Junior Singles: Sunday 12th August at 8 am.
Junior Doubles: Sunday 12th August at 8 am.
Singles: Sunday 26th August 9 am.
Doubles: Sunday 2nd September at 9 am, followed by….
Mixed Doubles: Sunday 2nd September at 1 pm.
COMBINED FINALS DAY:
Sunday 9th September.
Juniors in the morning.
Seniors in the afternoon.
Juniors: Thursday 9th August.
Seniors: Saturday 18th August
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP MIXED DOUBLES
A strong field of 11 teams enjoyed the first Sunday of the Murwillumbah Tennis Club Championships season. Due to the large number of entrants, the draw was divided into two groups with the top two teams of each group earning a right to play in the semi- finals. Marcus Rainford and Paula O’Connor were the top team in their group after the preliminary rounds. Leigh Shepherd and Maria Dowsie finished second but unfortunately needed to retire from their semi-final due to Shepherd suffering an injury. Their place was filled by Peter Baker and Coral White. Dave Stroud and Jane Nardi finished top of their group by one game over Greg Fletcher and Lynne McMahon and subsequently defeated Baker and White in their semi-final. Rainford and O’Connor continued their impressive tennis by defeating Fletcher and McMahon in the other semi-final.
The final was a classic match. Stroud and Nardi managed to take a commanding lead of 8-3 (first to 9 wins the final) before Rainford and O’Connor regained their form to win the next 5 games. An 8-8 tiebreaker included some excellent rallies. Stroud and Nardi stayed composed despite the momentum being with Rainford and O’Connor to win the tie-breaker 7-4 and become worthy champions for 2011.
Another strong turn out
FAMILY AFFAIRS FOR TENNIS DOUBLES
The Murwillumbah Tennis Club Championships held its ‘Second Sunday’ recently that included both the Ladies’ and Men’s Doubles Championships. The Ladies’ pairing of Jenny and Elissa Henderson dominated the Ladies event by winning all their matches in the round robin format.
The Men’s Doubles included several strong combinations in another large draw. David Gair and Brendan McMahon showed their superiority in their half of the draw to reach the final against the father and son pairing of recently appointed club coach Brandon Rowe and his son, Manu. The final was another classic, even closer than the Mixed Doubles final played the preceeding week. All four players showed their skillful styles of play to create a very competitive and high quality final that resulted in yet another 8-8 tie breaker. Gair and McMahon had several match points but were unable to convert them before Rowe and Rowe took their chance and won the tie-breaker 9-7. Congratulations to both family teams.
The finals were hotly contested with father and son team Brandon and Manu taking it out against Dave and Brendan
HENDERSON WINS AGAIN
Jenny Henderson once again showed her talent during the Ladies Singles Club Championship for 2011 at the Murwillumbah Tennis Club by being the only competitor to win all her preliminary round matches and progress to the final. She played Kellie Shapland, another former Singles champion.
The final was an evenly contested match with some crucial break points deciding the match which Henderson won 6-2.
Henderson has equalled the record of six Singles championships won by a woman and mentioned in her winner’s speech that she plans to return next year to try to break the record.
Jenny showing how it’s done with a killer forehand
NEW TENNIS COACH SHOWS HOW TO WIN
The Murwillumbah Tennis Club recently hosted the Men’s Singles Club Championship for sixteen players that were divided into four groups.
Three of the top four seeds qualified for the semi-finals. Tony Whyte upset defending champion Peter Ohl in their group match and went on to play David Gair in the first semi-final. Gair won the match and played Brandon Rowe, recently appointed Head Coach, who beat last year’s runner-up, Ashley Welch, in the other semi-final.
The final was watched by an enthusiastic crowd. Rain stopped play with the match ‘on serve’ at 5-6. When play recommenced after the rain delay, Rowe found his rhythm quicker than Gair in the damp conditions and finished the match with some quick serves, fine ‘touch’ at the net and well placed ground strokes.
Rowe added to his two titles that he won during his previous tenure at the club more than a decade ago.
Hard fought final ends with victory to the new coach
Special thanks must go to Michael Jugas (Competition Coordinator), Sue Foyster (Treasurer), Joan Henderson (Secretary), Greg Fletcher and Julie Samara Brewer-Charles for their significant administrative and catering contributions during the club championship season.
This Sunday is the last week of Club Championships with the singles kicking off at 1 pm.
We would love to see as many members join in the day especially the women.
If singles play isn’t your thing you can always come down, buy a raffle ticket, have a BBQ and watch the action.
We are expecting another fantastic day with some great tennis to be played, raffles to be drawn and many laughs to be had.
Come down, support your club and help us make this years Championships a huge success.
Keep an eye out for photos of the 3 weeks play, they will be up after this Sunday’s round.
After a break many of you are keen to resume your lessons, and for that reason I will run an open session for any players who want to have a brief assessment and find out about options for this term, starting Monday 25th July.
An open session will be held this Sunday the 17th July.
Beginners and non fixture players 11 to 11.30 am .
Fixture and experienced players 11.30 to 12 pm.
Evening from 7 pm.
For more information on coaching programs on offer see below.
Look forward to seeing you on the court.
0400 403 323
Entry forms for the Club Championships are on their way. We have posted them to club members but if for any reason you don’t receive one drop into the club and pick one up or download one from the link below.
We would love to see all our members participate and join us in what is sure to be another great club event.
This year’s Club Championships are fast approaching so get your partners organised and come and enjoy a great day out. We are all interested to see if Peter can retain his title and win another Crown (which will make 12, not that he is counting) or will new coach Brandon win his second. Let’s not count out Dave, you may have seen him at the courts with his ball machine, and he is training hard and will be a dark horse for the event.
The Mixed Doubles will be held on the 31st July, Double on the 7th of August and the Singles on the 14th of August .
Entries will be taken on the day. Keep an eye out for the start times and fees for the event.