Veterans reflect on mixed fortunes

Veteran men's teams representing Norfolk have been reflecting on their inter-county tennis campaigns. The over-45s will stay in Group Two after three wins and two defeats.

Veteran men's teams representing Norfolk have been reflecting on their inter-county tennis campaigns. The over-45s will stay in Group Two after three wins and two defeats. They lost 3-2 to both Middlesex and South Wales, but then won 3-2 against Hampshire and Isle of Wight and Lincolnshire, before being given a walkover against Avon. Their team comprised David Henderson (captain), Ivan Vorlicek and Steve Pye, who played in all four matches, plus Chris Gotla, who played in two, and Murray Parfitt and Mick Musson, who played in one each. The over-60s won only one and lost the other four of their matches, but in two of those defeats the outcome depended on a solitary point.

They beat Somerset 3-2, but lost 4-1 to Cambridgeshire, 3-2 to Cumbria, 3-2 to Suffolk and 5-0 to Hampshire.

Their line-up comprised variously Derek Aldous (captain), Mike Huggins, Jim Wiseman, Ivan Winter, Ronnie Butler and Mike Lake.

The over-65s had a reasonably satisfactory season in Division Two A, winning two of their five matches with a team comprising Mike Hadfield (captain), Tony Hilton, Philip Hutchinson and John Garwood.


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They beat Saffordshire 3-1 and then beat Durham and Cleveland by the most slender of margins at 48 games to 47, but lost 3-1 to Leicestershire and 4-0 to South Wales before ening with a comprehensive by Cheshire, against whom they won only 12 games.

Sally Juler (Broadland Sands Club) and Rachel Clarke (Beccles Club) won the Eastern Area British Women's Tennis Association ladies' doubles tournament at the New Generation Club in Ipswich.

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They go through to the November Masters' final, which are this year being held at the Buckinghamshire Indoor Centre in High Wycombe due to major works being carried out at Wimbledon.

Twelve pairs will compete in four boxes of three pairs on the first day, with the box winners going forward to the semi-finals and finals on the second day.

Peter Mornard is offering a series of matchplay days at the Next Generation Club, Ipswich.

Dates for boys are Sundays October 8, November 19, December 10, January 17, February 4 and March 4.

Dates for girls are October 15, November 26, January 21, February 11 and March 11.

There are also matchplay days for girls and boys at the Newmarket Tennis Club bubble on Sundays October 29th, November 26th, January 28th, February 25th and March 25th.

For further details, call Diane Bush on 01603 478479 or e-mail dianebush@ntlworld.com.

The officiating arm of the LTA, ABTO, is running a referee course and referee accreditation course, on November 18 and 19 respectively, at Lakenham Sport & Leisure Centre in Norwich.

The courses are particularly useful to coaches and volunteers who run tennis tournaments. Contact Diane Bush for further details.

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