Monthly Archives: September 2013


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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Coaching – Update

Please note that our coach Adam Boba has accepted a coaching opportunity elsewhere. Our club coaching programme will therefore be unavailable from Sunday 15 September while we review the situation. We will be in touch with members affected as soon as the position is clarified. 

Any urgent enquiries in the meantime can be directed to Mary Oliver on 01434 607432.

We wish Adam all the best in his new role

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Club Tournament Finals Day 7th September

A reminder that Finals Day is this Saturday 7th September 1pm start .

Finals Day programme (1pm start)

The order of play will be as follows:

 Ladies’ Singles and Gentlemen’s singles
Ladies’ Doubles and Gentlemen’s Doubles
Mixed Doubles

Plate finals will take place alongside Doubles events. 

Please all come along with a small contribution to tea, support the players and enjoy a good afternoon’s tennis with afternoon tea.

Normal club play will be suspended until an appropriate time (at organisers’ discretion). So please bring your rackets along too. Families also welcome.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

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