Yearly Archives: 2013


Christmas Quiz 2013

(Answers will be posted on the website w/e 10 January 2014)

1. At which course did National Hunt jockey AP McCoy achieve the historic landmark of 4,000 winners in November?

(Towcester, Cheltenham, Newton Abbot, Worcester)

 2. Which British cyclist won the Tour de France in 2013?

(Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy)

 3. Which football team won at Arsenal on the opening day of the 2013/2014 season?

(Southampton, West Brom, Manchester City, Aston Villa)

 4. Which British boxer is IBF and WBA unified super middleweight champion?

(David Haye, Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton, Carl Froch)

 5. Who did Marion Bartoli beat in the Wimbledon Ladies’ singles final?

(Petra Kvitova, Sabine Lisicki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Serena Williams)

 6. Who were crowned English 2013 county cricket champions?

(Somerset, Durham, Yorkshire, Lancashire)

 7. Hope Powell was sacked as manager of which English sports team in August?

(Hockey, Football, Swimming, Athletics)

  8. Which female TV personality accused SKY of appointing pretty female sports reporters as ‘window dressing’?

(Gabby Logan, Clare Balding, Denise Lewis, Sally Gunnell)

 9. Which athlete became the first British woman to claim two world titles when winning the 400m in Moscow in August?

(Christine Ohuruogu, Jo Pavey, Laura Weightman, Anyika Onuora)

 10. Who has just been voted BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the year?

(Rafael Nadal, Sebastian Vettell, Usain Bolt, Phil Mickelson)

 11. Who has scored the most runs in the current ashes series in Australia?

(Michael Clark, Brad Haddin, David Warner, Ian Bell)

 12. Leigh Halfpenny plays his club rugby for which team?

(Leicester, Bristol, Newport Dragons, Cardiff Blues)

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During the recent severe winds we sustained damage to a number of our trees alongside court 7 (top courts). This brought to a head the situation regarding the future of this line of trees.

A 60 foot conifer toppled over in the gales and brought down three sections of the chain link fence surrounding the courts (which is presently undergoing repair). A number of adjacent trees were also damaged and need to be removed.

The future of this row of conifers was already under review as the pine needles are causing damage to court 7 by clogging up drainage. We have kept this damage to a minimum over the year by use of our new brushing machine but this does not represent a permanent solution to the problem.

In view of the storm damage it has been decided, after consultation with a tree surgeon and taking into account his recommendations, that the appropriate solution is to remove the entire line of conifers which are now becoming a liability to the club. This work will take place immediately after Christmas.

It is appreciated that this will change the aspect considerably but it will open up the area and create a new look. The area will be tidied up and new, more suitable trees, will be planted at the appropriate time.

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Presentation evening

Thanks to all who supported the presentation evening on 9 November. The event was extremely well attended with around 60 people present.

Well done also to the more than 40 participants in the club tournament over the summer, especially the winners who are listed below.

Men’s Singles                –         Ben Kilsby

Ladies’ Singles              –         Mary Oliver

Men’s Doubles              –         Colin Pyle/David Kendall

Ladies’ Doubles            –         Barbara Laidler/Jane Bradley

Mixed Doubles             –         Kate Wilson/Chris Steenberg

Plate Men’s Singles       –         Chris Steenberg

Plate Men’s Doubles     –         Patrick Brooker/Matthew Haverson

Plate Ladies’ Doubles   –         Trisha Gillespie/Fiona Pye

Plate Mixed Doubles    –         Trisha Gillespie/George Miller


Also congratulations to the Ladies’ second team and the Men’s second team who both won their leagues in excellent style.

Further thanks to Rachel Oliver for her enlightening presentation on her work in Burkina Faso and to Christian Steward for presenting the raffle prizes in his usual inimitable style.

Thanks also, of course, to our Ladies’ Champion Mary Oliver who organised the tournament and made it happen – it is perhaps fitting that she should lift a winner’s trophy! 

Through the raffle and the auction of Jak Alnwick’s goalkeeping gloves we raised £181 towards club funds.

Finally, the quiz accolades this year go to the ‘Doubles Entendres’ team which comprised Keith and Rachel Buchanan, Trish and Andrew Gillespie, Pam and Fiona Pye and their guest Judy Mercer. It was a close run thing, so well done to all those participating.

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Pat Docherty

Unfortunately Pat has had to hang up his tennis racquet due to a health problem and he wishes to pass on his best wishes to all his friends at the club. Pat is one of our most senior members and will be a sad miss on Saturday afternoons. Hopefully we  will see him socially next season.   

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David Esthers profile

..and his contact number are now viewable on the coaching page

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Tokens for the court floodlights

The nights are drawing in and we are starting to need more lights tokens.  This is just to let you know that the Sports Club now has its Winter opening hours, and it is not open on Monday and Tuesday evenings for the purchase of tokens, so please stock up in advance if you are planning to play on these nights.

The opening hours of the Sports Club are as follows:

Wed 7pm to 11pm

Thur 7pm to 11pm

Fri  7pm to 11pm

Sat 7pm to 10pm

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Presentation Evening

An invitation to you to come and enjoy the tennis club Presentation Evening. The Presentation Evening will be on Saturday 9th November at 7.30pm in the Sports Club, Prior’s Flat, Hexham, just beside the car park and cricket field. We do hope that you will be able to attend. This is the event at which we present the trophies to the winners, in their respective categories, of the Club Tournament and the Consolation Plate Tournament.  There will also be a bring and share supper, so please bring along some of your favourite food to share. We very much look forward to seeing you.  Please bring your family.

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New Head Coach

We are very pleased to announce that David Esther is to be the new Head Coach at Tynedale Tennis Club.

David plans to start coaching at Tynedale on Monday 4th November, the first Monday back after half term. Prior to this he plans to run an Open Day at the Club on Saturday 26th October from 10am-1.30pm. Further details of the Open Day will follow shortly. Watch this space for updates.

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Ladies Captains – View of the 2013 Season

It was with a sense of great honour and achievement, and not a little trepidation, that I took over as your new Ladies Captain as from the AGM in early 2013.  I would like to take this opportunity of thanking my immediate predecessor, Mary Oliver, and Anne Thompson before her, for their sterling work and setting of very high standards for me to attempt to follow.

My objectives for the season, or my ‘Mission Statement’ as we so often have forced upon us by various companies, was that whilst we attempt to be as good as we can be, we remain a ‘Sisterhood Of Tennis’ and that, when the dust settles, so long as we have played our best, enjoyed the camaraderie, worked at great team spirit, no-one can ask for more.

We are all different characters with differing abilities, but all with a love of the game of tennis, and hopefully a competitive spirit within.  My own personal mantra is that I don’t particularly mind getting thrashed, so long as I played to my highest possible level.  However, as you may be aware,  my first competitive match as Ladies Captain, and also Captain of the 1st Team, was thwarted when I bounced rather badly from by bike, onto a hoggan road (big gravel to non locals), and ended up having surgery at the RVI on my left knee. This the day before the match.  The expression ‘hacked off’ does not go anywhere near how I felt.  Only missed two days at work, and one tennis match, so not as bad as my sister in law Katy, who has snapped her Achilles tendon whilst playing that dangerous game, netball, and is still suffering after 12 weeks in […]

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Finals Day!

After the previous day’s deluge all fingers were crossed at Tynedale Tennis Club on Saturday 7th September for club finals day. The event was the culmination of  four and a half months effort by tournament co-ordinator Mary Oliver whose elegantly persuasive powers achieved a record entry of 42 players across the various categories. The reward for Mary was a better than forecast day and while the sun didn’t shine the rain stayed away. Play continued uninterrupted from 1pm to 7.30pm, later than expected due to some classic encounters between contestants ranging in age from 15 to 64.

In the Men’s Singles, young pretender 18 year old Ben Kilsby took on the experienced Colin Pyle. Ben’s impressive and mature play saw him take the match two sets to love and become one of the youngest players ever to take the title.

This was followed by a match of epic proportions between two of the most respected lady players in the club, Cath Reed and Mary Oliver in the Ladies’ Singles. After a gruelling two and a half hours of superb play Mary prevailed, but only after a marathon final set which she took 10 games to 8. And both contestants had other finals still to play later in the afternoon!

In the Men’s Doubles Ben Kilsby was joined by his younger brother Dominic aged 15. With a combined tender age of 33 they couldn’t match the experience and guile of David Kendall and Colin Pyle whose aggregate age remains a well kept secret. The youngsters, however, made a real go of it and the result was a treat for the spectators on court 1 who could only admire the standard of play from both couples.

In the other matches Barbara Laidler and Jane Bradley took the Ladies’ Doubles coming out on top against Cath Reed and Mary Oliver, now on the same side of the net after […]

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