Unfortunately, due to the recent bad weather and the forecast bad weather this week, our groundsman has decided to postpone the opening of the courts until next weekend: Sat 3rd and Sun 4th May 2014.
Weather forecast for 28th April to 2nd May 2014
The courts will be open from 2pm on Saturday. We look forward to you joining us then!
Obviously the weather may change, so please keep up to date through our Twitter and Facebook pages.
There are those who think that tennis is all about winning. And there are those who think that it’s all about running around, having a laugh and then eating a nice lunch. Those in the second group had a great winter season. In our six matches over six months, all 12 uninjured female club members played least once, which must in itself constitute a success. Playing tennis outside in the winter always brings a lovely sense of freshness and freedom – except for the two matches where it was a little too fresh and the rain predictably wet. But that meant we cunningly moved them to two gloriously sunny weekends in March, when all you wanted to do was get outside and escape from your kids (or maybe that’s just me). In terms of running, laughing and eating, we undoubtedly triumphed. Those mean enough to glance at the scores would note five losses out of six – but the victory, it was magnificent – epic poems will be told of it in years to come, handed down from generation to generation.
This year’s organisation was a truly egalitarian affair. The “captaincy” was split between three of us (Jenny Harding, Caroline Gamble and myself) and the need for any effort was further reduced by all our lady members being wonderfully responsive. Many thanks to all, both for replying and playing! I hope you’re not too bothered by the minimal results, but that instead, the few games have kept the coals glowing, ready to burst into a fiery enthusiasm at our opening weekend. See you there for the start.
The wider angle view from that “before” shot of Geoff Parmenter.
Can you recognise any members that are still at the club now? Answers on a postcard!
Following on from previous successful family coaching courses, we will again be running 6 week course to give kids and their parents an introduction to tennis in a fun and friendly environment. The sessions will be lead by qualified coach David Macnab.
The course will begin on Sunday 11th May 2014, and will last for 6 weeks. Each session will start at 11am and last for 1 hour.
The cost is £1.50 per person per session, which we think is an absolute bargain for an hour’s coaching. Please tell your friends and colleagues about this excellent way to have fun with their family while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
The campaign started off on a rather wet note as the first match against Compton had to be abandoned after an hour’s play, and rearranged.
The next match against Totton ‘B’ was also played between heavy downpours but we managed to play to a finish, unfortunately losing 3 – 6.
This was followed by another defeat against Thornden ‘C’ by 3.5 – 5.5.
We finally achieved a victory against Bassett ‘D’ by 6.5 – 2.5.
The next match against Wellow ‘B’ proved crucial as a win (or as it turned out, a draw) would have ensured finishing outside the bottom two teams. Unfortunately, we narrowly lost 4 – 5.
A win in the next match against Compton ‘B’ would have still left us with a chance of avoiding a bottom two place. Once again this was a very tight game eventually finishing in a 4.5 – 4.5 draw.
This left the proverbial ‘mountain to climb’ as the last match of the season was against the Division winners Wellow ‘A’ and we were well beaten 1 – 8.
Unfortunately this left us finishing the season 6th of the 7 teams.
Many thanks to all who played during the season.
The Club Tournament finals will be held on the weekend of 19-20th July 2014.
You may notice that this is significantly earlier than previous seasons (normally September). This was decided at the AGM, to try encourage more people to take part.
There are two consequences of this:
- Tournament matches will have to start earlier than usual. Therefore we will be asking people to sign up to enter the tournament over the Opening Weekend and the following week, and announcing the draw soon after. Please sign up promptly if you wish to take part!
- It will be the first drawn player/team’s responsibility to ensure the match is organised and played on time. Please ensure this happens, so other players/teams are not waiting to play.
The club tournament is excellent fun and accessible for any standards. It is a chance to play good tennis in a friendly environment, and will give you a slightly different experience to a mix-in.
Obviously we hope that you intend to rejoin the club this year. It is the friendly and passionate personalities of all our members that make this such a fun club to be in!
Please remember that if you pay your membership fees by Opening Weekend (26th April 2014) and are a member of British Tennis, then you will be entered into our draw for the opportunity to buy Wimbledon tickets. This is an excellent opportunity to see tennis at one of the 4 grand slams, as Wimbledon’s own ballot closed in December, so you would otherwise have to pay for expensive package deals or queue overnight!
We would also like your help in promoting the club to new members. Included with this newsletter should be a flyer advertising the club. Would you be so kind as to pass this on to a friend, family member or colleague who might be interested in playing tennis, please?
The club will also be participating in the Great British Tennis Weekend by having an open mix-in on Sunday 29th June (middle Sunday of Wimbledon), so if you hear any of your friends talking about this event, encourage them to come to ours!
The fixtures for the summer season are listed below. Please let your team captain know your availability as soon as possible! If you haven’t played for a team recently or at all, please speak to one of the captains or committee members about taking part.
On the whole fixtures do not move, but sometimes weather causes postponements. If this happens, please keep up to date via our website.
- 10th May – Home – Winchester A
- 14th June – Away – Winchester B
- 28th June – Home – Hampshire Club B
- 12th July – Away – Hampshire Club A
- 26th July – Away – Riverside A
- 9th August – Home – Thornden A
- 16th August – Away – David Lloyd A
- 6th September – Home – Warsash
- 10th May – Away – David Lloyd B
- 31st May – Home – Thornden B
- 14th June – Home – Warsash B
- 12th July – Away – River Park
- 26th July – Home – Glebian A
- 2nd August – Away – Hampshire Club E
- 30th August – Home – Totton & Eling A
- 13th September – Away – Kingsgate
- 3rd May – Away – Kingsgate Mens B
- 17th May – Home – Wellow Mens B
- 7th June – Home – Thornden Mens C
- 21st June – Home – Alverstoke Mens
- 5th July – Away – Waterside Mens
The mixed league was new for the season of 2013/2014 and we had a very successful campaign.
There were wins against Portswood, Glebians, Totton and Eling and a draw against Lymington. The only two losses were against Jem Tennis in Hamble and David Lloyd.
However, it looks like we might progress to the top division next season. Everyone enjoyed playing two mixed doubles with a Championship Tie-Breaker to decide the match if it was one set all. My thanks to all who participated and I think more clubs will want to sign up next season for the mixed doubles winter format.