Thornbury’s women start season in great form
Thornbury Tennis Club have started the Avon Summer League at a sprint.
All four women’s teams started the campaign by winning points.
The seconds and thirds claimed top points with some great play despite the drizzle. The sun had come out for the second round of matches, but the result stayed the same.
Sarah Hurley and Jo Hargreaves along with Brooke Daunton and Susanna Ogden represented the first team and won 10:0 at home again David Lloyd Bristol’s first team.
It proved to be a long, tense and competitive match for our two juniors finishing at 10.20pm with the lengthy rallies ultimately ending in victory. They showed maturity beyond their years when playing a third set tie break (7-5).
Amongst those watching were Brooke and Susanna’s mums, Kirstie and Judith, who had earlier also won their matches. Their success, along with that of their team-mates, Claire Hawkins and Linda Mantle gave the fourth team a comprehensive 10:0 victory against Bath.
The second team played away against a tough team from Bristol Central.
One of Thornbury’s players took a tumble and sustained a minor head injury and had to forfeit two matches. Megan O’Connor & Suzie Newman lost their first match, but won their second as the light faded.
The men’s teams have had a mixed start to the league season. The first and second teams have performed well with the second team taking 16 out of a possible 20 points during the first two weeks.
The third, fourth and fifth teams have all suffered from an injury plagued start to the season and will now be looking to recover as they move onto their third fixture with key players returning to fitness.
A group of players took part in a charity tennis tournament at Thornbury Tennis Club, in aid of East African Playgrounds. The numbers were healthy despite competition from the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup Final. With glorious weather, high spirits and raffle prizes kindly donated by Taylor Tennis, the event raised over £200 for the charity. The winners were Linda Mantle and Keith Spalding, with Olly Hounsfield, a non-member, impressing with his play too.
Rusty Racquets Course
The current Rusty Racquets course is almost finished. The course members have refreshed their tennis skills through intensive coaching sessions at the club and during the next few weeks some will get the opportunity to represent the club in league matches. Another course is being planned for September and October.