Weather Plays Ball At Formby Holy Trinity Tennis Finals!
18 Finals were completed at the FHTTC Tournament tennis finals last weekend, despite the horrific weather forecasts on both days. As if by magic, conditions suddenly improved which allowed play to commence on time on both days; and to continue largely uninterrupted.
Multiple finalist, 16-year-old Jake Danvers, had a mixed weekend, winning two of his five Finals but impressed everybody with his dynamic game style and showed great maturity in the manner in which he dealt with both victory and defeat. The experience of Garry Henwood, some 40 years his senior, proved too much for him in his first ever Men’s Singles Final, but he recovered from that disappointment to edge out Dylan Scarisbrick in the 18 and U Boys’ Singles Final.
Pictured: Calm before the storm... All trophies and prizes laid out for Saturday's finals.
The evergreen Carol Thompson, whose skills at the net are unrivalled, dominated the Ladies events, winning the Ladies singles against the hard-hitting Laura Burns. In the Ladies’ Doubles Final, she then teamed up with her sister; the rock steady Lynn McGarry; to edge out Keren Cartwright and Michelle McLeod. Lynn, however: partnered by the mercurial Stuart Elliott; just got the upper hand over her sister in the Mixed Doubles Final, defeating Carol and husband Matt after an incredibly close first set.
The Men’s Doubles Final proved to be the closest and most exciting of the whole weekend. Partnered by the hugely experienced Stuart Elliott, 13-year-old Jan Sullivan showed great composure as they finally triumphed after over two and a half hours in a third set tie break, against the swashbuckling play of Dave Jones and Mark Duncalf whose left-handed swinging serves are a delight to behold.
Highlight of the Junior Finals: which were mostly completed on the Sunday; was the 16 and U Boys’ Singles Final which saw the jet heeled Connor Dykes deservedly take the title in a third set ‘Match Tie Break’ against Jake Danvers; in a match of high quality and fantastic rallies which had the crowd marvelling at their efforts.
Pictured: View from the chair for the Under 16's Boys' Singles, with the 12 & Under Boys' Doubles taking place in the background.
The Girls’ Finals were delightful with Rebecca Warne taking the Girls Singles Final against her good friend Isla McGarry. Rebecca then teamed up with Isla to take the Girls’ Doubles Final against the fledgling partnership of Jasmine Spence and Martha Steel in a Final played in a fantastic spirit and which was a credit to all four players.
Written by A. McGibbon.
Latest Social Events
Saturday 16th September
This September sees the return of a popular social event from recent years, with the return of the Cycle Treasure Hunt. If you are interested in finding out more about the Club, enjoy a treasure hunt with a twist & a BBQ; this event is for you!
The treasure hunt takes place on Saturday 23rd September, starting at 6pm. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £5 for children,
If you are interested please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, to register your interest. This is so we can cater for the correct amount of people.
Bowling N' Beer Bonanza!
Wednesday 6th September
Last Sunday Holy Trinity Tennis Club hosted its first ever bowling social event at Holy Trinity Bowls Club. Being situated next to a bowling green has always piqued the interest of some members of the tennis, with a social event being the perfect event to introduce more members to the fascinating game.
To close to call! Colin and Jeanette debating the winner of a tight end.
The day started at 10am, with the threat of torrential downpours threatening to postpone the event, before the social committee decided to press ahead with the event. Members arrived at 1pm to a welcoming glass of prosecco or pint of beer before they were assigned partners for the event. After partners were assigned and glasses were refilled, members headed out to the green to begin bowling.
Lynn's spectacular bowl!
After turning up about an hour into the event I expected to just get my photographs of the event and head back for my usual roast dinner with the rest of my family; but I was weirdly hooked at watching this sport that was relaxing however, at the same time exhilaratingly tense. Some of the highlights included watching veteran tennis and bowls player Shirley coaching members on how to play (as seen in our live Facebook video), and Lynn scoring a perfect bowl caught on camera!
Precision bowl by Lynn during the first round!
I stayed until the completion of the first round of games, and with my dinner most certainly cooling my appetite towards trying the game was warming, I had to give it a go at some point. I joined in the final round of games with: Carol, Ian and Dave; participating in a short end with the winner being the first to reach a score of 15. I had an interesting start with one of my first bowls finishing close to the jack (however, I’d testify this was beginners luck). My luck did not last and Dave and I quickly found ourselves 7-3 down. After a few excellent bowls Dave brought us level sometime later at 12 apiece, before Ian bowled a score of three to win 15-12.
Bowls member Ian giving advice to members of the Holy Trinity Tennis Club.
The bowls is now likely to feature as an annual event and was thoroughly enjoyed by all members that attended, with some even making the hop to join Holy Trinity Bowls Club in addition to tennis!
Thanks go to Dave Croot, his team of bowlers who coached everyone on how to play and the Social Committee for putting on an excellent event!
If you are interested in playing tennis, joining the Club or simply finding out more information about us please visit our website (www.formbyhttc.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/formbyhttc) for more information.
Our next social is the highly anticipated ‘Cycle Treasure Hunt’ on Saturday 23rd September. All are welcome, please visit http://www.formbyhttc.com/blog/august-news-2017 for more details.
Written by James Scorgie.
'Bowling and Beer' social is going ahead today
Sunday 3rd September
'Bowls and a Beer' social today is going ahead today!
Beer and prosecco are available on arrival, a reminder that the event starts at 1pm this afternoon. Be sure to bring some waterproofs and possibly a change of clothes in case the weather changes, tennis courts will be available if you want to play some tennis afterwards.
Have a great day everyone!