Horsenden friendly matches
Horsenden arranges biannual friendly matches with its neighbouring Princes Risborough Tennis Club which is a fun event with a competitive edge.
A wooden plaque updated with the winning clubs name is presented after each event.
This friendly tournament was started by Mike Stenton 10 years ago, see below the biannual winners
Horsenden v/s Princes Risborough Bi-Annual Friendly Tournament April 2019
On a fresh Spring afternoon 8 Horsenden members challenged 8 members from the Princes Risborough Tennis Club to a friendly tournament.
There were 4 rounds of mixed tennis and 2 rounds of Ladies and Mens pairs.
Horsenden got off to a good start with an average of 2½ games per court on home soil while the visitors settled in a got used to the artificial grass surface.
Round 2 saw the visitors claw back to reduce the gap
As the afternoon progressed Horsenden managed to improve their lead and by the end of the afternoon it was confirmed that the winners shield would remain at Horsenden.
Di Wright representing the Princes Risborough club presented the winners shield to Peter Messenger after which those remaining enjoyed a traditional tennis tea with important discussions such as should the jam be put on the scone before the fresh cream
We thank Mel for organising her team once again, the games were played in good spirits and there were many familiar faces. Horsenden members always enjoy this local derby
20th October 2018 Match Report
An enthusiastic team of 4 men and 4 ladies from Horsenden played in the 19th friendly match against the Princes Risborough Tennis Club on their home soil.
Bi-annual local tournaments started back in April 2008 to give non-team, or very occasional team players the opportunity to play in friendly competitive matches.
Over the years Horsenden have won 10 matches, drawn 2 and lost 6.
On a late October day in brilliant sunshine the teams fought it out through the afternoon and, after 5 rounds, Princes Risborough won 2 and Horsenden won 3 and retain the shield once again.
It was great to see two new members Jen Johnstone and Dan Smith playing in their first competitive match for Horsenden together with Sarah Moore, Jenny King, Angela Borelli, Steve Williams, Steve Goodman and Peter Messenger.
We will be proud to display the trophy for another 6 months. A few photos from the event are shown below.
Thanks to Mel Burns from Princes Risborough for organising this event in liaison with Peter Messenger, Horsenden team captain.
5th May 2018 – Tournament Report
On a perfect May afternoon our club played another round of the friendly tournaments which have generally taken place bi-annually for the past 10 years when Mike Stenton and Ruth Tupper dreamt up the idea and organised the first event.
These tournaments started so that non-team players could enjoy some mildly competitive tennis against players from our neighbouring club.
Ryan Thomas, the Horsenden tournament organiser delegated captaincy to Peter Messenger who led his team of 4 ladies and 4 men through an enjoyable afternoons tennis.
The format and order of play was organised in advance. 24 out of a planned 28 sets were played - 8 Ladies’ doubles, 8 Men’s doubles and 8 Mixed doubles sets. As many of the games were really close and the sun was blazing down on the players, all agreed not to play the final 4 Mixed doubles sets.
The duel resulted in some great tennis with lots of very close sets.
Horsenden won at our home venue 23 to 1 sets and the afternoon was rounded off with a splendid tennis tea followed by Mel Burns presenting the trophy to Peter, the Horsenden team captain.
During the presentation Mel mentioned that her team loved our new Tiger Turf courts.