Do you have members of your family or perhaps a friend or two who would like to come along and try tennis (and croquet) for free? If so, then bring them along to the RLTCC TRY TENNIS FOR FREE DAY on Saturday 14th July between 9 am and 12 noon. To find out more about the sessions available and reserve a space then go to Great British Tennis Weekend alternatively just turn up next Saturday.
Congratulations to Joan Grove (winner) and Elaine Sainsbury (runner-up) for their success in the recent qualifying event for the All-England GC Handicap national tournament. Here is Joan receiving the Richard Harris memorial trophy donated by Robin Thornton.
One of our club members, Noel Stimson, has arranged a guided visit to East Cowes Lifeboat Centre. The Inshore Lifeboat Centre is where all the RNLI’s inshore lifeboats are built, serviced, repaired and refitted. Noel tells us it sounds very much like a boys’ visit, but can assure us that the girls find it just as impressive and enjoyable! The tour is arranged for 10am on Thursday 26/07 and will last about 90 minutes – please contact Noel to book a place.
It was a busy week recently with two Association Croquet open tournaments taking place, run by tournament manager Cliff Jones.
First was the 3-day Mary Robinson Challenge Shield handicap event, eventually won by Geoff Johnson from Watford (reprising his 2016 victory), with Richard Peperell runner-up. This was followed by the Isle of Wight Championship Bowl, a 2-day tournament using advanced rules, won by Robert Alexander.
Many thanks to all the helpers who contributed to making the week a success and we look forward to seeing all our visiting players again next year.
Ryde croquet teams took the first three places in the annual Southern Federation Solstice level doubles golf competition at Hamptworth on the 3rd June. With 16 entries from across the southern area this is the second year running that Ryde players have monopolised the final.
The competition is handicap restricted to enable a range of abilities to play together and on this occasion both of Ryde’s debutants reached the final with their respective partners; Sue Peters with Roy Tillcock and Gareth Noott with John Sim.
The expected close match was level at 5-5 before Roy and Sue took the next two hoops and with it the Norma Rayne trophy. This is the seventh time the Club has held this particular piece of silverware since its institution in 2003.
On Monday the 4th June and Tuesday the 5th June, we will be hosting our annual visit from the 45 Club and all tennis courts will be out of action between 09.30 and 5.30 on both days. If you get a chance do come along and watch some of the great tennis that will be on show across the two days.
As part of the clubhouse redevelopment plan the kitchen will be refurbished to provide a facility which will enable us to support our social/corporate activities more effectively. This refurbishment work has now started and means that the kitchen will not be accessible for the next two or three weeks; however the rest of the clubhouse will remain open to club members with the regular social activities such as the chess and bridge groups continuing to meet as usual. Please do continue to come and enjoy the bar facilities throughout the short period that the kitchen will be out of action.