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Club Championships 2019, Andrew Smith, 26 Sept 2019

On Sunday 22nd September, Charnwood Tennis Club hosted their Club Championships for both their mens and ladies. There was a morning start and due to the bad weather forecast for the afternoon, Tournament Director Mick Forshaw used a short format for the matches.

As it transpired this was a wise decision especially as there were in excess of forty members competing across both Championships so many matches to be played. The mens' champions, retaining their crown from last year, were Chris Mears and Mick Forshaw.  They defeated Nick Barham and David Foster by six games to one in their final.

The ladies' champions were Emily Rodbourne and Holly Cheeseman winning their final against Claire Bottom and Clare Middleton by the same scoreline.

Photos (L to R):
Men: David Foster, Nick Barham, Mick Forshaw, Chris Mears
Ladies:  Clare Middleton, Claire Bottom, Emily Rodbourne, Holly Cheeseman


Men's V Team crowned Group 8 Champions, Andrew Smith, 1 Sept 2019

Charnwood Tennis mens V team were crowned men's doubles Group 8 champions on Friday night (23rd August) following a tense home match against Desford III team.

This was set up earlier in the week in a top of the table clash away at Carisbrooke when the Charnwood team emerged victorious. After the first two rounds the match was even at 3:3, but a great team effort by Charnwood saw them win the final three sets to secure a 6:3 victory.

This result meant that the team only had to win two sets against Desford III to finish top of the league. However after the first round of matches they were losing 3:0, but through a great team effort they won four of the remaining six sets and only lost the match overall by 5:4.  

The league title was actually won during the fifth game, Matthew Drury and Andrew Smith were at one stage 6:1 down but pulled back with tremendous spirit, to force a tie break at 7:7 which they went onto win.

Skipper Duncan Child was delighted and commented "the team was only formed this year and was new to The League, finishing as champions was a splendid achievement and we are now looking forward to playing in League 7 of the Leicestershire County Summer Doubles league next season".

CLTC Celebrates double title success, Andrew Smith, 25 August 2019

Charnwood Tennis Club's women's 1st team took the division 1 County Summer Doubles title in style following a resounding nine sets to love victory on Thursday 15th August against a slightly depleted Leicestershire A team at the Club's home Nanpantan Sports Ground base.

Charnwood remained undefeated throughout the whole nine match summer season playing an extremely high standard of tennis.  Ever-present, EmilyRodbourne (who amazingly won 25 of her 27 sets played) paid tribute to the whole squad saying ' every player has given their all throughout the season. Some matches lasted almost four hours and so team spirit has been key to our success'.

The final league table shows Charnwood pipped local rivals, Loughborough Town, to the title by just six points, with an impressive tally of 88 points.

Captain Caroline Wilkinson was understandably thrilled and speaking exclusively for The Echo said 'I am so proud of the entire squad, the practice we put in before the season has really paid dividends.  We now want to keep this success going as we head into our winter league  campaign'.

Ladies 1st team continues to hold winning record for 2019, Andrew Smith, 7 July 2019

Charnwood women's 1st tennis team travelled the short distance for their latest league match against local rivals Loughborough Town 1st team on Wednesday evening.  (3rd July).

The fixture was eagerly anticipated as the talented sides occupied the top two positions in the League Table.

After over 3 hours of play, the match was poised at 4 sets all. The standard of play was excellent on both sides and it was fitting that the last match was completed with an extremely close tie break.

Rachael Hall and Alissa Ayling won this ensuring Charnwood came through as winners by five sets to four, maintaining their 100% record this season.

Commenting for The Echo, Charnwood Captain Caroline Wilkinson observed that they have just one match remaining (at home in August), which they must win to guarantee the title.

First team squad: 

Rachael Hall, Janette Massey, Caroline Wilkinson, Holly Cheeseman, Charlie, Salisbury, Emily Rodbourne, Gaby Hay & Alissa Ayling

Charnwood Men's Fifth team continued success, Andrew Smith, 30 June 2019

Charnwood Men's fifth team continued their excellent form on Tuesday 25th June, with a splendid home victory over Hamilton fourth team by eight sets to one.

This result yielded ten points (two bonus points are awarded for a victory as well as one point per set won) and means the Loughborough side now have 40 points from five games played.  They top Group 5 ahead of David Lloyd (Narborough) Thirds who have 33 points from four games played.

Successful pairings were Jack Warrington and Jack Phillips, Matthew Drury and Callum Young as well as Stephen Gordon and Isaac Vickers.

Skipper Duncan Child was delighted with the victory and the excellent team spirit from the newly created team who only started league action in this campaign.

Ladies 5th team clear win against Westfields, Andrew Smith, 15 Jun 2019

Charnwood Ladies 5th team hosted Westfields on their clay courts on Thursday 13th June.

While other fixtures, including Charnwood men's fifth team away match were postponed due to heavy rain, this went ahead and the home side came out victorious by 7 sets to 2.

Photo (L to R): Ali Clarke (captain), Liz Watson, Jo Eggleston, Dawn Adkin, Christine Child, Kate King

Ladies 7th team success vs Carisbrooke, Andrew Smith, 15 June 2019

Charnwood Ladies 7th team travelled to face a formidable Carisbrooke side in Leicester on Friday 14th June.  They returned with both pride and points following a splendid victory by 5 sets to 4.

Team photo (L to R):  Fran Carruthers, Charlotte Chandler, Kate Hodgson, Chris Branford, Carol Kay, Deidre Chandler.

Ladies beat top of the league, Andrew Smith, 12 June 2019

Charnwood ladies 4th team were delighted to beat Kibworth who are top of the league 7-2 on Thursday, June 6th.
Players are Anna Ismair, Jennifer Coombs, Val Green, Gill Graham (Captain),Michaela Greck- Ismair (co Captain) and Mia Palmer.

Four-midable start to season for Charnwood Ladies, Andrew Smith, 5 June 2019

Charnwood Tennis Club's women's first team have started the season in spectacular fashion winning all 4 of their fixtures so far.

Currently topping the 1st division by just 1 point from local rivals, Loughborough Town, who they are scheduled to play in the last match of the summer season.

Captain Caroline Wilkinson is delighted with the team's progress, ' last year was a tricky year for us with injuries and so it is great to have all players back on court for the campaign this year. Every match counts.'

Next up is Ashby (away) on Thursday 6th June.

American Legends Social Tournament, Emily Rodbourne, 13 Apr 2019

Everyone had a great time at our pre-season American Legends Tournament on Sunday 7th April!

Big thanks to all that entered and to our tournament organiser. Looking forward to the next one already.

Ladies Doubles Charity Tournament 2019, Caroline Wilkinson, 15 Mar 2019

Charnwood Tennis Club hosted its annual Charity Tournament on a very windy Friday last week.  There were 26 competitors who battled it out for 2.5 hours and then sat down for a well deserved lunch.

We had joint winners: Vickie McCoy and Chris Branford. Chris being awarded the overall win as she achieved a biggest win during the 6 mini matches.

Proceeds from the day were split between Club funds and Comic Relief.

For further information re Charnwood Tennis Club contact Caroline Wilkinson on 07977 541210

Leicestershire Tennis Awards 2019, Jenni Beasley, 7 Mar 2019

Our summer Men’s II, Men’s over 45 Seniors I, Ladies over 60 Super Seniors and winter Ladies IV all won their leagues and were presented with an award by Anne Keothavong, Fed Cup Captain at the Leicestershire Tennis Awards evening in March 2019.

Charnwood Annual Awards 2018, report by Andrew Smith, 28 Oct 2018

Charnwood Lawn tennis club recently hosted their annual awards night.  It has been an extremely successful season for the Loughborough Club and the award winners were...

Women's Player of the year - Caroline Roe
Women's Team of the year - The 7th Team (Captain Fran Carruthers)
Men's Player of the year - David Bond
Men's Team of the year - The 2nd Team (Captain David Bond)
Women's Doubles - Gabriella Hay & Emily Rodbourne
Men's Doubles - Michael Forshaw & Chris Mears (photo left to right)
Junior of the year (Brian Lee Trophy) - Jamie Potts

Charnwood LTC Ladies Doubles Championships, report by Andrew Smith, 16 Sept 2018

Charnwood Tennis club recently held their annual ladies club doubles championships.  15 pairs entered divided into three groups of five.  The three winners and best runner-up proceeding to the knock out stages of the cup, the other pairs to the plate.

Gaby Hay and Emily Radbourne came out victorious in the cup defeating Holly Cheesman and Lucy Matthews by nine games to one.

The plate was played over a champions tie-break and saw Caroline Wilkinson and Eleanor Braithwaite defeat Lorraine Burlinson and Claire Elkington by ten points to eight.

Credit must be given to all thirty players, as well as Tournament Director, Mike Forshaw, for a splendid tournament played in great spirits.

Left pic: From left Holly Cheesman.  Lucy Matthews.  Gaby Hay.  Emily Radbourne

Right pic: From left Lorraine Burlinson.  Claire Ellington.    Caroline Wilkinson.  Eleanor Braithwaite

Charnwood LTC Mixed Doubles Championships, report by Andrew Smith2 Sept 2018

The format involved 16 teams of the club's players split into four groups of four playing on a round robin basis.  The winners and runner-up proceeded to the cup knockout stages while the third and fourth places teams entered the plate.

The plate was won by Ester Verspurj and Chris Barlow who overcame Michaele Greck-Ismair and David Defocatiis by nine games to seven in a thrilling encounter.  The cup final involved Gaby Hay and Chris Mears  against Anna Randall and Alex Zaman.  Unfortunately this has to be postponed due to a nasty injury to one of the players.

The whole day was played in a great spirit and saw some excellent tennis. Thanks to everyone involved, especially those that organised the event. Special thanks to organiser Kathy for coming back all the way from London for the day. 

Left pic: From left David, Ester, Michaela, Chris

Right pic: From left Chris, Gaby, Anna, Alex

County Closed tennis tournament 2018, report by Andrew Smith 26 Aug 2018

Charnwood Tennis club had great success at the recent high profile County Closed tennis tournament, the event features many of the best players from the County and the club had a number of players winning and receiving honours.

Rob Leck won the men's singles County Championships defeating ten times winner Tom Kisiel in the final, while Emily Radbourne was victorious in the ladies doubles.

Anna Randall was runner up in the senior mixed doubles, Mary Nevill and Kevin Leck were semi finalists in the men's / ladies over 50s, while Chris Mears made the last 16 of the Open Men's doubles.

Commenting on this club captain Caroline Wilkinson said "it is great that we did so well at the recent County Closed championships, we have a thriving club at all levels and ages.  I'm sure next year we will have even more success as the club goes from strength to strength".

Charnwood LTC Mixed Doubles Championships, 3 Sept 2017

The third of September saw a great turn out for the mixed club championships! The weather even held out despite some windy patches. A lot of matches were played throughout the day with a great atmosphere on the courts and in the clubhouse. What a lovely day! (visit our facebook page for more pictures).  Thanks to everyone involved, especially those that organised the event.

Charnwood Ladies Leicestershire Awards, 2017

Charnwood ladies tennis team picking up their awards at the Leicestershire awards evening. Well done team!

CLTC Club championships round up, September 2016

Caroline and Sue victorious in the Ladies Doubles, whilst Chris piped Alex in a tie break in the Men's Singles.

Lucy wins the Ladies singles title beating Michaela in the final, whilst Mike and James squeak a win over Mike and Chris in the Men's doubles winning the tie break 8-6. 

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all of you who entered!

Thank you also to people who baked and brought cakes for us to share, and a special thank you to Mike and Sue for their work on the format and scoring of all the matches, and Catherine for all the hard work in organising.

Club mixed champs event

A wonderful day was had by all. There was a great atmosphere at the club and some beautiful weather to make it even better. Thanks for getting involved.  Well done to Champions - Gaby Hay & Alex Zaman, and Runners up - Caroline Wilkinson & Russell Mayes

Leicestershire 2014 awards evening, 12th Feb 2015

A lovely evening with Charnwood picking up awards for winning the following winter events:

  • Ladies IV -winter 9

  • Ladies II - winter 3

  • Ladies I - winter 1

  • Ladies 1 - AEGON 1

Well done everyone!!

Charnwood Borough Primary Schools tennis tournaments

Charnwood Tennis Club recently hosted the Charnwood Borough Primary Schools tennis tournaments in connection with the school games. Both events had a fantastic turn out from the local schools and it was great to see so many young people playing tennis.

CLTC Champions

Our CLTC singles champions in their glory.