New Season’s Subscriptions Due Now – Big Reductions!

Your 2015/16 Subscription is due NOW.  In fact it was due by 31st March but, because we’re nice people, we give you a month’s grace, that is, until the end of April, to pay!  Nevertheless, you must be a paid-up member to enter the Club Championships or to enter the Wimbledon Ticket Ballot or to represent the club in a League match.

Full Senior Membership                        £165
Off-peak Senior Membership              £137
Full Time Student                                     £70
Junior (11-18)                                             £52
Mini (10 and under)                                 £30

Discounts for couples and families may be found by using the subscription calculator – click here.   Details of how to pay are on the membership application form – click here – however, only new members need to fill in a membership form and send it in.

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Ladies 1 go top of Division 4

Ladies’ 1’s winning draw against Peppard on Saturday puts them top of Division 4, level with Bucklebury and Woolton Hill on 9 points after 4 rounds and with 3 matches to play.  Also on 9 points are Marlow who have played 5 matches, which shows how competitive this division is.

Tina Stern and Emma Knowles had a good start, beating the visiting first pair, Helen Lee and Ellie Fry, 6-4 6-3.  Jenny Sheppard and Ravinder Norman won the first set 6-3 against Louisa Bisson and Wendy Franklin but dropped the second 4-6 and missed out in the tie-break.  However, the set they won gave the Crowthorne team a crucial advantage going into the second round.  With Stern and Knowles cruising through 6-3 6-0 against Bisson and Franklin, Sheppard and Norman fought well for the extra point but lost 4-6 4-6 to Lee and Fry to make it a win on sets to Crowthorne.

With Bucklebury and Woolton Hill still to play as well as bottom club Wargrave, the battle for the two promotion places looks set to go to the last match of the season!

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Crows 3 win in rearranged match

Crows Men’s 3 team achieved their best result of the season with a 3-1 win over third-placed Caversham Park 4 to close in on the chase for promotion and at least move away from the relegation places.  Andy Stone and Vince Brooks had a solid start against the visitors first pair with a 6-2 6-2 win over the talented but somewhat erratic Lorenzo Rulfo and Jake Dellow.   Steve Stow and Mike Smith found Gianluca Roglietti and Martin Hedges a much tougher proposition, losing the first set 4-6 and then winning the second by the same score.  The deciding tie-break went 10-7 to the Crows pair with the final long rally being the last of several long exchanges during the match.

With a set needed to ensure at least 2 points, Stow and Smith played well to take the first set 6-2 against Rulfo and Dellow but squandered a lead in the second, losing it 4-6 against a pair who appeared to raise their game just as the home pair were tiring.  Meanwhile, Stone and Brooks secured the three points by squeezing through 7-6 against Roglietti and Hedges in the first set and taking the second 6-4.  So, although Stow and Smith were disappointed to lose their second deciding tie-break of the morning 8-10, it was a valuable win for the Crows four after a very close and enjoyable match.

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Three wins for men in Round 5

Men’s 1 had an excellent 4-0 win at home against Wargrave 2 in Division 3 to keep them in contention for promotion a point behind Maidenhead 4.  Jon Blatchford and John Phillips started with an excellent 6-4 6-3 win against Atro Autio and Charles Freeman while James Brennan and Russell Finch overcame a tricky start to win 7-6 6-2 against Christopher Brims and Jon McCarthy.  Blatchford and Phillips continued their good form in the second round dropping just one game against Brims and McCarthy and Brennan and Finch made it a whitewash beating Autio and Freeman 6-4 6-4.

Men’s 2 were away against Bracknell 4 in Division 5E and they would also have won 4-0 had they taken all three of the deciding tie-breaks they played instead of just two.  Chris Torkington and Jim Hawes started with an excellent 6-3 6-1 win against the experienced Tim Kingcott and Danny Miller but Matt Paxton and Ben Grainger were unlucky to lose their deciding tie-break against Simon Lloyd-Jenkins and Robbie Robinson after losing the first set 4-6 and winnning the second by the same score.  They made amends in the second round, however, beating Kingcott and Miller 4-6 6-1 1-0 while Torkington and Hawes won another tight rubber 6-2 5-7 1-0 against Lloyd-Jenkins and Robinson to make the score 3-1 to the Crowthorne team.  They now head the division, a point clear of Maidenhead 5 with two matches to play.

Away against Wargrave 4 in Division 6W, the 3rds found themselves level on rubbers, sets and games for the second time in the season.  However, having lost the shootout against Bracknell 6, they won it against Wargrave to keep them a point above the relegation zone with two matches to play.  David Stone and Vince Brooks survived a tough first rubber against Mark Shaw and Paul McDonald, winning 6-4 5-7 1-0 but Mark Callaghan and Stuart Fowler lost 4-6 4-6 to James Aston and Tony Rudelhoff.  Another close match saw Callaghan and Fowler lose 7-6 1-6 0-1 to Shaw and Macdonald but a strong performance from Stone and Brooks, winning 6-3 6-1 against Aston and Rudelhoff levelled the score.  At match point in the shootout, David Stone hit the winning final shot only to pull a leg muscle badly and hobble off in pain in victory!

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A point for Ladies 2 at Bracknell

Ladies 2 travelled to Bracknell to play their 4ths in Division 8 on a very chilly afternoon last Saturday and came away with a welcome point after a losing draw.  Alison Nicholson and Jenny Partridge started with a hard fought win against Gail Truman and Linda Tyrell, coming back after losing a first set tie break to win the second set 6-3 and take the deciding tie-break.  Penny Hemingway and Wendy Miles found Jane Muligan and Rachel Kompfner far too experienced but got a couple of games in the second set after losing the first to love.  Hemingway and Miles lost 1-6 1-6 against Truman and Tyrell but Nicholson and Partridge won 6-1 6-2 against Mulligan and Kompfner to clinch the point.

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Ladies 1 beat top of table Marlow

Our Ladies’ 1st Team are a point behind Division 4 leaders Marlow with a match in hand after beating them 3-1 away on a cold Saturday afternoon.

Tina Stern and Emma Knowles faced the strong pairing of Alison Stevens and Sarah Williams in the first round and, despite losing the first set 2-6, won the second 6-3 and hung on to clinch the tie-break.  Alison Nicholson and Jenny Sheppard had a much easier time beating Christine Lavis and Gillian Nicholson 6-1 6-2.

In the second round Stern and Knowles swept away Lavis and Nicholson 6-0 6-2 and it was nearly a 4-0 victory for the Crows’ side as Ali Nicholson and Sheppard came back from losing the first set 0-6 to Stevens and Williams to win the second 6-3 and only just missing out in the tie-breaker.


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Ladies Xmas Tennis and Cake Afternoon

Ladies Xmas Tennis and Cake Afternoon: Sunday 3 December 2017

Report by Alison Nicholson

The weather was certainly not very festive, but there were 14 ladies all playing tennis today for a couple of hours before tucking into the generous display of cakes, biscuits, mince pies and other festive fare.  Ladies played four games to the loud blare of well-known Christmas tunes.  Then they moved on to another court, through an ingenious system understood only by Jenny P – but everyone was happy to participate, and it really mixed the ladies up, so everyone got to know everyone else.

As the evening drew in, some ladies continued to play under flood lights for another 30 minutes or so, whilst others preferred an early tea!  Our Ladies captain came to cheer us on, even though she is still injured and unable as yet to join in.  We had one lady just back from producing the next generation of tennis players, and happily back on court, and another lady who has just stopped playing because she is going to produce a very young tennis player in 2018. 

Everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon, and we are looking forward to the next one, on Sunday 7th January 2018, from 2-4pm as usual.  All ladies welcome! It will be publicised on Facebook (Crowthorne and Wokingham Gossip Girls, amongst others) – please tell your friends!


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Mens Doubles League Round 4

Crows’ Men’s 1 had a trip to Maidenhead to play their 4th team in Division 3 last Sunday on wet perforated rubber courts and they were unlucky not to come away with at least a point, every rubber being close. Matt Paxton & Jon Blatchfors lost a close first set 6-7 against Anthony Willison & Craig Thomson then lost the second set 3-6.  Meanwhile Russell Finch & David Smith were beating Fernando Alvarez & Dave Scarborough 6-4 6-4 to make it exactly level after the first round.  In the second round Finch & Smith were neck and neck against Willison & Thomson until a service break gave the home side a chance to move away to win 7-5 6-2.  Paxton & Blatchford went the distance against Alvaro & Scarborough, losing the first set 3-6 but winning the second 6-4 before losing the tiebreak.  So no points in a match where they deserved more.

It was also a close match for the 2nds who played Home Park at home in Division 5E, but, this time, both tie-breaks went to the Crows.  Jim Hawes & Chris Torkington lost their first set 3-6 against Mark Shelmerdine & Matthew Goff but won the second 6-1 and went on to win the deciding tiebreak.  Vince Brooks & David Stone also went the full distance against Luke Beckley & Phil Curry winning 6-3 3-6 1-0.  Hawes & Torkington had a straightforward 6-3 6-3 win in the second round and it didn’t matter that Brooks & Stone lost 4-6 4-6 because the match was won.

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Mixed Doubles League Round 3

It was a tough weekend for our Mixed Teams on the last weekend in November and our 3rds were thankful they had the day off!

Mixed 1 faced a strong Maidenhead 2 team in Division 3 and did well to come away with 23 games.  David Smith & Emma Knowles faced Boris Ribicic & Claire Roberts om the first round and were edged out 4-6 5-7 while Matt Paxton & Tina Stern were losing 2 & 2 aganst Rob Castignetti & Jenna Woolven.  Smith & Knowles kept fighting against Castignetti & Woolven, losing the first set 4-6 but they couldn’t keep up their level, with the visitors taking the second 6-1.  Paxton & Tern improved on their first round score, losing 3 & 2 against Ribicic & Woolven.

Mixed 2 travelled to Twyford to play their 2nds in Division 5.  Mark Callaghan & Alison Nicholson did well to beat the awkward pairing of Jonny Worral & Margaret Croft, losing the first set 3-6 but fighting back to take the second 7-5 and the tiebreak.  Andy Stone & Jenny Sheppard had no answer against Simon Meekings & Mandy Thorn, losing 0-6 3-6 and it was a similar score for them in the second round where they lost 3-6 0-6 to Worral & Croft.  Callaghan & Nicholson, however, nearly salvaged a point for the team, losing 6-4 3-6 0-1 to Meekings & Thorn.

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CTC Fundraising – we’re on our way!

As you will have seen from your recent Newsletter, we’re one of 12 clubs nationwide  selected to take part in a 24-hour tennis marathon at Roehampton. This is part of Crowthorne Tennis Club’s fundraising effort for the new clubhouse and the first donations have already been made.

This is being done through a charity called Bright Ideas for Tennis which means your donations are eligible for Gift Aid.  It means that for every £10 you donate, the government adds another £2.50.

To find out more about this charity, click on .

To have a look at the latest Newsletter, click here…

As explained in the Newsletter, we need 8 volunteers for the tennis marathon and our designated slot in this event is on Sunday 18th February between 8am and midday.

We also need another volunteer to take part in a Sky Dive on Wednesday 28th February.

The successful candidates for the 24 hour marathon & the sky dive will be able to set up their own individual donations page so that they can receive donation updates and track their overall level of contributions to their fund raising goals.

To volunteer, please contact Club Chairman Richard McCully or click here to send him an email.

The volunteers will not be targetting club members for donations so we’ve already set up a page for members or, indeed anyone who wants to, to sponsor the volunteers collectively by making a donation now.

Click here to go to this donations page and see how we’re getting on – our target is a relatively modest £500 and we’re already well on our way to achieving that over 2 months ahead of the events.

You probably know that we have money committed to this project from club funds and that we have been promised a £25,000 load from the trust that runs our venue, St.Sebastians Playing Field Trust (SSPFT).  In addition, we are in the process of applying for additional funding from the Lawn Tennis Association.

Any additional funding in the way of donations or sponsorship will mean that we can spend a little more on the clubhouse to make it even better so please click here and make your donation.  It’s not a competition;  some of us will be able to afford more than others but every £1 will help.

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Win for Boys in 15-18 League

After their 3-0 loss against a strong Latika team in round 1 of the Berkshire Junior Winter League, it was good to see the team win their away match against Bracknell in round 2.

In the singles, Owen Lawrence found Harvey Williams just too strong for him but he fought back well in the second set, having lost the first 1-6, but just missed out, losing it 4-6.

For Dan Rippon, it was a steady performance against Charlie Potter, winning the first set 6-4 and maintaining his form to take the second by the same score to win the rubber and square the match 1-1.

With the singles matches shared, it was bound to be close in the doubles and, with after 2 sets it was neck and neck with the score 3-6 6-3.  But the Crowthorne pair rose to the challenge, continuing their winning form to take the deciding tie-break and take the 3 points.

The 14U Boys match against Latika was postponed when one of the Latika players was sick and no replacement was available at short notice.

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