Eldon Grove Tennis Club wait an Aegon for historic win

Eldon Grove Tennis Club team members (left to right) Stephen Little, Ashley and Elliot Stirk, Joe and Danny Palmer. Picture by FRANK REID

Eldon Grove Tennis Club team members (left to right) Stephen Little, Ashley and Elliot Stirk, Joe and Danny Palmer. Picture by FRANK REID

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Hartlepool Tennis Club beat local rivals Eldon Grove in the Cleveland Tennis League.

The Granville Avenue club won 5.5-3.5 in a tight clash between the club’s Men’s A team and the Eldon Grove B team last week.

The result means Hartlepool climb from their position of third in the table while Eldon Grove remain in mid-table in the Cleveland league second division.

Eldon Grove’s Men’s A team secured their first ever victory in the Aegon league first division with victory over Ponteland.

The Aegon league sees teams from across the North-East compete.

The Eldon Grove team of Elliot Stirk, Ashely Stirk, Danny Palmer and Tony Evans earned the historic first win.

In their return to the Cleveland league the A team lost 9-0 to a strong Tennis World side.

The defeat inflicted by the Middlesbrough outfit was only Eldon Grove’s second of the season out of six matches.

The club’s Mixed A team also earned a victory this week with a 6-3 win over Sedgefield.

Jenny Bramley and Ashley Stirk won three matches, Tony and Vicky Evans two and Martin Jenner and Tracey Ward one.

Eldon Grove’s Men’s C team who were yet to lose this season suffered defeat against table topping Greenfield.

The clash between the top two in the league finished 6-3 with the team of Stuart Davison and Jacob Clyburn, Phil Stirk and Martin Jenner, and Mark Ellis and Dave White on the losing side.

The C team however managed to continue their promotion push with a victory over Yarm E 5.5-3.5.

Jacob Clyburn and Matthew Henry won 2.5 matches, Martin and Patrick Jenner 2, and Mark Ellis and Dave White one.

Eldon Grove’s Mixed B also earned an impressive 6-3 victory over Yarm.

The team of Jenny Bramley, Jeff Crawford, Jackie Crawford, Norman Ainsley, Tracey Ward and Mike Bee completed the win.

Eldon Grove Ladies B were beaten 6-3 away against Darlington club, New Blackwell.

The pairs of Laura Murray and Sharon Bramley, Sue Bentley and Louise Hickey, and Enid Laycock and Sue Armstrong all won one match each.