Storm Freya and Redland scupper Winterbourne Tennis Club

March 28 2019
Storm Freya and Redland scupper Winterbourne Tennis Club

WINTERBOURNE Tennis Club’s Mixed 2nd Team had to take on Storm Freya as well as opponents Redland in a wet and windy Avon Winter Mixed League match.

The match was played as the Winterbourne Recreation Ground was gripped by barely playable weather conditions on the morning of March 3.

The wind was playing havoc on the courts but despite this, the WTC Team started the match enthusiastically and the men’s doubles team went the distance, with Jody Cockcroft and Rich Davey dropping the 1st Set 1-6, finding form in the 2nd set to take it 6-4, but succumbing in the 3rd set to lose it 2-6, resulting in a win for Redland by 2 sets to 1.

The Winterbourne Ladies team, Jane Kendrick & Cheryl Mc Murray, battled hard against the more experienced Redland Ladies but were beaten in straight sets 2-6, 3-6.

In the mixed doubles, Redland won both matches in straight sets, with WTC going down 1-6, 3-6 and 2-6, 1-6.

Overall, Redland won by 8 sets to 1, so collected the full 10 points.

It was a disappointing result for Winterbourne but it is always a difficult fixture against Redland, the largest tennis club in Bristol, so no disgrace at all for a plucky little village club.

The Winterbourne team are even more determined to get more practice in and go for a win next time.

Winterbourne Tennis Club is a local friendly village club, in the corner of Winterbourne Rec.

The club welcomes new members of all ages and abilities.

For more details, call 07459 636436, email visit the club’s website at

Above: A rather damp but still cheerful Winterbourne Tennis Club team of Jody Cockcroft, Jane Kendrick, Cheryl Mc Murray and Rich Davey after the end of their storm-battered match against Redland.

Joan Ward (WTC committee chair)