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New Court Surface (Jan 2019)
Work started on Tuesday 15 January 2019 to lay a new carpet based court surface and this should be completed by the end of the week, weather permitting.
The new surface is Matchplay 2 XL which is a high performance, needle punched outdoor carpet, with a built in cushion layer. The carpet, together with the white marking lines, are glued to the existing tarmac surface and then the whole area is dressed with sand. Initially there will be significant amounts of sand on the top surface but this will gradually filter down into the carpet base over time. The surface is specified as medium pace (ITF 3) and should provide more forgiveness for those members whose joints are not as supple as they once were!
Further photos (before, during, and after) will be available via the gallery page once the current works are complete.
Floodlight Replacement (Dec 2018)
In 2018 some research was done on whether the floodlights had got dimmer after 18 years of use or whether they were just as bright as they had been when they were new and it was just that our eyes were 18 years older! The research showed that the existing metal halide bulbs experience significant brightness reduction over time and that our bulbs were reaching the end of their useful life. The committee decided to go ahead and a team of Dick Hogbin and Steve Dakin successfully undertook the replacement of the floodlight bulbs on the 17th December 2018.
Hopefully members will have noticed that the new bulbs do appear significantly brighter and they also future proof us against the time when the bulbs fail and replacements are not available because LEDs have taken over the market. LED replacements were investigated but the cost was high due to the need to adapt the floodlight supports and with the imminent cost of resurfacing the courts it was decided to replace the existing bulbs on this occasion.
Ladies 1 v Kemsing 2 League Match (Dec 2018)
The club’s Ladies 1st team celebrated their second win of the season on 17 Dec 2018 against Kemsing II ladies. Janice McConnell & Julia Smith played a very long match against the Kemsing 2nd pair eventually losing 6-7, 6-7. This led to Tricia Wallis & Audrey Goodworth sitting out for over an hour having beaten the 1st pair 6-1, 6-0. On resumption of the match Tricia & Audrey won 6-1, 6-1 with Janice & Julia losing 4-6, 3-6 and thankfully a similar finish time for lunch, when a cake with candles was produced.
The reason for the cake was to celebrate Tricia & Audrey playing 500 matches (rubbers) together in the Kent League. This pairing have been playing at Trottiscliffe Tennis Club for twenty two years with their first league match in the summer of 1996 at Beckenham which they won by two 6-0 sets. They have won 92% of their matches and after two seasons apart due to injury, the pair are really enjoying their time back on court together.
LTA League Finals (Sep 2018)
For the first time in the Club’s 24 year history Trottiscliffe Tennis Club hosted two Kent Division Finals in the same season.
In the morning the Ladies 2nd team consisting of Ginny Jones (captain), Janice McConnell, Ginny Walliker and Sally Stowell, won 3-1 against David Lloyd Kings Hill 4 in a close fought match including 3 championship tie-break sets. In the afternoon the Men’s 2nd team consisting of Jim Coffey (captain), Will Pook, Richard Brooks and Andy Shumacker also won 3-1 against Bearsted 3, this time one match going the distance playing 3 whole sets.
Members and supporters came down during the day enjoying a glass or two of Pimms. The club now looks forward to a winter season fielding 9 teams, including for the first time a Ladies Over 60’s Midweek Team.
Annual Tournament (Sep 2018)
On Sunday 2nd September the Club held it’s 24th Annual Tournament.
The weather was pleasantly warm with not a cloud in the sky. The tournament was once again held with an ongoing tie-break format, each round running for a timed 12 minutes over 5 rounds. Different partnerships played each round.
Richard Olke & Annette Eccott took on Audrey Goodworth & Mark Sheppard in a very close fought final winning the same amount of games, with Audrey & Mark just edging out as winners decided by a tie-break. The tournament was followed by a barbecue where players families and friends joined in for a great social event.
Schools Tournament (Jul 2018)
The tennis courts were a hive of activity on Friday 13th July when a total of 48 junior players from the primary schools of Trottiscliffe, Offham, West Malling, Wateringbury, Leybourne and Ryarsh played a mini tournament organised by club member Jim Barton.
With glorious weather and plenty of orange squash the children played 4-a-side matches in a fun team event with Wateringbury beating West Malling in the final.
The school children were accompanied by at least the same number of parents and a good time was had by all.
Mens Senior Vets Promoted (Mar 2018)
The men’s over 60s team have won promotion to division 3 of the Kent LTA Winter league.
With wins over Hartley, Margate, Canterbury and Maidstone the team ended with a 13-3 rubbers record. The players involved were John Bennett and Richard Olke (first pair) and a mixture of Martin Jenner, Steve Moody and Dick Hogbin (second pair). During one match John and Richard won a championship tie break 10-0 which must, surely be some sort of club record.
Dick Hogbin – Mens Vets Captain 22-Mar-2018
Quiz Night (Mar 2018)
Some 90 people attended the club’s quiz night which was held in the Trottiscliffe Village Hall on Friday 9th March 2018. Everyone seemed to enjoy the questions with an appropriate number of vacant looks and plenty of head scratching. The music round also proved challenging with lots of people recognising the song intro’s but struggling to recall the titles – some of the tracks also got some feet tapping!!
A fish and chip supper was served during the interval and everyone commented how good it was and still hot. The club is making a charitable donation of £250 from the raffle proceeds to the Heart of Kent Hospice.
Thanks go to all those who helped setup and dismantle the chairs and tables etc.