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Herefordshire and Worcestershire League Match Reports
Winter 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, Ladies D

On the morning of Sunday, 11th November, Goodrich Ladies 'D'ynamoes were playing host to Woolhope 'C' in Division 6 of the H & W Winter League. 

Playing as first pair, Shani Courtney and Debbie Trigg were involved in a very tight first rubber against the Woolhope first pair, losing the first set 4-6, but bouncing back to win the second set which went to a tie-break, 7-6.  With a set apiece, the third set was always going to be a tense affair which also resulted in a tie-break, this time going the way of Woolhope. 

On the other court Diane Webb and Karla Morris, playing the Woolhope second pair, did not waste any time in winning their rubber in straight sets, 6-0/6-0, and retired to the clubhouse for some light refreshments and cheer on their team mates. 

In their second rubber, Shani and Debbie were able to get the job done in straight sets, winning 6-2/6-4, whilst Diane and Karla took a slightly longer route, dropping the first set 3-6, but wining the second set 6-4, and the third set 7-6.  Overall the 'D'ynamoes won 3 rubbers to 1, and puts them in third place in the division after 3 matches.  Their next match is on Sunday, 18th November, when they will travel to Hallow to play their 'C' team.

 

Goodrich Tennis Club, Ladies A

On Sunday, 4th November, a damp and drizzly afternoon, the Goodrich Ladies 'A'ttitudes travelled to Worcester to play a very strong 'B' team in Division 3 West of the H & W Winter League.

In the first rubber, Steph Howell and Cheryl Mordecai won a tight match against the Worcester first pair, 6-3 / 6-3.  Meanwhile Kim Martin and Rachael Wintle, pairing up for only the second time, also had a very tight battle, losing 4-6 / 4-6.

The second round of rubbers proved even more competitive, with both going to three sets. Steph and Cheryl came out eventual winners after a long battle 4-6 /  7-5 / 6-2. Rachael and Kim got off to a flying start against the Worcester first pair winning that set 6-1, but Worcester came back taking the second set 6-2. The third set was a very tight affair but finally went Worcester’s way 6-4. With rubbers and sets even, it was time to retire to the club house for a well earned cup of tea and games count-back.

The overall result was a win to Goodrich by 5 games. A very fine performance and fantastic result, well done ladies.

Goodrich Tennis Club

 

Bromsgrove Tennis Club

Despite the damp dark Sunday Bromsgrove teams completed 3 matches.

The pick of the results was the men’s D team 4-0 win over Cutnall Green C which saw all 4 rubbers go to 3 sets.
Tom Round with Trevor Errington started slowly, losing their first set 4-6 against Wood ward and Stanley. However junior Round turned on the power in the next sets as they won 6-2, 6-3 to seal a convincing win. Against Cotterill and Holyman a tough battle saw them take the first set 6-4, go down 4-6 in the next before winning a tense 3rd set 7-6 on the tie break.

Charlie Tait with junior Cameron Owen had a long tight rubber against Cotterill and Holyman but came through 6-3,5-7,7-5 in a match of high quality on both sides that kept the spectators engaged until the final point. They started well against Woodward and Stanley winning 6-1 but a lapse in concentration saw them drop the second set 3-6 before coming back strongly to win 6-2 in the final set. The win puts Bromsgrove top of division 8E after two 4-0 opening victories.

In the afternoon the newly promoted Ladies F team opened their campaign with a narrow win over Pershore D in division 9E. Again 3 of the rubbers went to 3 sets, but Pershore conceded the 4th due to injury. Clare Hancock with Di Horton had two tough battles, winning the 3rd set 6-1 in the first but just going down 4-6 in the final of the second. Meanwhile Sue Corfield with Bella Bracknall lost their opener in 3 sets which saw some real swings of performance, before their second was conceded. The 2-2 final score meant the result was decided by to sets won and Bromsgrove came out on top 6-5 to take the win bonus points.

The men’s G team entertained David Lloyd DudleyD in another tight division 11 match. Unfortunately for Bromsgrove the two matches that went to tie breaks after 3 close sets both went DL Dudley’s way to give them a 3-1 win. Mel McGregor with Alan Colley took the only rubber for Bromsgrove with a good 2 set win but the luck wasn’t with Horton and German who went down in both their rubbers.

 

Goodrich Tennis Club, Ladies C

On Sunday, 4th November, it was the turn of Goodrich 'C'hasers to host Woolhope 'B' ladies on a very damp morning.  First couple Jill Brown and Wendy Jenkins were disappointed not to win the first set against Woolhope, going down 5-7, but turned it around in fine style in the second set, winning 6-1, and also coming out on top in the third set, 7-6. 

'C'hasers second pair, Rosemary Chatterton and Shani Courtney were level pegging in the first set, 4-4, but Woolhope broke serve and served the set out, 6/4, and also wrapped up the second set 6/1.  Although the score was one rubber each Woolhope had the advantage of the extra set.

Following a short interval for a hot drink and nibbles, play resumed with Brown and Jenkins now taking on the Woolhope second pair, and won both sets, dropping just one game, 6/0  and 6/1. 

Goodrich tennis club

l - r:- Rosemary Chatterton, Jill Brown, Shani Courtney, Wendy Jenkins

 

Goodrich Tennis Club, Ladies B

On Saturday, 3rd November, Goodrich Ladies 'B'ashers played their first match in Division 4 of the H & W Winter League at home against Worcester 'D', having been promoted last year.  Playing in extremely blustery conditions, first pair Jill Brown and Kirsten Ainsworth won the first set 6/3, but could not maintain the momentum and lost the following two sets 3/6 and 4/6, against a strong Worcester first pairing.  Meanwhile on the other court second pair Kirsten Matthews and Wendy Jenkins also won their first set 6/2, but the second set went to a tie-break which went the way of the Worcester pair.  With the score standing at one set apiece Kirsten and Wendy regrouped and were able to edge ahead and take the deciding set 6/4.  At this stage in the match it was one rubber each and 3 sets each, so a tight match.

Goodrich tennis club

Following a brief interlude in the clubhouse, out of the wind for a hot drink and shortbread, play once again resumed with Jill and Kirsten taking on the Worcester second pairing.  This time they dropped the first set 2/6, but won the next two sets, 6/3 and 6/0.  It was now the turn of Kirsten and Wendy to play the Worcester first pair and they knew they would have their work cut out.  Playing some long rallies and with lovely groundstrokes on display from both pairs, it was Worcester who were the more dominant pair, despite Kirsten's sliding footwork, which resulted in a straight sets win for Worcester, 6/3, 6/3.  Although it was two rubbers apiece, Worcester won by 6 sets to 5, even though Goodrich had won two more games, 51 to 49. 

Goodrich Tennis Club, Ladies C

On Saturday, 20th October, it was a clean sweep for the Goodrich 'D'ynamos, who travelled to Ledbury on a beautiful Autumn morning to play their 'C' team in Division 6 of the Hereford and Worcester Winter League. 

Kim Martin and Kirsten Mathews started slowly, dropping the first two games, but recovered to take the first set 6-2. In the second set, once again they went down early, but rallied to secure the second set 6-3. Meanwhile Karen Hawley and Ros Wadswirth had a very tight first set before taking it 7-5, and then as they relaxed and grew in confidence they wrapped up the second set in some style, 6-0.  

In the second rubber Kim and Kirsten proved too strong for Ledbury dropping only one game in each set, whilst Karen and Ros took their confidence into the next rubber and produced a very fine win, 6-2 / 6-3. An excellent morning's work securing all 10 points. Well done 'D'ynamos. Their next match is on Sunday, 4th November, away to Madley 'B' ladies.

Goodrich Tennis

L to R:- Kim Martin, Ros Wadsworth, Kirsten Mathews and Karen Hawley.

 

Hereford Whitecross

Busy run of matches for Hereford Whitecross, Thursday 11th saw the A team travel to Malvern to take on Manor Park D team. Callum Treasurer and Oscar Darke took the lead winning both rubbers, while Tobi Watts and Mike Howard won one and lost one to complete a 3-1 away win.

The much anticipated Ladies A vs B took place on Saturday the 13th with the A team squeezing through by a set and three games, well done to all involved playing in blustery conditions.

Thursday the 18th saw our B team return to action after a disappointing first match, Club legend Andy Fish laced his trainers again and combined with captain Harrington tow win both rubbers, Ross and Jasper Darke completed the 3-1 win.

hereford whitecross tennis

Pictured: Tom Harrington, Jasper Darke, Andy Fish and Ross Kingdon.


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