Risbygate Sports Club

Tennis News


Mixed abilities – Sundays 1.30pm, Intermediate – Sundays 2.30pm. With Marco. £6 per session, no need to book.

Up-coming events:

  • Doubles Drills & Skills with Gary Keens – Sunday 5 January from 11am (£3)
  • Cambs Vets League starts 9 February (over-45s). Contact Helen if you want to play.

Club sessions

Monday mornings go from strength to strength with 25+ regularly turning up. Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions are still busy with floodlights needed after 7.30pm. Players will need to bring £2.50 to cover the cost. Wednesday mornings usually 8-12 people. On Saturdays from 1pm we generally need 2/3 courts, occasionally all 4 (although court 3 is available for adults to book).

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 their final match 6-2 to Cottenham.  We must now await the outcome of two rescheduled matches in the New Year to see whether we retain that position and can move up to Division 5.

Winter League results last year

Men’s 1 won Division 7 with a 100% record and were promoted

Ladies 1 finished bottom of Division 1 and were relegated

Mixed 1 were 4th in Division 4 [not entered in 2019/20]

Mixed 2 were 5th in Division 6

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!

Club Championships 2019

Under glorious blue skies, this year’s championships were held over a single weekend for the first time on 29/30 June. Paul Hope organised the event using the fast-four format (thanks Paul) and the junior section were admirably represented by Rico, Seb, Tom, Olivia and Lily – all just 10 or 11 years old.

The men’s singles was won by Asa Sumner-Keens for the second year with a comfortable victory over his father, Gary Keens (11 times previous winner). Asa and Gary then teamed up for the men’s doubles to retain their title in straight sets against Brenton Mattheus and Owen Winsor in a high calibre match full of big hitting from both sides of the court.

The standout player of the tournament was the ladies’ singles winner, Lily Godfrey age 10. Having fought her way into the final, Lily showed no sign of nerves as she produced some devastating forehand winners to take the deciding tie-break 11-9 against Helen Stacy.

Helen paired up with Jane Hamblin for the ladies’ doubles and took on Judith Pugh and Fiona Barker in a closely contested final. The match, played in excellent spirits, swung back and forth before being won on two tie-breaks by Jane and Helen.

The mixed final was won in straight sets by Gary Keens with Karen Soons. Runners up were Brenton Mattheus and Judith Pugh.

This was the first event to use our excellent new score boards (which you can see in this photo). Bought through the Roy Whitehouse Fund, these allowed the crowd to actually follow the progress of the match for the first time! The crowd were also kept happy with regular supplies from the bar and an excellent barbeque cooked by the lovely Melero family.

Summer League Results are in!

Team Tennis competitions: The 8Us, 10Us A and B teams, 12U girls and 14U boys all WON their divisions. The 9U, 12U boys, 16U boys and 18U boys all came 3rd. Congratulations!

Our men’s team playing in Division 1 came top again this year and progressed to the Regional Play-offs which they also won.

They will be playing in the confusingly named South-East North Division next year – the highest level Risbygate has ever played.

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