Welcome to the first edition of our email Newsletter.
There is a lot of great news to come this season and we hope to keep you up to date.
Have a great season and enjoy.
Welcome to members old and new as we start the 2013/14 season.
View from the Chair – Philip Robinson
Alan Chalmers has recently stepped down as Hon. Editor of our Newsletter and I would like to take this opportunity of thanking him for all the work he has done over the years to develop this publication into a very readable and newsworthy means of keeping members in touch with what is going on at the Club.
At the same time I would like to welcome Nick Chambers as his replacement. In the three years he has been a member he has already become a very competent player and demonstrates a particularly infectious enthusiasm for the game and the Club. He won the Eddie Harrison Cup for the most improved player in 2011.
This is the first of our quarterly email Newsletters and will supplement our normal annual Newsletter which will be sent out by post at the beginning of 2014.
The purpose of the quarterly bulletin is to keep members apprised of current developments particularly in relation to club tournaments and matches, and interclub tournaments such as National League and Pol Roger, and any other newsworthy items.
I wish you all an enjoyable season and great success on the court.
It has been a relatively quiet summer this year playing wise, but the highlight was the Champs Hill summer party that was incredibly well attended. Over 110 people enjoyed the summer evening well-selected wines and very tasty treats, thank you to all those who cooked and created.
The summer tournament ran (and ran) with eventual winners from each division, well done to Robert Muir and Ian McNally – for winning the Summer Tournaments – well done to you both.
The club continues to maintain and gently upgrade the courts, and this year there was a new coat and type of paint applied to the penthouse and back wall. These slight changes have made the ball grip more opening up more varieties of serve.
The Dedansits have long been involved in raising funds to support the development of our elite players, and many senior Petworth members give time and effort to this cause.
A newly formed Foundation has been created as a charity to support open access to young people to the game of real tennis.
An exhibition match is planned for 17th December 2013 and more information will follow.
Further information about the new Foundation is included below:
Petworth is fielding five teams in the National League, the most since 2000, bringing a wide variety of competitive tennis to our courts. A little more about National League is detailed below.
Chris is currently working on a supplier for club scarves so that members can come and support.
This year also brings the return of the Night Pennant run in two sections and this club competition is a great way to meet up and play with members that you wouldn’t normally meet.
The Night Pennant comprises of teams of three, and the match format includes three singles matches, each to 6, and three doubles matches, with everyone getting two games. Matches start at 5.45pm on a Sunday evening and generally finish with nice supper – home by 10.30/11.00pm.
Night Pennant is incredibly sociable and played in a great spirit with competition on the court as well as in creating the best food to follow. If you’re really lucky, David Fortune will thrill you with one of his wonderful curries, or Ian Lambert with his sausage fest, or Simon Armstrong and his luxurious puddings. I would urge anyone not currently playing in Night Pennant to think about forming a team for next year, it’s such a sociable Sunday evening’s play.
Petworth is also fielding a team in the Pol Roger and Brodie Cup, which are National competitions. These fixtures are away on the 15th December and at home on 24th November.
Forthcoming Home Fixtures
10th – Newmarket – club match
16th – MCC – club match
16th – RTC – National League 7
17th – Old Harrovians – club match
23rd – Middlexsex Uni – National League 5
24th – Brodie Cup
30th – Leamington – National League 8
1st – Moreton Morrell – club match
7th – Hampsters – club match
7th – Cambridge Uni – National League
8th – Lancing College – club match
20th – Brigands – club match
28th – Family Doubles – club tournament
29th – Family Doubles – club tournament
11th – Seacourt – National League 3
12th – Dedanists – club match
19th – Old Carthusians – club match
24th – Secretary’s Cup – club tournament
25th – Secretary’s Cup – club tournament
26th – Secretary’s Cup – club tournament
Playing in teams, and matches
A great way to see and play at other courts throughout the UK is to get involved in some of the matches. All of these are run on a very friendly and hospitable basis, and make a really nice evenings tennis.
The fixtures and match managers are featured in the club directory, and if you’d like to be considered then please let the relevant managers know.
Check the fixtures list to see the forthcoming matches.
Petworth’s Teams – National League
The National League is an annual competition for clubs to enter teams in various handicap categories. As a league the club teams play eight (or so) matches throughout the season, four home and four away. The league is administered and run by the IRTPA (the Professionals) and enables players to get good competition away from their home club.
This year Petworth has five teams featured in the National League. For those who don’t know, this is the key club competition-representing players from professional standard through to those with a handicap of 40.
The divisions are spaced in handicap groups of five, and Petworth is represented in the following divisions. All of the teams would appreciate some support, so if you can spare a few hours on a Saturday afternoon then you’ll get to see some competitive tennis of all standards.
This year’s teams include;
Division 1 (handicap 0 – 5) – Tom Durack (captain) and Peter Wright, Chris Bray as reserve
Division 3 (handicap 10 – 15) – Mark Drysdale (c), Adam Dolman, Charlie Braham
Division 5 (handicap 20 – 25) – James Law (c), Nick Harris, Patrick Colvin, Steve Calder-Smith, Richard Acklam
Division 7 (handicap 30 – 35) – Nick Chambers (c), David Brazier, Michael Marcar, Bill Chambers, Julian Butcher
Division 8 (handicap 36 – 40) – David Fortune (c), George Andrews, Charlie Maunder, Simon Armstrong
First Club Results
This year’s Hennell Plate, which took place over the weekend of the 4th October, was wonderfully competed and deservedly won by Gareth Clark and Rob Southwell. Gareth and Rob won in a closely fought final against Ian McNally and Tom Compton and the weekend featured many quality games.
The first year of the Robinson Trophy, the qualifying event for Ellis Rich, was played out over the weekend of 19th October and instigated by our Chairman. A wonderful weekend of play saw winners of each group go through.
Richard Acklam and Andrew Falk beat Bill Chambers and Chris Browne to win the first Robinson Trophy.
National Doubles Over 50’s
Winners Mark Drysdale & Nick Jones
Nationals Under 18
Winner Charlie Braham
Nationals Under 16
Finalist Hugo Hodgson
Hatfield beat Petworth [Div 7] 3 – 0
Petworth lost to Moreton Morrell [Div 5] 1 – 2
Queen’s beat Petworth [Div 3] 3 – 0
Queen’s beat Petworth [Div 1] 2 – 1
Petworth lost to Oxford Uni [Div 8] 3 – 0
Chris is pleased to report that the PHTC Junior program continues to produce high level under 18 players. A number of our juniors have been invited to the prestigious National Junior Academy held at Prested Hall. Congratulations to Hugo Hodgson, Columbus O’Donnell, Oscar Wright and Charlie Braham. All have reported back that they thoroughly enjoyed their days at the Academy and learned a huge amount from a panel of experts specialising in ‘on court’ match play and technique, sports psychology, fitness and nutrition.
The Academy, sponsored by the Dedanists and the Tennis and Rackets Association has been in place for a number of seasons with the long term aim of producing national level students both amateur and professional.
At the recent National Junior Championships held at the Queens Club, Charlie Braham was victorious in the Under 18 section, and Hugo Hodgson was within a game of claiming the Under 16 crown. To have two players in the finals is wonderful news for Petworth. Charlie is already challenging the top players in the club and over the next couple of years it’s expected that we’ll see one or two other juniors pushing for top club honours.
Picture: Charlie Braham and Hugo Hodgson at the Queens Club
Oscar Wright winner of the George Cooke under 21 Handicap Singles
Theo Wood winner of the Coote Decanter Handicap Singles
Charlie Braham winner of the National Under 18’s and the
PHTC Under 24 Singles for the Page Cup
Oscar Wright and Columbus O’Donnell achieving handicaps in the 40’s
Theo Wood achieving a handicap in the 50’s
Schools Real Tennis:
Windlesham House became the first School to win two consecutive Godfray Racket titles ahead of Westbourne House and Cottesmore School. The handicap competition is open to any school who play at Petworth and we have high hopes that in the not too distant future Highfield and Rodborough will join them. It is great news that Seaford College are playing regularly although they are unable to play in the competition as they are sixth formers. Overall the school scene is very healthy at the Club.
Special mention must go to Westbourne House who have produced a significant number of our junior members and champions in the past and to the present day. Our thanks to all the ‘Heads of real tennis’ – Tim James at Westbourne, Sarah Clancy at Windlesham and Lesley Dolman at Cottesmore.
International News will follow in later reports.
Bits and Pieces
Recently heard on court
“What was the chase?” “Hazard last gallery”. “Really?” “Yes, the bell didn’t ring so it’s a hazard.” – Anon.
“What was the chase?” “Hazard worse than a stroke” – you know who you are!
Winners and Runners Up of the Ellis Rich Trophy
Alastair MacKeown and Steve Calder-Smith with Mark Drysdale and Charlie Braham
Winners of the Hennell Plate Competition
Ian McNally and Gareth Clark
Champs Hill Summer Party 2013
Champs Hill Summer Party 2013
Carolyn Armstrong-Smith receiving the Sir John Ritblat trophy for outstanding support to the club