Burnley Tennis Club scoop first trophy of 2011

Shot of a tennis racket and ball in the shadow near to the T
Shot of a tennis racket and ball in the shadow near to the T

Burnley Tennis Club won its first trophy of 2011 when claiming the 2011 Winter Indoor Second Division title

On the final day of the season, in their last match against Crow Wood, Burnley needed a perfect 4-0 win to secure the title and be crowned champions and win promotion to the First Division, joining Burnley A in the top division,

Ribchester, who were sat just a point behind were ready to pounce and steal the title.

In the men’s doubles, Burnley’s Palmer and Holt took control of the match after early breaks by both teams, and with the score 3-2 to Burnley and on serve, a series of fantastic shots by Palmer and Holt gave them the break they needed.

Crow Wood fought hard but junior player Holt hit some outstanding ground strokes to put them under pressure,

Burnley assumed control, racing 8-3 ahead and sealing the match.

In the ladies’ doubles, Brown and Stott had far to much experience, power and court craft for the Crow Wood ladies, and after some good rallies Burnley ran out 10-5 winners.

Burnley were now 2-0 up with two games to go, and Palmer and Brown teamed up in the mixed, with Stott and Holt teaming up in the other rubber.

Palmer and Brown got off to the perfect start and broke serve, following that with another game before overpowering their opponents and cruising to a 7-3 win.

On the other court, Burnley’s Stott and Holt were involved in a really tight and competitive match that went with serve.

With only two minutes remaining on the clock and the score tied at 6-6, with Burnley serving and 0-40, the Burnley pair found themselves one point away from losing the match, but incredibly Stott and Holt played five outstanding points to come back from the brink and win the game, moving Burnley 7-6 ahead with seconds remaining on the clock.

The sound of the hooter meant Burnley had won the match 4-0 and secured the league title and promotion.

Meanwhile, Burnley Tennis Club are holding a community open day on Saturday, March 26th from 1-4 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for anyone wishing to try their hand at tennis, or simply to come along and see what tennis at Burnley is all about - both adults and juniors alike are welcome to join in for all or part of the day.

It is an open invitation to everyone, with no need to book, and there will be the opportunity for people to take part in a friendly American Tournament or just have a hit.

Anyone who wants to join the club will benefit from the membership rates available, opportunities to play 52 weeks a year on six all-weather courts - three of which have floodlights - easy access to the clubhouse, free British Tennis membership, your name into the Wimbledon ticket ballot, regular weekly social and competitive tennis, opportunity for individual and group coaching from beginner level upwards, and regular club social events, all this while improving your health and wellbeing, meeting new friends and have lots of fun!

The club are offering some of the cheapest membership rates around, with under U16 membership £20 for the full year, and there are also student memberships at £45 for the full year.

The tennis club is situated just off Belvedere Road in Burnley next to Burnley Fire Station.

Equipment will be provided if you don’t have any - all you need are trainers and some enthusiasm.

For more information, get in contact by email info@burnleytennisclub.co.uk or text/phone 07825 771762.