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Tree Removal (29 May 2019)
Work on the trees between the car park, courts, and the village hall, recreation ground, took place on the 29th and 30th May 2019. The work was jointly funded by the Tennis Club and the Parish Council.
The large ash tree that used to overhang the car park and clubhouse has been completely removed as has the silver birch tree, the roots of which were interfering with the biodigester. The tree towards the back of the courts has also been pruned back in an attempt to reduce the leaves and seeds that find their way onto the courts.
25th Anniversary (04 May 2019)
On Saturday 4th May the Club celebrated its’ 25th Anniversary at Kings Hill Golf Club. Eighty one members and guests enjoyed a three course meal and wine. This was followed with entertainment by Tony Grecco who performed a selection of songs by Michael Buble, George Michael.
The Chairman, John Bennett gave a brief resume of the last 25 years. Audrey Goodworth brought along the photo albums containing some of the various events and holidays which the Club members have enjoyed over the years and Tony Piper put together an entertaining slide showing how we used to look over 20 years ago!
Photos from the event are available from the ‘Galleries’ page.
LTA League Finals – Spring 2019
The Mixed I team won a tight Division 7 final on Saturday 23 March at home against Gravesham. Janice McConnell (captain), Tom Middelboe, Audrey Goodworth and Simon Middelboe drew 2-2 in rubbers but won the tie on sets (5-4). For Jan and Audrey, this was the second final win in successive weeks, the Ladies 1 team having won their division in a match played in wind and rain where they managed a one set victory on countback (2-2 in rubbers) against Brenchley & Matfield. For Tom and Simon, the mixed win made up for losing their Men’s final the previous weekend. The Men’s I team consisted of Simon Middelboe (captain), Tom Middelboe, Jimbo Young and Wilf Brooks who drew 2-2 in rubbers but lost the match by one set on countback.
Half Term Junior Tennis Camps
Spring half term junior tennis camps were run by Club coaches Lee Friend and Louise Hounsell on Monday 18 Feb and Tuesday 19 Feb and were a great success.
“The camps were great, lucky with the weather and a good turn out (14 on Monday and 10 on Tuesday) with several current members and then children from the village, as well as Claire Fraser’s 3 grandchildren. It was lovely to have such happy groups, good splits of ages and feedback has been extremely positive. Looking forward to seeing some again hopefully, either joining designated junior squads or for future camps.”
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!
New Years Eve (Dec 2018)
The Tennis Club in conjunction with the Village Hall Committee held a fantastic NYE party to celebrate the arrival of 2019.
Nearly 70 people saw the New Year in watching the celebrations on a big screen. Food was kindly donated by villagers and club members and over £400 was donated to the Heart of Kent Hospice charity in Aylesford
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.