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News from Radley Ladies

17 December 2011

by Doris Siedentopf

Watch out, the Radley ladies are out and about!  A number of us have been playing at other courts – representing the club or ourselves in the LRTA tournaments or just enjoying a change of scenery to our tennis.

First up in the (relatively) recent calendar was the Oxford vs Cambridge varsity match at Lord’s back in February – with the Oxford ladies’ team being captained by our own Maggie Henderson-Tew.

More recently, Julia Kent and Doris Siedentopf teamed up in the Tabley Vase, a ladies’ handicap doubles tournament held at Holyport – originally sponsored by Paul Tabley (hence the name) – and played in the form of a group knock-out with winners and runners-up in the groups meeting in the semi-finals.  Julia and Doris won their group, but succumbed 4:6 in the semi-final against Lucy Davies and Pam Tomalin.

Next up was the Mothers and Daughters, an annual tournament held normally on the first Sunday in September (this year on the second one) at Hardwick House.  This is also played off handicap and made up of mother and daughter pairs as the name suggests.  We had two Radley pairs (or at least one-and –a-half) as Julia Kent entered with June and Doris entered with Karen.  Neither of our pairs were successful in their groups or managed to take the spot of best runner-up for the remaining semi-final place, but great fun was had by all as evidenced by Julia’s comment:

“We were somewhat disconcerted to find out after we’d entered that the maximum handicap for handicap calculations was 60, later adjusted to 65 for our benefit. As I am about 67 and June is about 79, this was still a bit daunting. However, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, relaxed in the lack of any expectation that we might win any matches, and rejoiced when we came close to success in one of them. We’ll be back next year, and I’d encourage any other mother and daughter pairs to join in.”

The next weekend was the Leamington Ladies Doubles tournament which Rebecca Kashti entered with Candida Nicholls and Sarah Backhouse with Madeleine Grant (Radley therefore being represented in two half pairs).  Both pairs got through the group stage and both won their semi-finals, so the final had a Radley player on each side of the net.  Sarah and Madeleine won out 6:3.

Rebecca and Doris played in the British Ladies Handicap (Singles and Doubles) played at Leamington and Moreton Morrell.  This tournament is held in two separate divisions divided into different handicap ranges.

Rebecca and Doris receiving the British Ladies Handicap Division 2 Doubles trophy.

Rebecca and Doris receiving the British Ladies Handicap Division 2 Doubles trophy.

In the Div 2 Singles Rebecca and Doris came up against a newcomer from Middlesex University, who made the most of her “bandit” handicap, lawn tennis and squash experience and her name (Regina) to royally brush all opposition aside!  Rebecca and Doris took full advantage of Regina not having entered the doubles part of the competition and went on to win the Div 2 doubles title.




Sarah Backhouse has been to Aiken playing in a tournament there but is keeping the details so far rather quiet.

Finally, Radley had four entrants in the Under 21 LRTA tournament held on 27th November at Radley.  This was an excellent indicator for the future of ladies tennis.

For more detailed match reports and more fixtures, please go to the LRTA news page at


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