Vets Ladies I away v Tynedale I 13th Sept. 2018

Lisa & Silvia Jackie & Susie

Shotley won by 5 sets to 3 and by 37 games to 31

With our Ladies Vets II clinching their league 5 days previously our top Ladies team went to Tynedale knowing victory would win them “C” division.

Silvia & Lisa took 2 sets 6-4 against the home second couple while Jackie and Susie lost both sets to the first pair. So 2-2 going into the second round with Tynedale ahead by 5 games and it got worse as Lisa & Silvia lost their first set 4-6 to leave the match on a knife edge going into the last 2 sets. Behind in games Shotley needed the last 2 sets and our ladies came good as Silvia & Lisa powered home 6-2 while Susie & Jackie blitzed their opponents 6-0

Another brilliant performance from the team with new vet / skipper Lisa leading by example.

Mens Over 55 home v Durham Archery 14th Sept 2018

Tony & Vince Keith & Paul

Durham Archery won by 7 sets to 1 and by 48 games to 23

Another defeat for Shotley making only one win all season and almost certain relegation from “A” division.

Tony & Vince started badly losing the first set 1-6 but put up some resistance in the next before losing 3-6. Keith & Paul fared even worse losing two sets without taking a game.

The second round was much more even with Keith & Paul taking a set 6-4 and losing 5-7 while Vince & Tony lost 2-6 before squandering 6 set points in the second set before losing a tiebreak.

Mens Vets II home v Collingwood I 11th Sept 2018

Colin & Stephen Peter F & Peter T

Collingwood won by 5 sets to 3 and by 39 games to 31

Without injured skipper Keith Shotley still fielded a strong side on paper against a useful Collingwood outfit. Alas that strength never got off the paper as our boys, after tying the first round 2 sets all, lost three of the second round sets in a sometimes tame effort.

Top pair were Stephen & Colin with two sets in the first round but in the second they looked like they had never met let alone played umpteen matches together as they collapsed 2-6, 0-6

The two Peters fared no better with one looking like he was still on holiday and the other looking like he had started his 24hrs early. They still managed a set on a bad night all round.

Ladies Vets I away v Gosforth II 6th Sept. 2018

Lisa & Silvia Jackie & Susie

Shotley won by 6 sets to 2 and by 46 games to 33

A second match in 3 days saw Shotley travel to Gosforth to play the match that was abandoned due to torrential rain way back in July.

It was another great night for Lisa and her team as they swept aside a stubborn home team to make it 5 wins in five to leave Tynedale away on 13th Sept. as the only obstacle to a title win.

After being edged into second spot two days before Lisa & Silvia set about restoring their place as top pair comfortably winning all four sets as Tuesday’s heroines took two sets off Gosforth’s top pair before losing two tight sets in another fantastic team performance.

Best wishes for Thurs. 13th away to Tynedale ladies.

Ladies Vets I home v Stocksfield II 4th Sept 2018

Lisa & Silvia Jackie & Susie

Shotley won by 7 sets to 1 and by 47 games to 20

A fourth win in a row saw Shotley keep up their hopes of promotion as they saw off Stocksfield in a comprehensive victory.

Captain Lisa and partner won 3 sets by 6-1 but slipped up 4-6 in the other allowing our second pair of Jackie & Susie to steal top spot on the night by taking all four sets. In a brilliant performance Jackie showed she can play tennis just as well as she can bake and Susie went a long way to paying off the large transfer fee it took to bring her back to the club from the far east.

With two games left Lisa and her ladies have a real shot at winning the league.

Ladies Vets II away v Blaydon V 9th Sept. 2018

Jan & Joan Angela & Kath (capt. )

Shotley won by 8 sets to 0 and by 48 games to 14

With two 5-3 wins and two 6-2 wins Shotley went into their last match at Blaydon needing a win to clinch the league and they produced an 8-0 whitewash to take the title in style. The pairs could not be split as they ended the day with 4 sets each, winning 24 games and conceding only 7 games each to round off a great season for a very tight knit squad.

With a travelling support of two offering encouragement from the stands Super Kaptain Kath along with partner Grangela set off at top pace to romp through the first round losing only 4 games. Kath, who has taken to captaincy like the proverbial duck to water led by example with another solid display while her partner showed no ill effects from “The Tynedale Incident” as she peppered the lines with winners.

First pair on the scorecard were Joan, making possibly her final appearance of the season before heading off with the rest of the club’s elite squad for some performance training on the red clay of Alicante, and Jan whose tennis outfit collection makes Imelda Marcos and her shoes look small beer. The pair played some great stuff, especially when Joan served and Jan was all over the net for the winning volley.

A brilliant season for a brilliant squad - well done ladies.

Vets Mens I away v Durham Archery I 9th Sept 2018

Ian & Stephen Colin & Peter

Durham Archery won by 7 sets to 1 and by 49 games to 34

A strong Archery team containing most of the usual suspects were far too good for a still depleted Shotley side who still put up a real fight.

Ian, just back from the U.S. Open and raring to put what he had seen into practice, was paired with Stephen as our top pair. They played some fine tennis and took Shotley’s only set but were unlucky in the other three losing 7-6, 6-4, 7-5 where the scores could easily have been in their favour. Ian was the driving force with his all action game while Stephen managed to find new ways to mess up his ball toss.

Our second couple were playing up from the second team and Colin & Peter battled bravely but lost all four sets ( three by only a single service break ) Colin was his usual solid self while Peter took the prize for outfit of the day, sporting a top normally seen only on Lollipop Ladies outside junior schools. Pity it didn’t come with brightness control.

With only Blaydon to play away the team need the proverbial miracle to avoid relegation.

Mixed Vets III away v Tynedale 2nd Sept 2018

Angela & Joe          Kath & John

Tynedale won by 4 sets to 4 and by 40 games to 39

Another tense battle saw our boys and girls lose out by 1 game after tying 4-4 in sets with the result in the balance right to the last point.

Angela & Joe were top pair as they took 3 sets while Kath & John almost pulled off the win as they lost a tense set 7-5 before taking an even tenser tiebreak.


Over 55's Men home v Boldon I 2nd Sept. 2018

Tony (capt.) & Vince              Peter & Keith

Boldon won by 6 sets to 2 and by 41 games to 33

Another defeat for Tony and the boys which could result in relegation yet again from a league that 10yrs ago was considered to be Shotley's property as this same team won it 4yrs out of 5.

Time, a lack of ability and the fact the average age of opponents is often at least 10yrs younger is finally catching up with our boys. Top couple, yet again, were Tony & Vince who were not happy with only winning a set in each round as they felt the other two were winnable but second pair Peter & Keith had a day to forget as the closest they came to a set was going down in a tiebreak.


Vets Mens I home v Cullercoats 2nd Sept. 2018

Phil (capt.) & Colin                Peter & Paul

Cullercoats won by 5 sets to 3 and 42 games to 32

With the squad ravaged by injury and absence Phil, making a rare visit to the U.K., was joined by wily old fox Colin in a first pair partnership against a solid Cullercoats team. The pair produced some sparkling tennis to halve each round in 4 tight sets.

Second pair for Shotley was Peter, fresh from his exhibition tour of Tuscany, and Paul, fresh from being top couple in the previous fixture. Although outclassed in 3 sets they pulled off a remarkable comeback in the last set to take it 7-5 after trailing 1-5.

A brave effort from the team which was just short on the day.

Mixed Over 55's home v Gosforth 29th Aug 2018

Silvia & David         Jan & Tony (capt.)

Gosforth won by 5 sets to 3 and 42 games to 30

Silvia climbed off her sick bed for the second time this week to partner David and in a close fought first round they halved 5-7, 7-5 before being outclassed in the second round by ace pair Sue & Chris only winning 2 games.

Second pair Jan & Tony also lost a set to love against the Gosforth top pair but fought back bravely in the second set before going down 4-6. Their efforts were rewarded in the second round as they won comfortably 6-4, 6-2 to be top couple on the night.

Vets Mens I away v David Lloyd Sunderland I 28th Aug 2018

Tony & Vince (capt.)         Peter & Paul

David Lloyd won by 8 sets to 0 and 48 games to 4

With Graham suffering a broken arm and Ian choosing Flushing Meadows over Doxford Park it left Phil and the Bish to become "unavailable" for the match against all conquering David Lloyd.

Step forward four of Shotley's Over 55 Men's team to take up the challenge.

Peter had arrived early and by the time his teamates got there he had watched the opposition knock up for 20mins which had left him thinking he was back at the Australian Open in January. Once joined by Paul, Tony & Vince the Shotley team were warmly greeted by the home side and after a 15min hit the match got under way.

Shotley got off to a flyer with Paul & Peter taking the first game against Steven, county colleague of our missing players and Justin, just returned from 5wks in France where the only thing he hit was several dozen bottles of red wine. It was like poking a bear with a stick as the home pair romped through the next 12 games to win 6-1, 6-0                                                         Over on the other court Tony & Vince got a taste for donuts as they were hammered 6-0, 6-0 without managing more than 2 points in a game. Their opposition were David, a pocket dynamo of a player who many, many years ago graced the ash courts of The Spa and Mick, he of the firm handshake and blistering groundstrokes.

The second round started with Peter & Paul again taking the first game before again losing 6-1 and they secured the top pair ranking on the night by taking another single game in their last set. Meanwhile Tony & Vince were building up a head of steam against Steven & Justin as they wound up to taking their only game of the night. It came in the fifth game of the first set on Tony's serve as he held to 15 with the help of two "worldies" from Vince. First he intercepted a viciously dipping shot from Justin to play a backhand volley off his toes past a bewildered Steven into the trams for a winner. The very next point saw Steven crack a Tony first serve at Vince at the net who managed to send a backhand volley back to the sender with interest and saw the ball land inside the baseline just as he opened his eyes.  Tony, now rightly chuffed with holding serve, made sure Vince didn't match it as at twice on deuce on Vince's serve he twice intercepted to send the ball farther than many people get on their holidays.

So it's well done to Peter & Paul as with 3 games versus Tony & Vince's 1 game they take bragging rights on a night when the team actually spent longer over supper than they did playing 4 sets of tennis each. Must be a record.

Many thanks to the David Lloyd boys for the lesson and their encouragement - it was much appreciated.

Vets Ladies II away v Durham Archery IV 26th Aug 2018

Jan & Joan           Kath (capt.) & Michelle

Shotley won by 6 sets to 2 and by 44 games to 18

Another barnstorming performance from Kath and her team saw them power their way past Durham Archery and cement their place at the top of the table. With only an away match at winless Blaydon to come Shotley are now hot favourites to win their league.

First pair Jan & Joan were as solid as ever, despite Joan making an all too rare league appearance, winning 3 sets at ease.

Best performance came from Captain Kath and The Lanchester Lioness Michelle who lost a tight set 6-4 against the Archery first pair before rattling off 0-6, 0-6, 1-6 sets to top a sparkling display.

All eyes are now on Sun 9th Sept at 1:30pm at Blaydon - good luck ladies

Vets Mens II home v Stocksfield I 23rd Aug 2018

Colin & Stephen           Joe & Keith (capt.)

Stocksfield won by 4 sets to 4 and by 39 games to 32

A very solid Stocksfield team full of familiar faces finally saw off a brave Shotley by taking the final set of the night to draw 4-4 in sets but sneak victory by 7 games.

Top couple for Shotley were first pairing of Colin & Stephen whose only loss was in that fateful final set. Stephen, looking every lb like the player who has had 4 tennis suppers in the last week, has now been involved in six 4-4 games so far this Vets season ( won 2, lost 4 ) surely some sort of record. Partner Colin sporting his new "Ivan Lendl go-faster haircut" once again demonstrated his full array of ball tosses along with his usual panache for volleying. They can consider themselves unlucky to be on the losing side, although Colin is surely due a refund from his barber.

Skipper Keith drafted in the enigma that is Joe and they battled all night, finally getting some reward for their efforts by taking their last set 6-4. It was good to see Joe, after spending 4 days in a Swiss Clinic, back from being a broad with the crown jewels now apparently fully restored to their magnificent best.

Ladies Vets I home v Durham Archery 23rd Aug 2018

Silvia & Lisa (capt.)       Jackie & Susie

Shotley won by 7 sets to 1 and by 44 games to 23

Shotley cruised to a third win a row to keep up their 100% record, sweeping aside a useful Archery team who were no match on the night.

Captain Lisa and partner Silvia led from the front taking all four sets and playing some splendid tennis in the process.

Second pair Susie & Jackie took 3 sets, dropping one against the Archery first pair. Susie showing her formidable interception skills while Jackie, by her own admission, continues to frustrate herself by making the hard shots but missing the easy ones. A bit like myself Jackie only i miss both.

A feast of a supper followed and talk inevitably turned to the possibly of promotion but with 3 tough games remaining it's a case of one match at a time.

Another great team performance - well done ladies.

Vets Mens II away v Ponteland I Tue 21st Aug 2018

Stephen & Tony          Keith (capt.) & Peter

Ponteland won by 6 sets to 2 and by 46 games to 35

Skipper Keith, dazzled by the footwear, brought in Dorothy to play up in a crucial match for his team and his decision was vindicated as along with partner Stephen they halved both rounds taking two 6-4 sets and losing two tiebreak sets. Alas the captain and his partner Peter couldn't match their efforts as they lost all four sets, taking only 11 games in a disappointing performance.

Top pair, by a country mile, were Stephen & Tony who with a bit of luck could well have won all four sets.

Vets Mixed I away v Durham Archery I Sun. 19th Aug 2018

Jackie & Stephen           Michelle & Paul

Durham Archery won by 6 sets to 2 and by 46 games to 23

With holidays, injury and a whole host of excuses preventing Shotley fielding anywhere near it's strongest team it was left to Jackie, Stephen, Paul & Michelle to attempt mission impossible.

Both couples were outclassed by the Durham pairing of our former coach Christine and that wily old fox Gordon but both took the second pairing all the way as they both halved in some tremendously close sets.

A tremendous effort on the night and a huge thank you to the four of you from the club.

Vets Men III home v Corbridge I 16th Aug 2018

Joe & David        Vince (capt.) & Dennis

Shotley won by 5 sets to 3 and by 39 games to 30

With two of the fab four floodlight team on court to showcase their hard work Shotley saw off a Corbridge side who were lying second only to Morpeth in the table.

The first round saw the new pairing of Dennis & Vince take two comfortable sets against the Corbridge second string while Joe & David were having an almighty tussle with the Corbridge top couple. The first set looked to be heading for a tiebreak until our boys sneaked it 7-5 despite Joe taking more than one hit for the team, one to the body and one to the crown jewels. The latter left him down but not out and eligible for ladies vets from now on. Perhaps the blows took their toll as our heroes lost the second set 6-2 to put Shotley 3-1 after round one.

The second round saw Dennis & Vince produce their best tennis of the night - alas it wasn't quite good enough as they went down 4-6, 2-6. Meanwhile David & Josephine were romping away with their two sets only conceding 1 game in blowing the opposition off court in a masterclass of doubles tennis. 

Top pair on the night were Shotley's answer to Hinge & Bracket with 3 sets but Dennis & Vince are giving them 29yrs and when age is factored in perhaps honours were even.

Well played team.

The new lights were a hit with both teams and they are far superior to any club in the league and will be yet another fantastic addition to our facilities.

The skipper rang the Page household this morning to enquire as to the health of the injured only to hear a recorded message from Angela saying Joe couldn't come to the phone as he's now a broad.

Over 55's Mens Vets away v Northumberland 14th Aug 2018

Tony (capt.) & Vince            Peter & Paul

Shotley won by 6 sets to 2 and 46 games to 35

On a warm and often wet night Shotley shone as brightly as their new floodlights to put on a tennis extravaganza to win a hard fought marathon of a match which lasted 3 and a half hours against a stubborn home team.

With the skipper back from his tour of the colonies his partnership with "Sicknote" Vince was back on court again as first pair. They didn't disappoint as they raced through the first set 6-0 before edging a close 2nd set 7-5 against the home team's first pair. The second round proved a lot tougher for them as they took a first set tiebreak 7-2 before going down 6-4 in the final set against old adversaries Bill & Simon. Looking more like their old selves the pair were back to doing what they do best - chasing everything down and making the opposition play one more shot.

Second pair on the night but certainly not second best were Peter & Paul who were on court together for the first time and played so well it had the opposition shaking their heads in disbelief at some of the tennis they produced. They took their first set 6-4 before edging an exciting tiebreak to put Shotley 4-0 up after the first round. As with Tony & Vince they won the first set in the second round and lost the second as tiredness took hold - it was 10:pm

Top couple on the night were Tony & Vince by just 3 games but best performance must go to Paul "The Wall" and his partner Peter (who not only found his own way there but has already made his excuses for not being able to attend the next working party a good 6 months before the date is announced.)

A great result and a performance to match.