Thornbury Tennis Club in promotion hunt
Thornbury Tennis Club is enjoying a strong start to the summer season, with all four women’s teams and the top two men’s teams performing exceptionally well.
Thornbury first team started their recent match second in the division, with opponents Portishead snapping at their heels. Sarah Hurley and Jo Hargreaves dominated the first rubber with a 6-2 6-0 win. Accomplished juniors Brooke Daunton and Susanna Ogden fought gallantly, coming from a set down to level their first rubber only to lose a closely fought third set. Both second rubbers saw comprehensive wins for Thornbury to complete a strong 8-2 win and extend the lead over Portishead.
Thornbury seconds were in third position, one place behind Clevedon. Suzie Newman and Megan O’Connor secured a convincing victory in their first rubber, whilst Rae Bezuidenhout and Linda Mantle lost their rubber in the deciding set. The second rubber for both pairs was disappointing, giving Clevedon an 8-2 victory.
Thornbury thirds hosted top of the table Hanham. Ally Weir played a true captain’s innings with some wonderful volleys and Carole Boulton provided solid support to secure the win. They then played a very competitive rubber, ultimately losing out in the deciding set. Gill Harrison and Veronica Jones put up a good fight in their two rubbers but came off second best.
Thornbury fourth team and Portishead were joint leaders of their division, making it a vital match. The team comprising Dawn Parker & Sian Mann and Judith Ogden & Kirsty Daunton fought hard with close rubbers throughout, but came away empty handed.
The firsts have made a great start to the season. The experience of Josh White, Wayne Russell and Luke Harrison has combined with the energy and enthusiasm of talented junior, Kyle Broadley, to put the team in third place in their league. Kyle has made huge strides over the last year and this helped the firsts in their top of the table clash with Writhlington. Writhlington had a near perfect record coming into the tie but, with a man of the match performance, Kyle led the way to a convincing win for Thornbury, leapfrogging Writhlington in the league.
The seconds have also made an excellent start to the season. Nick Mason, Brendan Wilde, Felix Boyes and Freddie Savage hit form early to take Thornbury to the top of the table. The crunch came when they met second place local rivals Almondsbury. After 3 hours of tennis both second rubbers ended in third set defeats, meaning they were knocked off the top spot.
The thirds and fourths have had a difficult start to the year, hampered by numerous injuries and untested partnerships. The thirds, led by the talented left handed partnership of Malcolm Worster and Mike Peatheyjohns, along with the in-form Will Worster have recovered to mid-table with back to back victories in their last two games. The fourths are hitting form with the return of some injured players. They have picked up 16 points, including two overall victories, in their last three matches and are now climbing the table.
The fifths continue to fight hard and gain good experience. The commitment and work rate of Steve Donkin, Adam Mann, Mark Collins and Martin Scudamore is paying dividends.