The future of club tennis at Chesham Bois has nothing to worry about if the team players’ annual dinner is anything of a guide. The clubhouse was packed with 52 men and women enjoying a first class supper provided, as so often, by Mary Crowshaw, ably supported by her husband and son.
After everyone had enjoyed the food and drink we were treated to presentations by Alison Williams, the Ladies’ Captain, and Sailesh Rajendran, the Men’s Captain, who was ably assisted by Clive Gillingwater. The reports on the season’s results provided further demonstration of the club’s well-being with every team either being promoted or remaining in their existing league.
As is usual a number of light hearted ‘awards’ were made and then the more formal honours of the Ladies and Men’s players of the year and the most improved players. For the ladies, player of the year went to Julie Moan who only recently joined the club but has rapidly achieved first team status. The most improved award went to Liz Slater who has come back from a multiple leg and knee skiing accident which left in doubt whether she would ever play again. On the men’s side the recipients were Petronel Stoian, winner of this year’s men’s singles title, and Sam Woodbury, one of our-up-and-coming youngsters.
Alison also took the opportunity to put the icing on the cake by announcing that two of our ladies, Ann Bixely and Louise Dobby had been awarded their County Colours. To receive this award a player shows regular and sportsmanlike commitment to the team and must have played in at least 10 matches.
Ann Bixely has been a member of Chesham Bois for 39 years and I am sure she would have been surprised if, in 1979, someone had told her that she would play her first county match some 35 years later. And perhaps even more so that 4 years after this, having played for both the County’s over 70’s and 75’s she would receive her richly deserved county colours.
She shouldn’t really have been surprised, as during this time she has been a permanent feature in team tennis, as well as having won the Club’s ladies doubles title on 5 occasions, each with a different partner.
Louise Dobby has been a member of the club for some 15 years and during that time has won the Ladies Singles, Ladies Doubles and Mixed titles. She currently plays for Ladies first team and has been representing the county in the over 40’s for the last couple of years, as well as playing for the Bucks over 35’s at Eastbourne.