The club was proud to host an LTA Grade 3 tourament at the start of August, the Frost & Co Dorset Open 2017, and apart from one day of rain on the Wednesday the event ran smoothly and we saw some high quality tennis! Thanks to all the players who took part, adults and juniors, and we hope you all enjoyed the experience! Congratulations to our winners and runners-up, including East Dorset’s Louis Allen who won the Boys 18U Singles event, and we hope to see you all again next year!
Well played everyone in today’s Club Championships Finals, it was a great day’s tennis and there was a real buzz about the club Thanks to Sue Hobden and Ros Topple for organising (and managing to play their matches as well), and thanks to the rain for staying away til the presentation ceremonies!
Here’s a handy guide to all the home tennis fixtures in May… including Hants League, NCL and Over 45s matches:
Following on from last term’s box leagues, Dan will be running a new set of box leagues to give you the opportunity to play some matches over the winter period.
The box leagues will involve arranging matches with other players in your box at times to suit you and then passing the results back to Dan so he can keep the boxes up to date. Matches are best of 3 sets, if 1-1 then the 3rd will be decided by a 10 point tiebreak.
Entries are £5 and the deadline for entries will be Monday 13th March.
If you wish to hear more or you would like to sign up then please contact Dan either by email at email@example.com or by mobile 07475 447272.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Tennis coaching The Winter 2017 tennis coaching programme begins on Monday 9th January, with classes and sessions for adults and juniors run by Max Tennis School. Take a look at our Adult and Junior posters for more details. Club Nights Monday and Wednesday evening club nights will be supervised by Aaron and Emma again from this week onwards. The other club sessions (e.g. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons) are unsupervised though. Tuesday 10th January – Men’s match practise Tuesday evening match practise is a special session open to any men who’d like to play for the club this summer, it’s your chance to have a hit and impress the team captains! Play starts at 6pm and Blue Hill are putting on a meal for just £5 – please book with David Lloyd in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be looking to fill the following teams (captains listed):
Men’s 1 – Peter Dixon Men’s 2 – TBC Men’s 3 – Toby Evans O45 Vets 1 – Andy Lloyd O45 Vets 2 – Andy Tyson O60 Vets – David Lloyd Aegon county – Roger Garbutt Hampshire and IoW – TBC
It’s official, playing tennis is the key to a long and healthy life! What better reason to pick up your racket and play tennis more often! https://www.lta.org.uk/news/general-news/2016/november/why-tennis-can-help-you-live-longer/
We would like to play tribute to Karen Adams, a tennis member at East Dorset for 36 years, who has recently stepped down from her role as Ladies County Captain after many years of captaincy. Karen has been a Dorset County Tennis player since 1979 representing Dorset at all age groups, including playing for over 20 years in the ladies county team. She has won many doubles titles during her time as a member at East Dorset, and has also been a member of West Hants Club for 11 years. Karen assumed the role as Ladies County Captain in 1997 serving on the council and since 2011 was part of the Dorset Executive Committee. Many members at East Dorset will remember Karen organising the Around the World static cycle challenge which was held at the club in 2011 with everyone wearing pink branded sweatshirts and cycling around the clock on exercise bikes in the function room. This event raised over £45,000 for the Dorset Cancer Centre at Poole Hospital, a cause which Karen decided to raise money for after receiving treatment. Karen lives in Poole and is currently a Station Manager for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and the Fire Brigade union representative. In addition to her love of tennis, she is also a keen AFC Bournemouth supporter. Karen’s many years of service to Dorset tennis was recognised at the recent Dorset County LTA AGM at the West Hants Club.
The mornings are a bit fresher and the evenings are starting to draw in… so it’s that time of year again, time for the Autumn term coaching programmes to begin! We welcome a new coach to the team this Autumn, Aaron Bolitho, alongside Brian, Dan and Emma. For details of the new coaching programmes, please visit these pages: weekly court schedule too for an overview of what’s happening when.
East Dorset welcomed the Frost & Co Dorset Open 2016 from Sunday 31st July to Saturday 6th August, supervised by Tournament Referee Kris Dymond. It was a busy week, with lots of competitive junior and adult matches, singles and doubles, and we welcomed juniors from across the country, including a group of youngsters from Scotland. Play continued despite tricky conditions in the opening days, but fortunately the weather improved as the week went on and the schedule caught up with itself.
For a full round up of results, please visit the LTA Tournaments website: https://lta.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/winners.aspx?id=F6995F0E-0DFC-4E63-A7C7-72E8A5AE9DB0 It was another successful week for East Dorset’s Louis Allen, who came third in the Men’s Singles, runner-up in the 18U Singles and Doubles, and won the Men’s Doubles with partner Liam Hignett – great play Louis!
Thanks to Kris and all the club volunteers who helped make the event a success, including Catherine, Sue and Liz at the tournament desk and all the match supervisors. In total 336 matches were played… so it was certainly a busy week! Special congratulations go to Charlie Newman, winner of the Betty Booth Sportsmanship Award 2016, who showed great sportsmanship and enjoyment of the game throughout the week.
The sun shone for our Finals Day on Saturday 16th July and spectators were treated to some good quality, prescription hard fought matches! Thanks to our groundsman Daniel, thumb the grass courts played better than ever before and lots of members decided to come along to watch, and stay around for food afterwards! The trophy presentations were popular too, with the awards handed out by our sponsor, Portmore Life. Here is a selection of photos from the day:
The winners and runners-up were as follows: