Promotion joy for Thornbury Tennis Teams
Thornbury Tennis Club is celebrating after three of their nine teams achieving promotion and none being relegated.
Teams consist of 4 players competing in 10 doubles matches in the Avon League. A total of 62 members represented the club, ranging from county players to those still learning the game and with an age range from 10 years to 70 years.
The first team was led by Josh White, who plays regularly for Avon, and Wayne Russell. The team had a good start to the season with a number of close fought ties. A change in partnerships saw Luke Harrison and junior player, Kyle Broadley, help the team to win 7 of their 10 matches including the final match of the season to secure top spot in the league and gain promotion. Josh White was the highest performing player, winning 17 out of 18 rubbers played.
The second team have had a very successful year, gaining promotion for the second year in a row. The promotion was secured on the last day of the season by Nick Mason, Brendan Wilde, Felix Boyes and Freddie Savage. Going into this last fixture against unbeaten local rivals Almondsbury, the team needed just 2 of the 10 points on offer. In tough, rainy conditions the team managed to gain 8 points, delivering Almondsbury a rare defeat and securing the second promotion spot.
The third team overcame a number of injuries and fought incredibly hard this season, finishing fourth in their division. The team led by the efforts of Malcom Worster, Will Worster and Mike Peatheyjohns hope to avoid injury next season and challenge for promotion.
The fourth team felt the effects of injuries in higher teams which led to a lack of consistency in the team. They also found themselves in a tightly fought division – with 2 games to play there were just 10 points separating top and bottom teams (the equivalent of 1 match).
Led by the seasoned partnership of Brian Jordan and Hugh Boyes, with contributions from Rui Barbosa, Ye Huang and Mike Bolton, the team won 2 of their last 3 matches to finish third in their division.
The fifth team is used by the club to give experience to up and coming players. The pairing of Steve Donkin and Adam Mann continued to improve with every match.
Thornbury firsts, led by Sarah Hurley, Jo Hargreaves and accomplished juniors, Brooke Daunton & Susanna Ogden, had a successful season, finishing second in their league and achieving promotion. They won every match, except the home and away fixtures against the top team. Those two matches were very closely contested with narrow victories to Bristol Central. The performances of Sarah and Jo were outstanding: Jo winning 14 out of 16 rubbers played and Sarah winning 13 out of 14.
Thornbury seconds, led by Megan O’Connor, Suzie Newman, Linda Mantle and Rae Bezuidenhout had a highly competitive season, finishing fourth in their league.
Thornbury thirds were represented by a total of 13 different members during the season with Gill Harrison featuring strongly in the vast majority of matches. Despite the major changes to the team, they finished third in their league.
Thornbury fourths were represented by Dawn Parker, Sian Mann, Judith Ogden and Kirsty Daunton, supported by Jasmine Xu. The team finished in the middle of the table.
Thornbury Lawn Tennis Club will be running two popular courses to help those either starting to play tennis from scratch or restarting after a break from the sport. Both courses are designed to help the new players integrate into club activities so they can get the best out of their tennis experience.
The Adult Beginners Tennis course starts on Wednesday 12th September and lasts for 13 weeks. This will be based around the LTA Tennis Xpress course and is designed to get raw beginners to start playing tennis.
The Rusty Racquets course starts on Thursday 13th September and lasts for 7 weeks. This is targeted at getting lapsed players, of all levels, back into the swing of playing tennis.
Details can be found on the club’s website www.thornburytennisclub.co.uk