Ladies’ Captain’s Blog

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Ladies’ Captain’s Blogs

Summer is y cumin in

As we reach the end of the Winter season, we hold our breath to see where the 3rd and 4th teams will finish (both currently second in their respective leagues but other teams have matches in hand).  They both stand a good chance of being promoted so we will have to see how the last couple of matches unfold.  The 1st and 2nd teams have had a tough season with come strong opposition particularly from Chieveley who are fairly new to the league and everyone feels that since they have only dropped 1 set all season they were placed too low in the divisions!  Our own local Derby of 1st v 2nd resulted in a very close win for the 1st team.  The local Derbies against Crowthorne were also hard fought.  All the teams have benefitted from Simon’s coaching on a Saturday morning with plenty of practice at attacking at the net as well as consistency in rallies – we all feel much more confident and encouraged to ‘have a go’.  We look forward to the Summer League when we will again field 4 teams plus 1 team in the Veterans’ League.  Just need our new team strip to arrive and we will be ready to do battle.


Pat Hartwell  15/03/2015


A Promising Start

Wellington Ladies made a confident start to the second half of the season with the 3rd team scoring a 4-0 victory over Shinfield (that means I’m not a jinx after all!) and the 1st team beating Slough on games (despite Mekaya Gittens playing for them) and the 2nds having a close loss against BCS who had beefed up their team after being beaten by our 1st team just before Christmas.

We have entered 4 teams in the Summer League so if anyone has a hidden aspiration to play team tennis, I’d love to hear from you. “No experience necessary” just wanting to have a run around in the fresh air and enjoy social games with like-minded people is all the qualification you need.

Just a reminder that Club Morning is Wednesday 10-11.30; Match Practice Wednesday evenings from 6.30 and Match Coaching/practice on Saturdays from 10.00am.

Pat Hartwell 01 252 875 961
January 21st 2014

New Year’s Blog 2014 – Ladies’ Teams Report

Wellington Ladies Tennis Teams A great finish to the first half of our Winter League with all three teams playing on the same day and winning! I should work out of the country more often when matches are on. Many thanks to all the enthusiastic players for turning out for matches and for the match practice sessions – despite some cold and windy weather. Thanks as well to all the players who have been captains, diligently recording scores and collecting match fees. Wellington 1 are currently 3rd and Wellington 2 4th in their division of 8 teams. Wellington 3 are currently 4th out of their division of 7 but did have a major setback against Yattendon who haven’t lost even a set this season so far and are fielding an ex-Wimbledon player. Since this was the 3rd team’s opening game, they began with a minus position but are coming up fast on the rails!!

Match Practice is now at 10am on Saturdays with Young (and handsome) Simon and new squad members are always welcome – then we can have 4 teams in the Summer League! We play for the social side, good teas and exercise outdoors – winning is a little bonus.

I can’t finish without a big thanks to two important men (yes, they can be useful for other things besides opening tight jar lids). Thank you Big John for the coaching on Saturday mornings – we all feel we have sharpened up our tactics and thinking. I know that Simon realises he has much to live up to! Finally thanks to Mark who has coped with date changes/time changes, cancellations and even one non-tea delivery in his usual calm and efficient manner.

I look forward to a dry second half of the season convinced that all this wet stuff coming down now is Mother Nature’s way of getting it all over and done with before weekends.

Silverware for the Wellington Ladies 1st team

At the Berkshire AGM the ladies 1st team gained recognition for winning Division 6A of the Berkshire Summer Leagues.

The team started well with three good wins and two points for a winning draw but had a nail-biting wait until the last week of the season to gain the extra two points to top the division. Well done to players Valerie Stephens and Siobhan Wood (our nominated pair), Pep Brinkworth, Sue Griggs, Ingrid White, Linda Parsley and Dympna McCarthy.

This winter the 2nd team, after gaining promotion, have started the season well with two three point wins in the first two matches to consolidate their position in Division 8. Players so far are:- Pat Hartwell, Denise Ware, Janet Gozzard, Christina Bycroft, Helen Marengo and Ati Collard. Well done to these ladies and all the other members of the team, we are very lucky to have a good squad of players to call upon. Anyone wishing to join us please contact our Captain Pat Hartwell.

A Flying Start to the New Season

Inspired by the 1st Team winning their division in the Summer League, the 2nd team came storming out with a 3-1 win against Slough winning more than twice as many games as their opponents. The 1st team had tough opponents – Phyllis Court – for their opening match and were robbed of a draw by losing the tie break. The continuing improvement shows that our Saturday morning coaching sessions with Liz are really paying off.

Don’t forget-

  • if you want to attend Saturday mornings, you need to book in at reception
  • Wednesday match practice is at 6.30 – just turn up
  • If you aren’t on the players’ list and would like to play in matches, please contact me at or 01 252 875 961

Next Matches November 3rd:
1st Team away to Wokingham 12.30
2nd Team home to Twyford 9.30

More Success for Ladies’ Tennis at Wellington.

After two disappointing narrow losses in the Aegon match and for the 2nd team in their first match of the Summer League, the ladies have come back with style. The First Team soundly beat Crowthorne, the Second Team had a resounding victory against Bracknell and the first Veterans’ match of the season saw another solid win against a Bracknell team.

I am coming round to thinking that having been away with work and then having show commitments on some weekends has resulted in my being a non-playing captain so far and is obviously the best strategy!

Well done to Julie Linwood and Pep Brinkworth who have led the teams so successfully and thanks again to Liz for her coaching.

Next Matches:
Aegon: Sunday May 13th at Ascot
Veterans: Wednesday May 16th at Wargrave
Summer League: Saturday May 19th Firsts away to Slough, Seconds home to Westmorland

Update Newsflash

1st Team are now 5th in their league!

I missed team coaching on Saturday 11th March because I was at Crufts – more Wellington Winning Ways – the Wookie won his class.

There is no stopping any of us in any way!!!!!


9th March 2012

With just one postponed match for the second team to play, I have to report a solid performance by the ladies throughout the season. The First Team finished 6th out of 8 in a tough league while the Second Team have finished a commendable second behind Newbury (fielding an ex-Wimbledon player who was the only deciding factor in the 2-2 match!). The summit of the First Team’s achievement was the local derby against Crowthorne (who won the division), with a resounding 3-1 victory.

This all bodes well for Wellington Ladies’ Tennis. Our combined thanks again to Liz for her coaching and encouragement and to Ian Davis for his on-going, unflagging commitment to tennis. My personal thanks to all those players who have turned out on Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings and , of course, for matches (even when heavy snowfall threatened and arrived!).

Don’t forget if you’re interested in playing in the teams (we have four different competitions this summer) we always welcome additional players – please contact myself or Liz or anyone you know who plays in the teams for further information.


Wellington Ladies’ Winning Ways

January is off to a flying start for the Wellington Ladies with the First Team beating Caversham by 1 set and the Second Team beating Caversham Park by 3 rubbers to 1. At last, Val Stephens has her wish to be on a winning side after several very narrow defeats in the first half of the season.

We have a great turn-out for Liz’s coaching on a Saturday (11am sharp – please book in at reception) and again on a Wednesday evening at 6.30 for match practice for anyone who turns up. New players (or returning old ones) always welcome and a special hello to Denise Ware who has recently joined the ‘Tennis Nuts’.

It makes my job so easy to have so many enthusiastic (and talented) players now in the squad and we will look forward to the Summer, when we have two teams in the Summer League, one in the Veterans’ (a misnomer I can assure you) and one in the AEGON.

My warmest thanks to Liz for her encouragement and coaching, and to Ian Davis for the support he gives to tennis and making things happen.

Pat Hartwell