, but coming back with renewed vigour to take the second set 6-4. However the Boughton pair proved too strong and took the deciding set 6-4.  In the second rubber Kayla and Katie refocused and took the two sets 6-2/6-2, earning the team two valuable points.

Second pair, Shani Courtney and Debbie Trigg, enjoyed some good tennis against both of the Boughton pairings, and although they lost both of their rubbers, they enjoyed the experience of match play tennis whilst improving and growing their skills on the court. 

Goodrich Tennis

L to R: Shani Courtney, Debbie Trigg, Katie Hunt, Kayla Coopey

 

Bromsgrove Tennis Club

Bromsgrove bounce back to top division.

Two 5-1 victories in the same week gave Bromsgrove Men’s A team the Hereford & Worcs Division 2 title and promotion back to Division 1 after relegation last year. The victory roll began on Wednesday against Belbroughton A. In the opening round at 1st pair Adam Dudek, playing with Steve Halfpenny suffered his only defeat of the season, but captain and unbeaten Ollie Stratford paired up with Jaspal Sambi to win. 3rd pair of junior Stuart Shannon with Voitek Niedzwiedz who played up from the B team pulled of a great 2 set win. The second round saw Bromsgrove take all 3 rubbers in some nail biting tennis watched by a good crowd. The following night the team travelled to Pershore and Luke Petit replaced Niedzwiedz. This time, in re-arranged pairings it was Sambi and Shannon who just lost out in their opening rubber as Bromsgrove won all the others.

Captain Stratford said ‘after last season’s disappointment when we lost a couple of key players we’ve gone straight back to Division 1 in both the winter and summer competitions. It’s been great to see 3 junior players, Stuart Shannon, Jim Hart and Jim Round step up to the A team and put in strong performances to support the more experienced players and I’m looking forward to the future with confidence.’

The Ladies A team claimed the County runner up spot in Division 1 with a final 4-2 victory over Leominster A. At 1st pair Imogen Sinclair with Sally Franks won both rubbers after a slow start in their opening set which they lost 0-6. The two other pairs of Ann Banner with Katherine Smedley and Joan Mcgregor with Kelly Kenwood each won a rubber – a good result for McGregor and Kenwood playing up from the B team. Captain Franks was delighted with the win ‘ claiming second place in such a tough top competition is a real credit to all the squad and the extra players who have stood in when needed. We’ll be looking to go one better next year and take the title of top team in Hereford and Worcs.’

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

On Sunday, 12th August, a damp and grey day, Goodrich 'A'ttitudes travelled to Worcester to take on their 'B' team ladies, the final match of the Summer season for both sides.  Due to holiday commitments Goodrich were short of a couple of their regular first team players, so it was Bonnie Palmer and Wendy Jenkins who were put in as first pair, and despite dropping the first set, 3-6, they battled hard and went on to win the next two sets 6-3/6-2 to take the first rubber.  Their second rubber followed a similar pattern, going down 4-6 in the first set, but they turned it around in the second set, winning it 6-0, despite the Worcester ladies swapping service ends hoping to get an early advantage.  The third set proved much tighter but again it was Palmer and Jenkins who triumphed 6-4, much to their delight. 

Second pair, Kim Martin and Steph Howell, did not take long to wrap up their first rubber against the Worcester third pair, taking it in fine style, 6-2/6-2, and quickly retired to the club house and out of the rain that had started falling.  Their second rubber, against the Worcester first pair however required Kim and Steph to spend more time on court, when they lost the first set 0-6, but renowned for their fighting spirit and a lot of vocal encouragement from Kim saw them take the next set 6-4, and the third set 7-5.

'A'ttitudes third pair, Jill Brown and Kirsten Mathews, had a very long first rubber against the Worcester second pair with the first set going to a tie-break which went the way of Goodrich, but Worcester came back strong in the second set and won it 6-2. Another tight third set again resulted in a tie-break but this time it went the way of the Worcester pair.  After a short break it was time for Jill and Kirsten to play the Worcester third pair who proved too strong and took the rubber 6-4/6-4. 

Overall it was an brilliant result for the 'A'ttitudes and moved them up from sixth place to fourth place, their best finishing position in Division 3 of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Summer league.  Well done ladies. 

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Bromsgrove Tennis Club

E is for excellent! Bromsgrove Ladies E are champions.

Bromsgrove Ladies E team took the division 8E title with a storming 5-1 victory over Hallow B. Claire Hancock with Di Horton won both rubbers as did Sue Corfield with Sue Murray. The only slight disappointment was Claire Andrews with Clare Nisbet losing a tense opening 3 set contest before coming back strongly to win their second rubber. The victory caps an outstanding season for the team. Not only did they take the title by an impressive 18 points from their nearest rivals, but the 4 players who played the most remained unbeaten all season – Hancock, Horton and Corfield, plus Isabella Bracknall who couldn’t make the final match -and were the top 4 players in the division. Captain  Hancock said ‘The whole squad has put in some great performances throughout the season, showing a real fighting determination in some tough matches. I’m really pleased all the effort the team has put into training and playing has paid off so well.’

Bromsgrove E

L to R: Di Horton, Captain Claire Hancock. Sue Corfield, Sue Murray, Claire Andrews and Clare Nisbet.

The Ladies D team finished off their campaign with an impressive 6-0 victory over Droitwich E. Each pair of Ros Cooke with Nicola Calthorpe, Alison Douglas with Carol Cornelissen and Yvonne Priestman with Sarah Davies put in strong performances to take maximum points and secure their place in division 7E.

In Mixed division 5E Bromsgrove D pulled off a much needed 3-1 win over 2nd placed Bewdley C to give their survival hopes a big boost. Pete Morris with Lisa Rushton won both rubbers and husband & wife combo. Paul & Alison Douglas had a win and a loss.

The Men’s G team edged a tight win against Kempsey C to keep their promotion hopes alive with one match remaining. The standout pair for Bromsgrove were Joe Finn with Mel McGregor with two straight set victories. Richard Hope with Dave Hawkins claimed another win, but Martin German with Craig Horton were on the wrong side of a final set tie break in their opener before going down in the second rubber. With the score 3-3 on rubbers Bromsgrove took the win on sets won.
Sunday was a day to forget for the C team who went down 6-0 to Barnt Green B with Tim Roland picking up an injury and having to retire.

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

On Saturday, 21st July, playing in temperatures exceeding 25oC, Goodrich Ladies 'A'ttitudes played their penultimate match at home against higher ranked Bewdley A Ladies in Division 3 of the H & W Summer League in front of a packed audience. 

Although first pair Cath Hutchinson and Rachael Wintle got off to a good start against their opposite number in their first rubber, winning the first set 6-2, they let the second set slip away from them 4-6,  but rallied again in the third set taking it to a tie-break but disappointingly this also went the way of Bewdley. 

Their second rubber, this time just two sets, 1-6/4-6, again went in favour of Bewdley.  'A'ttitudes second pair, Kim Martin and Steph Howell put in another fine performance, winning both of their rubbers, 6-2/6-2 in the first, and 6-1 / 7-5 in the second.  Finally, third pair Jill Brown and Kirsten Ainsworth could not overcome the Bewdley pairings going down 2-6/1-6 and 3-6/2-6 in their respective rubbers , but overall it was a very satisfying result for the ladies, picking up four valuable points against a strong Bewdley side who look like they will top the league and gain promotion. 

So there was much to celebrate for the 'A'ttitudes ahead of their final match away to Worcester B on Sunday, 12th August, when hopefully the weather will have cooled down slightly. 

Goodrich Tennis

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

On Saturday, 14th July, another boiling hot day, whilst Djokovic and Nadal were finishing off their semi-final match, and Williams and Kerber were waiting to commence their ladies finals match at Wimbledon, Goodrich Ladies 'A'ttitudes were taking on the might of Stourbridge 'C'. 

Due to Cath Hutchinson picking up a calf strain on the morning of the match, the Goodrich pairings had to be re-jigged, with Jill Brown stepping in at the last minute, having got back from Wimbledon at 4.00 a.m.  Four of the six rubbers went the distance with long energy sapping three sets each, however five of the six rubbers disappointingly went the way of Stourbridge, but it was Kirsten Ainsworth and Steph Howell who once again managed to win one, 1-6/6-4/6-2, and earn the 'A'ttitudes two very valuable points. 

Post match refreshments, including beers, strawberries and cream were enjoyed by players and spectators sat outside on the patio area.  The 'A'ttitudes next match, another tough one, against Bewdley 'A' who at present sit in second place in Division 3 of the H & W Summer league, will again be at home on Saturday, 21st July, commencing at 2.30 p.m. 

Goodrich Tennis Club

 


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