Club News

Tournament Schedule January through April 2017

A link to the latest tournament schedule, January through April 2017, can be found at the bottom of the Home page alongside the previous schedule. The calendar will also soon be updated. Remember the calendar also includes the postcode for the venue and a link to a Google location map.      See full story...

Raynes Park 1/2 mixed 5th December, Results.

The winners were Merie Sabey and Shane Horsell who defeated Jane Green and David Lloyd. The consolation winners were Liz Hendries and Max Khaliq who defeated Sharon Hall and Andy Dickinson.      See full story...

Christmas Lunch 2016 reminder

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You will have already received an email flyer about the 45 Club Christmas Lunch, your club is subsidising part of the cost. Please RSVP (by the 8th December) to Merete Collins, meretecollins@gmail.com      See full story...

Bristol Mixed Thursday 24th November results

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14 pairs (2 groups of 7) competed on indoor carpet at the David Lloyd Westbury centre. The organiser was Alison Price and Bob Gasston provided the picture of the finalists. L to R are the Winners Steve Archer and Mary Walkerdine with Jo Williams and Shane Horsell.      See full story...

Friendly Match Results 2016

Merete has supplied a summary of friendly match results for 2016. New organisers are needed for the IOW Match and The East Gloucester Weekend, please let us know if you would be able to do this. Continue reading to see the full list of results, a mixed bag, won 6 and lost 6, but overall a 'friendly' result.      See full story...

Weybridge Mixed 27th October results

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Merete organised another successful mixed tournament at St Georges College, Weybridge on the 27th October. Pictured here with Merete are the winners, Pauline Fisher and David Lloyd, the runners up were Merie Sabey and Gary Coombes The consolation winners were Gill Vaughan and Shane Horsell, the runners up were Sharon Hall and Andy Dickinson. David LLoyd supplied all the pictures which you can see here, and a full report will appear in the next magazine.      See full story...

45Club team success

Our Ladies 65+ Ladies 70+ the Mens 75+ and our Senior Mixed Team are all through to the finals of the Inter Club Competition to be held in Dudley next month!      See full story...

Gosling Mixed. Results.

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10 pairs played at Gosling Sports Park (Welwyn) on the 13th October. The picture is of the finalists. Left to right are Margaret Shamir and Toni Marchetti with winners Merie Sabey and Steve Archer.      See full story...

BTM Wimbledon Opt In 2017

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This is a reminder to members that you need to OPT IN if you want to be in the club ballot for Wimbledon tickets 2017. Please continue reading for the link to the LTA website.      See full story...

Calendar updated

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You will have received our latest magazine with all the 45Club news and tournament results etc. On the website the calendar has been updated to the end of 2016 from the schedule (which you can find here). Remember if you click on a calendar event you can get full details of the event including a link to a Google map.      See full story...

Moor Park friendly match 14th August. Reporter Alister Heaphy.

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The historic and splendidly grand mansion house at Moor Park, witnessed your team overcome a fine home side by just 7 games. The Club were proudly represented by newbies Ray Blandford partnered by Wendy Job, Himself (your Captain) played with chum and fellow golfer Jan Combes and as thirds, the resilient farmers Dan and Gill Dickey enjoyed another crack at the local opposition. Before play, Himself had stressed to your team that a predominantly white rule applied, well dear reader not a bit of it! The home side seemingly came dressed for shopping, the beach, and a night out at a disco! Notwithstanding their bemused looks at your team’s pristine apparel the opposition returned their winningest first pair, big serving Mike, partnered by the wonderfully enthusiastic Marianne. However, sneakily a new second and third pair were introduced into the fray. The hard hitting Stuart with all courter Anna and as thirds, top spinner Mark and the forceful Debs. So to the tennis, Ray and Wendy complemented each other well. Lots of aggressive net play and accurate returning saw them win one match handsomely and lose narrowly against Mike and Marianne with well fought rallies and games. There new partnership reached its zenith with a surprising whitewash of the home side third pair. Both dominated their respective serves and used angles to disrupt the strong baseline play of Mark and Debs. As always Jan played her slices, chops and artful lobs to great effect. Your second pair won their initial match 6-5 against Stuart and Anna and were all square against the firsts before Himself dumbfounded his partner with his consistently rubbish drop shots leading to a 4-7 defeat. Equilibrium was restored however against an injured Mark and Debs. Whilst I was collecting my shots from the bottom of the net, I noted that Gill was using her trademark crosscourt angled forehands to great effect and Dan’s high kicker serves were confounding the opposition. Both were also fleet of foot in chasing down wickedly placed drop shots. Crucially Dan and Gill lost by just one game against opposite pairing of Mark and Debs and valiantly secured another 6 games in their other battles. Dear reader, you will not be surprised to read that Members of your Club showed Olympian style sportsmanship when faced with an injured opponent. Mark had twisted his ankle after playing the Dickeys. I know what you are thinking and no Gill did no go all Mick McManus on him! Both Ray and Jan administered soothing implements and potions enabling him to carry on – now that is 45 spirit!      See full story...

The Annual 45 Club Golf Day 9 August 2016 by Alister Heaphy

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Six members played for the third and last time at ‘The Home of the Ryder Cup’ Verulam Golf Club, St Albans, each contending for the ‘Eric Leigh-Howard’ claret jug and respective prizes. Samuel Ryder’s course proved as challenging as ever for only two players gained 30 or more points and as in 2015, the Members’ trophy was awarded to our champion golfer Carol Davies with a tremendous 40 points. Carol was on top form for all parts of her game winning by four points. Alister also welcomed back Jan Combes, Peter Metz, Barry Sayers and Mike Cottee. Before golf began, unexpectedly this time off the 12th tee, Jan purchased a bottle holder for her trolley. I can report that I was not offered any of the elixir therein but her steps did become increasingly uncertain or was it her tightly laced shoes? Playing with Peter and Himself, Jan used her new driver to great effect on the par threes and putted well once on the ‘dance floor’. Peter enjoyed a successful day as runner up with a splendid on handicap 36 points. Driving well and using his irons to place himself in position to score, he was the senior partner helping us win the team prize. Barry used his short irons to score on all three of the short holes but had a mixed day on the par 4s and 5s. However, like all us golfers, he put aside thoughts of his own play and delighted in Carol winning for the second year. Fellow team mate Mike skilfully recorded the highest score on one hole for the day. Driving across the aptly named ‘Chasm’ hole, he swept an iron close and sank the putt. A three for 5 points! Carol and Barry could not recall if Mike did a Hale Irwin like run around the green in delight? Mike also secured four nett pars for their team. You will recall having read this writer’s missives for the last two years about our sadistic nearest the pin hole ‘The Road Hole’. Well this year Jan deservedly won the prize, as all but Peter failed to hit the green. Jan alongside partners Peter and Himself watched in a nervous huddle as our soon to be crowned Champion, Barry and Mike took it in turn to shank, top and whiff their respective attempts – pressure and the anticipation of striking any passing driver, cyclist or unsuspecting walker got to these golfing Titans! What of the hero of this tale I hear you exclaim? Despite six gross pars a rather feeble total of 29 points and yes it was my turn dear reader to lose control of their motorised trolley. On the second hole it ended up in the bushes and on two other fairways inexplicably left its owner doing a passable impersonation of Mr Bolt, that rather good sprinter chap! In the excellent restaurant we enjoyed chicken in white wine and apple crumble with the obligatory Pimm’s. After much discussion and berating of your author we are to experiment with an away golf break in the South – please join us, watch for the flyer and indeed the notice on the website, yes Barry I know but better late than never!      See full story...

21st Mallorca Seniors Open October 2016

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Chris Baron writes about The 45club trip to Tennisclub Font De Sa Cala Majorca Spain ... Hurry! There are some double / single rooms left at the Beach Club for this Grade 1 ITF seniors tournament. The main group are flying out on Friday 30 September from Gatwick with easyJet @ 13.00 and returning Sunday 9 October @16.55. Transport is arranged from the airport to the venue and return. The half board tariff for the accommodation, which includes wine, beer, water or soft drinks at dinner (single) is 74 euros for 3 days and then 79.50 for the rest, double is 52 euros and 57.50 per person. Further details can be obtained from Tom and Chris Baron, tom4jazz@btinternet.com or telephone 01253764012.      See full story...

Latest Tournament Schedule

A link to the latest tournament and foreign trips schedule, October to the end of 2016, can be found at the bottom of the Home page alongside the previous schedule. The calendar will also soon be updated. Remember the calendar also includes the postcode for the venue and a link to a Google location map.      See full story...

The 45 Club Annual General Meeting 8th August

The AGM will be held at The Queen's Club on Monday 8th August in the Presidents Room at 6:45 pm. Members wishing to attend are asked to contact Robert Jamieson Hon.Secretary rhjamieson@btinternet.com      See full story...

Richmond friendly match

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The annual mixed friendly match against Richmond Lawn Tennis Club in historic Old Deer Park, took place on their nice grass courts on the 5th July. The picture shows the 45 Club team from Left to Right, Gill Dickey, Bob Harrower, Carol Davies, Barry Sayers, Zyrieda Denning with her daughter and Costas Maramenides. Lunch was enjoyed on the terrace looking towards Kew Gardens. The 45 Club won by 8 sets to 4.      See full story...

Team Results for July

In the quarter finals of the National Inter-Club Super Seniors Mixed, the 45 Club team of Gill Dickey, Isabel Holmes, Paul Denyer and Rennie Johnston beat Warwick Boat Club 4-0 and will play West Bridgford at home in the semi finals. In the second round of the 60+ mens competition the 45 Club team of Kevin Ivie, Richard Hutchins, Peter Buck and Barry Sayers lost 3-1 to St Georges Hill.      See full story...

Seniors over 65 Inter Club Championships 12th June result.

In the 2nd round of the Inter Club Championship, the 45Club over 65 team of Kevin Ivie, Peter Linsell and Graham Birch, Sandy Balfour lost at Oxshott to a team from Westcliff tennis club. Westcliff Hardcourt tennis club from Essex are the strongest club in their area and the home of the Lloyd tennis family.      See full story...

Peter Pan Trophy results. Oxshott on the 21st June.

Merete Collins reports that the the Peter Pan Trophy winners this year were Julie Metz and Graham Lavender on 28 games. Runners up were Carol Dickie and David Lloyd on 27 games won. A lovely day of tennis was had by all at Oxshott Village Social Club, and it stayed dry all day!      See full story...

St George's Hill men's friendly fixture 16th June.

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The annual friendly men’s match against St George's Hill resulted in a win this year for St George's by 34 games. Although the weather on the day was fine, rain the previous day meant that the grass courts were out of action. Some last minute team changes were forced upon Captains Peter Dunning and Michael Scott. The 45Club 60- Green Group team were Neil Crawford and Clive Schaller, Ian Marsh and Gary Coombes, Nigel Catlow and Brian Wood, and Kevin Ivie and Tim Stevenson. Against a very strong (and younger?) St Georges Hill team they lost by 88 games to 49. It is quite possible that the average age of the 45Club team (Green group plus Gold Group) was over 60. The over 60 Gold group were Robin McDonagh and Robert Jamieson, Clive Raincock and Alexander Balfour, and Costas Maramenides and Barry Sayers. The team won by 42 games to 37, the 2nd placed overall pairing of Robin and Robert contributing 18 games and losing just 5.      See full story...