Corsley Tennis Club Dinner and Presentation Evening
On Saturday 24th November 30 members of the Corsley Tennis Club attended the Dinner and Trophy Presentation Evening in the Oak Apple Room at the Cross Keys.
The President Sandra Whatley distributed the trophies as follows:
Ladies Doubles - Jenny Bishop and Sue Newell
Mixed Doubles - Diana Hale and Michael Clarke
Over 70s Doubles - Trudi Hopkinson and Keith Glenn
Another highlight of the season was Jenny Bishop being voted “Club Representative of the Year” by the Chippenham and District League.
Our thanks go to Jenny for successfully representing the club and dealing with League Administration over many years.
We are pleased that our retired President Charlotte Beswick joined us for the occasion and also that Val Sandoe was fit enough to join us following her fall and subsequent operation. Val’s recovery is going well and we hope to see her back on court in the New Year.
Thanks go to Andrew Hillier for his devilish quiz which was won by Diana Hale and her team Peter and Sally Barker and Trudi Hopkinson. Barbara Hughes is thanked for organising the raffle which raised funds for the club thanks to the generosity of those attending who all donated a prize and bought tickets. Well done and thank you Di Britten for organising the evening.
Corsley Tennis Club over-70s Tournament
On Thursday 1st November Corsley Tennis Club held a tournament for over 70 year olds. This is a new event for us and we were delighted that 14 members entered the competition.
The contestants did their best to appear sprightly and played some very absorbing sets. Trudi Hopkinson and Keith Glenn emerged as worthy winners with 25 points. Keith’s effective spin blended with Trudi’s consistency to give the pairing a decisive edge.
Sue Kerfoot and Geoff Levitt were second with 20 points. In the crucial encounter Geoff and Sue required five games to prevail but could muster only two.
The event was organised by Sonia Glenn and Sue Newell with their customary flair and efficiency. As the encounter was on a coolish autumnal morning the hot coffee and chocolate biscuits were most welcome. Thanks also go to Andrew Hillier for some of the reporting.
Chippenham and District League
Congratulations to Jenny Bishop on being awarded Chippenham and District League Rep of the Year for 2018.
Ladies Doubles Tournament
The Corsley Tennis Club held its Ladies Doubles Tournament on Sunday 3rd June at The Memorial Playing Field.
The matches were keenly contested by the eight players with Jenny Bishop and Sue Newell emerging as winners with 12 points. Ann Walker and Diana Hale were chasing them hard with 11 points. All agreed that it was a most enjoyable event and the fine tea rounded the sunny afternoon off nicely. Thanks go to Jenny Bishop for organising the tournament.
The Mixed Doubles tournament is on Sunday 8th July commencing at 1.00pm. Spectators are welcome. I am pleased to report that we have picked up a few new members this year and some of them have made use of the opportunity to attend as a visitor at a fee of £2 for each of the first 3 occasions. After three visits newcomers decide whether to join the club or not. Typically there is a lack of confidence when people haven’t played for years but we soon convince them by our actions that we are not all Wimbledon standard but members of a friendly club with mixed abilities looking to keep active. If you would like to have a go we can arrange for a group to make up a doubles game with you or just meet one of us to have an informal “hit” to see how you feel, give us a ring.
Corsley Tennis Club staged an American Tournament on Sunday 13th May at The Corsley Memorial Playing Field.
Eighteen players contested some close sets, resulting in Group A being won by Jenny Bishop and Sonia Glenn. Group B produced a tie between Ann Walker and Diana Hale, and Michael Clarke and Sue Kerfoot.
This annual tournament raises funds for a charity. The £50 raised this year will be sent to research for Brain Cancer. At the conclusion of play we all enjoyed a 'bring and share' tea.
It will soon be The French Open and Wimbledon and these Grand Slams usually generate an enhanced interest in tennis. If your tennis is a bit “rusty” or you would like to learn to play then please come and join us. The club has players of all abilities and has a reputation for being friendly. We operate a system whereby adults may attend three times as a visitor at a cost of £2 per session before they decide whether to join or not. Adult Club sessions are on Tuesdays and Sundays from 10am and on Fridays from 5.30pm.
Racquet String Service
Clarke's Racquet Clinic offers a stringing service as well as advice on stringing, grommets, grips, etc. to give the Club a very useful service for the members. To contact Michael send him a message on
Congratulations to our 2017 Champions
Ladies' Singles - Ann Walker
Men's Singles - Jon Dilena
Ladies' Doubles - Ann Walker and Sue Newell
Men's Doubles - Michael Clarke and Keith Glenn
Mixed Doubles - Ann Walker and Michael Clarke
Ladies and Mens Singles Tournament 2017
A very pleasant and competitive evening was held to complete the Singles competitions. Congratulations to the winner of the Mens Singles - Jon Dilena; the runner-up being Michael Clarke.
The Ladies Singles semi-finals were held between Ann Walker versus Isobel Lewis, and Jenny Bishop versus Emma Fox. The final remains to be settled with Jenny Bishop versus Ann Walker.
This was a very sociable evening with much good tennis and a tea held in Jenny's house.
Congratulations to the 2017 Ladies Team
Once again the Ladies Team have performed extremely well. After promotion in 2016, this year they are runners-up in a higher division. As can be seen in the League Division 4 table they have performed magnificently against clubs with larger memberships.
Mixed Doubles 9/7/2017
Congratulations to the tournament winners - Ann Walker & Michael Clarke. Joint runners-up were Diana Hale partnering Jenny Bishop, and Sue and Simon Bruce.
An unorthodox shot
A family event