Another year of tennis at West Worthing has slowly drawn to a close, and as we turn over a new leaf, not only to a new year, but to a new decade, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at some highlights of the league teams after what, at first glance, seems like a very successful year.
We start with the Winter League of 2018/19, where the Men’s first and second teams, both captained by Tom Pocock, won their respective leagues.
The 1st team won Division 3 without losing a match, and only lost 12 out of a possible 53 sets in total. A special shoutout goes to Dan Bartlett, who went 10 for 10 without losing a set.
The 2nd team matched the feats of the 1st team, winning Division 6, again going unbeaten. This is even more impressive given that they used 14 different players throughout the season. Darcy Pycroft was the star player in this team, winning all 8 of his matches.
Unfortunately, the 3rd team, captained by someone I don’t know…, had less of a successful season, finishing bottom, but only missing out on staying up by 2 points in what was a tight league. Highlight for this team was the Chairman’s guest appearance!
The 4th team had a more successful season, captained by Alan Lawson, and finished 3rd in their league, only missing out on promotion on set percentage, having gained the same number of points and same rubbers won / lost ratio as the team in 2nd place. Dean Whyteside was the key player, playing all bar one match and winning 8 of his 10 matches,
The attention turns to the Ladies now, with the 1st team having a tough season in Division 3, leading to a 6thplace finish and relegation, despite only losing 3 matches. Jo Burns won 8 of her 10 matches played.
The 2nd team, captained by Penny Roberts, had a solid season in the same league as their counterparts in the 3rd team. They finished in 3rd place, cementing themselves in the league, again while only losing one match all season. Shoutouts to Gillie Martin for winning 4 of her 6 matches, but also to Sarah Turnbull who played in every single match.
Finally in the winter was the 3rd team, captained by Carole Naunton, who didn’t have as much success in the same league, and finished 6th. The formidable pair of Vicki Higgins and Jenny Line providing the goods more often than not, the pair winning 5 of their 8 matches.
We move onto the summer leagues now, where we have a mixture of teams that play singles and doubles matches, and others that solely play doubles. Summer also sees the juniors and seniors play team matches, in what is always a busy time of the year for all involved.
We begin with the doubles only leagues. The Mens’ 1st team had a tough season, finishing in 6th place after being promoted the year before. All players who won a match also lost the same number of matches, with George Naunton being the most successful, winning 4 out of 8.
The 2nd team meanwhile had more success, once again only missing out on promotion by set percentage (3%!), to finish in 3rd place. The (awkward) shoutout for this team goes to me for winning 6 out of 6 while only dropping one set.
The 3rd team followed a similar path to the 1st, finishing in 6th, but this was a step up of leagues for those that normally play in the winter, so is always a tough ask. Dean Whyteside again was a useful player, winning 5 of his 8 matches.
The Ladies took all the shine in the summer though, being one point away from completing a clean sweep of titles in the 3 respective teams.
New captain Pippa Pinn took over the 1st team, and tore through the opposition, winning all their matches and only losing 2 rubbers all season. Not only did Pippa become captain, she also played and won every match, going 12 for 12 while only dropping 3 sets! Well done to the Ladies for winning the league, and they should have the chance to collect their accolades at the Tennis Sussex awards early next year.
The 2nd team, again captained by Penny, were so close to making it 3 titles, but missed out on the title by 1 point, but still gained promotion, and beat the team that finished 1st. 3 standout performers here, with Gillie Martin and Judy Harris both winning 9 out of 10 matches, and Lisa Crowther winning all 6 of her matches.
The 3rd team, which sometimes doesn’t exist in the summer due to the singles team, was revived for the summer of 2019, and a good revival it was, with them winning their league, a good achievement in what was close across the board. Shoutouts in this team go to Vicki Higgins for winning 9 out of 10 and Jenny Line for winning 8 out of 8.
Our attention now turns to the final season of what is called Team Tennis before it’s rebrand in the winter, where we enter both adult and junior teams in a shortened period of time.
The Men’s team remained in Division 1, winning 2 of their 5 matches, a good achievement when other teams in the league feature players who have played Wimbledon, won TouchTennis events and youngsters who win national level events. Noah Burton and Josh Parsons both did well to play in all 5 matches. The team was also a young one, with myself being the Grandad of the team.
The juniors had good success also throughout the season, with a variety of team changes due to injuries, holidays and exams meaning these teams are often finalised at the last minute. The 8&U team play on one day at the club, with 2 of the 4 players competing in their first competition. They did well therefore to finish 2nd in their group, only losing out to eventual champions. Well done to George, who won 9 out of 10 matches, and also to other players Stanley, Atma-Adoria and Niamh.
The 9&U team took part in what was a rather depleted group, starting with 5 teams and only ending with 3 on the day meant not as many chances to compete, but they did well, finishing with one draw and one loss, against teams that contained county championships winners. Well done to William, competing in his first event, who won 3 out of 4 matches, and also to Harvey, Oliver, and George.
The 10&U team compete across the summer, and finished 4th in their group, with one win, one draw and two losses. Well done to Ethan, who won 5 out of 8 matches, and also to Logan, the two Eddies and Elliot.
The 12U Boy’s team missed out on winning their division by one rubber, only losing out on the final day after losing the deciding doubles against the winners of the division. Some players were playing yellow ball for the first time as well, which is always a tough task against others who have been playing it for 3 years. Oscar won 9 out of the 10 matches played, and well done also to Kai and Logan.
The 16U Boys team only lost 2 rubbers all season, so won their league convincingly, only losing 4 sets along the way. Darcy was the standout performer winning 6 out of 6 matches, and well done to Ben, George, Joseph and Luca.
The 16U Girls team finished 3rd in their league, gaining one win and two losses. Well done to Ellie, Laura, Whitney and Victoria.
Finally in the summer was the two senior teams, the Mens over 45s, and the Mixed Doubles over 40/45s.
The Mens 45s had a tough season, finishing 5th in their group. A variety of factors made this league hard, including wet astro courts, holidays, injuries, work and timings proving difficulty, but well done to all who played and persevered. Well done to Ray, Darren, Steve, John, Andy and Gary.
The summer finished with the Mixed Doubles leagues, and while one team finished bottom of the group, the other team, only distinguished by a spelling mistake in their team name, won the west league, going unbeaten through the season, and therefore making the final against the winners from the East of Sussex. The final took place against Cross in Hand in early September, and after some confusion about what happens if it’s 2-2, they kindly decided to help this situation by drawing 2-2. However, the answer was that the winner would be the team who had, firstly, the best set percentage, and if still the same, game percentage. Luckily, for the first time in 2019, set percentage would be on our side, winning the final 5-4 on sets won, and therefore winning the Mike Comber Cup. Well done to all who played, but particularly those who played in the final, Pippa, Andy, Ali and Gary.
We end with the ongoing winter season, with all teams still competing strongly, with our last match of the decade taking place on the 28th December, the 4th team brushing off the Christmas food, and winning 4-0 against Wickwoods, taking them into 2020 as the best team in that league, and looking good for promotion.
The Mens 1st team currently sit in 6th with 3 games played, the 2nd team are in 2nd, as are the 3rd team. The Ladies 1st team are down in 8th, but nowhere near out of it yet. The Ladies 2nd team are going strong in first place in their league, while the 3rd team are in 3rd place in their league, but have only played 2 matches, so have 5 matches to push for the title.
Our juniors are also competing well in the newly named National League, with 3 wins and 1 loss across the teams.
Other highlights of the year include another successful club championships, albeit not for myself, but seeing a number of players capture club accolades for the first time, with Dan Bartlett breaking his finals duck, Amber Sisman winning the ladies trophy a day after her 12th birthday, and wins also coming for Jon Roberts and Sarah Turnbull (Mixed Doubles), Josh Parsons and Charlie Pycroft (Mens Doubles), Ali Pycroft and Pippa Pinn (Ladies Doubles), Peter Boorne and Gary West (Over 45s Doubles), Gary West (Over 45s Singles), and Peter Boorne and Pippa Pinn (Over 45s Mixed Doubles). We also ran a number of successful club tournaments, a highly attended open day, another successful (however not results wise) Superstars weekend and a number of LTA tournaments. Full details on Club Champs can be found in our separate post.
We can hopefully continue this strong form into 2020, and this time next year be writing another report highlighting even more success!
Happy New Year
Ryan Young (Men’s 3rd Team Captain)
The Tennis Club Championships 2019 drew to a close with Final’s Day offering some spectacular matches. For the second year running, the competition has supported a local charity by donating at least 50% of any surplus made from the competition. This year’s nominated charity was Chestnut Tree House, Children’s Hospice who received a total of £406.28.
Our thanks to our sponsor, MHA Carpenter Box (Chartered Accountants, Tax and Business Advisers) for their support throughout and to everyone who took part in or contributed to this year’s competition.
Congratulations to all our winners. Prizes and trophies were presented by Kira McKinney from MHA Carpenter Box.
Open Men’s Singles
Winner: Dan Bartlett. Runner-up: Ryan Young
Open Ladies’ Singles
Winner: Amber Sisman. Runner-up: Kierrer Jarman
Open Men’s Doubles
Winners: Joshua Parsons & Charlie Pycroft. Runners-up: Dan Bartlett & Ryan Young
Open Ladies’ Doubles:
Winners: Pippa Pinn & Ali Pycroft. Runners-up: Rebe Cleveland & Kierrer Jarman
Open Mixed Doubles:
Winners: Sarah Turnbull & Jonathan Roberts. Runners-up: Kierrer Jarman & Ryan Young
Winners: Angela Boyes & Dean Whyteside. Runner-up: Pippa Pinn & Joseph Pinn
Over 45 Men’s Singles
Winner: Gary West. Runner-up: Steve Line
Over 45 Men’s Doubles
Winners: Peter Boorne & Gary West. Runners-up: Pierre Stent & Ray Chang
Over 45 Ladies’ Doubles
Winners: Rebe Cleveland & Pippa Pinn. Runners-up: Jenny Line & Vicki Higgins
Over 45 Mixed Doubles
Winners: Pippa Pinn. & Peter Boorne. Runners-up: Andrea Walter & Pierre Stent
Family Handicap Doubles
Winners: Lisa & Chris Crowther. Runners-up: David & Ethan Clark.
10U Mixed Singles
Winner: Ethan Clark. Runner-up: Eliot Starbuck.
14U Girls Singles
Winner: Grace Took. Runner-up: Evelyn Starbuck.
14U Boys Singles
Winner: Oscar Douse. Runner-up: Ethan Clark.
Entries are now open for the Tennis Club Championships 2019. We are delighted to be sponsored, for a second year, by MHA Carpenter Box Accountants.
Once again, the competition will support a local charity by donating a minimum of 50% of any surplus made. This year’s chosen charity is Chestnut Tree House, Children’s Hospice,
The ‘Club Champs’ are open to all racquets members with the emphasis on friendly, competitive play. It’s a great way to meet other club members and play a few matches.
Adult Club Championships Event 2019
Events on offer in the adult section of the competition include men’s and ladies’ singles, doubles, mixed doubles as well as similar categories in the over 45 age group. A family handicap event will follow on Saturday 14 September.
The competition is open to club members only and will run from Monday 20 May, with Finals’ Day being held on Saturday 7 September. Prizes will be awarded in every category.
Where the draw size permits we will offer a main draw for first round winners and a plate draw for first round losers. Both draws will lead to a prize so even if you feel you’re not in contention to win the Cup, we encourage you to give it a go. We’re sure you’ll get some great games with fellow members.
If you’d like to take part, please download and complete the entry form and return it to the Club Reception with your entry fees. Entry deadline Wednesday 15 May at 8pm.
The Draw Sheet and full Competition Rules will be published on the Club noticeboard by Saturday 18 May.
Junior Club Championships Event 2019
Our Junior Club Championships will take place on Saturday 20 July 2019, with 10&U, 14&U and 18&U events taking place. Juniors older than 14 are also encouraged to take part in the adult events.
There will be prizes awarded to the winner and runner up in each category and there will be something for all participants to take home.
If you’d like to take part, please download and complete the entry form and return it to the Club Reception with your entry fees. Entry deadline Wednesday 17 July.
Good luck everyone!
Enjoy an evening of fantastic live music from local Sussex band, Jukebox Junkies. See them performing at the West Worthing Club Bar Lounge on Sunday 26 May.
Doors open at 7pm. Tickets: £5 per person, available from the club reception.Superstars-Music-Poster
Join us on Sunday 19 May for our Club Open Day and LTA Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekend.
We have lots of free sports taster sessions available for you to book online for a range of sports. So if you would like to try your hand at tennis, squash, table tennis, snooker, croquet or petanque, you’ll find these all on offer. No experience is necessary and all ages and abilities are welcome. Equipment can be provided.
If you don’t fancy an organised session, why not book yourself one of our mini and full sized grass tennis courts and enjoy a game with family or friends.
If you’re feeling up to a competitive game, our afternoon member and guest tournament will offer the chance to play some friendly games of doubles with some of our members. There are some fantastic prizes on offer and tea will be served in the club lounge afterwards. Entry is free.
Why not book your free place now?NVBTW-Flyer-pdf
Once again, this year sees the return of our highly popular Easter Open Doubles tournament. Ladies’ and Men’s Doubles events will take place on Good Friday 19 April whilst the Mixed Doubles Event runs on Saturday 20 April.
The tournament is a fun, friendly competition, with a shortened format meaning everyone gets to play plenty of matches. The first round is a group stage which leads onto the knockout matches after lunch. There are main draw and plate draw knockout stages for all players to enjoy. Whilst the emphasis is very much on fun and enjoyment, it has been known for the competition to intensify in the pursuit to win best Easter egg prize!!
The events start at 10am and will run throughout each day, on the indoor and outdoor courts (weather dependent). Your entry fee includes a buffet lunch.
Last year entry numbers were really buoyant and whilst we try to accommodate everyone who wishes to play, entries will be limited to 16 pairs in all events to ensure the smooth running of the competition. Where an event ia over-subscribed we will, as with previous years, form a reserve list. We encourage you to enter early to avoid disappointment.
Just fill out the entry form and return it to us with your entry fee to secure your place.
Our Head Squash Coach, Kelly Eastment, has organised two 0pen tournaments which will take place during February.
The Squash Academy Open Graded Tournament – Sunday 3 February 2019
This new one day graded event that has various entry categories suitable from County Premier / 1st Division League players through to beginners (including juniors), Players are guaranteed a minimum of three matches.
Entry fee £10, cash on the day. Entries close 17 January 2019
West Worthing Junior Open – Saturday 16 / Sunday 17 February 2019
We are pleased to see the return of the popular West Worthing Junior Open this February half term. The tournament is an England Squash sanctioned Bronze event offering boys and girls age group categories including U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19.
Entry fee: £20 to include souvenir t-shirt. Entries close 3 February 2019
The England Squash Masters South of England event came to West Worthing Club over the weekend of 11-13 January 2019. The competition was the final weekend in a series of six regional events held during the 2018/2019 squash season.
The South of England event was new to Sussex and attracted more than 160 entries.
England Squash Masters came to fruition in 2004 in response to requests to provide more opportunities for Masters Players seeking international selection. England Squash Masters now boasts the largest and most successful network and circuit in the World offering age group categories from Over 35 to Over 80 for men and Over 35 to Over 70 for women.
We were pleased to welcome some of the country’s top ranked Masters Players over the weekend and were assured of some thrilling squash matches for spectators. Many players were looking to boost their ranking points to gain access into the forthcoming national and international events.
Join us on Saturday 10 November 2018 for a Charity Quiz Night with raffle in aid of St Barnabas House. Teams of up to 6 people.
Tickets £5 per person to include a light supper. Please contact the Club Reception to purchase tickets or for further details .
Doors open 7pm. Quiz starts 7:30pm.
To kick start the new season, we are offering a couple of free taster sessions for squash and racketball (not know as Squash 57).
The sessions run on Thursday 18 October during the evening. Places are limited so we advice you reserve your space be coming along.
Free Ladies Squash 57 Taster Session
Are you looking for great workout ? We might have the answer. Squash 57 (formerly known as racketball) is growing game that is easy to pick up and is as much fun for adults as it is for children – no matter what standard you are.
With a bigger racket and a bigger, bouncier ball, we’re sure you’ll find this lots of fun and a great way to meet others with similar interests.
We can provide all the equipment, just come wearing comfortable sports clothing, clean trainers and bring a water bottle.
Free Squash 101 (Beginners) Taster Session
You‘ll love the fast-paced, intense workout you get from squash and enjoy the social side, but it’s not always easy trying to find someone to play with or find the time. That’s where Squash 101 can help.
Squash 101 is a new, alternative way to play squash that gets groups of people on court together more regularly. Squash 101 is fun, inclusive, social and easy to get started. Groups are open to everyone.
Squash 101 is run by our head squash coach who’ll put you through your paces with fun, challenging activities together, honing your racket and ball skills then put them into practice in game situations. The sessions are fun, informal, social and different every week. This is social fitness at its best!
We can provide all the equipment, just come along wearing comfortable sports clothes, clean trainers and bring a water bottle.