Ladies’ Captain’s Blog

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!!!!!