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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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