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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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Bromsgrove Tennis Club

In the final match of 2018 Bromsgrove men’s C team just edged it over local rivals Droitwich C 3-1 to move into the promotion spots for division 5E of the Hereford & Worcs  winter league.

A new combination for Bromsgrove of Tim Wright with Matt Smith made their mark, opening with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Cartlet and Steel. A tough 3 set battle which saw the lead see saw followed against Moran and Clive but Wright and Smith came through 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
Jack Walters and Tim Roland took a while to get going, losing their opener to Moran and Clive 1-6,1-6. However they stormed back in another hard fought contest to beat Cartlet and Steel 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
Captain John Casey said afterwards ‘the lads really dug in against a strong Droitwich team and pulled off a great win to put us in a great position going into the winter break’

The men’s F team came up against a strong Far Forest A team and went down 0-4 in a one sided division 10E contest without winning a set.

 

Bromsgrove Tennis Club

The two Bromsgrove teams playing this weekend had mixed fortunes.

The Men’s C team took on Wall Heath B who had had an impressive start to the division 5E Hereford & Worcs winter league. But turning up with half a team didn’t help their cause as Bromsgrove won 3-1 with 2 walkovers. Last minute replacement for captain John Casey, Jack Walters teamed up with Charlie Tait to win 7-7, 6-2. It took them a while to get into their stride, particularly as Walters hadn’t played for a while. After taking the opening set on a tight tie break the second was a simpler affair as they gave Bromsgrove 2 crucial extra points. Max Feltham, playing for the 2nd time with 12 year old Harley Jones couldn’t repeat their success of last match as they lost a hard fought encounter 5-7,3-6. The result pushed Bromsgrove up the table to 3rd, just behind Wall Heath.

The Ladies F travelled to Cutnall Green to play their C team. Cutnall had the edge is some competitive tennis. Claire Hancock with Di Horton opened with a close loss 4-6, 5-7 before taking their second contest 6-1, 6-4.  Alison Douglas with Carol Cornelissen played some good tennis but were just edged out in their opener, losing a 3rd set tie break, before losing their second in 2 sets.
Captain Hancock said afterwards ‘after recent promotions we’re playing much stronger teams in division 9E and we are learning - so that in the future I’m sure we’ll turn narrow defeats into wins’.

 

Goodrich Tennis Club, Ladies 'A'ttitudes

On Sunday, 9th December, Goodrich 'A'ttitudes travelled back to Manor Park, this time to play their 'B' team in Division 3 of the H & W Winter League, having taken on and beaten their 'C' team just a few weeks ago.  However, the 'A'ttitudes found this to be a much stronger challenge with the Manor Park team, currently in second position in the division, strengthened by a new lady. Despite some very tough battles and competitive games, Manor Park secured all four rubbers.  In the first, Cheryl Mordecai and Steph Howell got off to a strong start taking the set 6-1, but Manor Park came back hard and took the next two sets, 3-6/1-6.

On the adjacent court 'A'ttitudes second pair, Rachael Wintle and Cath Hutchinson, up against Manor Park's second pair, were also struggling to win games and eventually went down 2-6/1-6. In the second round, Cheryl and Steph were unable to win enough games to convert into sets despite a valiant attempt in the second set, and saw the rubber go the way of Manor Park, 2-6/5-7. 

Rachael and Cath also lost their second rubber, 2-6/2-6, but enjoyed the challenge of playing some highly competitive tennis.  'A'ttitudes next match is on Sunday, 10th February, when they will host MCS at Goodrich. 

Goodrich Ladies A

 

Goodrich Tennis Club, Ladies 'B'ashers

On Sunday, 9th December Goodrich 'B'ashers played host to top of the division team Hallow 'A' in their last match of 2018 in the H & W Winter League, Division 4.  Goodrich first pair Jill Brown and Kirsten Ainsworth got off to a disappointing start and saw the first set slip away from them, 4-6.  Spurring themselves on to do better, as they knew they could, they then reversed the score taking the second set 6-4.  Level on sets and games both pairs served and returned well and at 5 games apiece it was Hallow who buckled on their service game handing Jill Brown the opportunity to serve the match out, which despite several deuces she was able to do so, wrapping up the third set 7-5 much to the delight of her partner Kirsten. 

On the other court, 'B'ashers second pair, Wendy Jenkins and Kirsten Mathews, who in the past have been disappointed with their opening rubber, were totally focussed.  With the Hallow pair struggling to adapt to the carpet surface Wendy and Kirsten took advantage of this adding spin and slice to their shots, to take the set 6-1. The Hallow pair then changed their service ends and this did see them pick up more games, but at 4-4 'B'ashers then broke serve with Mathews able to serve the set out, 6-4.

Victorious from their first rubber win and not wanting to be on court for another 3 sets, Jill and Kirsten now playing the Hallow second pair, were pleased to take the second rubber in straight sets, 6-3 / 6-3.

Having had a lengthy break following their first rubber win and with a strong wind now blowing, Wendy and Kirsten got off to a flying start, taking a 5-1 lead in their first set against the Hallow first pair, but then saw two games slip away in quick succession.  "How did that happen", queried Kirsten, but Jenkins responded positively and was able to serve the set out, 6-3.  In the second set the 'B'ashers pair were determined to maintain the momentum and in a business-like manner, and now under the watchful eye of their Ladies Team Captain, Kim Martin, were able to wrap up the second set, 6-2, and retire to the pavilion out of the cold wind, to enjoy some home-made soup. 

Goodrich Ladies B

Goodrich 'B'ashers were pleased to take all 10 points and see them stay in second place after four matches, with three more to be played next year.  

 

Bromsgrove Tennis Club

It was double top for Bromsgrove teams as they bounced back from disappointing results last weekend. The Men’s B top took over top spot in division 3E and the Ladies C went to the top of division 5E.

It was maximum points for the Men as they ran out 4-0 winners against Barnt Green B. The opening round saw Jaspal Saimbi team up with junior Stuart Shannon to beat Barnt Green’s Linsell & Gordon 6-1, 6-3. Matt Smith with Jeth Tomlinson had a tough opener against Grinnell & Scarle. After losing the opening set 3-6 they took the second 7-5 and in a nail-biting decider ran out 7-6 winners. The second round saw Saimbi and Shannon cruise to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Grinell & Scarle. They were well supported by Smith and Tomlinson who wrapped up the win with a 7-5, 6-1 win against Linsell & Gordon. The win opens up a narrow lead at the top of what is going to be a tough division this winter.

After a disappointing loss to Pershore B last weekend the Ladies C bounced straight back with a 3-1 win against Cutnall Green B. Steph Armstrong with Beccy Smith were in great form for Bromsgrove as they wrapped up 2 straight wins 6-4,6-2 against Inchley & Kramer and 6-0, 6-3 against Wadlow & Elliot. Bromsgrove’s Lorraine Russell with junior Claudia Bullock had a tougher time. Fighting back from losing their opening set 0-6 they won another tight 3rd set battle 7-6 to clinch a vital win against Wadlow & Eliot. This tough rubber took it’s toll though as they went down 4-6, 2-6 to Inchley& Kramer. The win takes Bromsgrove to the top of the division but the nearest rivals all have matches in hand.

Bromsgrove Tennis

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Bromsgrove Ladies C with Cutnall Green Ladies B. Bromsgrove Ladies C of Steph Armstrong, Claudia Bullock, Lorraine Russell and Beccy Smith.

 

Goodrich Ladies

On the morning of Saturday, 1st December under a grey and overcast sky, Goodrich Ladies 'B'ashers travelled to Ledbury to take on their 'B' team in Division 4 of the H & W Winter League.  'B'ashers first pair, Jill Brown and Katie Hunt, who stepped up from the 'C' team, saw their first set against the Ledbury first pair go to a tie-break which they succeeded in winning 7-6, but the second set, again very tight, went the way of Ledbury 5-7.  At one set all it was the Ledbury ladies who were able to get a break of serve and wrap up the third set, 6-2. 

Meanwhile, Wendy Jenkins and Kirsten Mathews, 'B'ashers second pair, were disappointed not to have done better in their first rubber against the Ledbury second pair, managing to win only two games, going down 6-2 / 6-0.

At the change-over Jill and Katie, now playing the Ledbury second pair, were the ones to get a break of serve and win the first set 7-5, but not to be outdone Ledbury levelled the sets, taking the second 2-6.  The 'B'ashers responded by winning the third set 6-3, and an excellent debut performance by Katie. 

Finally it was the turn of Wendy and Kirsten to try and redeem themselves, now taking on the Ledbury first pair, who were playing in Division 2 in the Summer, so not an easy task ahead of them.  With the first set level at 4-4, it was Ledbury who broke serve and then served the set out, 6-4.  Having already doubled their tally of games, Wendy and Kirsten responded to the harder hitting shots and grew in confidence, serving better and putting away more winners, which saw them take the second set 7-5.  The third set was a very tight affair, and at 5 games apiece it was Goodrich who broke serve to take a 6-5 lead. With Wendy now serving Ledbury were not going down with a fight and there followed several deuce points, but Ledbury eventually netted the ball after some fine rallying, much to the relief of Wendy and Kirsten.  At two rubbers apiece, when sets were counted up it was Ledbury who got the winning draw, 6 sets to 5. 

The 'B'ashers next match is on Sunday, 9th December, when they are at home to Hallow 'A', who top the division, with Goodrich in second place.  

 

Manor Park Tennis Club

With 5 men's teams all playing last Sunday, was a pretty hectic day for Manor Park. With 4 of the 5 teams winning overall, in glorious sunshine, was a great day for the club. 

Top performance of the day was in division 1, Manor Park B beating Bewdley A 4-0 with some fine underarm serving by Ben Shaw to secure a great victory. 

Manor Park D also got a brilliant 4-0 win against Hallow A. Simon Tinley from Hallow fighting hard in a couple of close battles (and lots of chatter about crushings, which may or may not have happened!!!).

Manor Park E went over to Bodenham and won 3-1, and Manor Park G beat Madley B 4-0. 

Manor Park F went down 0-4 to Ledbury B, with one of our own dual-members playing for Ledbury and beating us both times (Pat Brazil - your membership fees will be doubled for that!!)

 

Goodrich Tennis Club

It was a hat-trick of wins for Goodrich Ladies on Sunday, 18th November, when three of their four teams were in action.  Both the 'C'hasers and 'D'yanamos, in Divisions 5 and 6 West of the H & W Winter Leagues respectively, were away to Hallow's 'B' and 'C' teams. 

The 'C'hasers first pairing of Kim Martin and Katie Hunt won their first rubber 6-2 / 6-3, and their second rubber even more convincingly, 6-0 / 6-0.  Meanwhile second pair, Jill Brown and Carolyn Riddell, won their first rubber 6-2 / 6-0, but had more of a battle on their hands in the second rubber, losing the first set 2-6, then winning the second set 6-2, but Hallow came back strong in the third set to take it 1-6.  This moves the 'C'hasers up to second place, and their next match will be on Saturday, 24th November, at home to Kempsey 'B'.

Playing on adjacent courts, the 'D'ynamos first pair,  Shani Courtney and Debbie Trigg, soon got into their stride and won their first set 6-3, but regrettably a nasty leg injury sustained by one of the Hallow ladies meant she was unable to continue playing, and therefore the second set went the way of Shani and Debbie, 6-0.  The second Goodrich pairing of Rosemary Chatterton and Diane Webb, dropped just 5 games in their first rubber, 6-3 / 6-2, and again were 'given' the second rubber 6-0 / 6-0.  The Goodrich players wish the Hallow lady a speedy recovery. This puts the 'D'yamos in second place after four matches, and they will have to wait now until the New Year to continue their campaign for promotion.

Finallly, the Goodrich 'A'ttitudes travelled to Malvern to play Manor Park 'C', in Division 3 West.  First pair, Cheryl Mordecai and Steph Howell, dropped just two games in their first rubber against their opposite pairing, winning 6-2 / 6-0, and a 6-3 / 6-1 win in their second rubber against Manor Park's second pair.  'A'ttitudes second pair, Rachael Wintle and Cath Hutchinson, also had a comfortable win against their opposite pairing, winning 6-4 / 6-2, but their second rubber against Manor Park's first pair was a tougher challenge, seeing the first set get away from them 4-6.  Giving each other plenty of encouragement, Rachael and Cath turned the score around to win the second set 6-4, and a solid third set win of 6-1.  After just two matches this puts the 'A'ttitudes in third place with 16 points, and their next encounter will be on Sunday, 9th December, back at Manor Park to challenge their 'B' team.

Goodrich Tennis Club

Back row, l - r: Shani Courtney, Rosemary Chatterton, Kim Martin, Debbie Trigg
Front row, l - r: Carolyn Riddell, Jill Brown, Diane Webb, Katie Hunt

Bromsgrove Tennis Club

Christmas did come early for Bromsgrove Tennis Club. As the lights were turned on in the town centre Bromsgrove tennis players turned on their power to record 4 great wins.

Top of the tree were the Ladies A team who swept to a second maximum points 4-0 win against Cutnall Green A and now sit at the top of division 2. Both pairs of Sally Franks with Tina Manning and Jen Law with Rachael Mack won each of their rubbers impressively in 2 sets. Captain Franks said ‘Cutnall fought hard but we had the edge in all the rubbers. It was great having Jen Law back in the team after working abroad for a couple of years and her return has really strengthened the squad.’

Not to be outdone the Ladies C team started their winter campaign with another maximum point 4-0 win over close rivals David Lloyd Bromsgrove B. New pairing of Beccy Smith with Izzy O’Connor were slow off the mark, losing their opening set before coming back to win in 3 tight sets, finishing the afternoon with a comfortable 2 set win.
Lorraine Russell with Debbie Oliver were in good form winning both rubbers in 2 sets and never being under real pressure.

The men’s B team travelled to play Belbroughton B in a division 3E contest. The experienced pairing of Phil Boardman with Ash Rutter came together again now Rutter has recovered from injury and showed their old magic as they won 7-6, 6-1 before staging a great comeback to win in 3 sets 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, The new pairing of Jaspal Sambi with Voitek Niedzwiedz lost their match against the Bewdley 1st pair but clinched a 3-1 victory with a subsequent 6-1, 6-3 win.

It was tighter for the men’s G team in division 11 who took on the unknown league newcomers Far Forest B. A tight match saw both pairs of Rich Hope with Stuart Roney and Craig Horton with Martin German win a rubber and lose the other, with two tight 3 set battles. With Rubbers and sets equal Bromsgrove took the win bonus points on games won 45-40.

Last week saw the Ladies B team notch up a good win against Ross on Wye A. Lorraine Russell stepped up from the C squad to play with Joan Mcgregor and they pulled off a great 3 set win to help Bromsgrove win 3-1. Regulars Kelly Kenward with Hannah Weston won both rubbers in tight contests to kick start their season and move them up the division 2 table.

Also last week It was one to forget for the men’s F team who went down 0-4 despite a number of tie break opportunities to Barnt Green D team in division 10.

 

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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