Datchworth Tennis Club

Datchworth Tennis Club - May 2014

                                             DATCHWORTH TENNIS CLUB                                                     


To DATCHWORTH MAGAZINE, a big “thank you”  they have awarded us a grant for £500.  It will buy essential equipment for our Junior players. We will also be running taster sessions to various groups over the Summer.                                                                                                                                                       

QUIZ NIGHT  A second “thank you” to all who supported and to those who helped with the running of our Quiz Night, Wendy, Sandra, Anne L and her friend Sue, Karin – marker  and Jan, Quiz master. This proved to be an excellent evening, enjoyed by all. There was fierce competition between the top two tables Neil O’Callaghan’s and Annabel Reilly’s, husbands versus wives, with the men finally winning by 1 point! Only a couple of points behind in third and fourth place Maureen Bodden’s and Mary Hallam’s teams. The money raised, £440, will be used part to subsidise our holiday coaching and taster sessions throughout the coming year and part to our ongoing court maintenance fund.                                                                                                                    

COURT RESURFACING   made possible with the grant received from East Herts District Council. You will have observed the tarmac and edging has been done, these had to be left for 3 weeks for the oils to dry out now we are waiting for a dry period for them to be painted, being a water based paint the weather has to be favourable.  Once the painting is completed we will soon have our courts back in full use once again. We have been fortunate in the fact that Watton at Stone has allowed us to use their courts for some early morning play for the Social and Sunday Guys. Malcolm Acres has been able to fix with other local Clubs to have use of their courts for our first few League matches. Steve Hunt has arranged with Tewin to use their courts for his coaching groups. Having since spoken with people who have played with temporary lines we have learnt that for various reasons it was not really recommended.   

FRIENDLY JUNIOR MATCHES against Watton, It had been our hope to organise a couple of matches during the Easter holidays, it proved difficult with people away at various times, however we did manage one match. Two of our under 11’s played Watton U12’s [due to a question of availability] There was a very good standard of tennis, some excellent play and  long rallies; despite the final score our players did well, games were close with many deuces – but Watton had the edge.  Well done Finn and George. It is hoped that further games may be arranged.                                              

 THE DATCHWORTH LEAGUE started on Easter Monday, this year we have entered three teams in this popular and exciting summer league which comprises of teams within a ten mile radius of Datchworth and runs from late April until July every Monday evening for fourteen weeks. The teams comprise of a lady and two men, the match format being two mixed and one mens doubles best of 13 games. This season Datchworth 1 will compete in Division 4B with Datchworth 2 in Division 7A and newly formed Datchworth 3 in Division 9B. If any member or prospective member would like to play in matches please contact the Team Captain Malcolm Acres.

ORCHARD  LEAGUE. We also have ladies participating in this. Orchard Ladies Doubles Friendly League - New Players are welcome please contact Anna 07785254935.                                                                                 We currently have one team taking part in the Orchard Ladies Friendly League, which is a ladies doubles league. There are 4 or 5 matches each summer, depending on the number of teams in the division, and Datchworth's aim is for as many players as possible to play. The team for each match is 2 pairs, with each pair playing 2 sets against each of the opposing pairs.


CLUB TOURNAMENT.   This year Chris will be running our you will have received an email with these details. It would be good to have an overwhelming response to this and see as many members as possible enter.                                                                                                                                                               
OPEN DAY ON SATURDAY 21ST JUNE from 10am ‘til 3pm. We have had to change the date for this due to weather delaying progress on the Court’s resurfacing. This date should definitely ensure that our courts will be fully back into use. Please look at our website www.datchworthtennis.com for full details, we will be putting posters up and distributing leaflets.  There will be plenty of opportunities for all to have a go, we plan to cover all age groups give a taste of Family play and Rusty Racquets for those who remember tennis as a childhood pursuit! There will be fun competitions for the young and the not so young! And there will be a ball machine for all to test their skills against. Do please come and join us. If you wish to participate, numbers assist with our forward planning, contact:  Fran 07902452330  or email franattrill@gmail.com            Jenny 07903685481. We would like as many members as possible to put in an appearance to make it a success and to bring friends along, with the hope of building up membership numbers for the Future. With Summer here come play, enjoy and if you are looking for a challenge we will make sure you find one!    

RECYCLING BALLS      Please save all your old balls, yellow, red, green and orange, deposit them at my front door as we now have an outlet for recycling them that will also pay us for them. Thanking you.                                                                                                                                                            Fran Attrill