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Copies of the Chorleywood Lawn Tennis Club magazine can be seen online here:

Issue 1 - October 2016

Issue 2 - February 2017

Issue 3 - May 2017


Club Event Reports

Christmas Sing-a-long

In the spirit of this festive season many of our members and friends turned out for our annual Christmas Sing-a-long at the Tennis Club.

If you have people who love singing then this gathering is a great opportunity to express your joy in harmony. As a 'warm up' exercise before the sing-along got underway we got the early birds to crouch and stand, open their vocal chords and wave their arms from side to side. Hmmmm... is that possible? Oh yes they did it.... and did it with great fun and enthusiasm.

Even the most impromptu sing-along needs some organisation to get the singing flowing through continuously. Thank you to Stuart who was in charge of getting the lyrics to flash up on the screen and the three guitarists plucking and strumming to accompany the singers. 

Mr Enthusiasm Bob was the MC and he kept the momentum flowing through effortlessly from one song to another. There were some accomplished singers who belted out the carols, some Christmassy and popular songs with great gusto and no doubt woke up baby Jesus and kept the angels flying even higher above us.

During the break we were entertained by solo performances from Ian Senior and Vartan Malkonian. A memorable treat indeed.

The evening was great fun and entertainment and after 22 songs our vocal chords needed a rest. And yes it was a very satisfying  evening for all the singers despite it was past their bedtime at 11pm. How satisfied you may ask? Well, I went to bed dreaming that I had won six straight sets and every set was six love.

Tournament Reports

The Incredibles Tournament - 19th February

Sunday the 19th February was grey and very few arrived to play.  Those ten who showed were mostly of the old school and soon agreed a formula of mixed doubles and singles to make the Fun Tournament work. And then to battle, the fight for six games was on and energetically so when judged by the shouts and screams from the players and when we sat down for tea and cake Steve and Philip and a bloke named bob were tied on 12 points the maximum score. 

Front runner for the Lovely Ladies was Jane, a point ahead of Frances.....And so to the final round where men's and women's doubles was judged to be the best way to sort out the wine bottle winners.....and so it came to pass that Phil, Vartan, Colin and Steve had us all well and truly fascinated by their doubles skills.  As we all watched transfixed at 6 all a nail biting tie break was played with match points favouring one pair then the other until suddenly this epic contest finally ended at 12-10 with Philip Brown gaining the maximum score of 19 points and his Bride, Jane, gaining 16 points......

And a fun afternoon was had by all especially Newbie Susannah who played her heart out and took great photos too.


Winners



The Incredibles Tournament - 27th November

Cold and dark it was just Four Sundays before Christmas when Eleven Invincibles hot lined it to the Walled Garden ready to scrap for the four wine bottles.

Only problem was Eleven Contenders weren't really enough to have the usual fun doubles tournament and ringing round got nowhere. So we had a Men’s Singles alongside the two Fun Mixed Doubles which seemed to suit most and at the end of four hard fought rounds two worthy new Winners in Elaine Loh and Chris Van Dyke reigned supreme with maximum scores of 24 games.

Here's a photo of Chairman Tom presenting prizes to Elaine and Chris inside the Clubhouse because the Moon was Shining  as we finished..

Bestests Bob


Winners



The Incredibles Tournament - 30th October

The Incredibles assembled on a coldish, mistyish, cloudy afternoon on Sunday the 30th October at The Walled Garden looking for good competitive tennis sets, having a laugh and of course winning the wine....

Terrific Tom and Wonderful Elaine arrived earlier and had everything organised when Breathless Bob arrived at one pm.   Only one problem - just 10 worthies had braved the elements with Mike and Alison and Jane and Brigitte and Steve and Sandra and Maggie and then Frances arriving making 11 players.

And so the Incredibles became the Invincibles playing on three courts but one  court having to play American doubles in round one. But you can see how keen they all were to begin, each contestant having a fabulous grin............................

Winners

When Round 2 began guess what...Yes we suddenly had 12 players for Jeremy, Brigitte's husband had forsaken the Murray match and arrived to play. And so the titanic struggles continued throughout Rounds 2 and 3 and then Tea time with Elaine's delicious Banana cake soon disappearing.

At the top of the Leader Board  with a maximum 18 points was Smiling Sandra Lewis, with Steve Hull and Maggie Macmillan both on 16 points.  So with everything to play for and darkness falling, came the deciding Round 4 and a new record was made with Sandra winning once more and creating a magnificent new record of 24 points...The maximum score..............

......and so to the wine prizes presented by Tom Loh awarded to Sandra and to Steve


Winners



Incredibles fun mixed doubles Tournament

All sixteen players agreed the first of the Incredibles Fun Mixed Doubles Tournament held on Sunday October 2nd could have been the best ever...

Hard fought and competitive the rallies which seemed to bring out the best in the players on the four courts throughout the two and a half hours where the battles raged over four sets. The fact there were eight ladies and eight men was a big pleasant surprise as was the lovely Angel Cake that Elaine baked and brought with her.

At half time only three players Frances, Tom, and Paul had won the maximum 12 games. After tea going into the fourth round Paul and Janice had 18 points and Jane John and David had 17 points. As the sun started to disappear in the western sky all orange and yellow the winners were declared with Jane Brown choosing the red wine on 23 points and Paul Willis, even though he played left handed as instructed by Umpire Bob got an amazing, maximum score of 24 games


Winners Paul and Jane




The Caledonian Cup

The annual Caledonian Cup tournament was played on Sunday 23 October on a bright sunny day. A former Men’s Club captain by the name of Alan Mitchell started this tournament. When he returned to his beloved motherland in Scotland 15 years ago Alan wanted to remember his memorable time in Chorleywood where he played his tennis.

By donating this cup and setting up this tournament he gave himself a good reason to revisit Chorleywood annually. Many other captains and players who have moved away from Chorleywood have also used this tournament as an opportunity to revisit Chorleywood Tennis Club in order to meet old friends, make new friends and play some tennis.

On Sunday the nostalgic atmosphere was soon forgotten when the tennis tournament started. Everyone wanted to have his name engraved on the cup. The current holder of this cup Steve Smith, a former Men’s captain, soon found that he had to relinquish the cup to a new winner Paul Willis.

The matches were very competitive because only 3 points separated the 3 top players. Overall it was a fun day blessed by clear blue sky. The men were delighted to be served sandwiches, tea and cakes by Elaine. As usual the banana cake went down a treat. After tennis the bar was open for those who wanted to catch up with news of their old friends.

Winners




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