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Junior Camp (October 2019)
Despite the wet weather children love sport and over the October half-term break, LoveSport delivered their trademark high energy camps, this time for 5-9 year olds.
Louise Hounsell, the club’s junior coordinator and coach commented: “The younger children worked and played hard, made new friends and kept fit while having a lot of fun. Rain never stopped play, in fact it made everyone work harder … attitudes do not get wet, only clothes!” To book future camps please visit love-sport.co.uk
Macmillan Coffee Morning (28 Sep 2019)
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Macmillan Coffee morning held at the Clubhouse on Saturday 28th September and to everyone who bought along the delicious cakes and prizes for the tombola. The Club raised a total of £416.50 which was fantastic.
If you were unable to make it on Saturday but would still like to contribute, there is a donation box on the table in the Clubhouse in case you have any spare change in your tennis bag or, if you want to donate a bit more, you can do so by writing a cheque made payable to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Sincere thanks go to Fran Bennett for organising this worthwhile event.
Annual Tournament (15 Sep 2019)
In the club’s 25th year another successful annual tournament was held with 8 ladies and 8 men playing ongoing tie-break points and changing partners over 5 rounds. The final was contested by John Bennett, Dan Walker, Julia Smith and Lucy Walker who played 10 minutes and then changing partners for another 10 minutes. Dan Walker and Julia Smith were the winners. The sunny weather conditions were perfect and friends and families, plus their canine companions, arrived to watch the tennis which was followed by an enjoyable barbecue. The younger children then took over the courts with our club coach Louise helping them play. Thanks go to Audrey Goodworth for organising the tournament and to Fran Bennett for coordinating the catering.
Mens 1 & 2 – Division Final (7 Sep 2019)
In what was a historic day for the club, on Saturday 7th September 2019, Trottiscliffe Men’s second team took the Summer 2019 Division 9 title with a closely fought match against their club mates in Trottiscliffe Men’s first team. Both teams had won their sections in Division 9 and consequently, both teams have gained promotion to Division 8 for the 2020 summer season. The two winning teams were competing in the final play-off for the Division 9 shield.
Ladies I – Division Final (7 Sep 2019)
On Saturday 7th September the TTC Ladies 1st team played the division IV final against a strong Bromley Wendover 1st team. Trottiscliffe had narrowly won the division by just one rubber from Sydenham who were the only team to beat them during the summer, this match being played the day after our Club Anniversary Ball.
The ladies team won the match by two games and gains promotion to Division 3 of the Kent LTA Ladies Summer League.
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.