2021 Bayley Shield Tournament

There was a good turn-out of players for the annual Bayley Shield Mixed Doubles Tournament. This year celebrated 69 years of playing this competition which was started by Jeff Bayley’s uncle and has continued to the present day.

Pairs are ranked before the draw so the field is always pretty even and always makes for some close fought sets.

The matches were played in great spirit and the eventual winners were Karl Essert and Heather Falconer. Life members Jeff and Lesly Bayley presented the shield and prizes to the victors.

2018 Bayley Shield Tournament

 65 years on, in 2018, this tournament is still a well attended fixture in the tennis calendar. ‘The shield was intended to give lesser players a more even chance of success’ using a handicapping system and the tradition continues with graded and allocated partners to make balanced pairs.

A late withdrawal had organisers scrambling to re-arrange games before ten mixed doubles pairs braved the blustery conditions.

With southerly gusts of 45kph even the most skilled players watched their carefully placed hits fly out the back or drop short – a definite levelling factor! After 6 rounds, the players best 5 sets were tallied, with very close results. The best three teams achieved 8 points each.

On a count back of games won, Pip O’Dell & Margaret Tulloch came first with a score of 27 games. With 24 games each, Zdenka Underwood & Brian Tulloch just pipped Peter (Clem) Clements & Judith Neimann by losing 3 fewer games to take second place.

After a slow start, Pip & Margaret finished with a flourish and obviously worked well together. Margaret always seemed to be in the right place when Pip was wrong footed, while Pip’s serves proved hard to return. Pip has impressed this season with consistent improvement in his game and was extremely happy with the result. As newcomers to the club Margaret & Brian were delighted with their wins. Players enjoyed the spirit of the competition and the after-play snacks.

Our thanks to all who helped on the day, especially Heather who stepped in at the last minute to help organise and run the afternoon.

Tennis in the Blood

The inaugural W.E. Bayley Shield competition was played in 1952. Ernie, Norman and their wives, were awarded life membership and their whole family played tennis. Jeff (Norman’s son) & Lesly Bayley are also life members, continuing the tradition of service and commitment. At least three generations of Bayley’s have shown great skill with Jeff & Lesly’s offspring displaying impressive talent.

Jeff & Lesly Bayley (right) present the Shield
to Pip O’Dell and Margaret Tulloch.

We were honoured to have Lesly & Jeff present the Shield
and prizes to worthy winners.