Tennis - News


Up-coming events:

• Draws for the Plate tournaments are out. Check the board in the pavilion.
• Club tournaments are well underway so courts are likely to be booked up. Check the online system before coming down.
• Not sure whether there will be Doubles Drills and Skills in September as weekends are very busy. Keep an eye on your email/Facebook.
• Monday 27th August there will be a friendly match vs Felixstowe on their grass courts. Let Gary know if you wish to take part –
• Sunday, 2nd September – a whole Club fun day. Teams of 3 competing at bowls and petanque with a barbeque. Possibly bingo later on.
• Finals Day is Sunday 9th September. The standard of matches should be excellent. We are planning a Barbeque to encourage spectators.
• Norfolk & Suffolk Inter-Club doubles competition. I am awaiting details, but this is a good one for club players to enter.


Bury & West Suffolk Tournament

15 juniors from Risbygate took part in this competition. Congratulations to Asa Sumner-Keens on winning the U18 category (at only 16 years old). He then went on to take the open men’s title (beating Marco Mitev-Will), and then won the men’s doubles with Marco. What a result!

Men’s 1 win Division 3

Our men’s first team have won Cambridge Division 3 dropping only 2 sets out of 56 played across 7 matches. They can look forward to a more challenging season in Division 2 next year. Congratulations to the squad of Asa Sumner-Keens, Tom Taylor, Sam Ratcliffe, Brenton Mattheus, Adam Levy and captain Gary Keens.


2017 Season Round-Up

The 2018 season is about to start, so now seems like a good time to review last season.

Club Sessions - All four Club sessions were well attended with Monday morning being the most popular (25 players at the final March session). On Mondays, all four courts were regularly used over the summer with a good mix of standards. Saturdays welcomed several juniors with the age range on occasions from 13 to 80+! Evening sessions were very popular with a good standard of play, but numbers inevitably dropped once the clocks went back. However, Club sessions have continued for some hardy members right throughout the year using the floodlights when necessary.
Monthly Doubles Training Sessions open to all club members have also proved very popular.
Two popular American-style tournaments were held with tea / coffee and homemade cakes on offer.

Team Results
Risbygate Men’s team won the Aegon Suffolk Division 1 title and then followed this up by beating Royston in the final of the Gray’s Cup, a knock out competition for Cambs League clubs.

The Club fielded a number of teams in the local leagues.

In the Cambridgeshire League
Men’s 1 came 3rd in Division 3
Men’s 2 won Division 6 and will be promoted
Ladies 1 were 4th in Division 2
Ladies 2 came 6th in Division 2
Mixed 1 was 5th in Division 2

In the Norfolk and Suffolk League
Men’s A won Division 1
Men’s B came 7th in Division 1 and will be relegated
Men’s C came 6th in Division 3 and were also relegated
Ladies A were 5th in Division 1 and will be relegated
Mixed A were also 5th in Division 1 (the only division in the Mixed League)

Super Seniors League
Risbygate Men won this league – it’s now five wins in a row, every year it has been played!

2017 Winter Leagues
Ladies finished 2nd in Division 2
Mixed team were 2nd in Division 3
Vets Winter League gained promotion to Division 1 for the 2018 season
The Club would like to thank all the captains who organised teams, thus enabling many members to enjoy a season of competitive tennis.

Junior News & Results
Risbygate yet again enjoyed success in the Junior Aegon Tournaments (to be known as Team Tennis in 2018) winning Division 2 in both 18U and 16U competitions, coming 2nd in the 14U and 4th in the 12U. Thank you to the parents who organised these teams.
2017 saw the start of the new coaching arrangements and it was a very successful first year. Risbygate Juniors have taken part in 57 team events on a weekly basis in age groups from U8 through to U16 in Norwich, Huntingdon, Peterborough, Culford, Cambridge, Ipswich, Felixstowe and Framlingham, finishing in 1st or 2nd place in 48 of the 57 events. In the Junior ranks, the Club has 24 County players, 2 Regional players and 1 National player.
The year-round coaching programme has seen the Juniors train in intense summer heat, autumn and winter rain and even snow on two occasions, and there is a tremendous atmosphere both on the courts with the players and amongst their parents watching on the sidelines. Thank you for such a great start.

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