On the subject of our prize-giving dinner, I want to say thank you to everyone for supporting what turned out to be a really fun evening. The Barn at the Loch was a great venue for the event and special thanks to Sarah and Bruce for setting things out so nicely and making it such a memorable evening. We turned a small profit from the raffle, which will go towards the cost of engraving the trophies. For those that weren’t there, the President’s Awards for 2016 went to the following:
Social Tennis Player of the Year – Lesley Clark
· LTA League Player of the Year – Kerry Horsburgh
· Arthur Ashe Player of the Year – Andy Menzies
· All Round Player of the Year – Louise Penman
This morning we played the last of our inter-club friendlies against Dalgety Bay. It was a beautiful sunny autumn morning and whilst we had good intentions of crushing some dreams, the slippy surface at Dalgety Bay got the better of us in the early matches and whilst we fought hard to recover and got some notable wins later on, Dalgety Bay ran out winners with 81 games to our 59. We had a lovely light lunch afterwards sitting outside in the warm sunshine and enjoying the good company of our friends at Dalgety Bay.
But things are not really all over, as our junior coaching sessions have started again on Sundays, moving indoors to the Community Centre, with our seniors indoor session between 5.00 and 6.00pm on Sundays. If you would like to try indoor tennis at the Community Centre then you need to book a slot in advance; it costs £3 per person based on 4 players and if you are interested please let me know.
We also have a Committee Meeting scheduled for 10th November, where we shall be reviewing how we delivered on our plans for 2016 and also discussing how we rise to the challenges ahead for 2017. As I mentioned in my address at the prize-giving dinner, this will include considering options for accommodating both social and competition tennis for all levels of players, so if you have any thoughts or views on that subject then feel free to drop me a line or else please discuss them with a committee member in advance of the meeting.
Our social tennis on a Sunday morning is open to all seniors from 10am over the winter months, subject to the courts being playable. Frost and ice do make the courts unplayable so please take care to inspect the courts for suitability before playing. Also note that the water will be turned off in the clubhouse from next week and so the toilets will be out of use until the spring.
John Brennan - Club President