Despite all efforts to organize the matches well in advance, our season was sadly characterized by too many cancelations and injuries. Most significantly poor Katie Brooks had yet another operation on her jaw, and this time it affected one of her eyes very badly. In addition she also badly strained her wrist.
Jo Love and Katie Brook, and Anna Linton and Andrea McCombe were due to play against Essex at the David Lloyd Club on Sunday 4th June. On the 2nd June I got a text from their captain Nell “ Hi Clare, I’m so so sorry but is there any chance we can rearrange for Sunday. I’ve just had a player pull out with a nasty knee injury, so I’ve been calling around and literally can’t find anyone to play … “
So the answer was they had to concede.
Next up was Kent on Sunday 18th June. Poor Katie wasn’t well enough to play, so I filled in. So the team was Anna Linton and Verena Rowan, me and Jo Love.
Jo and I narrowly lost our singles. Jo and Anna won their first doubles. Then due to straining her back Verena and Anna had to pull out from their second doubles. And the first Kent doubles pair pulled out due to injury too. So overall we lost 4-6.
Anna, Andrea, Lucy and I schlepped up to Yorkshire to be utterly demolished by their very good team on Sunday 2nd July. But we had a surprisingly nice Thai meal in Huddersfield, a good laugh and Premier Inn was an awful lot nicer than I’d expected. The beds really are that comfortable .. even if the bathroom was a bit smelly. And I got to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the way back which made it completely worthwhile.
We didn’t win a set and there were nearly some bagels!
Trying to work out the score from this match was so complicated and time consuming it nearly fried my brain.
We attempted to play on the 12th August at David Lloyd. First of all two of their players dropped out in advance. But they wanted to play so they didn’t get relegated. Eventually we worked out the rules – that two of us had to play the singles, and then a different two had to play the doubles.
So Jo and I played first. I won my match 7-5, 6-4. Jo narrowly lost in a tie break. Meanwhile poor Lucy Seppings was involved in a car accident on the way there so obviously she couldn’t play. So that meant Katie ended up as spectator only. We then put forward Jo’s Mum as Katie’s partner to avoid losing that match. But they declined. God only knows how we worked out the score in the end, but it involved lots of telephone conversations with Keith Bland … all I can remember is that we won! 6-2.
Yet again we failed to play Dorset. We were due to play at their club on Sunday 3rd Sept. But what with Eastbourne and injuries (I pulled out and Verena very kindly schlepped down to take my place) it simply wasn’t possible.
Report: Clare Crean
The Norfolk Ladies 50’s team have had another successful season in 2017. Having won the seniors inter county Championships in the 50’s for the last two years we set out on a mission to make it 3 years in a row.
With a dedicated team made up of Judy Horn, Trish Peal(captain), Sue Rich, Jane Ray and Lesley Cooper we were drawn to play Surrey,Hertfordshire and Warwickshire at home and Leicestershire and Kent away. These matches were played over the summer with great success. All encounters were won and out of the 25 rubbers contested only 3 were lost. Hence we were through to the finals again. This time we had to play Yorkshire on the first weekend in December at the David Lloyd centre in Dudley.
Trish Peal played their number 2 singles first and won. Next it was Judy Horn’s turn to play the no1 singles and after a superb performance she too won. Then Sue Rich and Jane Ray took to the court to play the doubles pair. Having lost the first set, they came back strongly and took the rubber in a championship tie-break. Norfolk were now 3 rubbers up and could not be beaten so were awarded the match and the title with no further rubbers to be played.
So I am pleased to say we have achieved our aim and retained our national title for a third successive year.
It’s been a wonderful season with Judy and Trish being undefeated both in their singles and doubles matches, as have Sue and Jane when playing together in Doubles.
Thanks have to be given to Virgin Active/ David Lloyd club in Norwich for their support and allowing the use of their facilities for training and Matches. Also thanks to all the ladies we play with from Norfolk who have given us unfailing support. Finally thank you team members for always making yourselves available and being so committed. Well done and well played.
I would like to wish my successor Sally Bridgstock as the incoming captain a happy and successful year next year. Good luck.
Captain Norfolk 50’s Ladies
Despite illness and injury depleting the squad on the week of the event, Norfolk Men were only two rubber away from gaining promotion to Group 1 of the Aegon Winter County Cup over weekend 25/26th November.
In the week leading upto the event skipper Nicky Crawley suffered a bout of flu, Tom Spinks injury and Dan Wynne managed to play despite suffering from vertigo!
A superb effort by all enabled the team to record an opening day victory against Nottinghamshire winning 7-2. On day 2 they suffered a 3-6 defeat against Cheshire before beating the eventual group winners Lancashire 6-3 on the final day.
Norfolk Men’s Team: Nicky Crawley, Dan Wynne, Johnnie Wynne, Richard Bloomfield, Barry Fulcher, Kris Jenkins, Tom Hunter, Will Davies, Alex Mcnaughton
FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW
Norfolk Ladies have won promotion to Group 2 of Aegon Winter County Cup thanks to a 100% winning record in matches played over weekend 25/26th November.
The team consisting of: Lucy Brooks, Sam Noble, Rosie Pooley, Frances Evans, Vianne Palffy, Monica Raviraj and Karen Highfield cruised to victory. Defeating Leicestershire 6-3, South Wales 8-1 and Staffordshire 5-2. Promotion continues the teams winning run after gaining promotion back into Group 1 of the Aegon Summer County Cup.
FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW
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!