NORFOLK LTA MENS VETERANS 70 + 2017
Over many years of team captaincy, this was my most challenging season. Firstly our three away fixtures meant journeys to Northumberland, Lancashire and West of Scotland and secondly, even allowing for our 70+ ages medical conditions (Achilles injury, heart operation, hernia operation and radiotherapy for cancer) played havoc with team selection.
The expected team of captain Mike Huggins, Jim Wiseman, Roger Meadows, Lyndon Barker and Charles Armstrong had to be supplemented by guest appearances by Mike Andrews, Tony Hylton, and Tony Edelsten from the 75+ team and I am extremely grateful to them.
All our matches took the form of four doubles matches and were very close, well contested affairs. We opened our account with a home match against Avon and started with a 3-1 win, then hit the road for a double header playing West of Scotland in Glasgow and Lancashire, near Manchester the next day. Unfortunately, both were lost –West of Scotland by a 3-1 margin and Lancashire by a 5 sets to 4 scoreline with the rubbers tied at 2-2.
Things became even closer in our next game at home to Nottinghamshire where a 2-2 rubber and 4-4 set score was lost by 38 games to 36. This tight score continued to our final match against Northumberland in Newcastle but this time the 2-2 rubber, 4-4 set score was completed by a 44 game to 40 winning margin.
HARRY WEEDS REPRESENTED THE COUNT AT EVERY JUNIOR AGE GROUP BEFORE JOINING THE MEN’S TEAM.
I arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand on 13th June to start work as a physiotherapist for Optimal Performance- a small clinic that specialises in treating sports injuries. We also look after New Brighton Rugby Team, a team competing in the premier division in Christchurch.
I decided to come to New Zealand as I wanted a new challenge and the job enabled me to combine my passion for physiotherapy and sport. It has also given me the opportunity to travel to and discover an amazing country whilst still working. I have been using the weekends to explore the country and have already managed to see a lot of the South Island, including visiting Queenstown and Mount Cook (the highest mountain in New Zealand).
There is a high level of tennis in Christchurch and I have joined Cashmere Tennis Club. The team has won the premier division in Christchurch for the last 4 years and I will likely be playing at number 2 or 3 singles. I am currently training twice per week with the team and the season will start in late September. There is around 8-10 teams in the premier division with matches being played on Saturday afternoons. I should definitely be in good shape for when I return and will be fighting for my spot in the county team!
It was great to see both the Men’s and Ladies teams getting promoted at county week and I even managed to have a skype call with the boys when they were out celebrating!
New Zealand is an absolutely stunning country and I have loved my first few months out here. It’s also been great to find a high level of tennis, and I’m now looking forward to the start of the season!
The 13th Annual Louise Willgrass Memorial Ladies’ Doubles Charity Tennis Tournament was held at East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club, Lime Tree Road, Norwich, on Wednesday 11th October 2017.
The weather was extremely windy, a great leveller, but otherwise dry, sunny and warm – 18 degrees centigrade!!
Four boxes of six pairs ensured everyone had plenty of tennis before the top two pairs from each group went through to the quarterfinals:
Liz Cubitt/Corrin Tulk (Framlingham/Acle) vs Val Woodhouse/Annie Cowper-Johnson (Cromer)
Sarah-Jane Bullock/Hilary Kerrison (Diss/Beccles) vs Judith Lee/Cheryl Buck (EATSC)
Susanna Cooper/Jo Gowing (Brooke) vs Beverley Barber/Jane Ray (Diss/Beccles)
Jenny Barton/Sara Worley (Wortham) vs Dawn Stocker/Liz Waller (Blofield)
Going through to the semis were:
Liz & Corrin vs Judith & Cheryl
Beverley & Jane vs Dawn & Liz
The final was a hard-fought, one set match with Beverley & Jane prevailing over Judith & Cheryl, 6-3.
Raffle prizes included a handbag from VANILLA, Libby Ferris orchids, Top Spin Tennis Racket Stringing Voucher, goodies from City Farm Shop (at Notcutts), a Lunch Voucher for the E Street Smokehouse (new sister restaurant to the Last Wine Bar) and two vouchers for Wine & Tapas at Jarrolds’ new Deli as well as six cans of tennis balls from Pilch. Plus MANY, MANY gifts from the players themselves.
The raffle was held during a delicious lunch laid on by the club and many thanks must go to the hard work of Hannah, Sharon, Leanne and all the staff; not to mention Derek Perry, our own inimitable referee and sole male attendant!!
The prizes of flowers by Libby Ferris (Grove Road), kindly donated by Lucy Carne of REALITY Estate Agents (Grove Road) were presented by Ben Willgrass, son of the late Louise in whose memory this tournament is played.
The £800 proceeds of the event will be given to Cruse Bereavement Care Norwich, the chosen charity of the Willgrass family. Caroline Morton from the charity thanked the ladies for their valuable contribution to the much-needed work they do helping bereaved people.
PHOTO ATTACHED: L-R: Judith Lee, Cheryl Buck, Ben Willgrass, Jane Ray & Beverley Barber.
The Men’s over 55’s had a solid season, winning three out of their five matches and finishing second overall. The two losses were both by three rubbers to two and, with every team in the league losing at least one match, the top spot was decided by a narrow loss away to Warwickshire. This match went to the wire with Norfolk ultimately losing the deciding doubles rubber on a championship tie-break 12-10. The team was unbeaten at home where it beat Cambs, Cheshire and Wilts, but needs to improve its away form next year, the other loss being to Beds. Neil & Paul Henery and Ian Quinton each played in all five matches and provided the backbone of the team. The other players were Kevin Lee, who played twice and Ian Nichols, plus Mark Reeves and Mike Hutson who kindly played down from the over 60’s.
Report by Ian Quinton
Gary Thrower (capt)
Subs (playing down)
7 May: Cumbria away
A good start to the new season. Thanks to David Henderson for stepping in and making the long journey.
11 June: Suffolk away
1 July: Northumberland away
We were one short again, thanks to Alan Hudson who made the trip this time.
20 August: Durham & Cleveland home
9 September: Cambridgeshire home
Durham & Cleveland won our division, they were undefeated. Cambridgeshire second, Suffolk third and
Norfolk fourth all finished equal with three wins, the positions determined by game percentage and we were marginally the worst.
Report by Gary P Thrower