Bowerham Lawn Tennis Club
BOWERHAM LAWN TENNIS CLUB NEWS
LEAGUE POSITIONS FINALISED FOR TENNIS TEAMS
Congratulations to Bowerham Fylde Ladies for finishing WINNERS in Division 2 as well as to Bowerham A in Kendal Mens Division 3 for their RUNNERS-UP spot. Sadly, the Fylde Mens Division 1 team finished 6th of 7 and are now relegated but the Fylde Mens Dvision 3 and 5b teams managed to survive by finishing 5th of 7.The Kendal Mens Division 2 team finished 5th of 8 with the Kendal Ladies Division 1 team ended the season in 6th of 7.
MEET LANCASTER'S NEW COACH
BOWERHAM Lawn Tennis Club are introducing Lancaster's new tennis coach, Simon Rawsthorne, at a special "Meet The Coach" session on Sunday 20th October 11am to 1pm.
Simon, who previously coached at South Ribble Indoor Tennis Centre, will be doing an introductory free coaching session to which all members and non-members are invited to. It's an excellent opportunity to come along and pick up some useful tips and meet the coach. There's no need to book, simply come along and enjoy some tennis.
ANNUAL CLUB TOURNAMENT
Elsewhere, Bowerham held its annual club tennis tournament finals day which saw a dominant display from Dave Parry to claim the mens open singles 6-0, 6-0 against David Young. The mens handicap tennis singles saw a three and half hour epic eventually won by Luke Coltman against Mark Braithwaite 6-5, 4-6, 7-5 whilst the womens handicap singles had Fiona Duffy winning in three sets against Rachel Dexter in her debut tournament.
The mens handicap doubles was won by Chris Adams and Tomas De La Cruz with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over David Young and Tom Dellow and more success was to follow for De La Cruz as he partnered Michell Noden in the mixed doubles handicap 6-3, 6-3 against Mark Braithwaite and Julie Oliver, in a repeat of last years final. The womens handicap doubles was won by Michelle Noden and Helci Szulci as they went on to defeat Julie Oliver and Rachel Dexter in the final.
The mens veterans was contested by Chas Jacobs and Ian Hourd with Hourd taking the first set on a tie-break before Jacobs responded well to take the next two to win the match.
WINTER SINGLES TENNIS LEAGUE
Bowerham Lawn Tennis Club also launches its brand new Winter Tennis Singles League this month, set to run between October and February. The league has been set up to encourage more winter tennis and to help develop regular competition in the area. Featuring in the league will be Bowerham Kendal Division 3 Captain Mark Braithwaite, Mens Fylde League Division 5b Captain Ian Hourd, Iain Bertram, Sharon Crane, Fiona Duffy, David Novell, Mike Smith and Chris and Jonathan White.
RESULTS SO FAR: Mark Braithwaite 2-0 Iain Bertram (6-1, 6-2).
NATIONAL CLUB TOURNAMENT PROVIDES MATCH OF THE SEASON CONTENDER
Whilst Bowerham Lawn Tennis Club didn't make it through to the next round of the National Club Tournament, the tie will be remembered for a comeback of epic proportions from Mark Braithwaite and Luke Coltman to defeat Burnley Tennis Club's First Team Number One doubles pairing.
From 0-6, 0-5 down, Braithwaite and Coltman stormed back to win the match 0-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-7. Coltman's resolute baseline coverage and Braithwaite's dominance at the net proved too much for incredibly strong oppostition despite going so far behind initially. The comeback was soon on when game by game, the deficit in the second set was transformed into a 6-5 lead, though Burnley did manage to get a game back at the end to ensure the tie-break. Braithwaite claimed set point at the net volleying deep down the middle of the court, bisecting the two Burnley players at the net. At one set all, the match went into a Championship tie-break (first to 10) and although Burnley went ahead once more by 4-6, the Braithwaite/Coltman combination didn't let up and soon took it to 9-7 after an impressive passing shot from Coltman clipped the net cord and landed beyond the Burnley players guarded at the net.
Match point was claimed soon after when Coltman hit a first serve that could only be returned high and Braithwaite finished it off with a controlled overhead smash that went down into the court and up and over their opponents heads.
10TH IAN GALBRAITH ANNUAL JUNIOR TENNIS TOURNAMENT
The 10th annual Galbraith Junior Tennis Tournament saw talented young tennis players compete for silverware at Bowerham Lawn Tennis Club.
The Under 14's final proved an even more tighter encounter between Finlay Meek and Chris White. After winning the Under 12's final, White went on to take the first set 4-2 but Finlay Meek hit back and brought the match level, taking the second set 5-3. At one set all, the players went into a Championship Tie-Break (first to 10) and Finlay Meek performed strongly to take it 10-2.
JUNIOR TENNIS CLUB: Bowerham Lawn Tennis Club launches its new Junior Tennis Club this Sunday, 23rd June.
Each and every Sunday the club will welcome players of all levels between the ages of 5 and 16 to play with supervision on court. The session starts at 12.45pm and finishes at 13.45pm.
TEAM RESULTS: Fylde League: Opening matches have been played by most teams and the first results are in. Bowerham First Team drew 2-2 against Broughton with Bowerham A off to a winning start picking up a 3-1 win also against Broughton A in Divison 3. Debutante Captain Ian Hourd saw his Bowerham B team lose out 1-3 to Broughton B. Honours even overall with an early quirk of the fixture list pitting all three teams up against Broughton. A comprehensive 4-0 over Fairhaven saw Bowerham B leap to 2nd place in the league with Ian Hourd, Jordan Gregory, Mark Braithwaite and Simon Lambert putting in a commanding performance on the night, taking victory without dropping a set. In Kendal Divison 2, Bowerham opened with a 0-4 defeat against Lunesdale but hit back with a 4-0 win versus Kirby. Last seasons Division 3 runners-up Bowerham A began their campaign with a 1-3 defeat against Slyne but had their second match against Kendal postponed due to the weather.
LADIES MORNING TENNIS has started and is held each Saturday from 10am till noon. Its £5 per session and balls, rackets and refreshments are included. Doubles tennis is encouraged and help will be available from a friendly lady tennis member. For further details on this please ring Chris Hudson on 07944 432808.
BRITISH TENNIS MEMBERSHIP: Don't forget to check out the LTA's British Tennis Membership. Click here for further information: https://www.lta.org.uk/Members/Join/
BOWERHAM ACHIEVE CLUBMARK STATUS
Clubmark is the national cross sports quality accreditation scheme for clubs. It is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards. This ensures the club has:
- Adhered to best practice policies and procedures around safeguarding junior and adult members.
- Delivers a comprehensive and all encompassing tennis programme for all ages and abilities.
- Produces a clear plan of action for long term sustainability and future growth.
- A fair and transparent operational structure.
Bowerham Achieved Club Mark status in September 2011.
Are you interested in joining the club?
If you'd like to see what Bowerham Lawn Tennis Club has to offer then why not come along to one of our Club Nights? They run every Monday and Friday 6-10pm).
This year we have a special offer for a one month trial to new members. For £35, you get a full months membership which includes a 1 hour coaching session with James McNally, the opportunity to participate in Monday/Friday Club Nights and free use of the courts during the week. Take out a full membership after this trial and you get £20 deducted from your membership fee. If you'd like to take advantage of the one month trial offer please contact Kate Houghton 01524 770493 or Michelle Noden 01524 411460.
Please click here to download our membership form.
James McNally is our resident Club Coach. He offers coaching sessions for all standards throughout the year and is able to offer individual lessons to help you improve your game. He also offers a competitively priced re-stringing service with a fast turnaround.
Bowerham Lawn Tennis Club is a friendly tennis club situated in a quiet setting just behind Barton Road in Lancaster.
We cater for all abilities and new members are always welcome. Our four courts are maintained to a high standard and are served by brand new floodlights.
In addition to regular Club Nights, held on Mondays and Fridays from 6pm, coaching is available to cater for all standards of player. We operate a court booking system which allows use of the courts during the week.
Throughout the year, we are involved in a number of local tennis leagues, as well as running our own box leagues and fun tournaments. Check out the News pages for information about upcoming events.