Tynedale  Ladies Second Team Match Report – 16/07/18 away to Collingwood

The second teams last outing was to the Coast, on a July evening when rain threatened, such an unusual thing for the Summer of 18. The venue was Collingwood Club, in a very beautiful area of Tynemouth.  Our team consisted of Mary Oliver and Cath Reed, Caroline Armstrong and Diane Hardy, Trish Gillespie and Debs Wilson.  We even had a support crew of one, namely Judith Oliver now at Jesmond Club.  Collingwoods only ladies Senior team was a tricky balance of experience and youth, as it had been in the 2017 season.  With a gloomy night in prospect with rain around, we eased through the first round 3 sets all. The oppositions first pairing of two eighteen year olds were a real force as they progressed through the evening, taking 5 out of 6 sets.  After the second round, the score stood 7 sets to 5 to the opposition, work to do.  With darkness setting in, and no benefit of any floodlights, Tynedale battled on, winning a couple of sets due to enforced retirement of an opposition player due to an injury.  Victory was snatched from our grasp, however, as their Thirds proved just too cute for our Second pairing, with spoils shared in their final encounter.  Final result was a narrow win for Collingwood 10 sets to 8.  First pairing for Tynedale gained 4 sets, with Seconds and Thirds getting 2 each.

Thank you to all the ladies who played for the team.

Tynedale Ladies Second Team Match Report 03/07/18 – away to Blaydon

 Our team went on the road to sunny Blaydon, on an epic night for English Football World Cup aspirations, and we did all right in terms of tennis too.

 The team consisted of Mary Oliver and Cath Reed, Caroline Armstrong and Diane Hardy, and Mary Williams and Carolyn Murray. The opposition could only field 4 players due to injuries and Wimbledon, so 6 sets were conceded to the away team before a ball was hit.  So with players sitting off, we took the first round 3 sets to 1.  The low sun was a match changer, who could deal with the low rays better was more likely to go through to win.  Second round saw  a strong Tynedale stride on to a convincing lead of 5 sets to 3.  Overall, first and second couples gained maximum sets, the third couple one set, plus six conceded meant we ran out 15/3 sets winners.

A well earned tea was enjoyed by all, sitting in front of the telly watching England win out on penalties for the first time in a squillion years. Life doesn’t get much better than that

Tynedale Ladies Second Team Match Report 14/06/18 – home to Northumberland 5ths

Our fourth match of the league season took place on 14th June 2018, at home to Northumberland 5th team. On a night with a brisk and swirling wind, and bright sunshine, we took to the courts with a determination to turn around a losing streak. The team consisted of Cath Reed and Mary Oliver, Trish Gillespie and Diane Hardy, and third team ladies playing up a league, Sue Roff and Mary Williams. Steady and tactical play meant we came through the first round 4/2 up, with Roff and Williams storming on with lots of scurrying and steady play.  Roff sporting a masculine look with the boy shorts look,which she rocked in, well done Sue, elegant as always! Second and Thirds rounds went well also, with the final score being a win for the home side 12/6.  First pair picking up 5 sets, second pairing 1, and an amazing 6 sets by the third pairing.  Well done all, a great result.

Tynedale Ladies Second Team Match Report 07/06/18 – Home To Cullercoats Thirds

On a beautiful Summers evening, the Seconds took to the courts again, looking for their first win of the season, having been defeated in the earlier two matches. The team consisted of Cath Reed and Mary Oliver, Caroline Armstrong and Michelle Russell, Trish Gillespie and Melanie Winter.

The opposition were Cullercoats Thirds, a familiar team with steady players and one younger top spin player with pace on certain shots, but wild at times. So we played the first round, with a disappointing 5/1 down interim result.  Second round was more successful, with score levelling to 6 sets all.  With everything to play for, and time just about in hand, the third round commenced with a feeling of maybe we can just pinch this.  Reed and Oliver marched on to gain the last two sets with an overall tally of 5, Armstrong and Russell struggled to lose their seventh set by a small margin, and no time to complete the last which they were on course to win. Overall Armstrong and Russell, a new pairing, gained 2 sets overall in the match, Gillespie and Winter taking 1 set.  The overall result was tight, but the visitors ran out the winners 9 sets to 8, with only 8 games more. So near and yet so far.  Better luck next time ladies.

Tynedale Ladies Second Team Match Report 18/05/18

On a beautiful evening we travelled to the indoor courts of South North Northumberland Churchill, for our second league match of the season.Newly promoted South North were a test of wit and cunning, as their courts and indoor environment certainly gave a home advantage. Our team this match was Cath Reed and Mary Oliver, Trish Gillespie and Catherine Whaley, and Rachel Currie and Michelle Russell. After sorting out a few ground rules, which favoured an indoor court rather than outdoor, we progressed to being 4/2 down after the first round.Tie breakers did not go our way, and with a very strong 14 year old impressing for the opposition, Tynedale struggled to get any foothold to make a comeback. The match ended up 11/6 defeat, but only 3 games more were won by the opposition than ourselves.

After a very nice picnic tea, we escaped back into the open air, to follow a beautiful Spring Moon and Stars galore, back to the Tyne Valley. Almost biblical.

Tynedale Ladies Second Team Match Report 03/05/18

The second team campaign got underway on a beautiful Spring/Summer evening 3rd May 2018 with a home fixture to an unknown team, David Lloyd Newcastle 2nds. Our team consisted of pairings Cath Reed and Kate Wilson, Trish Gillespie and Melanie Winter, and Catherine Whaley and Rachel Currie.  The opposition proved to be very strong in the first round, with more strength and precision finishing being the difference.  We were still in it, at 4-2 to the away team. There followed some long hard sets, and the match finished, uncompleted at 10pm, 13-3 to the visitors.  Cath Reed and Kate Wilson got the honours for longest sets, in round one and two, coming off court after round 2 at the slightly late time of 9.15pm. Overall, a testing opener, with good experience for some newer players in our squad.  Ever onwards and upwards.

Tynedale Ladies Second Team Final Match 25/07/17

Our final match in E Division was away against a depleted Rothbury team who sadly could only field 2 couples. Our team was Caroline Armstrong and Rachel Salthouse, Wendy Arnold and Trish Gillespie, and Cath Reed and Jill James. Our pairings were unable to break down the Rothbury First Pairings, which included a very strong player only recently moved up to the area from Yorkshire, her backhand was a great strength. All 3 of our pairs took both sets off the Rothbury second pairing, so we finished 12 sets to 6 the winners.  A beautiful tea followed, and we all went home happy to end the season on a high.  Overall the Seconds have won 4 out of their 6 fixtures, a solid performance.

Tynedale Ladies Second Team (Blaydon Thirds) 13/07/17

After a gap of some weeks for team games due to a rain cancelled match, the seconds rolled into action, at home to a strong Blaydon side. The team comprised of Cath Reed and Mary Oliver, Caroline Armstrong and Wendy Arnold, Catherine Whaley and Jill James.  The task was there, the team went 4-2 up after the first rubber, with determined play by the new partnership of Whaley and James.  Steady play became a big factor, with Tynedale going further ahead 9-3 after the second rubber.  With one set conceded by the opposition in the last rubber due to a knee injury, Tynedale ran out comfortable winners 14-3.  A great effort by Whaley and James to grab 3 sets.  Two matches remain, the fight for promotion to D remains intact.

Tynedale Ladies Second Team 08/06/17

Tynedale Tennis Ladies Section Seconds turned out on Election Day, to face Collingwood First Team. Pairings were Mary Oliver and Cath Reed, Caroline Armstrong and Rachel Salthouse, Wendy Arnold and Catherine Whaley. Despite light showers, the weather did not prevent a great match, with Collingwood putting out a very youthful team.  Experience and guile overcame the enthusiasm of youth, patience being the main advantage of Tynedales more mature squad.  Tynedale ran out winners by 12 sets to 6, first pairing taking 5 sets, second pairing 4 and third pairing 3. No tied result there, unlike the Election!

Tynedale Under 16’s 21/05/17

21st May 2017 saw a fine morning for Tynedale Tennis Club Under 16 Boys match against Durham Archery, at home. The Tynedale team consisted of Jake Reed at 1, Matthew Sharman at 2, Jonah Libretto at 3 and Cameron Baty at 4.  The Durham Archery team consisted of 4 very steady players, including the McKenna twins.  The battle was hard fought, many tight rallies and games, with Durham Archery edging it on guile and more accurate serves.  The match went to Durham Archery 6 -0, 12 sets to 0.  A true learning curve for the newly formed Tynedale Under 16s team, ever onwards and upwards!

Tynedale Ladies Second Team 20/05/17

On a beautiful early Summers evening, with all the blossom in full force, the seconds took on a newly relegated Beverley Park Second team, at Tynedale. Our team was Mary Oliver and Cath Reed, Rachel Salthouse and Caroline Armstrong, Wendy Arnold and Diane Hardy. The opposition were of a good standard, and despite some hard fought sets, Tynedale were defeated 14 sets to 4.  A brace of sets for first and third couples only. Perfect conditions for tennis, and the thought of ‘Ever onwards and upwards’

Tynedale Veterans Ladies First Team 16/05/17

The Vets First Team season kicked off on Tuesday 16th May 2017 with a visit to Blaydon to face their Vets Second team, who in 2016 were relegated from B Division to C, due to their First Team being relegated from B into C. This meant a wily four players, well paired, against a makeshift team from Tynedale of Cath Reed and Mary Williams, Wendy Arnold and Melanie Winter.  Many First Team players missing, injured, and Mary Williams helping out with only 7 hours notice.   A valiant effort, against the wind and strong sunlight of a May evening, Tynedale were outgunned and ended the night on the wrong end of an 8-0 defeat.  Well played and better luck next time.

Tynedale lll v Northumberland VI  11/05/17 

Fine weather conditions and courts in perfect condition set the scene for the third Tynedale Ladies lll team match, this time against Northumberland VI.  Tynedale’s team was Fiona Pye and Trisha Gillespie, Diane Hardy and Michelle Russell, and Rachel Dargarville and Jenny Ludman.   The match evolved into a close contest, ending in a win for Northumberland, 7 sets to 6,  and 58 games to 61 – a very enjoyable evening’s tennis.

Tynedale III v Cullercoats IV 05/05/17 

On a fine 5th May evening Tynedale Ladies III’s played Cullercoats IV at home.  The pairings were Fiona Pye and Trisha Gillespie; Diane Hardy and Mary Williams; and Melanie Winter and Jenny Ludman.  After another enjoyable night’s tennis Tynedale emerged victorious 14 sets to 4, a great win, with play ending just before 10pm. Everyone was ready for a large pot of tea, savouries and cakes!

Tynedale III v Wylam 27/04/17 

Under heavy April skies Tynedale’s Ladies’ Third team played Wylam at home in the first match of the season on 27th April. The conditions were still and the courts perfect. The team was Fiona Pye and Trisha Gillespie; Diane Hardy and Mary Williams; and Melanie Winter and Carolyn Murray.   The match developed into a close contest, with the final score in Wylam’s favour at 10 sets to 8. A thoroughly enjoyable evening”s tennis was rounded off with supper in the tennis pavilion

 Tynedale Tennis Club Ladies Firsts Match Report  – 04/05/17

Our first Northumberland and Durham League match was 4th May 2017, away at Cullercoats. The team of Kate Wilson and Francesca Bell, Jane Bradley and Emily Gibson, and Caroline Armstrong and Cath Reed, faced a newly promoted team, always an unknown quantity.  The evening was more January than May, swirling winds straight off the North Sea, and cold too.  Home team advantage worked, as the wind tested all players, and made some shots impossible without local knowledge.  Play continued through the adverse conditions until finish time, 10.30pm. The Home team ran out a convincing winner, 15 sets to 2, with Tynedale first and second couples picking up a set each.

Tynedale Tennis Club Ladies Seconds Match Report – 24/4/17

With the new season upon us, and snow forecast, the Second team of Caroline Armstrong,Rachel Salthouse, Cath Reed, Fiona Pye, Diane Hardy and Catherine Whaley, set off for Northumberland County Ground. Arriving very early, not a bad thing really, several of the team took advantage of late opening at the club shop for some pre match retail therapy. One brand new racquet was actually used in the match, with excellent results.

The night was bitterly cold, with a swirling wind, making text book tennis rather difficult. Patience and guile were the key words for the nights tactics, and this paid off. 5-1 up after the first rubber, the Seconds never really looked back, running out triumphant, but cold, 15 sets to 3 winners. A good start to the campaign. Caroline and Rachel took 5 sets, Cath and Fiona all 6, and Diane and Catherine a solid 4.

NUFC even managed to win promotion back to the Premiership the same evening!

Bring on the next match.

Tynedale Ladies III v. South Northumberland Churchill – 14th July 2016

On a fine evening, we played our final third team match at home.   The team was Melanie Winter and Trisha Gillespie, Catherine Whaley and Mary Williams, and Ingrid Jongman and Carolyn Murray.   We had a very enjoyable evening’s tennis and a good chat over tea, and  the result was a pleasing win for Tynedale III’s, 13 sets to 5.

Tynedale III v Virgin Active III – Thursday 30th June 2016

The Ladies third team played Virgin Active Wearside thirds at home. The team was Melanie Winter and Trisha Gillespie; Catherine Whaley and Mary Williams and Debbie Wilson and Ingrid Yongman.  After the first round Tynedale was in the lead, but the dry conditions were not to last. 

After delay due to rain, the captains agreed to resume the match when there was a lull in the weather, but the rain became more persistent and the second round was completed in wet conditions.  Due to the heavy rain, the match was concluded after two rounds, and the result was 6 sets all, with Virgin Active Wearside winning on games, so a very close result and sadly not in Tynedale’s favour.  The match was played in good spirit and it was a pleasure to welcome the team from Wearside. Supper was very welcome after all the rain 

Northumberland Vl v Tynedale III   – Thursday 13th June 2016

After a day of heavy rain showers, the sky brightened over Newcastle and by the time the first ball was struck it was a dry calm evening in the verdant setting of the county ground.

The team pairings for this match were Melanie Winter and Trisha Gillespie; Catherine Whaley and Mary Williams; and Jane Pesara Parker  and June Lomax. Tynedale got off to a good start, winning four sets in the first round and nine by the end of the second. Tynedale maintained the initiative with some great teamwork, winning the contest 12 sets to 6. We all enjoyed the tennis and some excellent hospitality.

 Wylam v Tynedale lll  – Thursday 23rd June 2016

On what must have been one of the hottest days so far, Referendum day, this midsummer fixture between Tynedale and  Wylam was played away at Wylam Tennis Club. Through the trees came the sound of the river Tyne below.  The team on this occasion was: Melanie Winter and Trisha Gillespie; Catherine Whaley and Jane Pesara Parker; and Debbie Wilson and Carolyn Murray.  This was a hard fought contest with many close games, which resulted in victory for Wylam 9 sets to 6 sets. Another enjoyable evening’s tennis with a friendly welcome from Wylam.

Northumbria 4 v Tynedale Ladies 2nds – 9th May 2016

Lovely evening tennis with Tynedale 2nds Ladies playing away at Northumbria 4ths. Despite being all equal 6-6 after the second rubber and some very close sets, the Northumbria first couple managed to beat all Tyndale’s pairings of Caroline and Rachel, Wendy and Fiona and Pat and Diane. Taking the final score to 11-7 to Northumbria.

Ladies First Team Vets versus Shotley Bridge – April 2016

Tynedale Tennis Club’s Hexham Ladies Veterans first team have started the season with a great win over a strong Shotley Bridge side.

In the first rubber, new pairing Barbara Laidler and Caroline Armstrong achieved a secure 6-1, 6-2 win over the competent Shotley second pair who found it difficult to deal with Armstrong’s ripping forehand and  Laidler’s all-round  experienced game.  Cath Reed and Mary Oliver gave a challenging performance against the superior Shotley first couple but sadly went  down 6-2, 6-3.

In the second rubber Reed and Oliver played some fast, skilful tennis, outwitting their opponents to a decisive 6-1, 6-0 win, whilst Laidler and Armstrong did enough to secure two games against the on- form Shotley first couple. Equal on sets at the end with Shotley, the Tynedale team won by a narrow four game margin.