Matches finished for 2016 season already!

September now and all league matches have finished. Despite the weather very few were postponed, however it has been close call on quite a few occasions. Club nights continue from 5pm for September, so do please still come along.

First team under Tony had a good run and just missed top of Division 1 to Queens, but stayed ahead of King Alfred and Saltdean. Hove A under Neil though had a much harder time and ended up last (but by just one point) and will play on a Wednesday next year.

Hove B under Jason also had a hard time on Wednesdays in Div 2 and just avoided the last place (that went to Blaggs who were well adrift) BUT they will stay on a Wed due to Matt’s team result.

On a Tuesday in Div 3 there has been strong opposition for both teams – Hove C under Matt have had mixed fortunes but ended up a great 3rd place (quite a gap from the top 2), BUT as Dyke can’t go up it effectively means Hove B stay on Wed. Hove D under Carmel have had some really hard close games, and have been unlucky not to get more points, so they will go down to Div 4 (but still play on a Tuesday).

In Div 4 (also Tuesday) Colin’s team Hove E just kept clear from the bottom 2 clubs, but have not had to concede many which is a great testament to the number of club members playing matches.

For next year we will need new team captains for both Hove D and Hove E – so please think about this before the AGM as without these teams MANY players will not get a game next year.

Well done to all team players (nearly 50 a week), but especially to all the team captains who go a really great (but hard) job getting everyone together on a weekly basis (and fitting around people’s holidays, injury, sickness or work commitments).
We are still short of players, especially ladies, for the teams, so if you do know of anyone interested please encourage them to come down for a visit.

The Club tournament is on Sunday 4th Sep, so lets all hope the weather holds.

John

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2016 Club Tournament and Finals day !

The Club Tournament FINALS took place on Sunday 4th September 2016 from 10:00am. Some great matches and good to see so many supporters for all the matches. (Special thanks to Paul and Mick, and all the volunteers who helped with umpiring, line judges, etc, much appreciated!). Once the last match completed we had a great club social with food and refreshments – many thanks to Matt Pither for doing all the cooking and Ann for organising, plus everyone who brought food. See the Gallery for more pictures

The RESULTS are as follows.

Ladies Singles – (Last update 05/9/16) Won by Savvi

Mens Singles  – (Last update 05/9/16) Won by Josh

Ladies Doubles  – (Last update 05/9/16) Won by Patricia and Edith

Mens Doubles  – (Last update 05/9/16) Won by Stephen M and Thomas

Mixed Doubles  – (Last update 05/9/16) Won by James and Morna

 

Finals day winners 2016

Finals day winners 2016

The rules and a players contact sheet will be issued to all competitors by Paul Smith, the Tournament organiser (or by Club Captain Mick Cox), BUT this year the draw sheets will be only on the WEB. You can print copies yourselves as required. The results will be updated as they are received. At the AGM is was emphasised the need to arrange matches and get them played promptly so the tournament can run fairly to all.

To ensure the tournament runs smoothly for the benefit of everyone, the Rules to be followed are below (with additional notes):-

1) Each Competitor is responsible for arranging matches they are in (please do not wait for others to make contact with you)
2) Matches are to be played by dates shown on the Draw sheets.
3) Matches cannot be played on courts used during Club Evenings unless they become free later in the evening.
4) Results are to be given to Paul Smith (pesmith33@gmail.com) immediately after matches have been played (can also copy in hoveparktennis @ btinternet.com ).
5) If a match is not going to be completed by the stated date please inform Paul asap. (Note: Missed deadlines could result in all players in that game being scratched)
6) If you are unable to compete further, or even for a temporary period, please inform Paul. (Please also try and let your partner/opponents know)
7) A reminder will be sent if results have not been received by the stated date (but please do not wait for this – see note for 5)
8) If you are not free on Finals Day you must withdraw from the Tournament asap.
9) If necessary the Tournament Secretary will arbitrate in the event of a dispute (and has the final say).

Thank you!
Paul Smith, Tournament Secretary, 01273 556516, pesmith33@gmail.com

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2016 Season – are you ready? – matches start from 12th April!!

The 2016 Season is here now, days are getting longer, and the annual AGM was on Thursday 10th March, 8.00pm at the Poets Corner pub (33 Montgomery Street, Hove, BN3 5BF).

Letters providing your registration form have been sent out. Remember to get these back to Mick asap along with your annual subs so you can play for the teams!

We have team captains for all the teams now, Tony Denman, Neil Dickson and Jason Pither, and new captains Matt Pither, Colin Keating and Carmel O’Dell for the other 3 teams.

Club nights run on Monday and Friday from 5pm (6pm in May) and have been really well attended so far. League matches start from the 12th April.

Also we have a private Facebook group for Hove Park Tennis – to use for updates during the season and to share photos and events, so if you wish to join that then please get in touch.

Mick and the Hove Park committee.

 

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Brighton Parks ‘Davis Cup’ Tournament.

The Brighton Parks ‘Davis Cup’ Tournament took place at Hove Park on Saturday 19th September 2015. This was only the second time this Tournament has been held, with one of the Hove teams finishing 2nd last year in the 1st Division.

This year we had two teams in the tournament. Even better, Hove A won the 1st Division and Hove B won the 2nd Division. See the Davis Cup section under Come and Play for more details.

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ALL League Matches finished, very good results for all our teams

It was a really good last “regular” week to the league season. 5 of our 6 teams won their matches and the other one was a draw. In fact the drawn match may well be the best result ever, as that keeps Hove B in the 2nd Division. Despite some people feeling that we had a “poor” summer, in fact there were only 2 rearranged matches still to play – which took a couple of weeks due to the poor weather – one for the 1st team and one for the second!

Many thanks to ALL the team captains for the excellent work this year!

Hove (first team) are comfortably mid table, Tony is very pleased as has not been an easy season, but as usual the team have made some great results.

HOVE A did END UP CHAMPIONS OF THE 2ND DIVISION. What a pleasant surprise for Neil. On account of a twist in the results, and the fact that Hove A won their last match away to Queens B 4-0 we are Champions and have pipped Blaggs and Dyke to the post!

Hove B had a great 2-2 draw against King Alfred to ensure they were safe from relegation! Well done to Andy B and Jacky for getting the first match points, so the rest of the team could relax! Phew! Plus it saves the nightmare scenario of 4 teams on a Tuesday next year. Jason says “Can’t express my thoughts right now  … But absolutely delighted we have been successful in staying in Div 2 … Great achievement and many thanks”

Hove C managed to finish in a good central position as well, after a very worrying (catastrophic?) start. Dave wants to pass on huge thanks for the efforts made over the last few months by all his players.

Hove D have secured promotion this year by a good margin, and can now move up as Hove B are safe to stay on a Wednesday. Mick is very pleased with the way his team has played this year.

Hove E also made a good middle position – Alan gives big applause to the 27 players who were happy to play for Hove E and make it a very good year collecting 70 Points winning 76 Sets to 75 losses so a more than 50% win to loss ratio.

Now it is time to finish off those Tournament matches ready for Finals day on the 6th, enjoy club nights afresh (from 5pm in September) and consolidate any coaching ready for next season!!

We are also looking to make Finals day quite a social occasion – so get in touch for details (if not on Facebook)!

Mick.

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League Week 7 matches. Over a third way through now.

Wednesday 27th Hove A were at home and everybody played well but the stars of the night were Fariss (welcome back) and Isla who came from a set down to beat Mike O’Brien and Jo Milligan 3-6 6-1 6-2. It was the first time the Queens B pair had been beaten this season. Steve and James D also had a good win beating the Queens B pair 6-3 6-3 which gave us a 2-2 draw. Hove B had a tough match at Saltdean, but drew 2-2 on the night (Andy B and Jackie Corby had a good win in the mixed and Morna Fox and Pam Martin won the ladies) and that was finished off by a good gathering in the Poets Corner!

Tuesday saw a really good 2.5 to 1.5 win by Hove C away at Dyke, with a great Men’s game that declared a draw at 6-6 in the 3rd set at nearly 9pm (saving the spectators from certain frostbite)! Also well done to Hove D. Beat Queens D 3.5 / 0.5.Two pretty close games. Rita and Lou in the ladies doubles could have gone on till midnight!! 1 set all and it was halved at 7-7 in the 3rd. John K and Peter had a bit of a scare, won the 1st set 6-0 but then just got through on the 2nd set tie break. John EB and Angie had a comfortable win 6-2 6-0. Well done to all the team. Shame only a few came to the Poet’s, Alan S needed a pint to get over a Hove E  0-4 defeat away at King Alfred B.

Mick. PS Enjoy next week and no double faults while I am not watching!!

 

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2015 Club Tournament and Finals day !

We now have all the winners of the Club Tournament from FINALS day on Sunday 6th September 2015. What a glorious day and plenty of members and friends came along during the day to support all players and after the Trophy presentations, and joined in for the BBQ at the end! (Special thanks to Matt for organising that part).

Sunday’s Finals’ results are as follows.. Pictures have been added to the Gallery.

Ladies Singles – won by Joannah Davis

Mens Singles – Won by Josh Pollard

Ladies Doubles – Won by Claire Poulton / Margaret Oldfield

Mens Doubles – Won by Simon Sumner / Ben Pugh

Mixed Doubles – Won by Angie Key / Darren Pollard

The rules and a players contact sheet will be issued to all competitors by Paul Smith, the Tournament organiser (or by Club Captain Mick Cox), BUT this year the draw sheets will be only on the WEB. You can print copies yourselves as required. The results will be updated as they are received. At the AGM is was emphasised the need to arrange matches and get them played promptly so the tournament can run fairly to all.

To ensure the tournament runs smoothly for the benefit of everyone, the Rules to be followed are below (with additional notes):-

1) Each Competitor is responsible for arranging matches they are in (please do not wait for others to make contact with you)
2) Matches are to be played by dates shown on the Draw sheets.
3) Matches cannot be played on courts used during Club Evenings unless they become free later in the evening.
4) Results are to be given to Paul Smith immediately after matches have been played.
5) If a match is not going to be completed by the stated date please inform Paul asap. (Note: Missed deadlines could result in all players in that game being scratched)
6) If you are unable to compete further, or even for a temporary period, please inform Paul. (Please also try and let your partner/opponents know)
7) A reminder will be sent if results have not been received by the stated date (but please do not wait for this – see note for 5)
8) If you are not free on Finals Day you must withdraw from the Tournament asap.
9) If necessary the Tournament Secretary will arbitrate in the event of a dispute (and has the final say).

Thank you!
Paul Smith, Tournament Secretary, 01273 556516, pesmith33@gmail.com

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Matches in progress, good results..

Good first couple of weeks of matches (in the sunshine – where has that gone now?) with some fairly good results all round! We have had a very good turn out at the first few club nights, but they are quieter now that matches have started, so if you were worried about waiting around, it hasn’t been an issue this week!

First home derby match of the season for 2nd/3rd teams.

First home derby match of the season for 2nd/3rd teams.

Remember – for all information on Park Leagues Fixtures and results, please go to the Brighton and Hove LTA Website: www.brighton-parks-tennis.co.uk

We are still looking for new members, as it looks as though we are going to be very short on Ladies this year. ***Can anybody help get some ladies to join***. Annual membership is £40 (£20 student/junior).

Remember to let Mick or Paul know if you want to enter the Club Tournament this year, as they will be doing the draw for that very soon. Finals day is planned for Sunday 6th Sept, so you must be available for that to enter.

Also the Jack Ellis is this Sunday 16/5 at 2pm, and Anne Leegood is on 28/6. See Club Tournaments section for details.

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Season has started – Matches next week!

Mick has phoned the Council and they have told me that ‘hopefully’ the nets will be in place on the Astro Courts before the end of the week. That will give us a chance to get some practice on them on Monday before League Matches start on 14th.

A very good turn out at the first few club nights with over 30 coming along. A couple of new men might join but it looks as though we are going to be very short on Ladies this year.

***Can anybody help get some ladies to join***.

Please remember league matches start next week so you will be contacted this weekend.

Mick

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Poems for 2015

2nd team League 2 win (August 2105)

Well done to Neil and all the team, a finish like this we could only dream
The players should be held in high regard, as division 2 is very hard
To finish it off at Queens Park, with the lights getting dim and almost dark…
It must of been one hell of a feat to hold your nerve and not get beat

Looking back across the season success has happened for a reason
Play with a smile, enjoy a win, just forget the defeats it’s not a sin
Playing hard and having fun, stick with it and you get to number one
Achieved whilst helping the 3rd team through to stay again in division 2

The seasons over the job is done we are heading off to division one
But Mick will tell you it’s nothing new to be the champs of division 2
He’ll tell you it’s all been done before in 1908 and fifty four
It just been one hell of a wait…. the club hasn’t won a thing since 2008!

Des

Hove A , Hove A …Ooh what a day !!!
Championship points achieved today,
Well done to Neil Dickson ,
And his team ain’t arf won some !!!
Div 1 next year you’ll all surely play

Matt

‘Ode from the more mature lady player’ 
Playing tennis over fifty
Is different because you are not so nifty
In your mind you are covering the court
Hitting shot after shot in your tennis skort…
You leap and jump as best you can
And curse your partner, that bloody man!
He hits the ball when you can get it
Makes you grumpy but you shouldn’t let it
Because he has chased down balls all day
The ones that you let get away

Relax and focus on another contests
Like keeping tucked into your lycra vest
Or staying calm when the ball is called out
And giving someone the benefit of doubt
Or stand and stare and rub your eyes
And admit you are a bit surprised
That they were able to see it so well
When you were closer and couldn’t tell
Or maybe they have some special vision
That allows them to see from any position

So don’t lament the passing of age
Or that your knees have seen better days
Embrace the game with a sense of fun
And the knowledge you can no longer run
As you used to many years ago
Before your reflexes were so slow
It not all bad as you will see
When you are as old as me
And wonder what it will be like
When we reach sixty … we’ll still be “alright”

(Sponsored by a couple of our lady players!)

Tennis men!

An ode to the tennis male is in the brew
Hove tennis ladies and I are the crew
To set the record absolutely straight
Coz come on – your having a laugh mate
You jump and shout and miss the balls
You shake your fists and give bad calls
We classy ladies have to put up with a lot
And still effortlessly make the shot!

Pam

Persuasion

The AGMs now over for another year

Listening hard to understand whilst trying to drink a beer

Captains found for each team with little procrastination

Taking up their roles with only limited persuasion

What a disappointment – that’s what AGMs are all for

Watching Mick apply the thumbscrew until the victim shouts  “No more, I’ll do it”

 

Balls to Membership

It’s been the same price for 20 years, surely that can’t be right

To play a game of tennis on a Monday and Friday night

That small amount of money, it truly is amazing

Has Paul been using recycled balls to make that super saving?

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