Going into the last day, we needed a 7-2 win and for South Wales to beat Yorks for us to stay up. After some changes Thursday I was pleased to be able to select Bloomers, Jenkins for Friday and mcnaughton/Davies who got us into a 2-1 lead. Jenkins then had to come out injured meaning Dan Wynne went in with Bloomers for second round. We won all three runners in the second round them, Crawley/fisher also winning. By this point we knew South Wales were going to get the win meaning we needed 2 out of the last round to avoid relegation. Wynne/Bloomers won, Davies/mcnaighton lost meaning fisher/Crawley needed to get the 7th rubber, they did so 7-6 6-4 meaning the great escape was achieved. ‘I couldn’t have asked any more from the lads on or off the court, for us to keep battling away and maintain group two status in both summer and winter county cup during this period is hugely positive and the boys deserve great credit in wheeling themselves out year after year for the county.’
Report by Nicky Crawley (Captain)
It was a tough week for Norfolk ladies. With only 6 players for the last 3 days it was always going to be a struggle in the heights of division 1. After a tough loss to Hertfordshire on Monday with Maddie and Amy winning the only rubber we had a chance on the 2nd day against the eventual winners surrey. Maddie and Amy won 2 matches with me and Talitha winning one meaning it was a 6-3 loss. Unfortunately, Amy had to leave to start her new job as a doctor so we were down to 6 players. The rest of the girls fought really hard for the remainder of the week but by the end had nothing left in the tank and lots of injuries. I would like to thank the girls for their commitment and effort last week in a difficult situation. We are looking forward to hopefully being back in Cromer next year and some home support.
Report by Sam Noble (Captain)
Norfolk trio of Ben Bartram, Ruby Bishop and World No.2 player Alfie Hewett were competing in Nottingham last week at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships.
Ben Bartram still only 13 went on to win the Junior Boys Singles and Doubles titles alongside partner Dahon Ward. Ruby Bishop reached the Junior Girls Singles and Doubles Finals with partner Alex.
Bens Coach Derek Perry said “This is a great result for both Ben and Ruby. They have been brilliant throughout the competition. They really seem to enjoy playing the game and I am so pleased for them. I must also say Alfie has been incredibly supportive and continues to be a great inspiration”
For a full report of the championships please see link below. Details of the junior event are at the bottom of the article.
She rallies is a Judy Murray led initiative where female ambassadors are trained by Judy to the train other females. With the hope to encourage more girls to try tennis.
On 25th June 10 ladies from all over the county attended Norfolk’s first ‘little miss hits’ Course. This course is aimed to teach females to deliver non technical fun starter tennis sessions to 5-8year old girls.
We had a great mixture of coaches, assistants, parents and teachers. The group worked brilliantly together and understood the concept of the course very quickly. For details of future courses please contact Kim Burgess on firstname.lastname@example.org
Cromer Tennis Club recently hosted a corporate tennis event for Norfolk Tennis. 8 teams each consisting of 4 players enjoyed a sunny, although rather chilly afternoon on the beautiful grass courts. Teams were made up of local business people and senior Norfolk players. Delicious cakes and tea followed by an evening bar-b-que were provided by the club. The event was won by the ‘Monday Nighters’, a team made up from a group of eight players that have played together for many years!
The event raised in excess of £2000 towards the Norfolk Tennis Schools project. Stuart Silvester, Norfolk Tennis Schools Co-ordinator said ‘We are extremely grateful to participants and also the sponsors, Norfolk Homes, Icarus Hines the butcher and Barclays Bank for supporting this event. Cromer Tennis Club were also generous with their time and contributions in making the afternoon such a success. The money will allow us to expand the thriving schools programme in to new areas of the County’.
Monday Nighters – Richard Elliott, Johnny Chadd, Hugh Beevor and Chris Bradley-Watson
On Thursday 28th June, in beautiful sunshine Cromer LTC hosted its annual Ladies Day. This involved a ladies doubles tournament and lunch with 27 pairs from over the County competing in 4 groups.
The final was between Trish Peel and Caroline Blincoe and Sarah Wells and Jane Ray. Sarah and Jane were the eventual winners
Raffle donations to Nelson Journey
A wonderful day of tennis on the grass !
Sunday 1st July saw the clash of the counties, Suffolk Titan Tennis players travelled to Cromer tennis club to take on both Cromer and Tennis Edge players in this charity tournament.
Over 70 players attended and participated in a total of 90 matches on Sunday afternoon, all basking in the glorious weather. Families arrived in their car loads to enjoy an afternoon of tennis spectating washed down with a delicious BBQ and refreshing beverages from the bar.
From player entry fees and raffle a total of £1,460 was raised for Cancer Research UK, a cause very close to the heart of Paul Hope, director of Titan Tennis who came up with the idea of this Charity Event.
The afternoon saw some fantastic matches, some players playing on grass for the very first time. There were some very close matches, running into three sets and tie breaks. Every match shows fun, sportsmanship and skill. If the players weren’t competing then they were having fun on the mini courts.
The end of the tournament signalled time for the parents and coaches to pick up their rackets and take to the courts with Ross Murray from Cromer and Marco Mitev-Will from Titan battling it out on court, followed by Marco and Asa Sumner-Keens in a very close three setter. Dads also participated with doubles matches against coaches and one another.
A fantastic afternoon, all in aid of a fantastic charity.