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Winter match play nearly complete, Summer Leagues coming up…

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First Team Ladies – Mercedes, Lenka, Nina and Michele

Woodfield Grove’s Ladies 1st Team were pipped at the post in the Winter Women’s Doubles 2 / Division 9 East by Purley Bury Women’s 1, and it couldn’t have been much closer.

Both teams won 8 points over the 5 ties played, scoring 15 won – 5 lost in rubbers, so it came down to overall sets won – 34-5 to PB and 30-14 to WGTC.

The two teams played for the second time in a week at Woodfield Grove when the visitors won by just one set and relegatied WGTC into second place in the division.

This followed their disappointment at finishing runners-up to them in the knock-out final a week earlier at Purley Bury.

Congratulations to Lenka and Michele for playing 10 matches and winning them all over this winter campaign!

The men’s second team head their division 16 East, scoring 7 points from 4 ties played but have yet to play Norbury Park 3.

The men’s first team played all five of their winter league matches, finishing third in their division 10 East (MD 2) with a 7-10 rubber ratio; while the men’s third team earned 3 points from their five matches to end fifth in Division 25 East.

Everyone is now looking forward to the Wilson Summer League, which starts on the 1st May.

Wilson Surrey Summer League 2016
DateDrawHomeAwayScore
Sun 01/05/2016Men's Doubles - Div 09 EastCheam Fields ClubWoodfield Grove Men's 1
Sun 01/05/2016Men's Doubles - Div 18 EastWoodfield Grove Men's 2Wigmore Men's V
Sun 01/05/2016Men's Doubles - Div 23 EastWoodfield Grove Men's 3Honor Oak Men's1
Mon 09/05/2016Mixed Doubles - Div 03Magdalen Park 2Woodfield Grove Mixed 1
Mon 09/05/2016Mixed Doubles - Div 06 EastSouth Croydon Mixed 2Woodfield Grove Mixed 2
Sun 15/05/2016Women's Doubles - Div 10 EastLimpsfield Women's 3Woodfield Grove Ladies 1
Sun 15/05/2016Women's Doubles - Div 21Dorking Ladies 2Woodfield Grove Ladies 2
Sun 22/05/2016Men's Doubles - Div 09 EastWoodfield Grove Men's 1Old College Mens 3
Sun 22/05/2016Men's Doubles - Div 18 EastTelford Park Men's 3Woodfield Grove Men's 2
Sun 22/05/2016Men's Doubles - Div 23 EastWoodfield Grove Men's 3Dulwich 6
Mon 06/06/2016Mixed Doubles - Div 03Banstead Downs 2Woodfield Grove Mixed 1
Mon 06/06/2016Mixed Doubles - Div 06 EastWoodfield Grove Mixed 2Shirley Park Mixed 2
Sun 12/06/2016Women's Doubles - Div 10 EastWoodfield Grove Ladies 1Downs Ladies 1
Sun 12/06/2016Women's Doubles - Div 21Woodfield Grove Ladies 2Epsom Women's 4
Mon 04/07/2016Mixed Doubles - Div 03Woodfield Grove Mixed 1Wilton 1
Mon 04/07/2016Mixed Doubles - Div 06 EastReedham Park mixed doubles 1Woodfield Grove Mixed 2
Sun 10/07/2016Men's Doubles - Div 09 EastCarshalton Men's 1Woodfield Grove Men's 1
Sun 10/07/2016Men's Doubles - Div 18 EastWoodfield Grove Men's 2Grafton Mens 3
Sun 10/07/2016Men's Doubles - Div 23 EastRaynes Park Res. Mens 2Woodfield Grove Men's 3
Sun 17/07/2016Women's Doubles - Div 10 EastShirley Park Ladies 2Woodfield Grove Ladies 1
Sun 17/07/2016Women's Doubles - Div 21DL Cheam Women's 1Woodfield Grove Ladies 2
Mon 01/08/2016Mixed Doubles - Div 03Banstead Downs 1Woodfield Grove Mixed 1
Mon 01/08/2016Mixed Doubles - Div 06 EastWoodfield Grove Mixed 2Camber Mixed 2
Sun 07/08/2016Men's Doubles - Div 09 EastDormansland Mens 2Woodfield Grove Men's 1
Sun 07/08/2016Men's Doubles - Div 18 EastDulwich 4Woodfield Grove Men's 2
Sun 07/08/2016Men's Doubles - Div 23 EastSpencer5Woodfield Grove Men's 3
Sun 14/08/2016Women's Doubles - Div 10 EastWoodfield Grove Ladies 1Wigmore Ladies II
Sun 14/08/2016Women's Doubles - Div 21Old College Ladies 6Woodfield Grove Ladies 2
Sun 04/09/2016Men's Doubles - Div 09 EastWoodfield Grove Men's 1Purley Bury Men's 2
Sun 04/09/2016Men's Doubles - Div 18 EastWoodfield Grove Men's 2Selsdon mens 1
Sun 04/09/2016Men's Doubles - Div 23 EastCASSAC 2Woodfield Grove Men's 3
Sun 11/09/2016Women's Doubles - Div 10 EastDulwich Ladies 3Woodfield Grove Ladies 1
Sun 11/09/2016Women's Doubles - Div 21Woodfield Grove Ladies 2Richmond Ladies 3
Mon 12/09/2016Mixed Doubles - Div 03Woodfield Grove Mixed 1Purley Mixed 2
Mon 12/09/2016Mixed Doubles - Div 06 EastNorbury Park Mixed 1Woodfield Grove Mixed 2

Good luck to them all!

For those not involved in the Surrey Leagues, they can look forward to the up-and-coming Millennium Cup campaign, which kicks off on Sunday 17 April when Woodfield Grove is away against Telford Park.

And then we have the Club Tournament to look forward to…

Time to dust off those rackets and get down to business.

Springing up the Ladders

Ladders News

Climb your way up the ladder ranking
Climb your way up the ladder ranking

The Doubles Ladder is up and running alongside the Mixed Singles Ladder and both provide club members with an ideal opportunity to play others in friendly matches, especially now the evening are getting longer and there is a hint of spring in the air.

They both run under the same rules, are accessed online and are proving to be pretty competitive, especially in the lower regions of the singles rungs.

Ladies I reach Knockout Final

Woodfield Grove Ladies I won the Winter Knockout in 2015
Woodfield Grove Ladies I won the Winter Knockout in 2015

The Ladies 1st team is gearing itself up to play the final of the Surrey Ladies’ Grade B Team Knockout tournament held over the winter and will play away to Purley Bury 2 on Sunday 13 March at 11am.

Ironically, the two clubs will have to play again to determine which will win the Wilson Surrey Winter League and that match is scheduled for Sunday 20th March at home at 10:30am.

Whichever team wins the winter division in the league will have to play in Knock Out A next year so this will probably be both clubs’ last chance to play the final for a while!

WGTC Ladies I won at Shirley Park last Sunday, 3-1, and the division is up for grabs, depending on how PB did that same day as it all comes down to the wire.

The ladies will have to exercise some self control the night before their knockout final at the Quiz Nite on Saturday night if they are to have all their faculties fully operational.

Winter Tournament

The Winter Handicap Doubles Tournament is drawing slowly towards its conclusion in April with the matches now in the quarter finals.

On balance the handicapping has been fair, with just one glaring glitch to date.

The handicapping is done by committee and it really isn’t easy to accomplish so hats off for a well-balanced tournament on the whole.

The final is on Saturday 23 April at 2pm.

AGM

The Club’s Annual General Meeting is on Tuesday 15 March at 8pm and it is hoped many members, especially some of the new ones, will make an appearance since this is an opportunity to hear how the club is doing, what the future plans are and to learn members’ views on a variety of topics.

Coaching News

The following Saturday, 19 March, our coaching team is offering a range of free taster sessions for kids from 2pm and 5pm.

The first hour will cater for 5–7 year-olds, while 7-10s can try the game between 3pm-4pm and 10 year olds and over will take over the courts from 4pm until 5pm.

Feel free to bring along a new friend or two and enjoy the free lesson together!

Contact Karin Govan, our Head Pro on 07946 431 514 or email karintennis@hotmail.com to sign up for a guaranteed spot in the Free Taster Sessions.

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After Easter a select few members will have the chance to Play the Coach on Saturday 9 April from 2pm to 3.30pm in what promises to be an exciting event to watch!

Perhaps the most exciting news is that our team is launching Tennis XPress at the club, which is designed for adults who have never played tennis before, or haven’t played in a long time.

It is an easy and fun way for adult beginners to get into the game and will start at the club on Thursday 16 April when we are offering non-members a 6-week Tennis XPress course from 8pm to 9pm for just £54 for the full course.

AND THEN, if you decide to join the club after your Tennis XPress course, we will give you a 15% discount on your subscription!

It’s a great deal!

Also on offer is Cardio Tennis which is running in six-week courses from Thursday 21 April from 9.30am-10.30am.

Again, please contact Karin on 07946 431 514 or email karintennis@hotmail.com to sign up.

It is all happening at Woodfield Grove!

Match play at Woodfield Grove

itf246022The Winter Handicap Doubles tournament is under way at Woodfield Grove – just one of the several competitions of varying levels held at our club.

Partners are drawn and given a handicap to level the playing field and it all makes for a great way to meet other members.

The final will be held on Saturday 23 April.

Other match play includes the Mixed Singles Ladder, which is accessed online and now features over 40 players.

On 1 March, a new Doubles Ladder will join the singles ladder and members are currently signing up for this.

Teams are being selected ahead of the Surrey Summer League and players will have the chance to attend some training sessions with one of the coaches.

tennis-net1By the time we hit the summer proper, entries will be accepted into the Club tournament so it is all go at Woodfield Grove on the competitive front.

For those without the urge to play serious matches there are Club Sessions and American Tournaments to look forward to.

With spring peeking around the corner, it surely is time to get out onto the courts!

Not a member yet? Look out for our promotional offers and taster sessions to be published shortly.

Woodfield Grove wins Millennium Cup Masters

WinnersWoodfield Grove Tennis Club took full honours at the Millennium Cup Masters on Saturday, 1 August, hosted by Telford Park Lawn a Tennis Club in celebration of fifteen years of the local team competition that has involved hundreds of members from the clubs of Streatham.

Fielding the bare minimum of a team, David, Aiden, Maggie and Anna stepped up the plate and came up trumps.

The late arrival of Snookie added Peter to the mix, who able assisted both as co-captain and bench sub.

It was all about celebrating fifteen years of the Millennium Cup and four of the five participant clubs took part, with Wigmore absent due to being unable to field a team, which was disappointing.

Three rounds of ties were played, with Grafton LTC, Norbury Park, LTC, Telford Park and Woodfield Grove playing each other during the course of the day in timed ties over singles, doubles and mixed.

“It was tricky, making sure you got all the matches played in the timeframe,” said Nigel, Norbury Park’s captain. “But the short format is fun because it engages everyone quickly!”

Fast4 was launched in Australia in January and allows players to play a quick match by winning four games to win a set with a short tiebreak at three games all.

For the MC Masters, each match comprised of one set and all games won (and lost) counting towards each club’s cumulative score line.

“The aim is to win as many games as possible,” said Steve, Telford Park’s Captain. “And lose as few as possible!”

WGTC established an early lead after the first tie lasting 90 minutes, defeating Telford Park 15-9.

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The opening men’s singles went to a short tiebreak in favour of Telford’s Robin, who defeated Aiden 4-3, after which the eventual winners kicked in to lose just five more games in the next four matches.

A break for a fabulous barbecue lunch provided by Telford Park followed, which was enjoyed by all sitting outside in the glorious weather.

After an extended lunch break, the Tie Period was reduced to 75 minutes to increase the challenge and WGTC was up for it.

Second round opponents were Grafton and although they were pushed in both the doubles and got pipped by the clock, Woodfield still recorded a convincing win, 18-10.

Aiden found his range on the synthetic clay and 14-year old Anna, who proved to be the backbone of the team, came through their singles with the loss of only two games between them.

Grafton’s Rosie teamed up with Fiona and pushed Anna and Maggie hard but lost out in the short tiebreak, while Peter and Aiden proved too strong for Will and Paul (G) 4-2.

Murray and Julie proved strong challengers against Snookie and Maggie but ran out of time, 3-2.

Maggie was struggling with a bad back but since Woodfield only fielded the minimum two ladies, soldiered on bravely, pairing up with Anna to win the doubles in another short tiebreak.

“We thought of substituting Maggie but she was determined to play her part,” said David, WGTC’s Captain.

“She and Anna did really well!”

The final round of ties was played after a short break with WGTC leading the pack, just two points ahead of Norbury Park. There was all to play for…

Norbury challenged them hard but Woodfield ultimately proved too strong, winning through 17-12 when time ran out on them.

Terry McGranaghan and Andrew King (NP) snatched the men’s doubles from Aiden and David, despite the substitution of Peter mid stream, in the tiebreak.

As everyone repaired to the clubhouse for a sumptuous tea and the presentation, the final standings were confirmed by the referee:

  • First Place – Woodfield Grove [50-31]
  • Second – Norbury Park [41-38]
  • Third – Telford Park [37-41]
  • Fourth – Grafton [33-46]

The winners received a certificate and a bottle of Prosecco each for their efforts and everyone else on a team, a certificate of participation.

“Congratulations to everyone!” said Barbara, the referee and founder of the Millennium Cup as she made the presentations.

“This was somewhat of a pilot, using the new short tennis format [Fast4] and you all did very well.

“We saw some really competitive tennis, especially towards the end as you all became used to the format.

“The consensus seems to be that this has been a successful and enjoyable event, a good way to celebrate fifteen years of Millennium Cup competition and, maybe, we’ll do it again soon.

”I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our hosts, Telford Park, and particularly Juliet and Steve and their team, for welcoming us so warmly and for providing such wonderful hospitality throughout the day.”

Juliet, Chair of the Millennium Cup Organising Committee added: “We have all really enjoyed today.

“When Barbara proposed this to the committee, we all got very confused and thought it would never fly but it has and it has been great fun!

“The committee will take a good look at how to tweak it for the future and we hope we can do this again soon.”

Murray spoke on behalf of all the participants: “I’d like to thank Barbara for all the arrangements and for running the show so smoothly, particularly providing all the materials to explain what we should be doing!”

All in all, a good day and a good way to celebrate the Millennium Cup’s 15th Anniversary year.

For more click HERE

 

Competition hots up at the club

The Club silverware
The Club silverware

Club Finals day approaches on Saturday 20 June when there will be a barbecue from 12 Noon until 2pm, followed by tea from 3pm to 5pm and, of course, some great tennis to watch…

Members are asked to sign up in the clubhouse for food and to assist with officiating if possible. If you are interested in doing so, please email John or Michele.

The Club Tournament hots up as it  reaches the semi-final stages in men’s and ladies’ singles and doubles, and mixed doubles events and, over the coming week or so, we will be seeing some intense competition for the final spots.

Top seed and current men’s singles champion Matt is being challenged by teenager Ben while, in the other half of the draw, second-seeded Andrew faces another teenager, Joey, in his semi final contest.

In the women’s singles, trophy holder Mercedes  meets Nina while Lenka, the second seed for the title, must overcome another former champion, Candice, if she is to make it to finals day.

Tony and Mark, both absent from singles play this year, combine again in the men’s doubles in search of a fourth title in a row together, and they will meet Matt and Neil in their semi final.

In the other half, the second seeds, John  and Peter, who have notched up four titles together and have appeared in the finals on countless other occasions, meet the new pairing of Joey and Andrew in their semi on Tuesday.

The finalists in the women’s doubles are already set with Lenka and Michele, the top seeds, seeing off a strong challenge from Candice and Anna and winning through, 1-6 6-3 6-3, to face Mercedes and Barbara, the second seeds, who overcame Nina and Karin, 6-1 4-6 6-3, in a two-hour marathon at the weekend.

The mixed doubles has been dominated for nearly two decades by Michele, who is in search of her sixteenth title in this discipline and her sixth with Tony. Siblings Anna and Ben challenge in that semi final, while their father, Mark, teams up with Nina against David and Lenka.

Whoever gets through at the last, the finals promise to provide an entertaining day of tennis at Woodfield Grove Tennis Club.

Play starts at 10.30am with food for the barbecue costing £10 per person, including burgers, sausages, salads, strawberries and cream and cheeseboard, while afternoon tea is just £3 each for sandwiches, scones and cakes.

Please email carole195201@live.co.uk if you can’t sign up in the clubhouse by close of play on Wednesday 17 June as we need to know catering numbers.

Above all, do come along to the club’s biggest day of the year!

A new challenge!

Singles Ladder Challenge

Climb the tennis ladder by issuing challenges online and playing your way up
Climb the tennis ladder by issuing challenges online and playing your way up

Newcomers to the singles ladder Andy and James have already created a new challenge between each other!

They are numbers 24 and 25 at the foot of the ladder so those above, watch out because here they come…

Meanwhile, David overcame Lenka to take the eleventh spot recently, but we are still waiting for the result of the challenge between Esme at eighteen and Ali at nineteen!

Everyone else seems to be asleep… come on! It’s spring, so get out there and challenge!


 

Millennium Cup Call-Up

The Millennium Cup 15 Anniversary logo
The Millennium Cup 15 Anniversary logo

We are very keen to get new members and those who don’t play regularly for one of the teams in the Surrey Leagues to participate in the Millennium Cup.

The dates this year are:

▪ Sunday 19th April at home versus Telford Park
▪ Sunday 10th May away at Grafton
▪ Sunday 31 May at home versus Wigmore
▪ Sunday 14 June away versus Norbury Park

If you’re interested in playing either singles or doubles then please contact alex.kyle@yellery.com.

Involving the five clubs of Streatham, the Millennium Cup provides friendly competition across all age groups over the summer.

It is about playing matches on a level playing field so that new club members especially can get a taste of match play in a friendly environment.


Winter Mixed Handicap Final

Unlikely pairs in the Winter Mixed Handicap Tournament!
Unlikely pairs in the Winter Mixed Handicap Tournament!

Sign up by Wednesday if you would like food from the barbecue on Saturday while watching the final of the Winter Mixed Handicap tournament.

You can do this on the sheet in the clubhouse or by emailing connor1974@gmail.com.

The final is between Maggie and Dougie, who are playing off +30 and still waiting for their opponents.

They have dispatched three scratch pairs to get there – Patrick and David, in the first round, then the second seeds, Nina and Ben in straight sets in the second, and latterly Anna and the other Ben in the semi-final.

"Yours!" the cry of mixed doubles...
“Yours!” the cry of mixed doubles…

In the top half of the draw Alex and Joe [+15] convincingly defeated top seeds Karin and Simon [-15] after winning through their opening round in three very long sets against Lenka and Peter [-15].

Their semi final opponents are Andrea and Mark [+30], who beat Ali and Edward [+30] and Candice and Matt [-15] on their way though the draw.

Whoever gets through, it should be a fun match to watch and with lovely barbecued food available and the bar open, it should prove to be a great day!


Sign up now for the American Tournament

Sign up now for the American Tournament

American Tournament
American Tournament

With just one week to go, members should sign up now for the American Tournament to be held on Saturday 21 March from 2pm until 5pm.

This is a fun-filled ‘mixed’ pair tournament where you switch partners and play new opponents every 20 minutes or, all arranged by our Head Pro, Karin.

There will be a lavish tea provided by Carole and, of course, the bar will be open offering sturdier refreshment to the needy.

Get yourself out onto the tennis court and meet other members!

To enter email karintennis@hotmail.com or sign up on the sheet in the clubhouse.

Team Quiz was a success!

Woodfield Smashers - the winners!
Woodfield Smashers – winners of the Team Quiz!

The Team Quiz was very well attended on Saturday 7 March – a virtual full house, actually – with five teams of varying numbers applying themselves to a wide array of questions produced by Barbara, the Quiz Master.

Many thanks to all for making the evening such a great success on every level!

Around 30 had to use their little grey cells because smart phones were banned under the threat of a fine for charity and everyone eagle-eyed to earn a few extra points if they could whistle blow on another team – Sadly not a penny went to charity…

A full report with pictures can now be seen by clicking HERE.

Winter Mixed Handicap Tournament heads towards final

Unlikely pairs in the Winter Mixed Handicap Tournament!
Unlikely pairs in the Winter Mixed Handicap Tournament!

We have a pair into the final of the Winter Mixed Handicap Tournament that is nearing completion.

Dougie and Maggie, playing off +30, effectively wore down of the sibling pair of Ben and Anna , who were at scratch, 6-0 6-3, and now await the outcome of the other half of the draw, which is somewhat lagging behind.

The final will be played on Saturday 18 April at 2pm when there will be a barbecue for all players and supporters!

Spring tennis is coming

A host of golden daffodils heralds spring and tennis
A host of golden daffodils heralds spring tennis

Spring tennis is coming, the weather is improving and the days are getting longer. Soon the clocks will go forward an hour and it will feel wonderful to play into the evenings again.

At Woodfield Grove, our thoughts are turning to spring cleaning! The website has already had a major revamp for members, making it easier to navigate and is full of topical and historical news.

The patio has been pressure-washed ahead of the next working party when volunteers will spruce up the club for the summer.

And we have our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 24 March at 8pm when we will review the past year’s activities, approve the accounts and elect the committee to run the club for the coming year.

The Ris Team Cup

Ris Team Cup logo
Ris Team Cup logo

We are introducing a new team event for members this spring – the Ris Team Cup – to be contested by four teams over just one day on Saturday 16 May using the new Fast4 short format, which should prove to be great fun and involves around 40 players. There will be a barbecue too.

In addition to the regular Surrey League matches now been played by some seven teams, there is the Summer Knock-out and, of course, the Millennium Cup, which starts in April.

Mixed Singles Ladder

Climb the tennis ladder by issuing challenges online and playing your way up
Climb the tennis ladder by issuing challenges online and playing your way up

Plus there is social tennis too and a mixed singles ladder to spice up the challenge. This has recently been switched online so players can track and challenge easily.

We also have online booking for the courts so tennis is now just a smart phone away!

Running alongside all this competition are a series of social events, which have already been slated for the diary so there is a lot going on at Woodfield Grove!

Open Day

If you are not a member you have a chance to come down to try out the club on Sunday 19 April when it will be open to visitors from 2pm until 5pm.

You can, of course, drop in to be shown around whenever it suits you but during the Open Day you can play as well as meet the coaches and other members.

Feeling a bit rusty tennis-wise? Then take some coaching from our brilliant team or try out the Sunday afternoon Pay-&-Play with Coaching session, full details of which can be found elsewhere on this website.

Go on! Give yourself a treat this year and join our club!

Doing Well

"Yours!" the cry of mixed doubles...
“Yours!” the universal cry of mixed doubles…

The club seems to be thriving, with an influx of new members and an expanding junior programme.

We are delighted to welcome several new members over the autumn and look forward to seeing them taking part in the Winter Mixed Handicap Tournament, the entries for which are now being taken ahead of its start in January.

Members can sign up now the tournament with the closing date of 19 December, after which partners will be randomly picked and the draw made!

The final will take place on Saturday 18 April at the club.

We are also approaching the festive season and will soon be putting up the decorations ahead of the Christmas Party on Saturday 13 December.

Members, their family and friends are welcome to come along.

 

Newly re-surfaced courts

Just re-painted after being re-surfaced
Just re-painted after being re-surfaced

It was hard to believe that our ‘new’ courts needed to be re-surfaced but, after some 14 years of use, it was time to do so.

As a result, WGTC now has newly re-surfaced courts!

We had kept them in good nick, with regular cleaning and painting over the years but the cushioned Plexipave surface became worn and needed attention, particularly at the back where there was some quite serious root damage.

So, over a couple of weeks in August, the three acrylic courts were duly resurfaced and are now back in play, looking wonderful!

The fourth macadam court has also been painted so all four courts at the club are now in tip-top shape for the next 14 years or so!

Thanks to all the members for their patience over the period of the works. It’s been worth it!

For more on this, Members click HERE!

Floodlit courts in play
Floodlit courts in play

With all four courts floodlit until 10pm, Woodfield Grove is a great place to play over the coming winter months.

We also have a great coaching team, who are waiting to help you with your game, whatever standard or age you are.

If you are not already a member, you should be! Come along and have a look for yourself.

You will be welcome!