Thanks to all the competitors and of course to the indomitable organiser Ron Rench!
A Yankee Tournament was held on Friday 26 May to precede the winter season of our popular Friday night mixed doubles competition. The winners were Mike Roberts of Clive and Judy Brown of Hastings. Afterwards saw the long-overdue prizegiving for the summer mixed doubles competition. Judy Brown (again) and our own Tom Carey were voted the most improved female and male player of the season respectively. The Champions Trophy was shared equally by Clive Simonsen and Hastings with The Lawn in a credible third place.
Thanks to all the competitors and of course to the indomitable organiser Ron Rench!
Mike and Judy with their splendid Yankee Tournament trophies
Whenever she is able to, Satomi Yamaguchi will say yes to a game of tennis, and that persistence and dedication pays off. On 23 April at Clive tennis club, she became the first ever female to win the Robin Trophy two years in a row. Here to prove it are the photos with Brent (last year) and Fly this year. Look closely and you'll see what a lovely carved trophy it is.
Well done Satomi!
Yankee Tournament on Friday, 26 May at 6pm at HBLTS
This is aimed at anyone wanting to play in the "Ron Rench Mixed Doubles Interclub Tennis Tournament", which starts the week after Queen's Birthday weekend (Friday 9 June)
This year, to accommodate those people not wanting to commit themselves to every Friday night, and to support club kitchens, home games at HBLT will be played on Friday nights and home games at Hastings will be played on Thursday nights. When Clive and Havelock North home games will be played, will be decided on the Yankee tournament night on the 26th of May.
So, either get a team together, or come on your own, and see if we can put you in a team.
If you want friendly, fun and competitive mixed doubles tennis, this is for you.
Teams may include juniors.
Position as at 20 June
Interclub competition continues each Tuesday and Wednesday nights: results are as follows
LT1 Lawn Carers currently sitting 6th
LT2 Lawn Moas currently sitting 5th
And in the Mens/Mixed competition
Div 1 LT1 are sitting 3rd
Div 2 LT2 are 1st
Div 3 LT3 are 1st and LT4 are 6th
Div 4 LT5 are 6th
Div 5 LT6 are 6th
Div 6 LT7 are 5th
What a fantastic effort by the organisers, volunteers and players last weekend that made this tournament another success for the club. To Tania and her squash committee, bar volunteers and Jeanie and Tom in the kitchen our thanks, and congratulations to all the successful Lawn players – it was great to see the juniors and well as some seniors coming away with prizes!
Ally Harding – Runner up of the Women’s Open Division, Bethne Gardner (Miss FoFF for those of you who support our Trivia evenings) – Plate Winner in Women’s Div 2, Alarna McKie Winner of Women’s Div 3, Elaine Thrupp- Runner Up of Women’s Div 3 and Tegen Willis - Special Plate of the same division, Brooke Rowe – Runner Up of Women’s Div 4.
Mike Moss – Winner of Men’s Div 1, Sam MacDonald- Runner Up of Men’s Div 2, Max Moore – Plate Winner of Men’s Div 1, Shane Aitchison – Consolation Plate in Men’s Div 1, Lance Thompson – Plate winner Men’s Div 3, Logan Willis – Special Plate in Mens Div 4
Entry forms are available on Simons board outside the club rooms or simply contact Simon on 021 776 107
Front HBLTSC A team: Robin Johnson, Bethne Gardner, Peter Horgan
Rear HBLTSC B team: John Maxwell, Vicki Cox, Robert Wilson
Thanks to Bethne and the customers for her delicious BLTs for the smart team shirts
One more tackle like that, and you're off, little lady. Who do you think you are, Beauden Barret?
Winners Allen Hokai and Kristen Nash, receive the Willie Kuki Memorial Trophy from Phil Brady
A cyclone the night before and a beautiful 25 degree Napier day, made for a perfect mix for our Easter Tournament.
This year, we incorporated "The Willie Kuku Memorial Trophy".
We also had a new section for "over 65's", which we called the Golden Oldies. This was a success, but room for more entries next Easter.
Champions of the Willie Kuku Memorial Trophy:
A Hokai and K Nash
N Robinson and C Rowsell
B Simonsen & A Dennehy
M Thompson & M Mabey
P Hincho & H Hosford-Brown
Fly and S Shannahan
Consolation Plate Winners:
Saeng and A Hokai
M Roberts & I Heretaunga
Golden Oldies Winner:
This tournament was proudly sponsored by the "Sausage Sizzlers" Ron Rench and Johnny Maxwell.
Thank you to everyone who made this such a successful day. See you all again next year.
Andrea Lee, Marie Karl, Tania Willis, Annie Dennehy (Captain) and Prue Farnworth. Other players during the season but unavailable for the photo were: Anna Sabiston, Jenny Evans, Michelle Gilbertson
Good Friday Memorial Tennis Tournament
Thanks to Jeanie and Tom, our kitchen is back in operation, regularly on Friday evening and for tournaments and other special occasions. As well as a staple menu of steak, sausages, fish and burgers, Jeanie intends to cook weekly specials. This Friday 7 April, she tells me that it's a Kiwi curry with rice. So head on down there; they're serving from 6pm onwards. Please contact Jeanie with your praise, comments. requests etc.
Thanks to our own Triviamaster extraordinaire Bethne Gardner, two good local causes are due for a boost by holding Quiz Nights at the Club. Please make a note of:
Thursday April 27th @ 7pm - a KIDZ NEED DADZ trust venture by Shayne Jeffares
Friday June 16th @ 7pm - in aid of sensory equipment for 'challenged' children at Fairhaven School
For more details contact Bethne on 843 4632 or 027 2610954 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HBLTS Tennis Club Championships will take place this year in the 10-day period Thursday 23 March to Saturday 1 April 2017. The rules for the Championships are below; please read them carefully before entering.
Carroll Haseltine will once again act as Tournament Controller. Thank you very much Carroll for volunteering to run the competition.
To enter, contact Carroll (836 7158, 021 208 9385) or Tony (021 773 683), email email@example.com, or add your names to the sheets that will be displayed on the Club notice board.
Although these are the Senior Club Championships, entries are welcome from Junior members who are good enough to compete, and of these we have many!
The more entries we have, the better event this will be for the whole club, so please do consider putting your name in. Each year, many players compete for the first time, and really enjoy taking an active part, win or lose.
Let’s make our Club Championship the spectacle that it deserves to be!
Congratulations to our Men's teams in Senior Tennis Interclub this season. We entered two teams in both Premier and Reserve grade and ended up winning both competitions. HBLT Premiers 1 were captained by Ra McFarland whereas Mark Mahoney captained HBLT Reserve 1. Thanks to Ra and Mark and also Allen Hokai and Tony Denton for stepping up to organise and lead our teams.
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Despite blustery conditions, 36 pairs battled it out on Saturday 29 October in the club's annual doubles tournament. 58 games were played between 9.00am and 4.30pm, the end time predicted by Club Captain Tony Denton in his opening speech! The credit for that, and our thanks are due to event controllers Peter Sutherland and Paul McAuley. Elaine and Javaan deserve special mention for serving food all day as do Ron Rench and John Maxwell for their sausage sizzle.
Thanks to all the participants, to our sponsor Langley Twigg Law, without whom we would not be able to give such generous prizes, and congratulations to the winners, namely:
Winners: Russell Broughton & Luke Donovan
Runners up: Zac Atkins & Andrew Shand
Plate: Allen Hokai & Shane Aitchison
Winners: Carole Rowsell & Louise Reynolds
Runners up: Victoria Kerrison & Stacey Skilton
Special Plate: Cathy Clarkson & Linda Brown
Plate: Helen Roper & Alison Timms
Consolation: Sophia Nash & Rileigh Knapp
Winners: Hamish Stewart & Mark Mahoney
Runners up: Ross McDonald & Thomas McDonald
Special Plate: Stephen Underhill & Mike Roberts
Plate: Greg Margerison & Tony Verry
Consolation: Tom Carey & Andrew Hooper
Winners: Joan Matherson & Marcia Mabey
Runners up: Mandy White & Annie Dennehy
Plate : Jane Davison & Kristen Nash
To Hawke's Bay Lawn Tennis Club
On behalf of the Rotorua Tennis club I would like to formally invite members of your club to travel through to Rotorua next year in order to try and w(rench) the Willy Stevens Challenge Trophy from our grasp. If that invitation is taken up then I will leave it up to Leona and Ron to work out the minor details as to when and how this challenge will take place.
This year our group of players travelled down to your club with a lot of tennis being played and meeting some great people. We appreciated the range of skill levels that was catered for and I can say that all our people enjoyed the weekend. Seeing the players out there on the tennis courts at your club with a brisk breeze blowing through allowed me to reflect back on the good times I had with our mutual friend Willy. I reiterate what I said to everyone on the day, thank you and your club for the hospitality shown to us when we were there and it would be great to see you up our way next year. And a special thanks to Ron and Leona for arranging the weekend.
Kind regards to you all.
President – Rotorua Tennis Club
If you are travelling the country or the world, take a snap of where you are and it will get published. Even better take it with a piece of Lawn Tennis apparel in the picture.
Marie Karl and former Lawn Tennis member Fiona Moody with the Davis cup in Worthing, UK.
On 19 October, we hosted the HB Primary and Intermediate Schools finals; a great way to promote HBLTS and its facilities.
It was also a great coup for us, and in particular our coach Simon Winter that all four singles finalists came from HBLTS.
The two finalists in the Primary School division were River Apatu and Charlie Nash
The two finalists in the Intermediate School division were also from HB Lawn: Luke Winter and Ben Hansen.
Congratulations to all juniors from HBLTS who took part, to their parents for their support, and a special word for River and Luke who took the prizes.