Sad news - John Winnett

It is with sadness that we report the passing of John Winnett.

John joined ALTC in 1975 and was made a Life Member in the 1990s. He was very instrumental in helping to construct the extension to the old Clubhouse at Brackenbury, along with Brian Stuart and Eric Chambers, the Bodgit and Fixit trio! John also helped with many maintenance issues day by day at the Club and trained at TVBC as our Asbestos Representative. He and Eric looked after the Saturday morning kitchen for many years, John serving the teas and coffees, whilst Eric entertained the Juniors with jokes and stories. Although essentially a badminton player, John did play occasionally in the Vets tennis team, his service was either an unreturnable ace from his 6’ 3” height or a double fault, there was no happy medium!

Above all else John was a wonderful supporter of Margaret, helping her behind the scenes, taking phone messages, attending all the social functions and spectating at tournaments. The Club has lost a dedicated supporter, who will be much missed.

The funeral service will be held at Charlton Park Crematorium on Friday 1st November at 12.30pm and afterwards in the ALTC clubhouse. All welcome…

Home Tennis Derby starts the Winter Season

After the glorious Summer weather of a few weeks ago which graced the Club’s championship finals, early Autumn rain meant that the first men’s match of the Winter season took place indoors at Balksbury. This featured the KJM sponsored men’s A team versus the B team, both being in division one of the Basingstoke League.

In club rivalry meant that the atmosphere was friendly but competitive.

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A team first pair Gregor Corcoran and Jacob Webb had a lot of tight games against Sam Truscott and Alex Boldis, who both hit strong ground shots and cover the court well. Corcoran and Webb have a lot more match experience, however, and crucially the volleying skills to end points. They won both sets 6-0-6-2.

A team second pair Al Williams and new member Martin Flint took on the more experienced B team first pair, Andy Snellgrove and Dan De Marco. Williams was about to play matches for the Army and was keen to get match practice. That he did in a tight first set, with Snellgrove showing his all court skills and excellent balance, well backed up by purposeful tennis from De Marco. Games were close as Williams and Flint were matched by the B pair with good attacking tennis. The set was decided by Williams’ ability to finish points and the A team pair got through 6-4 and then, with Flint showing increased confidence they took the second 6-1.

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Williams and Flint then went on to play a good looking game against Truscott and Boldis. All four players showed their shot making skills, but with the tighter play of Williams and Flint winning more points, it was the A team pair who won through 6-0, 6-2.

Corcoran and Webb then had a tight first set against Snellgrove and De Marco, rather as Williams and Flint had done, but came home 6-4, 6-1.

The final score was 8-0 to the A team , but the B team had played with spirit and will have learnt from the experience and benefit from it in upcoming matches. The A team will be looking to win all of their matches and regain the Winter Title.

The Ladies team also started their season with a division two match against Hampshire court indoors at Balksbury. The Hampshire Court team could only field one pair so that the best they could do was to draw. Andover pair, Sophie Annett and Clare Thain had a close match against them but had more consistency and fought through to a 7-5, 7-5 win. Claire Reid and Christine Pickford have more experience and had a straightforward win 6-1, 6-3.

The team gained an 8-0 win and will aim to get promotion this season.




Adult Doubles Coaching Masterclass with Josh...

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We are organising a Doubles Coaching Masterclass with Josh on Sunday 17th November 2019

All Adult Club Members and Juniors (who play in Club Teams) are welcome to come along and refresh their skills ... The session is suitable for Improver level and above (if you can serve and rally come along!) Sunday lunch is also available plus FREE Club play in afternoon (if you fancy even more Tennis!).

10am - 12 noon - Coaching Doubles Masterclass with Josh
12 noon- 1pm - Sunday Lunch
1pm - 3pm - FREE Club Play

Members = £5.00
Non-members = £10.00
Sunday lunch = £5.00 (please speak to Margaret with any special dietary requirements)

You are welcome to book both or just one of the above (why not invite your partner/family for lunch too?)

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment... Write your name on the board in the clubhouse and pay cash to Josh or Margaret before Wednesday 13th November.

A great Social Family day at the club with Coaching, Doubles Play and a delicious lunch - all with fantastic value for money…

Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 6th November 2019 at 7.30pm in the Clubhouse

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All club members are invited to attend the forthcoming AGM.

Adult Club members are entitled to vote.

Any Agenda items to be sent to Linda Penn before 31st October 2019.

If you would like to serve on our Committee, we always welcome 'new blood'. Please tell one of the current committee members or contact Linda, Club Secretary on the email mentioned above. Your name will then be put forward for election.

Please make every effort to attend.

2019 Club Championships Finals Weekend ... a smashing event...

Ladies Doubles Winners; Jennie Pope and Kate Norton with Guest of Honour Andrew Moraghan

Ladies Doubles Winners; Jennie Pope and Kate Norton with Guest of Honour Andrew Moraghan

The Club held its 46th Annual Club Championships last weekend. Great matches were played in glorious weather and well supported by many spectators.

Full reports are published below.

Mixed winners; Jacob Webb and Kate Gailey

Mixed winners; Jacob Webb and Kate Gailey


Thank you to everyone - players, parents, spectators, members, volunteers, Guest of Honours and organisers for making the 2019 Club Championship Finals Weekend such an event to remember. .



Local company KJM supports the Club

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We are delighted local firm, KJM are sponsoring the Club for 3 years.

We look forward to a flourishing partnership.

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KJM were established in Andover in 1983 and have been supplying windows, doors and conservatories locally ever since.

Managing Director Mark Pearce was pleased to be able to support a local sports facility and agreed a three-year deal to have KJM's business promoted at the club premises as well as on team shirts.

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Wet-room is completed

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We are pleased to announce the wet-room now offers a shower for our members and visitors use.

A big thank you to the Awards4All Scheme and Test Valley Community Asset Fund for their support in the funding of the project.

This further complements the facilities of our Clubhouse.


'July' Player of the Month

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Meredith always turns up with a smile on her face and is incredibly ‘teachable’. She recently entered her first 3 red ball tournaments and her game has improved hugely in the last few weeks. She works hard and the coaches are glad to see that is being rewarded with a real improvement in her standard recently.

Congratulations Meredith!


Andover Club’s Mixed Tennis team make good start to their season

Captain Andrew Winnett was able to put out a strong team for Andover Lawn Tennis Club’s first Summer fixture against Hampshire Court A from Basingstoke.

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Winnett and Coomer have played mixed doubles since they were teenagers and have a really good understanding and an array of strategies. On this occasion, playing the opposition first pair, they opted for patient maneuvering. Coomer’s accurate placement and ability to absorb pace gave Winnet a lot of opportunities at the net. Coupled with his ability overhead and speed to reach drop shots, the visitors had few chances to win a rally. The Andover pair won both sets 6-1 and 6-2.

Webb and Gailey are a much newer combination but Gailey has exemplary movement always putting herself in position to make a good shot and Webb has strong shots with a lot of topspin. Against the second Hampshire court pair, Webb gained a lot of volley and overhead winners after clever placement from Gailey. They came out on top by the same score 6-1, 6-2.

Winnett and Coomer moved on to win against the same pair by 6-1, 6-2.

Webb and Gailey had a battle against the first pair, who had more of the play this time and began to boss the rallies with carefully placed shots. With no pace coming at you, it is easy to overhit but the Andover pair got used to the new rhythm and won the set on a tie break, 7-6. At that point the Hampshire Court pair were unable to continue due to an aggravated injury and conceded the set 6-0.

A 7-1 win against Hampshire Court A was a very good result.

Club Night Social - this Friday

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Every ‘first’ Friday of each month we plan to offer food during Club Night. There will be a different theme each month.

JULY’s THEME is PASTY NIGHT

Friday 5th July

Cornish Pasty (or veggie) with beans

priced at £3 per head.

Please text Glenys or Linda to confirm if you will be eating at the club -Glenys 07902351257 or Linda 07767031451.

Please bring your own drink…

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Why not enjoy a game of social tennis followed by food whilst watching Wimbledon.

A great way to start to the weekend…

Jamie G supports the Club...

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A ‘big’ thank you to Jamie G Sporting Trust for supporting the Club with a donation to buy additional mini nets for our younger players to use during their coaching sessions and social play.

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It was great to see Jamie G Sporting Trust at this weekend’s mini/junior coaching sessions so we could thank them in person for supporting the Club.

2019 Adult Club Championships – new tournament format...

***Entries now being taken. Closing date -31st May 2019***

  • The New Feature this year is the introduction of round-robin first rounds for events with more than 8 entries.

  • This will give everyone more tennis and make the championship more of a social occasion.

  • At the round-robin stage the top seeds will be absent and winners of round robin groups will progress to meet them in the final rounds.

  • Entrants must be available on the nominated days. These dates are all in June.

  • Seeded players will not need to be available on the round robin dates.

  • The Club Championship Committee; Trevor, Claire, Adrian and Josh will seed players…based on last year’s results.


Forms are also available at the Clubhouse.

If you have any queries, please contact any of the Club Championship Committee…

Please support this event - it is a great way to meet and compete against other members.

Good luck…