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BMB Lawn Tennis Club - 1968 and 1969
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Lawn Tennis

(Spring 1968)


The agenda for the sixth Annual General Meeting of the Tennis Club which is to be held by kind permission of the General Manager at Head Office on Monday 22nd April 1968, at 4-30pm, is as follows:-


1 Apologies

2 Minutes of the 5th AGM

3 Matters arising from the minutes

4 Treasurer's Report

5 Secretary's Report

6 Election of Officers

7 Presentation of League Trophies to members of the Bank 'A' Team

8 Any other business


The Club Committee have decided to present the League trophies to John Britten, John Ordish, Ron Moll and Linda Miller as they played in the majority of matches. The Shield to be awarded to the Club as champions will be on show at the meeting and afterwards in the Assembly Room at HO.


The 1968 season should be the most important one so far from the teams' point of view. It will be the first time that the Club will be playing as defending champions. With last season's experience behind them Bank 'B' should also be a force to be reckoned with. The match between Bank 'A' and 'B', assuming it is not too early in the season, will be a date for one's diary.


The 1968 season is due to start on Thursday 2nd May at Yardley Park. All members of the Staff, both new and not so new, are welcome to come along and can be assured of a warm welcome and an excellent evening's enjoyment.





(Christmas 1968)


1968 in many ways has been a frustrating year. At the start Bank 'A' were determined to retain the championship they won in 1967, while Water Department were equally determined to regain it. At present the two teams stand in the league as follows:-

Bank 'A'      played  6  -  points 10

Water        played  3  -  points  5


Bank 'A' have completed their matches, but Water have been trying without success since the summer to play their outstanding games. By winning all three matches they could 'pip' us for the championship.


Our other problem is over the hire of courts. The Parks Department do not like the way we hire all three courts at Yardley for the whole evening and they would prefer us to hire one court for the while season for £13. None of this fee is returnable should the weather be inclement and our use of the other two courts would depend on whether they were free. The Parks Department admit we are not breaking the rules at present, but they say they will bring pressure to bear to make the Club conform to their wishes. This, I feel, is the most disturbing part of the affair.


Despite these frustrations the Club has had another successful year; the Club evenings have been well attended and the weather was reasonably kind to us. The Mixed Doubles Tournament was won for the second year by Linda and Ron Moll. With luck, by 1970, they could equal the record of four successive wins by Doreen Rose and John Ordish.


The match between Bank 'A' and Bank 'B' was a classic, resulting in a win for Bank 'A' by 4 rubbers to Nil. The result does not give a true indication of the way the match went. Bank 'A' had to struggle and lost two sets more than they did last year in winning this encounter.


Once again the Club is looking forward to another successful season next year. Should any newcomers to the Staff like a pleasant evening's entertainment, they are welcome to come along next May when the 1969 season begins.



Hon Secretary                                                                                                                              



(Spring 1969)


May 1st, 1969 will be the start of another Tennis Season for the Bank, and we hope we shall see the continuance of the success we have achieved in the last two years in the Municipal Inter-Departmental Tennis League.


The result of the 1968 Championship has yet to be decided, for matches between other departments remain to be played at the beginning of this season.


It is hoped that this year we shall be able to arrange more tournaments, to take place during the Season, of which one will decide the teams to be chosen for the league.


Club evenings are again to be held at Yardley Park, 6pm on Thursdays. Any new members of the Staff who are interested in joining the Tennis Club will be welcome and guaranteed a pleasant evening's entertainment.



Hon Secretary



(Summer 1969)


Despite unsettled weather conditions at the beginning of the Season, the Tennis Club has once again been well attended. It is disappointing however not to see new faces, but perhaps the better weather will see some new members.


There is only one match result to report, and that, we are pleased to report, was a victory for Bank 'B'. Roger Garner and Mike Bourke, Ian Galloway and Larry Sharrard were the members of the team who beat the Architects by 3 rubbers to 1.


The Championship for last season has been declared void. We were able to retain the cup having finished top of the league table. The Water Dept., however were 3 points behind and they could have won the Championship if they had been able to play their two remaining matches.


R Moll



(Autumn 1969)


Bank 'A' have won the Inter-Departmental Lawn Tennis League with the fine record of not having lost a rubber all season. Members of the team were John Ordish, John Britten, Ron Moll, Linda Moll, Roger Garner, Wilf Gray and Graham Capener.


The Water Department, usually our main rivals for the championship, were defeated by 4 rubbers to nil, this being the best performance all season.


A men's doubles tournament was held for the first time this season and after many well fought rubbers Ron Moll and Ian Galloway were the winners; Mike Bourke and Roger Garner were the runners up in an exciting final.


A mixed doubles tournament was not held this year owing to the absence of ladies to provide partners for the many male club members wishing to play in the tournament.


Club evenings have again been well attended and we all look forward to another successful season next year.



Hon Secretary