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Herefordshire and Worcestershire League Match Reports
April 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 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.

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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

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

It was “High Fives"  all round on Sunday, 22nd April, as Goodrich Ladies secured a clean sweep in the first of their three matches in the ”LTA Team Tennis Competition”. 

Cheryl Mordecai secured a comfortable 6-1/6-2 win against the Droitwich B  first lady, followed by an equally comfortable win by Steph Howell against their second lady, 6-0/6-1. When Cheryl and Steph teamed up together for the doubles, they lost only 4 games, running out winners with a 6-3/6-1 score line.

With all 6 points secured, they now hand over to some of their other Goodrich team members to compete against Bromsgrove and Redditch next month.  A fine start, very well played ladies.

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.

Goodrich Tennis Club

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

Having two teams in Division 6 of the H & W Summer League, the B's took on the C's in what was to turn out to be a very close encounter.  The B's first couple Kirsten Mathews and Wendy Jenkins took on the C's first couple Kayla Coopey and Ros Wadsworth who played magnificently, forcing Kirsten and Wendy to dig deep to take the rubber in straight sets, 6-3/6-4.  In their second rubber Kirsten and Wendy were now up against Shani Courtney and Debbie Trigg, and although the B's won 6-1/6-0, the score did not reflect the quality of the tennis that was played. 

The B's second couple, Carolyn Riddell and Sue Harley, also had a straight sets win in their first rubber against Shani and Debbie, 6-2/6-2.  However due to Ros picking up an injury she was unable to participate in the second rubber so Katie Hunt stepped in to the breach alongside Kayla and went on to win 7-5/6-1, but due to the substitution the result was null and void, resulting in the 'B'ashers picking up all the points.  

Both teams will be looking to get promoted at the end of the Summer, and we wish them all the best with their remaining matches. 

Gooodrich Tennis Club

 

Bromsgrove Tennis Club

The Ladies D team clinched promotion in their last match of the season with a great 4-0 victory over Cutnall Green B. With the teams in joint second place in division 5E it was a real showdown to see who would grab the promotion spot.

Playing at home Cutnall had the advantage but Bromsgrove rose to the occasion and produced some great tennis to serve up promotion. Beccy Smith with Lisa Rushton were in top form and won both rubbers in 2 sets never giving Cutnall a look in.

It was harder going for Connie Wedelich and Marie Hackett who fought out tough 3 set matches for victory. Winning the final sets 6-0 and taking a nail biting tie break to win 7-6 and give Bromsgrove a clean sweep.

Captain for the night Beccy Smith said ‘ we came into the match expecting a tight contest as Cutnall have been in good form and promotion was at stake. I was really pleased at the team’s response and to come out 4-0 winners is fantastic and just shows the fighting spirit we have.’

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