2018 Summer Team Matches
The Club is fielding two men's teams, one ladies team and one mixed team in 2018.
We're always looking for new players. Please contact a team captain if you are interested in playing.
Ladies: Ann Morris 015395 34638
Mixed: Jo Read 07941 246800 (Vice Captain: David Rees 015395 33928)
Men's 1: John Bell 01524 733116
Men's 2: Dylan George 015395 34830
Up to date league tables are available at http://www.kendal.tennis-league.org/
2017 Match Reports
MEN'S FIRST TEAM
All matches start at 6:30pm
Match Secretary - Tom Fraser. tel: 015395 36324
Men's 1 Team 2017 Fixtures and Results to date:
Men's 2 Team 2017 Fixtures and Results to date:
Ladies Fixtures and Results to date:
MEN'S SECOND TEAM MATCH REPORTS
High hopes in pre-season were brought down to earth with a bang in our first 2 matches of the season.
First up were Lancaster at home, and what a tussle it was with all 4 matches going to deciding set Championship tie-breaks, not bad I hear you say. We lost all 4! An 8 - 4 loss.
Next up were Lunesdale away on the grass and in a gale. 2 more matches going to Championship tie-breaks. We lost them both,going down 8 - 2.
A pattern seemed to be emerging, so on to our 3rd match, at home to Slyne B. A great performance, winning 7 - 2. And yes, we lost a Championship tie break!
So on we go, Arnside away next with a psychiatrist in tow to try and sort out our fluffy heads and break our duck in winning deciding sets.
After a week off due to a washed out Arnside the Men's 2nd team were back to business at home to Burton.
In a sometimes tetchy (them not us!) affair we came out with a credible 4 - 4 draw.
Next we were away on the grass at Lunesdale 'A'. In a very enjoyable match we came away with an 8 - 1 win and our first Championship tie- break win. This match was particularly noteworthy for the amount of time Phil Eccles spent throwing himself to the ground in mostly vain attempts to get to the ball. He spent more time with his nose in the grass than Howard Marks did on holiday in Jamaica!
So, unbeaten in 3 and the tie-break monkey of our backs, we march on with renewed confidence.
We completed the first half of the season with a very competitive 4-4 home draw against Arnside, which left us to a glass half full type of guy, unbeaten in 4.
On to our reverse fixtures with an away match at Lancaster which we lost 6-3 followed by a home match against table topping Lunesdale. This was also a close match ending in an 'old' style draw (glass half full again) but a 'new' style 6-4 loss.
Hopefully now we can push on for our remaining fixtures.
A Sunday evening trip to play Slyne was up next, not an ideal time for a tennis match so a big thank you to those that went out there. We should have got a draw out of it but due to 2 more lost tie breaks we ended up losing 6 -3. Still, all was not lost with the after match craic to come - a small bottle of warm beer and pack of Doritos (between 8 of us) later and we were on our merry way!
A win was needed as we entered the final stretch of the season, a push for a top 3 finish our target. This was immediately thwarted by a 7-3 loss away at Burton where the after match hospitality made Slyne feel like an all night Ibizan beach party!
Finally we got a win at home to Lunesdale A and a thumping 8-0 win at that. So now we have a 3 week break until our final twice rearranged match away at Arnside where hopefully it will be third time lucky.
So to our final match of the season; away at Arnside. A brief look at the table showed that all we needed was 7 points from this one to guarantee a respectable 3rd place in the league behind runaway leaders Lunesdale and Burton.
It didn't start well with an injury to Tom in the first game, although after a brief break he carried on manfully. Then a painful injury to Geoff which left us conceding the match, so although the magic 7 points was surpassed it was unfortunately by the wrong team with us going down (literally) 8 -1!
Never mind, to the pub we went afterwards with our hosts supplying some proper doorstep sandwiches ......... luckily nobody tripped over them!
LADIES MATCH REPORTS
A tough opening match on the hard courts at Heversham. Despite the final score, many games were closely fought, but Heversham were always more clinical and consistent when it really mattered. An enjoyable evening in great conditions.
Our ladies on the 15th May which was rained off and is rearranged to 19th July.
Slyne - 22nd May lost 1 - 9.
A very hot evening after the recent cooler weather. A tough start against a strong team, we lost the opening 4 sets and though the set scores were not favourable, many games were close but the opposition were more clinical when it was needed. In the crossover matches, Jo and Ann had a hard-fought match against their second pair. After a close first set, we came through in the second to go into a champions tie-break. Unfortunately a poor start was our undoing and the match went to Slyne.
Kendal - 29th May lost 2 -6
A strange, muggy evening, and our third match on hard courts, but we still find them difficult to get used to. The first round was over all too quickly, all sets going to Kendal. However the crossover matches were much more evenly balanced. Kath and Steph had a great game against their first pair,only narrowly losing, before Jo and Ann succeeded in the gloom.
Heversham - 14th June lost 3 - 7
At last we had dry ladies match, and at home too!.
Very happy with the result against Heversham even though we lost 3 - 7, as we haven't managed to take a set off them for several years!
It might have been even closer if Ann and Jo hadn't decided to stretch the evening out as much as possible, going to champions tie-breaks in both their matches. They lost against the first pair at the end of a very close match and managed to win against the seconds after a very poor opening set. Dot and Steph battled hard in a close match with the second pair and put up a good fight against a strong first pair.
Well done ladies - onwards and upwards.
The Ladies were beaten by Slyne in this return home match - although some sets were close (one lost in tie break). Slyne mixed a strong player and a weaker one in both teams which caused us some difficulty in rhythm and placement. However we all enjoyed the match. We welcome Steph Whitehead in her first outing for the Ladies, playing with Jan Sutcliffe. And Steph Bury played with Jo Read. Thank you Ladies.
We won this away match v Bowerham 5 sets to 4. We welcome Jill who created some impressive serve and volley momentum, partnering Jo - and taking 4 sets. Steph and Dot fought a long first rubber, winning one set and taking the opposition to a Super Tie Break; and so exhausted faced their first pair and took five games from them. Well played everyone.
Jill, Jo, Steph B, and Dot were pleased to take 3 sets off a strong line up from Lancaster in over 3 hours of tennis. The extra point won by Lancaster in a Super Tie Break v Jo and Jill. The weather smiled on us and we all enjoyed the tennis. Well done Ladies. This final match of the season leaves us in 5th place in the Division.
Mixed Team Fixtures and Results to date:
MIXED MATCH REPORTS
In the first match of the season new faces Ian and Steph Bury, and Alison Butler joined forces with Joanne Read, David Rees and Frank Jordan to win three and draw one rubber. We played only 7 sets, limited by two courts and failing light (having to split the 8th set). Sedbergh fielded two couples so conceding 4 sets. The hard surface and blustery weather making for a challenging match. Well done everyone.
We won 8 sets to 4 in our second match away at Kendal in the early evening sun. Adapting to the hard surface proved difficult for some as the high bounce kept the balls in play. Not so for John Bell, our Men’s 1st team Captain who joined us to help put the first four sets to bed easily. Dot joined Alison, Frank, Ian and Jo in the rest of the sterling line up.
A resounding 11-1 win against Sedbergh played in good spirit making for a very pleasant evening.Well done and thanks to all players: David Rees, Ann Morris, Steph Bury, Alison Butler, Ian Bury, Phil Eccles.
Away at Kirby Lonsdale we were beaten soundly 10.5 to 1.5 by a strong team including ‘Roger the sky-high-lobber’ who used the high bouncing courts to maximum effect. Jo & David Rees took one set off the second couple. Ann & Roger halved a set against the first couple due to failing light (two courts, no floodlights and a late start). Great volleys and overheads seen from Sarah & David Herrington. Some good games rounded off with a match supper at the pub. Thanks team. .
We drew 6-6 in the return match v Kendal A at home. Kendal put out a stronger team this time and we mixed it up a bit too. Steph Bury and Phil Eccles saved the day with a win and a draw. Jo Read and Ian Bury won one lost one. And Ann Paterson on her first outing, supported by Bill Gill, drew one and lost one. A good evening’s tennis.
Mixed Home v Kirkby Lonsdale 31/5/17
We managed to draw 6-6 after a hard fought return match. Jo Read and David Rees were very pleased to take a set off the KL 1st couple who hadn’t lost a set all season and beat the 2nd couple inc 'Roger the lobber’ with some tactical play. Our team was bolstered by Tom Fraser's debut after injury, partnering Steph Bury to win one/ lose one rubber. This was also Kath Jordan's return after injury, partnering Ian who ran a marathon at the back of the court to draw one/lose one rubber. This is our last match of the season. Thanks to all players for giving it your best shot.