August 23, 2017

News & Events

Party time

A belated but much enjoyed post-Christmas get-together for club members and their families. Delicious food, fun quiz, great company and entertainment from the Ware Ukulele band.

American tournament January 2022

Twenty-four pickleballers took over Wodson Park for another successful American tournament, followed by pizza and a quiz. The winners were, from left, Nick (men’s winner) Karen (women’s winner) Nigel and Clare (runners-up). Well done to all those who took part and especially to Pam and David for organising

Charity Fun Event December 2021

Members of the club got together on 11th December 2021 to enjoy some fun pickleball and skills games followed by a quiz and refreshments. Much fun was had by all and £360 was raised in aid of the Herts Disability Sports Foundation

Hertfordshire Mixed Doubles Tournament

We are very grateful for the many positive messages we have received regarding the tournament at Hatfield, and are glad that so many had an enjoyable day. Although the format was changed in response to lower than anticipated numbers it did seem to work and offered something a bit different.

Here is a list of the medal winners:

Division 1
Gold: Pamela Stoten & David Stoten
Silver: Wendy Marks & Andre Strachan
Bronze: Gillian Collinson & Stuart Stimson

Division 2
Gold: Emma Robins & Richard Basford
Silver: Sandra Ashcroft & Silvano Squizzato
Bronze: Yvonne Stredder & Gary Lovell

Division 3
Gold: Kathryn Burgess & Murray Allan
Silver: Carol Perry & Nigel English
Bronze: Linda Shandley & Miles Knapman

BaD/Hoddesdon inter-club friendly 

Seventeen Runnymede Royals players descended on the Wodson Park Leisure Centre in Ware on Saturday August 15 for an inter-club friendly match against a combined team from Braughing and District (BaD) and Hoddesdon Tennis Club Pickleball Club (HTC). 

The teams consisted of 4 men and 4 women in the A team and 4 men and 4 women in the B team. Sixteen rounds of timed games were played meaning 64 games in total were completed. One point was allocated to each team for a win and no points for a draw. 

The event was masterminded by David and Pam Stoten, and team captains Nicky Pomery (BaD) and Alan Speller (RRPC) were on hand to motivate and lead their respective teams. 

 When the results were counted, the scoreline of 44 to 14 with 6 draws in BaD’s favour led Steve Harris, the captain of RRPC, to say: “It has been a fantastic day, but clearly we need to go back to the drawing board.”

He added: “It was a pleasure to come to Ware and we have been treated to incredible hospitality from the team here. Huge congratulations on your win! We look forward to getting some revenge when you come to visit us in Berkshire later this year”. 

All in all, a very good time was had by everyone. 

Sue Harris 

2020 Herts Pickleball Festival

BaD organised the 2020 Herts Pickleball Festival on March 14 and faced a tricky decision whether to cancel or proceed in view of the developing coronavirus situation at the time. The event was a big success, enjoyed by all attendees and turned out to be the last big UK Pickleball event of 2020.

The American way

Club members gathered at the end of November 2019 for some friendly competition in an “American” Tournament. This consisted of 5 rounds of mixed doubles and 5 rounds of gender doubles.
The random nature of the format produced some “interesting” pairings and lots of exciting play, enjoyed by all participants. Although fun was the primary aim, trophies were presented to the players who amassed the most points across the rounds.

BaD players shine at the English Open

A team of 22 players from the club attended this fantastic event in Nottingham in 2019 – and came away with a clutch of medals, including golds!
The three-day event consisted of men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles. 
The winners included:

Nick Pomery  Silver in the mens singles 50 to 60 age group 
Diane Derrick and Pam Stoten   Gold in the  ladies doubles, 60 to 70 age group
Pam and David Stoten  Gold in the mixed doubles, 60 to 65 age group
Christine Neyndorff and Ceri Why  Bronze in the Ladies doubles, 60 to 70 age
John and Linda Shanley  Gold in the mixed doubles, 65 to 70 age group
Christine Neyndorff and Rick Kirby  Bronze in the mixed doubles, 65 to 70 age group
Tina Hughes  Nickel medal for the highest scoring pair playing in the age group below (she played in the 19 –59 age group and is 59 !) 
Mike Varney and Liz Batty Nickel medal for the highest scoring pair playing in a lower age group. (they played in the 65 – 70 age group instead of the 70 to 75 age group) 
John Shanley  Silver in the men’s doubles in the 65 to 70 age group

CONGRATULATIONS to all those who took part

Sport England grant

We are excited that Sport England have given us a grant award to develop pickleball in Hertfordshire. We are looking forward to implementing the award and believe we are the first successful pickleball related grant award from Sport England.