Monthly Archives: November 2013

Family Coaching 2013

Following on from the success of our new family coaching in 2012, we launched a second summer of affordable tennis coaching for families.

Family Coaching 2012 - Action

Coach David Macnab led kids of all ages and their parents in games to improve hand-eye co-ordination and fitness. Set to a motivating soundtrack, these Sunday morning sessions attracted a healthy audience of existing members and non-members. With the help of startup funding from the LTA last year, we are able to offer these sessions for only £1 per player per week!

Given the popularity of these coaching sessions and the potential to introduce youngsters to the sport, we will certainly be running these again next summer.

Winter 2013 Socials

To keep in touch over the winter months, when it’s too dark and wet to play grass court tennis, we organise some social events for members.

South Hants goes to the pub

@ The Crown Inn, Highcrown street, Highfield, SO17 1QE

Friday 15th November 2013, 20:00

We’re planning to meet at The Crown Inn pub in Highfield to talk about tennis or what we’re doing instead of tennis, have some drinks and some food as well, if you like.

New year drinks

@ Sandra’s house

Friday 31st January 2014, 19:30

It has become somewhat of a South Hants tradition to meet for drinks at the end of January, to celebrate the start of a new year, and catch up during the winter months. This year Sandra has very kindly offered to host us!

South Hants AGM 2013

The South Hants LTC Annual General Meeting for 2013 will take place on Friday 6th December at 8.00pm, to be held at Kathryn & Malcolm’s House (check your e-mail the address, or ask a committee member).

Any member wishing to propose a resolution at the Annual General Meeting must send a copy thereof to the Honorary Secretary, three weeks before the Meeting so that provision may be made on the Agenda.

The Agenda and the Minutes of the 2012 AGM should both already be in your e-mail inbox!

Summer Teams 2013 – Match Secretary’s Report

Apsley (Mixed)

‘A’ Team

The ‘A’ team started the season playing in Division 1 after relegation last year, with a good 7-1 away win against Glebian A, and a defeat of Hampshire Club C on our grass courts. The team then battled out a good away draw to Compton & Shawford A on a very windy day with 4 non ‘A’ team players helping out the team, but this was followed by conceding a match away to Sandleheath, due to being unable to field a team (the B team were also playing that day). The team then had 3 home matches, which were all won, with the best result being against Winchester B (5-3), the team that were also relegated last year, which meant that victory in the last match against local club, Bassett A, would mean that they would go back to the Premier Division as Champions, and win they did 6-2, to finish with 13 points.

‘B’ Team

The ‘B’ team were playing in Division 2, after avoiding relegation last year, started the season with a home defeat against Kingsgate, but then got their first points with a good 5-3 home win against Portswood A. This was followed by a close 5-3 home defeat to Hampshire Club D and a great 6-2 away win against Winchester C, so the first half of the season returned 2 wins and 2 loses. The second half started with three away matches, which resulted in only one point gained out of six (1 defeat, 1 drawn & 1 postponed against Swanmore B). This meant that for the second year running relegation was a possibility; a home victory against River Park would mean safety, but the rains came and the match was postponed, leaving no free Saturday to play the match at home before our courts closed for the season. And so it came down to two away matches against Swanmore and River Park to get the required points, but the first match resulted in a 7-1 defeat. This meant that, after looking at the latest tables, if the team avoided defeat by more than 5-3, they would be safe on rubbers. After the mixed matches the score was 2-2, so one more rubber would mean safety. The 1st Men nearly got this, losing 5-7 in the 3rd, but the 2nd Men of Christie and Geoff Parmenter, won a 3rd set tie-break, to gain the required 3rd rubber. The 5-3 defeat meant that they finished in the safe position of 7th with 5 points.


Hants & IoW

The Men started their Division 6 season, with a 9-0 away defeat to local rivals Bassett B, but this was followed by a Walk-Over from Kingsgate B. After that, there was two 8-1 score lines, firstly a defeat by Totton & Eling and then a victory against Waterside. After three consecutive home matches, the season finished with two away matches, against Thornden and Wellow. These matches resulted in two 6-3 defeats, leaving the team with 4 points and finishing in 5th position. The Ladies weren’t playing this season, as it was decided that it had became too hard to field teams, so they were withdrawn from the league.


What a season the teams had, promotion for the Apsley A team and a successful nail biting end to the B team’s campaign. Many thanks to all the players who played in the matches, particularly the members who helped out in the Apsley A matches, when the regular players weren’t available. Let’s make next year as successful, by making sure that we field full and the strongest teams, so please make yourself available to the hard working team captains, and by keeping your “Match Saturday” free of other events, if possible.


Chair’s Report – 2013

What a great Summer!! Lots of lovely weather, plenty of play and I think, after the last few years, it was just what we needed.

In my opening report, I predicted an endless summer and it is still going strong now in October! It is always sad to see the light turn to dark with the prospect of winter on the way but at least it feels that we have had a decent summer.

My thanks as ever to Geoff for keeping the grass in tip top condition, to all the Team Captains for their hard work and to everyone on the committee who kept the club running smoothly.

Congratulations to all the winners of the Club tournament, I know we changed things around this year in order to try and encourage as many people as possible to take part and we will be reviewing the plans for the Club Tournament at our AGM in December.

Lastly just want to thank Hampshire L.T.A. once again for allowing us to keep the money that we should have paid back in the loan for the fence. Over the winter I hope to explore whether we can tap into other funding streams in order to replace the other half of the fence.

Do hope to see you all during the next few months, hopefully at one of the socials or at the AGM on Thursday 6th December (still plenty of shopping days left to Christmas!!)

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Club Tournament 2013 Results

Over the summer months, members of the club have been battling it out in the various club tournaments. The matches have all been resolved, and here are the results:

  • Mens: Geoff Prince beat Geoff Parmenter 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
  • Ladies: Sanet De Wet beat Kathryn Marcus 6-1, 6-1
  • Mens doubles: Daniele Froliani & Geoff Parmenter beat David Gilbert & Geoff Prince 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
  • Ladies doubles: Jill Guppy & Kathryn Marcus had a walkover due to injury over Caroline Gamble & Julia Muir
  • Mixed doubles: Sanet & Jaco De Wet beat Ruth Gilbert & Geoff Prince 6-2, 7-5

Congratulations to our victors, and thank you to everyone who took part in the Club Tournament for making it an exciting and competitive event. We hope you are all looking forward to next year’s!