Senior Club Champs 2019

Senior Club Champs 2019

CLUB NEWS

Congratulations to our Waimairi Singles Club Champions:

Women’s Open  –  Jade Feneon

Men’s Open  –  – Remi Feneon

Women’s 45+  –  Alison Coats

Men’s 45+  – Chris Bruin.

The Singles Club Champs were held in splendid weather on Saturday 21st of September. The women’s events went straight to finals, whilst the men’s events were more contested, in particular the Open which attracted a field of 8.

The Women’s Open final was a family affair between Jade and Joelene Feneon. Not surprisingly, Joelene started strong whilst Jade took a little time to settle into the match, her powerful ground strokes initially not finding their mark. But settle she did, leading to a tight and hard-fought tussle. Jade, who just recently gained an S2 ranking, finally prevailed over her mother 9-7.

In the Women’s 45+, newcomer Rebecca Lang jumped to a 3-0 lead before you could say “spring has sprung”. But the experienced Alison Coats fought back hard. Both players ran everything down like spring chickens, and finally Alison secured a tight 9-7 victory over her younger opponent.

Waimairi Tennis Club club champs

Waimairi Tennis Club club champs

In the Men’s 45+, long time contestant Chris Hadlee prevailed over his semi-final opponent to go up against Chris Bruin in the Final. The match went up and down, both Chris’ having patches of domination followed by complacency. Perhaps they were drifting off with the spring fragrances, or was it the smell of the BBQ? Chris Bruin eventually emerged triumphant, the score line again 9-7.

Chris and Chris

Remi Feneon was the number 1 seed in the Men’s Open, and his entry drew much interest and no doubt increased participation. Indeed, the young ones lined up like possums in the headlights in a bid to take on the tall French Man.  Early rounds were hard fought, in particular the long match between training partners and coaches Josh Murrison and Rafa Goesmann. The long, gritty rallies from the baseline provided much entertainment for the onlookers, who were by now tucking into the sausages. Despite the completely still conditions, Remi sailed through his early matches. Richard Franks put up a good fight, the match illustrating the advantage of height for serving, and that even tall men can move around the court well. Frank Cochran was next, playing Remi in the Semi, but despite his elegant backhand and tenacity, Frank’s exit was assured. The final then was Rafa versus Remi in the superb evening conditions on the purple courts. Remi’ s serving and power proved too much for Rafa, who was perhaps a little worn from the marathon against Josh. Remi secured victory with a reasonably clinical 9-2 score line.

Frank and Remi

Frank and Remi

WTC Club Champs prizes

WTC Club Champs prizes

And so a successful day of competitive tennis came to an end. The club captains would like to thank all participants and spectators for their enthusiasm and contribution. We look forward to building on this year’s success with increased participation and more sausages next year!

Cassandra Hinton and Johnathan Tilley

Term 4 Adult programmes

Term 4 Adult programmes

CLUB NEWS

Our term 4 Adult programmes are now live for registrations.

Tennis Xpress, for Adults returning to or new to Tennis, will run on Tuesdays at 6.30pm.

Dynamic Doubles, an up tempo hour of fast paced doubles drills will run on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm.

Register for classes by following these links:

Xpress

Dynamic Doubles

 

 

Free Red ball session, September 14th

Free Red ball session, September 14th

CLUB NEWS

This Saturday 14th September, Waimairi Tennis Club in Watford Street, Strowan, will be holding a free Red Ball coaching session for 4-8 yr olds from 8.45-9.30am.
Using modified equipment and a smaller playing area, Red Ball is the perfect introduction to Tennis for young children.
As well as the free session, any child signing up to the Red ball programme on Saturday will receive a free club cap as part of their registration.
The session is drop-in, no need to register.

 

 

 

Parent and Child event

Parent and Child event

CLUB NEWS

This Saturday 14th September, we will celebrate the start of our Junior season with a Parent child event from 9.30-11.00am at the club. Open to all levels of players, from Red-ball through to Interclub, this very informal drop-in event has proven popular in the past.
Spot prizes ,sausage sizzle and plenty of laughter on offer.

 

 

 

 

Love Tennis Weekend 7-8th September 2019

Love Tennis Weekend 7-8th September 2019

CLUB NEWS

It looks like being a big weekend and we’ve got the racquets to prove it!
Head along to the club this Saturday or Sunday from 1-4pm. As part of a Regional initiative to promote Tennis, we will showcase all that the club has to offer both Junior and Senior players. Hotshots activities throughout the afternoon will run alongside coaching activities for Adults and Junior Interclub players…games, competitions and giveaways are all part of the plan.

See you there.

 

 

New journey for young Waimairians

New journey for young Waimairians

CLUB NEWS

It’s been a big couple of months for Lily Bray, Bailee Wilson(pictured alongside father, Glenn) and Kurt Feneon as they prepare for life as a college athlete in the US.

Covering the spectrum of sports, Lily has earned a scholarship to University of Houston for Football, Bailee to McKendree University in Illinois for Tennis, and Kurt to Christian Brothers University in Memphis for Basketball.

These three follow a long line of past and present members or associates of the club who have lived the College dream, Joe Bray ( Lily’s brother) James Spence, Michal Matson, Holly Matson, Dylan Heap, Maddison Aubrey, Matt Woolman to name a few.

A fantastic but at times tough experience for young athletes, the pathway to US college scholarships is being kept open for New Zealanders by the quality of people such as Lily, Bailee and Kurt that these Universities are recruiting.

We hope Lily, Bailee and Kurt have the very best of times in the US.