We’ve had a good opening first season in the new Mixed League and have thoroughly enjoyed the format. All our matches have been friendly and enjoyable, played in the usual mixture of rain, hail, wind and sun. In this division we played each team twice, which seems to have made it more intriguing and quite competitive for the second match! Also the ‘championship tie-break’ decider has been quite nailbiting at times! Fortunately, we seem to have secured enough points to move up a division next year, as with one match remaining we have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1.
Many thanks to everyone who has played in the team.
All matches played away as usual and while it was the winter league the first two matches in October felt warmer than the summer !
- Romsey and Abbey :- Lost 5 to 4 very close and hot
- Knightwood :- Won 7 to 2
- Totton and Eling :- Drew 4.5 to 4.5
- Thornden :- Won 5.5 to 3.5
- Wellow :- Won 5 to 4 what a win !
- Bassett :- w/o
A big thank you to the 9 players of many nationalities who supported the club , what colourful conversations! ( Italian, Polish, Mexican, Spanish, Dutch and a resident Scot )
Summary – won 3, drew 1, lost 1, w/o 1
This should mean promotion to Div 5 as runners up!
We took part in the top division this year, and we played a total of six games.
We had a very good start with two wins and a draw but then we lost two matches and finished with a draw against David Lloyd.
We were very lucky with the weather (although very cold at times) and my thanks to all who played, the standard is getting more difficult as more teams join the mixed leagues, so we have done well to maintain a mid-table position.
SHLTC have had a busy summer of social events beginning with a triathlon event which included open day tennis, rounders and a pub quiz. We then went to the cricket to watch our local Hampshire team in an entertaining T20 match. This summer also saw the return of the friendly matches with late summer evenings of tennis complete with delicious baked goods! We will say goodbye to the summer with an “International night” where you bring food from your local area, your signature dish or just a dish of your choice. We will also be having Christmas get together and will be emailing details soon, hope to see you there.
Following on from previous successful family coaching courses, we will again be running 6 week course to give children 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 17th May 2014, and will last for 6 weeks. Each session will start at 11am and last for 1 hour.
The cost is £2.00 per adult and £1 per child under 16, 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.
Not long to go till the start of a new, sunny (hopefully!), summer season at South Hants!
I am currently in the process of organising some Friday evening friendly matches (both on home turf and away) with other local tennis clubs, as in the past this has provided a brilliant opportunity for anybody who wishes to get a bit more match-play in, but who may not be regularly playing for the Teams.
It also maximises those wonderfully light summer evenings, is a perfect way to unwind after a long week, and not to mention the superb post-tennis teas we’ve had in the past… 🙂
If you are interested in playing in any of the matches please have a read through the dates below and contact myself directly and I can pop your name down to play. Matches usually kick off around 6pm and we aim to get x2-3 mixed pairs. If it is an away match and I’m playing too then I am quite happy to do lifts.
- Friday 8th May – Compton (Away)
- Friday 5th June – Swaythling (Home)
- Friday 10th July – Compton (Home)
- Friday 24th July– Clergy (Home)
- Tuesday 11th August – Swaythling (Away) (Swaythling can only offer a Tuesday)
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.
Usually fixtures do not move date, but sometimes weather causes postponements.
- 23rd May – Away – V.A. Hampshire Club C
- 13th June – Home – Compton & Shawford A
- 27th June – Home – Totton & Eling A
- 11th July – Away – Warsash B
- 1st August – Away – Swanmore B
- 22nd August – Home – Littleton A
- 5th September – Home – Winchester B
- 19th September – Away – Lymington A
- 9th May – Home – Winchester C
- 30th May – Home – V.A. Hampshire Club E
- 27th June – Away – Swanmore C
- 11th July – Home – Warsash C
- 18th July – Home – Twyford
- 8th August – Away – Bassett B
- 15th August – Away – Compton & Shawford B
- 12th September – Away – Lyndhurst
- 2nd May – Away – Totton & Eling Mens B
- 16th May – Away – Kingswood Mens
- 6th June – Home – Wellow Mens A
- 20th June – Home – Lyndhurst Mens
These sessions will begin again on Wednesday 20th May from 7pm-8pm.
The sessions are aimed at intermediates. Complete beginners should attend the Sunday morning coaching which will begin on Sunday 17th May at 11am.
We will cover all the basic strokes, look at doubles tactics, serving and more. The sessions are fun and relaxed with plenty of opportunity for play with tennis drills aimed at improving your all round enjoyment of the game.
Everyone is welcome, cost for members is £4.00 Non members £5.00.
I look forward to seeing you there
Saturday 19th July saw the South Hants Lawn Tennis Club tournament reach it’s climax with Finals Day! This year, the finals were brought forward into the middle of the summer (rather than in September), and it resulted in a good turn out and a fun day.
The weather forecast predicted rain all day, but all we got was a short downfall early in the morning, which dried out before the first matches were played. All matches were played out in beautiful sunshine, while spectators snacked on cake and tea 🙂
The results from Saturday’s finals are as follows:
6-0, 6-0 (the score line doesn’t reflect the closeness of the match)
Jaco & Sanet
David & Ann
Kathryn & Ann
Sandra & Margaret
Paul & Graeme
Geoff & Isao
Congratulations to this year’s champions and well done all who took part at any point of the tournament. We hope you had fun, and look forward to another excellent competition next summer!