BLTC Awards Evening - Friday 6th October New!

This year's Awards Evening was a great success at Douglas Park Golf Club. BLTC members enjoyed a lovely buffet dinner, award presentations, live music from MacBlondie, a blind raffle, a normal raffle, and lots of dancing!

Huge thanks to Phil Waterfield and the rest of the social sub-committee for organising and running the evening. And special mention must go all the local businesses that donated raffle prizes to us:

Boclair House Hotel, Hynds Travel, Glengoyne Distillery, Cycle Form, FollowFiona, the Burnbrae Inn, the Monadh Kitchen, Douglas Park golf pro Robert Irvine, Dining Inn (Mother India), Shearer Candles, Iron Chef, Edenmill Farm, Bearsden Tyre Services, Lloyds Pharmacy, and GWTennis.

 

Winter Tennis and Mini Tennis Coaching New!

Bearsden LTC Head Coach Gordon Wilson is running a busy coaching programme over the coming months. There are more details on the Coaching page, and you can download a Schools Newsletter, the Coaching Booking Form or the Tour Group Booking Form here too. There are also After School Clubs, Coffee Mornings, the ever-popular Saturday Morning development coaching sessions, plus October Tennis Camps.

 

BLTC Book Club - Thursday 23rd November New!

The second meeting of the BLTC Book Club is going to be on Thursday 23rd November, and you can click here for more details.

 

Club Championships 2017 - Saturday 9th September 2017

The 2017 Club Championships culminated in a great day of tennis on Saturday 9th September in glorious sunshine. The winners, runners-up and a brief report are on the Champions page. Thanks to all who participated, played, umpired, organised and baked!

Club Championship finalists 2017

 

Mixed Doubles tournament and BBQ - Saturday 26th August 2017

On Saturday 26th August, the Club hosted the annual mixed doubles tournament, with participants playing for the J Black BLTC Mixed Doubles trophy. As last year, this was a balloted handicap event followed by a barbecue, and it was a cracking day of tennis and off-court socialising. Jayne Gilkes and Scott Waterfield won the final against Fiona Jones and John Perkins.

 

BLTC Doe Sport Summer Series Tournament 2017 - Saturday 5th August

Our very own LTA Grade 4 Ranking Tournament was back for an amazing 28th year! And it was a great Finals Day in the sunshine, with some top class tennis to watch. Jack Walker from DL Hamilton retained the men's title, whilst Eilidh McLaughlin from Strathgryffe won the top Ladies trophy. There were great wins on the day too for Bearsden favourites Pauline Hughes and Bogdan Fodor! See the Tournaments page for a full report.

Doe Summer Series finalists 2017

 

BLTC subscription offer

Tell your friends and family that there is still a 40% discount on BLTC membership subscriptions. See the Membership page for more details.

 

Red and Orange Club Championships 2017

On Saturday 17th June, BLTC held its Red and Orange Club Championships.

In the Red Ball Under 8 competition, we had a entry of 8 players - and the winner was Rory Hunter, with Flynn Gilmour-Sweeney second, Sandy Robertson third, and Autumn Hunter fourth.

In the Orange Ball Under 9 event, the winner was James Alexander, with Jacques Maisonneuve second, and Rory Hastie third. In the photo, their placings are in the order of how big their smiles are: James to the right, Jacques in the middle and Rory left!

 

 

BLTC Invitation Tournament - Sunday 4th June 2017

We hosted the 41st Annual Invitation Tournament on Sunday 4th June, when some exciting tennis was played by the nine local clubs competing for honours.

Last year's winners of the mens event Bishopbriggs (Andrew Blair and Greg Marlo) successfully defended their title, beating our Bearsden pair (Andrew Christie and Liam Gordon) in a close final. And Bearsden (Susan Burns and Pauline Hughes) were runners-up in the ladies event too, with GU Staff (Genevieve Stapleton and Elaine Clark) taking the trophy.

 

 

Quorn Family Cup - Sunday 21st May 2017

The Quorn Family Cup Red Ball is a national competition organised by the LTA to promote fun tennis for all throughout the UK. It's a doubles competition where a junior aged 10 or under is partnered by an adult from the same family, and the game is played on a mini tennis court with red balls and mini tennis rackets. The winners proceed to a regional final at one of the pre-Wimbledon professional grass court events in June. At the BLTC event, six teams took part in a round robin format. The event was great fun with much hilarity - but with keen competition too!

Our 2017 winners: Ian Fodor and his dad Bogdan
Bogdan and Ian Fodor

BLTC Quorn Family Cup 2017 participants
Quorn Cup 2017 participants

Eventual winners were Ian Fodor partnered by his father, Bogdan, who secured a narrow victory in three sets over Rory Hastie and his father David, 10-7, 6-10, 10-7. They went on to represent BLTC at the regional final in Manchester on June 10th and, in a tough competition, came a very creditable third!

Ian and Bogdan at the final in Manchester

 

 

Spring Social and Mixed Doubles Tournament - Sunday 13th May 2017

In spite of the weather, the club held a very enjoyable tournament and Spring social event on Saturday 13th May. A full draw of 32 players were paired off into 16 mixed doubles teams, with some interesting pairings and match-ups! In the grand final, Joanne Quirk and Len Berlouis beat Carol Hamilton and Scott Waterfield 4-1, 1-4, 10-7, and in the consolation draw final, Jan Shaw and Adam Sidiki beat Davy Jones and Fiona Berlouis 4-1. Huge thanks to the social committee for organising the event, and for the fantastic food, drink and BBQ enjoyed by all.

And on Saturday 20th May, a coffee morning/afternoon was held to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Home-baking, teas, coffees and sandwiches were served in the Clubhouse alongside the usual Saturday coaching and social tennis. What a fantastic feast it was - and £340 raised too! A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who baked and ate their way through Saturday's event. The star bakers, Karen, Maisie and Nikki produced Bake Off-standard cakes and these were much enjoyed by the Raffle prizes winners Fiona, Brenda and Karen. Club members and visiting parents were exceptionally supportive and generous with time and donations.

Joanne Quirk and Len BerlouisJoanne and Len

Jan Shaw and Adam SidikiJan and Adam

Fiona Jones (centre) wins the raffle! (with Fiona Berlouis left, Karen Gorman right)Fiona takes the biscuit!

 

 

Membership Form 2017-18

With spring coming, you should think about renewing your membership for the new season which officially commences on 1st April 2017. This year's membership form is available to download from the Membership page. There are also the Secretary's opening letters, the 200 Club application form, and you can view the Club Constitution and Byelaws. There is a new membership category this year for Mini-Tots (youngsters aged 3 to 5 years) of £18 for the year.

 

2017 Club Events

Check out the Club Events page to see a list of provisional dates for your diary for 2017. Tournaments, social events, Open Days, and more!

 

New Clothing Range Available

Head Coach Gordon Wilson is promoting a new BLTC clothing range which has training tops, zoodies, match shirts and rain jackets - all available in adult and child sizes. You can browse the Clothing Catalogue here, complete an Order Form and return it to Gordon.

 

Kyle McKay wins 2016 Junior League Player of the Year Award

Many congratulations to rising star Kyle McKay who was awarded the Tennis West of Scotland Junior Player of the Year Award 2016 at the TWoS AGM on November 28th. In the Under 12s league this year, Kyle won a staggering 20 sets out of 20, winning 120 games and only losing 13! He also made his debut for the Mens 3rd team and won his first set there too! Tremendous!

 

BLTC AGM - Tuesday 8th November 2016

2016's AGM was held in the clubhouse in early November. See the AGM and Committee pages for details.

 

Awards Dinner social evening - Friday 28th October 2016

This year's Awards Dinner at Bearsden Golf Club was a very enjoyable evening, with Club awards, prize-givings, dinner, a terrific raffle, some music, a hotly-contested tennis quiz, and plenty of refreshments.

The team scores in the quiz were: Bears Ace - 19 (winners), President Select - 19, Ball breakers - 18, Double Faults – 17, Monday Monday – 15, Suzy Q’s - 11, Double Faulty Towers Crew - 11, Shame we’ve got Colin - 10. Here is the Answer Sheet if you want to review your answers!.

 

Drumchapel Inter-Club Tournament 2016

Finals day was on Saturday 29th October, and there were some great successes for BLTC - who retained the Junior Shield for the 7th year in a row, and the Senior Shield for the 2nd year. There were lots of BLTC players involved during the week too, with wins for Kafui Akpo-Young, Kyle McKay, Lucy Taylor, Karen Christie, Rachel Taylor, Phil Waterfield, and Scott Waterfield. Thanks to Eric Flack and Josie Beeley for running the tournament.

2016 Finalists: L to R: Lucy Taylor, Phil Waterfield, Rachel Taylor, Scott Waterfield, Karen Christie, Susan Burns, Esther Morgan, Eric Flack, Andrew Christie, David Buchanan-Smith, Niamh Slavin, Jevon Chan.

 

Club Championships 2016

Finals Day was on Saturday 10th September and the crowds were treated to some top-class tennis entertainment!

Summer series finalists 2016

2016 Finalists: Seated L to R: Rachel Taylor, Karen Christie, Emma Wright, Kafui Akpo-Young, Jack Deveney, Luke Turnbull. Standing L to R: Kyle McKay, Scott Curran, Fraser Edwards, Phil Waterfield, Lucy Taylor, Scott Waterfield, Joanne Quirk, Adam Sidiki, Ashley Donnelly.

 

Mixed Doubles tournament and BBQ - Saturday 27th August 2016

On Saturday 27th August, the Club hosted a mixed doubles tournament to help raise funds for the club, with participants playing for the J Black BLTC Mixed Doubles trophy. The winners were Esther Morgan and Harry Leitch. There was a great turnout, the weather was lovely, and the BBQ and refreshments were enjoyed by everyone well into the evening!

Summer series finalists 2016
 

BLTC Doe Sport Summer Series Tournament 2016

Our very own LTA Grade 4 Ranking Tournament (its amazing 27th year!) concluded on Saturday 6th August with a very enjoyable Finals Day. Winner of the men's tableau event for the second consecutive year was Jack Walker of VA Lanarkshire who, in a repeat of last year's final, and in a long close match, narrowly defeated Stephen Friel (Hamilton). The ladies final was yet another tight affair with Holly Docherty (David Lloyd West End) eventually taking the title with a 3-6 6-2 10-6 win over Rebecca Cox (Strathgryffe). Read more...

Summer series finalists 2016
 

Invitation Tournament - Sunday 5th June 2016

Local clubs did well at the 40th Annual Invitation Tournament held on Sunday 5th June 2016 at Bearsden Lawn Tennis Club in Jubilee Gardens, with ten clubs taking part. Bishopbriggs won the men's event and Thorn Park the ladies. Another highlight of the tournament was an exhibition game of tennis as it might have been played a century ago, involving Pauline Hughes and Keith Wright, in appropriate dress, using wooden rackets and white balls! Quite a spectacle! Read more...

Annual Invitation Tournament June 2016

 

Buy-a-Brick and Support the Clubhouse Extension Fund

At the AGM on 10th November 2015, the committee's proposals recommending that we proceed with the project to extend the clubhouse received the overwhelming support of members present. The committee and wider members of the fund-raising group wish to provide all members and friends with the opportunity to actively support the early delivery of the project through a 'Buy-a-Brick' scheme. We invite you to join us in realising this long-held ambition by buying one or more bricks and/or making a donation. Please download, complete and return the form - and, if you are a taxpayer, your contribution will also attract Gift Aid. Thanks! Read more...

Match Fixtures 2017

The match dates for the Winter Leagues are now on the Match Fixtures page. There is also information on the teams, fixtures and captains on the Teams page.

BLTC Awards Social Evening - Friday 2nd October 2015

The club held a very enjoyable prizegiving/awards social evening on Friday 2nd October at Bearsden Golf Club from 7pm until 1am. There was a two-course hot buffet, live music, bar, games, and an eclectic selection of awards! Many thanks to the fund raising sub-committee (Phil Waterfield, Pauline Hughes, Fiona Berlouis, Paul Mazoyer, Jason Allardyce and Josie Beeley) for their hard work.

Club Championships 2015

The 2015 Club Championships culminated in a great day of tennis on Saturday 12th September, despite the rain. The winners and runners-up are listed on the Champions page. Thanks to all who participated, played, spectated, umpired, organised and baked!

Club championship finalists  (September 2015)

Membership Subscription Offer

All 2016-17 subscriptions are now reduced by 40%, so why not join the club and benefit from reduced coaching and Summer Camp fees. See the Membership page for details.

DOE Sport Summer Series Tournament 2015

The 2015 DOE Sport Summer Series tournament was held at the club in early August, and there was a record entry. In the top men’s final, played at Jubilee Gardens, Jack Walker (VA Lanarkshire) won through 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 against Stephen Friel from the same club in a hard-hitting match. The top ladies’ title was won by Erin Russell (Scotstoun) 6-0 6-4 against Karen Christie (Bearsden). Read more...

Summer Series Tournament finalists August 2015

Invitation Tournament - Sunday 7th June 2015

The 39th annual Invitation Tournament was held at the club on Sunday 7th June, and a great afternoon of tennis was enjoyed by all. In the top ladies doubles competition, Emma Wright and Joanne Quirk (Bearsden), defending their title, won through in a tie-break which had spectators on the edge of their seats in the final, 6-5 (7-5), against sisters Amy and Rebecca Cox (Bishopbriggs). The men’s doubles winners were Lenzie’s David McBain and Stewart Wright who beat John James and Alan Whitlock (Woodend) 6-2. Read more...

Invtation tournament finalists 2015

Ladies 60+ Team - Spring 2014

In 2014, the Ladies 60+ team won Division 1 for the third year in a row, winning a ridiculous 93% of their sets! Congratulations to captain Jane Lowis, Alison Bland, Moira Burt, Dorothy Gordon, Mags Jefferies, June McCann, Jean Ogilvie, Kate Ross, Jan Shaw and Marlene Waudby. We're sure they'll be trying to make it four wins running next year!

Club championship finalists  (September 2014)

Drumchapel Inter-Club Tournament 2014

There were plenty of Bearsden LTC players taking part in 2014's Drumchapel Inter-Club event, and didn't they do well! Pauline Hughes won the Ladies Singles, then paired up with Esther Morgan to win the Ladies Doubles. There were wins also for Luke Turnbull in the Boys 12 and Under, and Lucy Taylor in the Girls 12 and Under.

Phil Waterfield, Scott Waterfield, Iona Cadger and Rachel Gillespie were runners-up in the Men's Singles, Boys 16 and Under, Girls 16 and Under, and Girls 12 and Under events respectively. And the Drumchapel Inter-Club Junior Shield was won by Bearsden LTC for the fifth consecutive year! Well done to everyone involved.

Club Championships 2014

And the winners were...

Club championship finalists  (September 2014)

Mini Orange team - Division 1 Group B winners 2014

In June, our Mini Orange (9 and under) team won their division. A fantastic effort! Congratulations to Sam Crothall, Jack Deveney, Kyle McKay, Antony Sheridan and Sam Somerville (pictured below with their pennant and badges).

Mini Orange 2014

Doe Sport Summer Series Tournament 2014

For a review of this year's Doe Sport Summer Series tournament (the 25th!), check out the Tournaments page. There is also a list of previous winners, and a section on the annual Invitation tournament.

Annual Invitation Tournament finalists June 2014

38th Annual Invitation Tournament 2014

The 38th annual Invitation Tournament was held at the club on Sunday 8th June, and a great afternoon of tennis was enjoyed by all. In the top ladies' doubles competition, Emma Wright and Joanne Quirk (Bearsden) won 6-2 in the final against Clarkston's Jenny Hunter and Jennifer Hahn. In the men's event, the two Bearsden teams won through to reach the final, with Gordon Wilson and Ian MacAulay taking on the Bearsden 2nd team of Euan Proud and Scott MacAulay. Gordon and Ian just edged the final to win 6-4. As always, many thanks to Josie Beeley for organising and refereeing this very enjoyable event.

Annual Invitation Tournament finalists June 2014

Drumchapel Inter-Club Tournament 2013

The 66th Drumchapel Inter-Club tournament took place in late October 2013, and Bearsden retained both the Senior and Junior shields - the Seniors for the third time and the Juniors for the fourth! Bearsden winners were Gordon Wilson (Men’s Singles), Rachel Taylor (Ladies Singles), Gordon Wilson and Joanne Quirk (Mixed Doubles), and Fraser Edwards (Boys 12&U). An extra mention must be made of Fraser for an amazing win in the semi-finals of the Boys 16&U event!

Club Championships 2013

This year's club championship finals were held on Saturday 14th September, and the results are on the clubhouse noticeboard. The winners and runners-up are listed on the Club Championship page. Well done to all involved!

Club championship finalists 2013

37th Annual Invitation Tournament 2013

Congratulations to Gordon Wilson and Andrew Merry (Bearsden), who won the mens' event at the recent Invitation Tournament held at the club on Sunday 2nd June. On a glorious sunny day, the ladies' winners were Clarkston's Lesley Taylor and Mary Gow. As always, many thanks to Josie Beeley for organising and refereeing this very successful event. For further details, please click here for the Milngavie & Bearsden Herald report.

Annual Invitation Tournament finalists June 2013

Grand Opening of New Courts 2013

Last year, our re-surfaced courts were officially opened by Jo Swinson MP on Saturday 20th April 2013. The sun shone and a full day comprising of coaching, cardio tennis, social tennis, and afternoon tea were enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Jo for finding time for us in her busy schedule.

Joe Swinson opening new courts April 2013
 
Courts and clubhouse on a sunny day....