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Courts fully opened on 29 March, including for group coaching and club sessions.  COVID-safe guidelines must be followed.  Access to the coffee machine will commence on 12 April and the bar is expected to open on 17 May.

Plate Competition

This is progressing slowly.  So far Ashley Harris has beaten Adriaan Stannard in the men’s singles, and Frances Alford and Ashley Harris have beaten Jane Hamblin and Ken Browne in the mixed. In the women’s doubles, Helen Stacy and Jane Hamblin won the round robin.  We still have to complete the men’s doubles.

American Tournament

After being rained off twice, the American Tournament for the Andrew Willis Cup finally went ahead on Saturday 10th, and it only rained heavily for about 5 minutes! Mark Goater was the runaway winner with 24 games aided by an 8-0 victory in the final round. Steve Pettitt was a creditable second with 20 games.

Club Championships 2020

We had a fantastic August Bank Holiday Weekend playing the Club Championships with a large, socially distanced crowd watching the finals on Monday 31st.   Plate competitions will be played over the next few weekends.

Here are your champions.  The full report can be found on the tab.

Senior Competitions

Junior Competitions

Ladder News

Now that club sessions have restarted and the kids are back at school, these have quietened down a bit.

Women’s Ladder:  No change in the rankings – Olivia B still looking strong at the top.

Men’s Ladder:  Brenton has retaken his third spot after replaying Fred and beating him in straight sets.  Sam retains top spot.  37 men are entered into this ladder!

Mixed Ladder:  A little more activity on this one.  Stuart (top) played Martin (2nd) and just won in a gruelling, 3-set match.  Helen continues her slide down the rankings having lost to Barri who has played 4, won 4 so far.

More News

Club Championships 2020

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Individual Successes

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Open Days

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Summer League Results

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Women’s Ladder September 2020

Men’s Ladder September 2020

Mixed Ladder September 2020

Vets Winter League

Some Clubs managed to play almost all of their matches, but not Risbygate.  Having had the first 3 matches called off due to weather (storms Ciara and Dennis, plus rain), we managed to play only one match before the league was suspended.  I will post the newspaper report as that says it all:

Cambs Winter League

The winter leagues are all but completed. 

  • Our men’s team continue to make their way up through the divisions. They won 5 matches and drew one down in Division 6 (still far too low for them!) using 13 different players. They topped the division by some distance and will be promoted.
  • The ladies play in the far more challenging Division 2.  They won 3 and lost 3 and achieved a creditable mid-table finish.
  • The mixed team were second going into their final match, needing a win to secure promotion.  However, unable to master blustery, difficult conditions, they lost and finished 4th, just one point behind the top 3 teams who all finished on equal points.

American Tournament – 21st September 2019

On Saturday 21st September, in warm but rather blustery conditions, Risbygate members competed in an American tournament for the Andrew Willis Cup. At the halfway stage, Dorothy Donaldson looked in a strong position having dropped only two games out of a possible 16, but a dip in fortunes in the second half allowed Sophy Day to finish as top female, scoring a consistent five or six in every round. On the men’s side of the draw, Colin Dunigan was unassailable, losing only 5 games over the whole afternoon. His nearest challenger was Tim Dempsey with a creditable 21. Colin’s score of 27 was by far the highest score overall and he took this year’s Andrew Willis Cup – a deserving winner! Thanks to all who played and especially to all who baked!