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GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEKEND : SATURDAY 12 & SUNDAY 13 MAY:

Once again, QCTC will be embracing this annual event with its usual enthusiasm and our coach, Tim, has promised lots of fun and games for everyone on the Saturday!  Booking for individual or group coaching over the week-end can by made by clicking on to the LTA website - Open Days - GBTW - QCTC.  And don't forget - the GREAT BRITISH BREAKFAST on the Sunday morning starting at 9.00 am.  On Sunday afternoon we will be holding a fun Parent & Child Tournament with plenty of prizes.  So come along, swing a racket and have some fun!


AND WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING RECENTLY . . . 

CAR WASH AND REFRESHMENTS WHILE YOU WAIT - SATURDAY 1st APRIL
The Club held a very successful Car Wash in the car park at the Queen Camel Memorial Hall and the sun shone.  Our teams of car washers worked tirelessly from 8.30 am through to 1.00 pm and cleaned some 50 cars during the morning.  Inside, most people came to enjoy a bacon butty and a cup of tea or coffee and browse through the Saturday papers - and although not everything had been 'won', the chocolate tombola proved very popular, especially with children!

The Club is grateful to all its members and friends who came along to support our fundraising morning and particularly grateful to everyone who worked so hard throughout the morning.  

ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT & SUPPER IN NOVEMBER:

This annual event was took place on Saturday 12th November and was, as always, well supported by both members, villagers and their friends.  Ollie Jones was the Quizmaster and served up an excellent quiz which kept everyone on their toes throughout the evening.  For those who just came along for the food, the range of curries being served provided great comfort and distraction with the puddings and cheese board fully coming up to expectations. .

Thank you to everyone who came along and for all the brilliant cooks among the membership!

CLUB TOURNAMENT : MEN'S SINGLES, MIXED DOUBLES AND LADIES DOUBLES

The finals of the Club’s in-house tournaments were played on Sunday 16th October, mostly in sunshine, watched by a crowd of spectators.  There were some good competitive matches with plenty of deuces and tea was served at the conclusion of all the matches.  The Club President, Philippa Davidson, presented trophies to the following:

Under 8s: Alex Hale with runner-up medal to Finn Turner

Under 12s: Elliot Montague with runner-up medal to Will Walker

Men’s Singles:  Roy Leask, runner-up Jack Marsh

Ladies’ Doubles: Sharon Scarlett & Morwenna Ford, runners-up Tracey Lloyd & Charlie McLaren

Mixed Doubles: Marian Davis & Jack Marsh, runners-up Sharon Scarlett & Nick Perkins

Best Beginner:  Poppy Bennet

Keenest Junior: Emily Watson

Most Improved Junior:  Stanley Palmer

END OF SEASON DINNER
Some 25 members and guests enjoyed a relaxing evening at The Montague Inn, Shepton Montague on Friday 7th October where Sean O'Callaghan and his team made us most welcome.
  
SUMMER HOLIDAY CAMPS ON WEDNESDAYS IN AUGUST:
These were well attended and by all accounts the participants had a really great time.  The mornings were taken up with tennis games with music and lots of fun whilst there were mini tournaments and match play in the afternoons.  Our thanks to Charlie for making it happen.

TENNIS FOR KIDS - AN LTA DAVIS CUP LEGACY INITIATIVE: 
From Wednesday 18th May, once a week for six weeks only between 4.45 and 5.30 pm, the Club and its coach participated in an LTA Davis Cup Legacy initiative called Tennis For Kids.   This was FREE OF CHARGE and is open to children aged 5 - 8 years who have never received tennis coaching before. For more details please visit: 

https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/QueenCamelTennisClub/Admin/Coaching/Scheme/b49c640d-37a7-4db7-9c30-ddb8df3d11bf

There is limited space on this course so early booking is recommended via the above link.


GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEK-END - Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May
Once again, QCTC will be supporting this event with its customary enthusiasm!  Junior coaching will take place from 9.00 am on Court 1 and there will be opportunities for youngsters to have a go using the mini nets, trying their luck against the Ball Machine and other fun games.  For adults there will be a chance for some coaching with the Club coach - maybe have a go at Cardio - serve against the Serving Gun and generally swing a racquet and find out what a fun game tennis can be.

On the Sunday morning we will start with the GREAT BRITISH BREAKFAST from 9.00 am and there will be more chances throughout the morning for adults and children to play tennis and join in the fun.  In the afternoon we will hold a Parent & Child Tournament which in past years has proved hugely popular.

Refreshments will be available throughout the two days and everyone is most welcome.  Don't miss out - do come and join us.

THE CLUB IS ALSO OFFERING FREE MEMBERSHIP TO ANY MINI RED (UP TO 8 YEARS OF AGE) PLAYER WHO COMES ALONG TO THE COURTS OVER THIS WEEKEND AND SIGNS UP!

If you would like to book on to any of our coaching sessions during the day on the Saturday, please follow this link and complete the booking line:
https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/QueenCamelTennisClub/Admin/OpenDays/Details/b71ee8d5-c698-41ef-bacb-2ec31c0d8205   


TONY PRYCE RACKET NIGHT AT QCTC - Tuesday 26th April from 6.30 pm
Tony Pryce staff came along to the courts with a wide selection of tennis racquets for members and visitors to try out whilst they were receiving coaching or, later, during the Club's weekly Club Night.  It was a well attended event and a number of purchases were made on the night.  

CAR WASH AND BREAKFAST AND THE SUNDAY PAPERS - Sunday 17th April - outside the Queen Camel Memorial Hall.  This attracted some 23 cars for washing on a sunny morning and the teams of washers worked enthusiastically throughout the morning.  Our youngest washer, Marley Lloyd, came armed with her own yellow bucket and was just the right height for careful wheel cleaning.  The Patton boys - Josh and William - worked their socks off and certainly earned and very much enjoyed their breakfasts.  The kitchen team provided about 35 cooked Full English Breakfasts with several bacon baps thrown in.  All in all it was a successful morning and one to be repeated later in the year perhaps when cars are a bit muddier!

The Club's Annual General Meeting & Wimbleon Ballot took place on Wednesday 13th April in the Marples Room of the Village Memorial Hall starting at 7.30 pm.  With the prospect of the Wimbledon Ballot immediately after the AGM, some 24 people came along to enjoy the Club's refreshments and patiently listened to the various reports on the state of the Club's finances, membership and various high points in the last year.  After more years than anyone could remember, Edward Sowerby had bowed out as Treasurer during the year and was thanked by the Chairman for all his hard work, especially during the installation of the floodlights and expansion of the Clubhouse.  Peter Scarlett has replaced him and produced sets of accounts which impressed those present. Natalie Hoddinott came off the Committee as our Junior Parent Representative and has been replaced by Sally Palmer.  Ollie Perkins agreed to continue for a further year as our Junior Representative.

The Wimbledon Ballot followed the conclusion of the AGM with 13 pairs of tickets available.  As usual, this was a well humoured occasion with much stirring of the ballot papers as different names were pulled out.  All thirteen pairs of tickets were allocated with a Reserve List of five, just in case . . .

Next year's AGM and Wimbledon Ballot will take place on Thursday 20th April 2017 in the Marples Room of the Queen Camel Memorial Hall starting at 7.30 pm.

SWING A RACKET FOR SPORT RELIEF - Saturday 19th March:  This was an action-packed day starting at 9.00 am with the regular Junior coaching sessions.  When these finished, our coach dressed up as Spiderman and kept a good number of youngsters - many in fancy dress - busy and engaged with a variety of tennis related games and activities.  Everyone ended up with a prize at 1.00 pm.  The adults then arrived in a variety of outfits, guises and accessories and a very interesting mixed doubles tournament began at 2.00 pm with timed matches of 15 minutes - and 20p in the bucket for every game lost!  Everyone played four or five matches during the afternoon with the final play-off between Jack Marsh and Sue Price and Jane and Emma Hallows.  Jack and Sue came out as victors and each received a bottle of wine from the club's Chairman, Marian Davis, with Easter eggs going to Jane and Emma.  Throughout the day, quantities of tea, coffee, squash and cakes were served and a small cake stall provided some lucky people with cakes to take home for tea - or the freezer!  A Sports Quiz and a special Sport Relief game kept people guessing in between games - and at the end of the day the Club raised an amazing £227.51 for Sport Relief!  Well done everyone.


ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT & SUPPER - Saturday 14th November

This annual event was, once again, well supported by both members, villagers and their friends.  The questions posed by Julian Hart and his co-quiz master, Ollie Jones, teased and tormented those trying to tackle them and the breaks for a range of delicious lasagne dishes and then wonderful puddings proved a welcome distraction for many.  The evening was tinged with sadness as after some 15 years, Julian had declared this was to be his last as Quiz Master.  In appreciation of his huge commitment to this event over the years, the Club presented him with an Ian Weatherhead artist's print of Cheltenham.

As always, the Club was most grateful to all those who supported the event either by working their socks off in the kitchen or coming along to enjoy the evening with their friends.  

THE CLUB TOURNAMENT FINALS -  Sunday 4th October  These took place before a good number of Club members and spectators on a fine day.  The men's singles' semi-finals were played in the morning with Ollie Perkins and Roy Leask overcoming stiff competition from Jack Marsh and Peter Scarlett to reach the final.  In that match, which went to the wire, Ollie beat Roy in a closely fought match.  In the Ladies' Doubles which was held on a 'Round Robin' basis,  Sue Hester and Tracey Lloyd emerged the winners.  Presentations were made by Philippa Davidson, the Club's President, and as always happens at QCTC, a most delicious tea was enjoyed by everyone.
              
    Back row: Jack Marsh, Roy Leask, Ollie Perkins,                    Men's Singles Winner: Ollie Perkins with the Club's
Peter Scarlett  Front row: Sue Hester & Tracey Lloyd.                                 President, Philippa Davidson.


GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEK-END - Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May


The Club held a non-stop, action packed weekend of tennis fun over the two days of the GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEKEND during which we welcomed over 140 people to the courts.  We were blessed with sunshine and gusty winds on Saturday and cloudy skies with an occasional glimmer of sunshine on Sunday.  However, none of this made any difference to the enthusiasm that visitors young and old showed whilst on court.  Junior coaching took place for the first couple of hours on Saturday and the mini nets remained up for the smallest ones to try their hand at swinging a racquet.  Later the ball machine was out and, as usual, proved a huge hit with children and adults alike.  Our coach, Will Ballard, gave a cardio session on Saturday afternoon for parents and children which resulted in many red faces, plenty of gasping for breath and lots of laughs!  To allow the younger visitors to catch their breath we had a round of Pass the Parcel whilst parents and adults had a welcome cup of tea.

Sunday morning saw the Great British Breakfast served from 9.00 am for a couple of hours and this attracted much interest particularly among families.  Lots of parents and children playing together on the courts and against the ball machine and some good servers then tried their hand at serving against the speed gun.  Adult coaching sessions took place around mid-day and at 2.00 pm we had the Quorn Family Tennis Cup Parent & Child Red Ball tournament for children aged U10 playing with a parent or guardian.  This attracted entries from 10 pairs and after a couple of hours and a very tight final, Peter & Phoebe Lennard were pronounced the winners.  Well done to them both - and to everyone who took part.  It was great fun and everyone appeared to enjoy their matches. Team Lennard will now be invited to attend the next round of this national competition which will be held at a regional venue.

Wonderful refreshments prepared by members of the committee were available throughout the weekend and the Club would like to thank them for all their hard work as well as everyone who came along to support and enjoy this fantastic week-end of tennis.  Even the dogs enjoyed themselves!

                                   

                                   
   
                                                                                  

                                                            
               

SOUTH SOMERSET TENNIS DEVELOPMENT GROUP GRADE 6 MINI RED & ORANGE TOURNAMENT HELD AT QUEEN CAMEL - Sunday 10th May

This attracted a small but keen entry and over two hours on Sunday afternoon participants were able to play each other twice.  It was an enjoyable afternoon of tennis for players and supporters alike and the Club and SSTDG were grateful to Mark Pollard for refereeing the event - and to Sam Pollard for umpiring.


TONY PRYCE INTERSPORT RACQUET NIGHT - Tuesday 28th April

Tony Pryce Intersport came to the Club on the evening of Tuesday 28th April from 7.00 pm with a selection of racquets for members to try out during the Club's usual Tuesday evening Club session.  As ever this was a great evening with a number of members coming along to try out new racquets and several deciding to make a purchase.

AGM AND WIMBLEDON BALLOT - WEDNESDAY 15th APRIL

The Club's Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 15th April at 7.30 pm in the Marples Room of the Queen Camel Memorial Hall followed by the Wimbledon Ballot.  About 25 Club members came along and with a glass of wine to hand, listened patiently to the various reports and joined in the election process with good humour.  Fraser and Chester House stood down as the Club's Junior Representatives and it was suggested that Ollie Perkins (who was not present) might be persuaded to take on the role.  (This he has now agreed to do.)  Tracey Lloyd agreed to join the Committee and was duly voted on.  At the conclusion of the AGM the serious matter of the Wimbledon Ballot began.  The Club had been allocated 14 pairs of tickets for the Championships and with a great deal of stirring of the ballot papers and different people picking out  slips, we eventually had our 14 winners.  Next year's AGM will take place on Wednesday 13th April in the Marples Room of the Queen Camel Memorial Hall starting at 7.30 pm.

CAR WASH & BREAKFAST PLUS THE SUNDAY PAPERS : SUNDAY 1st MARCH 
Despite the weather forecast suggesting otherwise, the sun shone as our teams of valiant car washers set to work in the Village Hall car park.  In all some 27 cars were cleaned in the three hours and whilst the customers were waiting for their vehicles to be washed and returned in a spotless state, they enjoyed either a Full English Breakfast or a Bacon Sandwich inside the hall whilst perusing the Sunday papers!  It proved to be a most successful morning from a number of viewpoints, not least an increase to the Club funds of nearly £300.  As always, the Club was most grateful to all those who cleaned and cooked and to all the customers who brought their dirty cars along to be transformed.

QUIZ NIGHT & SUPPER : SATURDAY 15th NOVEMBER 
Once again the brains could be heard ticking as Julian Hart, assisted this year by Ollie Jones, posed a wide range of ticklish questions.  Supper was a welcome distraction to some and beer and wine to others but the end result was yet another fun evening for all concerned.  The Club's cooks excelled yet again with a range of delicious casseroles followed by a vast selection of puds.  Thank you to everyone who joined us for the evening - the Club's coffers are looking a lot happier as a result.

CLUB TOURNAMENT : SUNDAY 31 AUGUST starting at 1.00 pm
In the end this was a most enjoyable afternoon for six ladies only!  The week-end before term starts is clearly not the best time to hold such an event.  However, the six players rotated partners throughout the afternoon and after a number of very enjoyable sets of tennis, Philippa Davidson was declared the winner!  A delicious tea was then enjoyed by everyone

SUMMER CAMPS 2014:  
These proved to be great fun for all the participants who couldn't wait to get on court each day.  Luke served up a great mix of games and activities to help improve the children's on-court skills and then had quiz and puzzle sessions to allow everyone a little time to recover their breath.  Judging by their faces at the end of each day, the children had a GREAT time!  Below are a couple of photo's from the second camp:

  
 
PARENT & CHILD FUN TOURNAMENT - Sunday 20 July
Another hot afternoon with 5 pairs participating in 10-minute timed matches.  This ensured that everyone was kept on their toes all afternoon and the squash, tea and cakes proved most welcome!  Many thanks to the committee members who organised the afternoon's play and tea.

PARENT & CHILD FUN TOURNAMENT - Sunday 22 June
The first of these took place on a very warm afternoon with 9 pairs taking part.  It was a most enjoyable afternoon with lots of play for everyone.  Two couples - Esme Andrews & her father, Mark and Joshua Carr & his mother, Janice - were level pegging on points and so played a short set to determine the winners.  Joshua and Janice just managed to beat Esme and Mark after a hard fought match.  The afternoon was declared a success by all the participants and the July event is awaited with great anticipation!

MAY HOLIDAY CAMP - Thursday & Friday, 29th/30th May
This was held by Tom Selley, the Club's Coach, between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm on the two days with a dozen children taking part each day.    A lively and fun time was had by everyone with plenty of activities to help improve movement, co-ordination, hitting skills and concentration.  

GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEK-END - Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May

The event was a huge success for the Club, helped undoubtedly by brilliant weather.  More than 70 people visited the courts over the two days and children, in particular, had a great time playing on 'Mini-Red' courts with mini nets and red balls.  The Club's new ball machine was a huge draw for both children and adults throughout the day.  Tom and Martin, the Club's coaches, were on hand on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday morning to offer help and advice and they brought with them two tennis wheelchairs so that people could try them out and appreciate the complexities of playing wheelchair tennis.  Sunday morning saw our Great British Breakfast being served from 9.00 am for two hours - some 50 platefuls were cooked complete with toast and freshly brewed tea and coffee.
On Sunday afternoon 12 pairs took part in the Parent & Child Tournament which proved to be great fun and resulted in some keen games between families.  As always at Queen Camel Tennis Club, refreshments on both days were very popular and much appreciated by all our visitors.
          
        
        
 
TONY PRYCE INTERSPORT RACQUET TEST NIGHT - Tuesday 29th April

The Club arranged for Tony Pryce Intersport to be at the Club on the evening of Tuesday 29th April from 7.00 pm with a selection of racquets for members to try out during the regular Tuesday evening Club session.  This proved to be a great opportunity for several members to try out new racquets whilst playing a game or two and a number of purchases were made.  

AGM AND WIMBLEDON BALLOT - Wednesday 23rd April

The Club's Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 23rd April at 8.00 pm in the Marples Room of the Queen Camel Memorial Hall with some 20 members present.  Matt Millard and Sarah Walker stood down from the Committee and four new members were voted onto the Committee: Chester & Fraser House, Charlie McLelland and Pauline Farror.
Immediately after the AGM, the Wimbledon Ballot was drawn.  The Club had been allocated 9 pairs of tickets and these were readily accepted by the successful members.  Next year's AGM will take place on Wednesday, 15th April at 8.00 pm in the Marples Room of the village hall.

MIXED MATCH V SUTTON MONTIS TENNIS CLUB - Sunday 9th February

This was hosted by Sutton Montis but played at the Queen Camel Tennis Club with some 16 players in all.  Being one of the few days in the month when it didn't rain, all those playing appreciated having the opportunity to get onto the courts and enjoyed some excellent short sets.  Barry Blight arranged the order of play and managed to come up with winners by the end of the afternoon.  A delicious tea was provided by Sutton Montis and because the two Clubs play so well together it was decided to have a post-Wimbledon 'Strawberries and Pimms' event in early July - watch this space!

LADIES FRIENDLY MATCH V SUTTON MONTIS TENNIS CLUB - Tuesday 3rd December

With mulled wine and mince pies as refreshments for the evening, the Club could hardly fail to have a really happy fixture with our nearest neighbours, Sutton Montis.  There were eight players on each team playing timed tennis with a whistle being blown to start 10 minute matches which then ended at the next whistle blow.  As it was a clear, dry and cold evening, this formula worked exceedingly well and everyone was kept moving with 10 minute breaks in between for refreshments.  The Clubhouse positively glowed - as did the faces of all the participants - and winners from both teams were finally declared by 9.30 pm when the lights had to be switched off.  A return match is planned for February 2014.

QUIZ NIGHT - Saturday 16th November

Yet again, the Club's annual Quiz Night proved popular with over 100 people enjoying Julian Hart's tantalising and tortuous questions interspersed with a wonderful curry supper and splendid array of puddings.  It was declared by many to be the best one yet, which is praise indeed!  As always, the Club was immensely grateful to the many members and their friends who supported us and helped us raise funds towards the purchase of a ball machine for the Club.  


Wheelchair tennis in progress                            
7 to 7 4 WHEELS - fundraising event held on 22 June

Queen Camel Tennis Club’s 7 to 7 4 WHEELS event gathered momentum as the day unfolded.  It started with some fairly sleepy-eyed players at 7.00 am and brighter ones as the day progressed with the last groups playing in extremely chilly, windy and damp conditions until 7.00 pm.  During the day the usual children’s coaching sessions continued on one court and in the afternoon four wheelchair tennis players from Taunton came and impressed a small crowd of onlookers with their speed around the court.   Several people were able to ‘have a go’ using the wheelchairs and had to learn the basics for moving around, hitting the ball and serving.   With the inclement weather, the bacon butties proved hugely popular with everyone and the afternoon tea with cake was equally irresistible.   A competition to guess how many tennis balls were in a bag was popular with both young and old with the Club’s Head Coach, Martin Hillier, successfully guessing the correct number.  The evening barbecue had to be held in the Village Hall but was supported by a good crowd of adults and children who enjoyed the barbeque as well as the array of wicked puddings on offer. 

Including a generous donation from the Somerset LTA, the event netted some £550 which will be split between the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust which is funding a tennis wheelchair for Merriot-based Ebony Court, and the Club’s efforts to raise money for its own ball machine.  The Club is most grateful to everyone for their generous support and especially to the Taunton wheelchair tennis players for joining us and helping raise the profile for the sport.

Wheelchair tennis serving      Chai              

QCTC Mixed v Weymouth (away) : Monday 20th May - Match Report

The weather improved as we drove south towards Weymouth and we ended up enjoying clear blue skies and sunshine in the attractive setting of Weymouth Tennis Club.   We had a successful outcome to the overall match with Marian Davis & Peter Scarlett winning one and losing one and Morwenna Ford & Duncan Sowerby winning both of their matches.  A very convivial supper in the warmth of the summer evening was greatly appreciated before heading home.

QCTC Ladies v Yeovil (away) : Friday 17th May - Match Report

The team travelled to Yeovil on a fine evening and played some enjoyable and spirited matches.  In spite of many long games with multiple deuces we came away with just 3 points.  This was our first fixture of the season and concluded with an excellent bar supper in the adjoining Clubhouse

QCTC Mixed v Somerton (away):  Monday 6 May - Match Report

Bank Holiday Monday saw the mixed team travel to Somerton. On a beautiful sunny evening we played some challenging tennis in all matches. The Club team consisted of Marian Davis & Julian Hart and Philippa Davidson & Drummond Modley. In terms of matches won we were two matches all, in sets we lost  4-6. However, it was a very pleasant evening's tennis which was enjoyed by all - as well as the supper afterwards.

QCTC Mixed v Martock D (home):  Monday 29 April - Match Report

The Club's first mixed league match of the season was played at home. It was a beautiful evening which resulted in a lovely sunset. The QC team consisted of husband and wife team Peter & Sharon Scarlett and Marian Davis & Matt Sparks who was playing his first match for the club. Marian & Matt fought hard against Martock's first pair but despite getting to deuce on several games could not find the shots to win the games.  They lost both sets 6-0. Meanwhile on the other court Sharon and Peter were having a close game against the number two pair which they won 7-5, 6-4.

In the second round Marian & Matt started off well and  found themselves at 2-2 against the number two pair. Unfortunately the next four games were close but the set ended at 6-2 to Martock as did the second set. Sharon and Peter were having another close match against the number one pair with some good rallies during a game which they won 6-4, 6-4.

This was an enjoyable evening of tennis which concluded with a good supper and some lively conversation.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & WIMBLEDON BALLOT

The Club had a good turnout of members for its AGM on Wednesday, 17th April, possibly due to the Wimbledon Ballot being held immediately after.  The following members were duly elected onto the Management Committee for the next year:

President:                          Philippa Davidson
Chairman:                          Marian Davis
Treasurer:                          Edward Sowerby
Secretary:                           Morwenna Ford
Junior Coaching Secretary:  Natalie Hoddinott/Laura Paul
Junior Representative:        Sarah Walker
Club Coach:                        Tom Selley
Committee Members:          Angus Davidson
                                          Sharon Scarlett
                                          Matt Millard

PARENTS & CHILD TOURNAMENT - Saturday 16th March 2013:
Postponed because of . . .  rain!  A new date will be announced shortly.

QUIZ NIGHT - Saturday 17th November
This was a really fun evening for the 100+ people who turned out to have their wits tested to the limit and their taste buds treated to a delicious range of curries, puddings and cheeses.  Quizmaster Julian Hart put together a most impressive range of questions covering all manner of topics and his infamous Music round brought forth blank expressions and Eureka moments in equal measure from the 20+ teams taking part.  The Club was delighted that so many members and friends were able to come along and were grateful to them ALL for their support.  

JOIN IN! AT QUEEN CAMEL TENNIS CLUB:  Saturday 15th September 

         
Following the success of the Club's very own 'Olympics' in July and the enthusiasm for tennis following Andy Murray's gold medal at the London Olympics, the Club hosted an event for anyone who wanted to have a go, whatever their age or ability.   The Juniors proved particularly enthusiastic and tireless and enjoyed playing on a shortened court with mini net.  They were also very keen on frequent refreshment breaks.  The older players were all able to play with different partners and the afternoon concluded with an excellent tea.  Several visitors asked when the Club would be holding another JOIN IN SESSION - no date has yet been fixed but another one will happen in the next few months.  So watch this space! 


TEAM GB STRIKE GOLD AT TENNIS OLYMPICS

Queen Camel Tennis Club celebrated the start of London 2012 with a Tennis Olympics event held on Saturday 28 July.

Mixed doubles teams of adult and junior members, representing major tennis playing nations, competed in 15 minute matches in a round robin tournament organised by club coach, Tom Selley. Team GB who were represented by Club Chairperson, Marian Davis and Nick Perkins, emerged as the overall winners.

Newly improved and extended facilities at Queen Camel tennis club, supported by the LTA, are providing better opportunities for people of all ages to play tennis. The 2-court club in Queen Camel, with recently installed floodlights, welcomes new members and visitors.

                   


QCTC Men v Somerton C (away) Monday 16 July - Match Report

Another win..........can you believe it.

Our strategy changed for this match which followed last week's historic success. On the advice of coach Tom junior players were paired with adults instead of with each other. Junior player Dominic Bennett, in his first adult match, paired with Roy Leask and together they won both their matches, each concluding in a championship tiebreak. Drummond Modley, paired with young Chester House lost one championship tiebreak but took their second match in straight sets. On a blustery evening at Somerton, in damp conditions, the overall result was 3 - 1 in rubbers to QCTC, 7 - 4 in sets, and the points in our favour 9 - 4. Following two wins in a row (we're on a roll now), league points accumulated to date total 36 which might mean that we have relinquished our long held position at the bottom of the table?!

The junior/adult combination seems to work well with youth providing wider court coverage and sharper eyesight for debatable line calls.

QCTC Men v Beaminster A (home)Tuesday 10 July - Match Report

Bravo! Hurrah! Hurrah!

Our first win of the season......a magnificent achievement and not just a win, QCTC secured all the points available. Well done to the team of Drummond Modley, Chester House, Duncan Perkins and captain on the night, Peter Scarlett. We can be particularly proud of Chester and Duncan for achieving the first win for our junior pairing in an adult mens match. Good stuff.  All matches were won by QCTC in straight sets - will those valuable 10 points mean that we are no longer propping up the league? We shall see.....

QCTC Men v Charmouth A (away) Wednesday 27 June - Match Report

We - Nick Perkins (transport provider), young lads Chester House and Duncan Sowerby and less young Roy Leask -  travelled in some trepidation to Charmouth, the mens division 5 league leaders and conquerors of Weymouth who had thrashed us 10-0 last week. The Charmouth captain, however, showing due consideration to our strength, fielded a team that provided competitive, social and entertaining tennis which, down in division 5, is what it's all about. On Charmouth's unique carpeted surface where the ball skids off faster than an Anderson inswinger,  Nick and Roy won a rubber, I think a first for this season, and the lads enjoyed a competitive outing. It's notable that without the support of our junior members, QCTC would not be able to fulfil our fixtures in the mens league. Final score overall 7 sets to 2 which, after bonus points are allocated, becomes 9 - 2.

Parent/Child tournament on Saturday 23 June:

An assortment of 16 mothers, fathers and offspring assembled for this fun event together with supporters. Judith Levett and her ipad with digital clock and alarm kept the event ticking over smoothly, encouraging everyone to play at pace and gain the most amount of points within the 10 minute time slot allocated for each match. The format enabled everyone to play each other and after about three hours of gentle competition on court and a convivial social atmosphere off court, the final points tally placed Simon and Chester House on the winners' podium, Duncan Perkins and Roy Leask in second place and Duncan and Zelda Sowerby third. Prizegiving was accompanied by traditional QCTC cakes and refreshments, kindly provided by players and supporters. A big thank you goes to Judith for organising a very enjoyable event.


QCTC mixed tennis fest with Sutton Montis - Saturday 9th June 2012

In this non-bbq summer you have to be lucky with the weather and fortunately we were. On Saturday, as QCTC and Sutton Montis joined forces, the sun shone, the breeze cooled, making conditions perfect for tennis and tea.

Sutton Montis arrived in numbers and together with QCTC 20 players of various ages and expertise enjoyed a social round robin mixed doubles festival organised deftly by indefatigable Marian Davies. It was all good fun with Gary and Rhoda emerging worthy winners of celebratory fizz. As hosts on the day, Sutton Montis provided an extravagant array of cakes and sandwiches which were hugely enjoyed by players and supporters.

    

QCTC Mixed v Martock C (away) Wednesday 16th May - Match Report

We've Nick Perkins to thank for stepping in at the 11th hour, literally, enabling QCTC to field a mixed team for this fixture. In the absence of our juniors who are immersed in their GCSEs, we seem to be desperately short of men, both able and willing, to represent the club. This was a thoroughly enjoyable match, not least because we recorded our first 'set' win of the season and narrowly lost a rubber.

Nick and Sarah Walker gained valuable match experience against Martock's seasoned campaigners while Marian and Roy, in a third set decider, lost a championship heartbreak 11-9 after coming back from 6-1 down. Long, competitive rallies against the other Martock pairing took the total match time close to three hours, for which we earned 'un' point. Food (seriously yummy chips) and refreshments at the White Hart Inn were very welcome and kindly provided by our friendly and hospitable hosts.

QCTC mixed team, well fed and watered, socialising at the White Hart Inn on an outing to Martock
QCTC mixed team, well fed and watered, socialising at the White Hart Inn after the match with Martock C

QCTC Men v Charmouth A (home) Tuesday 8th May - Match Report

In our first mens home match we came very close to winning our first points of the season, with Roy and Edward losing a marathon first set in a tie break against Charmouth's senior pairing, at the end of which the opposition approached the net to shake hands feeling that the rubber was concluded having expended so much time and effort.The House brothers, Fraser and Chester, also lost narrowly going down 7 - 5 to the same Charmouth  pairing. Although the scoreline once again showed nul points in the Home team column, this was a much more competitive match all round with the QCTC pairings winning a total of 24 games.

Several cracking winners from all our players, however,  tends to be offset by the number of unforced errors which remains unacceptably high. The toilet, electric light, floodlights, and catering facilities were much appreciated by our visitors as was the hospitality and tasty rounds of sandwiches provided by the House and Sowerby households

QCTC Men v Weymouth C (away) Thursday 3rd May - Match Report

In our first league match of the season in Y&DTL Mens division 5, Weymouth C team provided what I would hope is the strongest opposition that we are likely to come up against. Our team which combined the age and experience of Messrs Leask and Scarlett with the youth of Fraser and Chester House, was put to the sword in fast-paced, hard hitting sets against tough and fair opposition with no quarter given. Such matches raise your game and bring out your best so in going down 48 games to 9, resulting in nul points for QCTC, it still provided good experience and set a benchmark for our youngsters. The excellent pub grub afterwards in the 'Famous Old Spa' was much more palatable than the scoreline.

QCTC Mixed v Yeovil B (away) Monday 30 April 2012 - Match Report  

QCTC's league season for the mixed team got underway under dark skies on rain sodden and slippery Yeovil courts with the tried and tested Scarlett combination of Sharon and Peter cruising to victory with two set wins over both Yeovil pairs. Marian and Roy on the other court, finding conditions and opponents more challenging, lost both matches, the second only narrowly in a championship tie break. Overall, both teams finished with 5 sets apiece but Yeovil secured the win bonus points with more games won on the night. A very enjoyable first match, played in good spirit and concluding with our hosts providing an excellent bar supper.