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.


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.


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.

Tournament Results

Here are the results from the tournaments recently run by Karin at the club:

Ladies’ Tournament
  • 1st     Heloise
  • 2nd   Gemma
  • 3rd   Valerie
  • 4th   Andrea
Junior (2001, 2002, 2003) Tournament
  • 1st   Rory
  • 2nd  Alec
  • 3rd  Felix
Junior (2004, 2005) Tournament
  • 1st   Sofia
  • 2nd  Sam
  • 3rd   Caragh
Junior (2006, 2007) Tournament
  • 1st   William
  • 2nd   Lucas
  • 3rd    Ethan
Junior (2008, 2009) Tournament
  • 1st   Cormac
  • 2nd  Beth
  • 3rd   Hugo

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


A fine Finals Day at Woodfield Grove Tennis Club

Singles champions Joey and Mercedes
Singles champions Joey and Mercedes

Once again, Finals Day proved to be a highly competitive affair on Saturday 20 June.

In a change from the normal schedule, play opened with the Men’s Singles, which saw the defending champion and top seed, Matt, pitched against the same finalist as last year, Joey.

A year can make quite the difference in this game and Joey has been working hard on his game, so much so that he was able to see off the player to whom he lost in three sets last year with a decisive 6-2 6-2 victory.

Mercedes was also defending her title, against the very same opponent as last year, Candice, and again proved the more consistent and innovative with her shot-making, winning 1-6 6-4 6-4 to take her third singles championships.

While the status quo was maintained in the ladies, the men’s doubles saw a changing of the guard as Joey teamed up with Andy to dispatch the top seeds, Mark and Tony in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.

The ladies doubles went in a similar fashion with top seeds and holders Lenka and Michele seeing off Mercedes and Barbara with relative ease, 6-3 6-2.

The mixed doubles, however, has yet to finish, having been interrupted by rain with Tony and Michele leading Mark and Nina by a set, 6-3.

As the deluge continued, the presentation of prizes was made by 19 Grand Slam winner Maria Esther Bueno, who is an Honorary Member of the club.

During the day, over 40 members and their guests enjoyed a barbecue lunch and afternoon tea as they watched some fine tennis.

The mixed final will be concluded at a later date.

A full report with more photos can be viewed by clicking 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!

A Busy time at the club

Members have had a busy time at the club of late, with the American Tournament last Saturday, the Surrey Winter Knock-out Final on Sunday and the AGM on Tuesday evening.

Winners WGTC

Lenka with David Cianfarani
Lenka with David Cianfarani

Congratulations to Lenka for leading her team of Michele, Mercedes and Nina to win the Surrey Ladies Knock-out in impressive style.

It is the first time WGTC has entered the winter edition, although the team has met with considerable success in the summer knock-out tournament.

On this occasion, they dispatched Godalming after a stuttering start, 3-1, turning a significant game deficit into a convincing victory.

With the help of Lucia and Karin in the semi finals, WGTC had taken out Wentworth away from home by a margin of only one game, while Godalming scraped through their last four round by just two, so the two teams were well matched in the final.

Surrey Chairman, David Cianfarani, was on hand to present the prizes and enjoyed a pizza lunch with the finalists afterwards.

“It was a close contest played in great spirit,” he said. “It looked as if it would go Goldaming’s way after they won the opening match in straight sets but Woodfield turned it around.”

And turned it around they did – Lenka and Michele eventually winning their marathon match against the first pair, 7-6 6-7 [10-8].

The reverse singles saw Mercedes and Nina find their range and confidence to easily overcome the same pair in two sets, while Lenka and Michele neutralised the vicious spin and booming overheads of the second team to also win through in straight sets.

Well done, gals!

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American Tournament

Ten members signed up for the American Tournament on Saturday 21 April, which got off to juddery start after a confusion over the start time!

“These things are sent to challenge us!” laughed Karin, who organised the mix-in event.

By all accounts everyone enjoyed the occasion in spite of the chill in the air and, of course, the tea – thanks to Carole!

Annual General Meeting

Only fourteen members turned up for the AGM on Tuesday evening, with around a dozen apologies!

Despite the lack of a quorum, the Chairman, Peter Risdon, soldiered on, calling on the Treasurer, the Captains and the Secretary to deliver their various reports.

The overall message was that the club is doing well, having undertaken a series of important and necessary repairs and maintaining a healthy sinking fund for the future.

“The overall financial position is extremely positive,” said Alex Kyle, the Treasurer.

“We’ve made major investment over the last two years on both the balcony and the courts and have been building a sinking fund for just such a purpose.

“With no major investment on the horizon we have a few years grace now to continue to rebuild the sinking fund.

“It is also worth noting that we continue to keep a tight grip on costs.”

Men’s Captain, John O’Connor, and Ladies’ Captain, Michele Roberts, summarised the results of the various club teams, many of whom had met with considerable success over the winter period.

Ladies 1 had won Division 2-11 East while Men’s 1 had placed second in Division 2-10 East.

“Considering, as a club, we only have around 60 players all told, we are doing pretty well fielding teams,” said Michele.

“Sometimes it is a struggle but we have offered no walkovers!”

Claire Lean, the Secretary, gave a run down of the current membership numbers and praised the fact that there were now 10 family members as it had been a goal some years earlier to attract more local families.

The Committee was re-elected for a further term and the Full Member subscription, set by the AGM, was raised just £5 to £275 in accordance with the club’s policy of generating adequate funds to cover both operating costs and laying in funds for the future.

All other category subs are determined by the Committee at its next meeting on 14 April in time for the renewal date of 1 May.

Vice Chair and Webmaster, Barbara Wancke, presented the proposed amendments to the Rules, stating these were to bring them in line with the current operation of the club and use of digital media.

Arrangements for Club Sessions were revised with the elimination of the old redundant pegboard system and all the changes were approved by the meeting.

She also gave a summary of the results of the recent member survey, which can be found within the member section.

“A 26% response return was pretty good for our purposes,” she said.

“Overall the membership is pretty happy with arrangements at the club and gave some really good suggestions, which the committee will consider over the coming weeks.

“Any criticism made is taken seriously and we will be doing our best to do an even better job, particularly in those areas that have possibly been neglected.”

The Chairman thanked all those present for coming and closed the meeting at around 9.15pm with a round of drinks at the bar.

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!