AGM - THURSDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2015
Bourne & District Lawn Tennis Club AGM will be held on Thursday 26th February 2015, 8pm at Bourne Cricket Club.
There are vacancies on the Committee for Vice Chairman, Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Website Co-Ordinator, Junior Committee Member, Adult Committee Members.
Many of the current committee have served your Club for many years and we would welcome some new blood! Committee meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of each month at 8pm in the Clubhouse.
Please forward any apologies or nominations for committee to Keith Wallace, 01778 393224, email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.
Welcome to Bourne's only tennis club! We are one of the largest clubs in the area, with a total membership of almost 200 people and spacious facilities including five grass courts, three all-weather hard courts and a clubhouse.
We encourage all ages and standards of play and offer a wide range of competition, social play and coaching to suit all players. There is a very friendly atmosphere around the club whether you are playing competitively or socially and new members will be welcomed with open arms!
The club is run by a committee elected by members at the AGM each year and is affiliated with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), allowing our members FREE British Tennis Membership and the opportunity to be included in an annual ballot for Wimbledon tickets.
Where Are We?
The courts are situated on the Abbey Lawns, adjacent to Bourne Cricket Club and Bourne Town Football Club. The peaceful setting provides the perfect scene in which to play tennis!
A full address and location can be found here.
To read the Chairman's Letter of April 2013, please click here.
Want To Join?
Want To Play?
Our membership fees start at just £12, with an adult subscription only £105 for a full year. Discounts are available for family subscriptions, half-year subscriptions and early renewals. For more information, please see our 'Membership' page.
Visitors to the club may play on the courts up to four times per year before being required to join. Visitors' fees are payable at Sam's Newsagents, opposite the club, and cost £5 per person per hour.
Our Membership Secretary, Helen Whitfield (01775 firstname.lastname@example.org), will be happy to help with any further enquiries.
All members are welcome to play on the courts for free at any time (though matches, coaching and organised social sessions take priority).
Men Make Certain Of Return To First Division (Bourne Men 1 v Boston Men 2)
After a five-year absence and a number of promotion challenges that fell excruciatingly close, Bourne Tennis Club’s Men’s Firsts finally secured a long-overdue return to the top division of the Lincolnshire Doubles League by extending their winning run to six matches with a tense defeat of Boston 2.
Missing talismanic captain Clive Moody, Bourne made a rather slow start, despite knowing that victory would seal promotion after favourable results elsewhere the previous weekend. Third pair Matt Hassall and Alex Yung struggled through a lethargic first set against their opposite numbers, failing to take too many of their opportunities, and though they picked up in the second set, some monstrous Boston serves and volleys cost Bourne the rubber 3-6, 6-1, 7-10.
Second pair James Westgate and Iain Ross were likewise a little cold at the beginning of their match against Boston’s second pair, but they managed to grind their way through a first-set tiebreak. The pressure of responding to the aggressive serve-and-volley game of their opponents eventually began to tell, though, and James and Iain had the second set stolen away from them before a late flurry in the third set proved too little, too late in a 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-10 loss.
First pair John Timson and Will Palmer, though, were immaculate in their opening rubber, stand-in captain John leading from the front with some decisive volleying as they swept away Boston’s first pair 6-2, 6-2. Not content with that, they then promptly dismantled Boston’s second pair in two one-sided sets to level the match for Bourne.
Matt and Alex, in contrast with their first match, made a flying start against Boston’s first pair, claiming four of the first five games. However, some complacency crept into their game, and Boston recovered to force a tiebreak which Matt and Alex sealed by virtue of some confident volleying. However, the tide had turned irrevocably, and Boston sealed the second set by a single break, though they needed four match points in the final set to finally defeat Matt and Alex 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-10.
James and Iain, however, levelled the match by turning in a splendid baseline performance to defeat Boston’s third pair in straight sets, and open the way for a flawless Bourne finale to the match: they managed to brush a heavy second-set turnaround aside to defeat Boston’s first pair 6-3, 1-6, 10-7, finally winning the first match tiebreak of the afternoon for Bourne.
Matt and Alex put in a much-improved performance against Boston’s second pair: a break in each set looked to have secured the match but, at 5-4 in the second set, Matt squandered three match points on his serve, before a further two slipped away in an extraordinary tiebreak. Matt and Alex finally claimed their first victory of the afternoon, though, on their sixth match point, delivering a 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) victory.
John and Will’s winning record was put under severe pressure by a Boston third pair in truly inspired form, catching the lines with volley after volley, but a determined showing helped the Bourne pair save a set point in the first set and then put some daylight between them and their opponents in the second, winning 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 to complete the match without dropping a set.
With the 6-3 victory, Bourne ensured that third-placed Sleaford would be unable to catch them heading into the final round of matches in September, having recovered from an opening-day loss to reel off six straight wins. Victory in the final match against mid-table Louth 2 will confirm the Division 2 title for Bourne, but for now the celebrations can begin after a phenomenal season has earned them the right to return to the county’s top table again next year.
From left to right: Men's Firsts players James Westgate, Iain Ross and Matt Hassall
31/08/13 - Bourne Men 1 6 - 3 Boston Men 2
18/08/13 - Sleaford Men 1 3 - 6 Bourne Men 1
18/08/13 - Collingham Ladies 1 3 - 6 Bourne Ladies 1