Friday 1st March Fun Donkey Derby & Supper 19:00 for 19:30 (see notice board for sign up details)
Friday 22nd March Adult Skittles & Supper 19:00 for 19:30 (see notice board for sign up details)
On Sunday 11th February five members of Crablands Bowling & Tennis Club Tennis Section attended the 2024 LTA Tennis Sussex Awards at the Amex Stadium Brighton.
Crablands Tennis section had been nominated for awards in the following categories:
Lifetime Achievement & Robert Cushing Memorial (Club nominee was Vivien Harris
Club of The Year (Crablands Bowling & Tennis Club)
Development Coach of The Year (Club nominee was Dena Nelson Smith)
Volunteer of the Year (Club nominees were Chris Marsh and Patsy Allfrey)
Rob Curling (Journalist and Sky News TV Sports Presenter) was on stage to announce all the categories, nominees and winners and 2024 proved to be the best year for attendance with 400+ attendees assembled for the ceremony from multiple Sussex tennis clubs, at the magnificent Amex Stadium.
We are thrilled to let all our members know that Crablands’ President and Chairman, Viv Harris was awarded the Lifetime Achievement and Robert Cushing Memorial awards.
Viv joined Crablands Tennis Club in 1981 and served as the Ladies Captain for 10 years before taking over as Chairman. She became President of the whole club (Crablands Bowling & Tennis Club) in 2014. Viv played in the Ladies team for many years and won the Club competitions multiple times and has been responsible for running all Internal Club Competitions for both Junior and Adult sections ensuring that all members are invited to take part and enjoy healthy and fun Club competitions. Viv is responsible for the Junior Section, dedicating every Saturday to attending coaching sessions run at the club and ensuring that Juniors and parents are supported, informed, nourished and entertained. The numbers of Juniors enjoying coaching at Crablands has doubled in the last 4 years – testament to her dedication and drive to keep a thriving Junior Section running successfully at Crablands. Added to this, her administration, management and support of the Club’s Match Teams has been constant – always providing a positive attitude and encouragement for the players.
Her tenure as Chairman of the Tennis Section has seen many positive changes take place and most recently she has overseen the conversion of a grass court to an all-weather court and the introduction of LED lights on two courts – giving greater opportunities for the working members of Crablands to play in the evenings. As one of our mature and long-standing members, Viv has seen many changes within the world of tennis and how the club has evolved and embraced these changes as she can see the benefits for all. Viv is driven to make Crablands the best it can be.
On Friday 26th January the tennis section held their Presentation Night, Dinner & Raffle. It was a great evening with a lovely mix of Junior and Adult members attending. The menu was catered by Mrs T Caterers and what a great team they were. A huge thank you to all the members who provided yummy puddings, Carol and Tony Gilmour for running the bar so well and always with a smile, Roy for his trophy cleaning skills, Viv and Dena, without you the evening would not have taken place – thank you for all the behind the scenes work you put in to make the evening such a success. And of course thank you to all the members who came along to support a fun night.
Our Friday Tennis Nuts group continues to grow with more members joining in.
Members, please remember we have social tennis sessions Wednesdays 09:00-12:00, Fridays 18:00-20:00 and Saturdays 14:00-16:00 when any member can turn up and play – just remember to bring some balls.
December 3rd 15:00 Full Club AGM
December 9th 19:00-23:00 Christmas Party
On Saturday 4th November the tennis section ran a fund raising Quiz Night. The event was very well attended and a huge thanks go to Andy Gilmour for organising and running the quiz, Dena Nelson Smith for being the best quiz questioner possible, Carol & Tony Gilmour for making sure thirsts were quenched, and all the members who attended and gave their support and made the evening so much fun.
FridayNuts tennis group continues to be successful with 32 members now on our WhatsApp Group. This is the group from Friday 20th October.
We held another Pickleball demonstration on Saturday 14th October which was well attended. Thanks to Dena for organising and for those who came along.
Carl Spencer, Crablands Tennis Coach and First Team player took part in the UWCB (Ultra White Collar Boxing) event on 15th April. This was an event put together to raise money for Cancer Research and, together the individuals who trained for the event raised over £10,000. The contenders had 8 weeks to train and the event took place in front of a crowd of 500. Some of our members were able to loudly support Carl on the night. Congratulations Carl – fantastic effort.
Kids Fun Night – skittles and hot dogs was held on Friday 31st March. Big thanks to Carl and Dena for organising fun activities for our juniors.
Following on, the Adults enjoyed an evening of skittles and hot dogs. And a big thank you to Viv and Lew, Maureen and Penny for making the evening happen.
The Quiz and Auction Evening took place on Friday 3rd March.
What a wonderful and fun evening we had. A big thank you to Andy Gilmour for setting up the questions and calmly keeping score – people are still talking about your Dingbats. And a big thank you to Dena Nelson Smith for being the quiz master and auctioneer for the night. Your energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Congratulations to the winning team – The Crabbers. We have received many lovely comments from those who attended the event that it was an amazing evening. And of course, where would we be without Lew and Chris – thank you for running the bar for the evening. Here are some photos of the night.
The 2022 Presentation Evening took place on Saturday 26th November.
The Juniors received their cups and prizes, presented by Dena Nelson Smith
The Seniors enjoyed a feast of pies (supplied by local firm Umble Pies, https://gourmethogkitchens.com), puds and cheeses followed by the presentation of their cups and prizes and a raffle. The members seemed to enjoy themselves and appreciated the work put in by all the volunteers who made the evening a success. Particular thanks to Viv and Dena.
The Junior/Senior Doubles Tournament took place on Saturday 8th October. Congratulations to the following players:
Winners of the Yellow Ball tournament: Katie McDermott and Martin Green. Runners-up Mark Trubey and Lucy Sarson
Winners of the Green Ball tournament: Toby Pitham and Roy Reynolds. Runners-up Ellie Jenkins and Andy Jenkins
Thank you to all the junior and senior members who took part in the tournament to make it a special day.
The Mixed Doubles Tournament took place on Sunday 30th October, with 16 members taking part and occupying all four courts. The conditions were just right and the mood was competitive and fun with some exciting rallies and a nail-biting finish.
Congratulations to the following players:
Winners: Ali Merrett and Michael Ackerman. Runners-up Jess Ackerman and Nigel Allfrey
The Ladies Singles Tournament took place on Sunday 20th November, with 4 members taking part. Again the conditions were perfect, with some long games with exciting rallies.
Congratulations to the following players:
Winners: Lisa McGlinchey. Runner-up Charlie Bray
And a BIG thank you to Viv Harris for organising all the 2022 tournaments, for her support and sustenance.
The Ladies Doubles Tournament took place on Sunday 25th September – the following members took part: Evangeline Cotterell, Katie McDermott, Tilly McDermott, Charlotte Bray, Cheryl Yeoman, Claire Wright, Marjie Ridley, Jo Jephcott, Liz Bosson, Ali Merrett, Patsy Allfrey, Chris Marsh. Congratulations to the winners of the Tournament Liz Bosson and Cheryl Yeoman and the runners up Chris Marsh and Claire Wright.
Thank you to Viv Harris for organising the Tournament and delighted to see Desmond Dubbin watching from the balcony with Jess Ackerman.
The Summer Club Barbecue took place on Sunday 18th September and we had a great turnout. A big thank you to all the wonderful Bowls members who organised and ran the event. And thank you to everyone who bought tickets – the event was held to raise funds to pay for the Club Defibrillator.
Junior Tennis Coaching Autumn Term 2022
We are delighted to welcome back Juniors to our Saturday morning coaching sessions with our excellent coaches Dena Nelson Smith and Carl Spencer.
Men’s Singles Tournament
The men’s singles tournament took place on Sunday 11th September with 12 members taking part.
Carl Spencer for becoming the 2022 Men’s Singles Champion, beating Daniel Cobden in a closely fought final.
Andy Gilmour for winning the third place playoff, beating Vince Starr in a marathon match.
Mark Maidment for winning the plate final, beating Roy Reynolds in an entertaining close match.
And thank you to all the other players: Michael Ackerman, Pete Bosson, John Chequer, Reece East, Ben Sarson, Henry Wilkinson and supporters and refreshment providers.
Friday Tennis Nuts enjoying another 2 hour session of fun tennis
Crablands Bowls and Tennis Club have recently purchased a Defibrillator. We have had a couple of training demonstrations on how to use a Defibrillator courtesy of Selsey Community First Responders.
And Kubb continues to be a popular Friday evening activity – anyone is welcome – it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.