Mens 2nd – Division 2 Champions!

After a slightly disappointing 6-6 draw against Castle last weekend, our 2nd Mens team returned to form on Sunday with an 8-4 away win over Attenborough (on Astro-turf) to secure the Short Format 2nd Division title and gain promotion back to division 1. Everyone contributed, with top pair Ian Staples and Jon Banner taking all 4 sets for the loss of just 8 games in total and both 2nd pair Rick Drury and Nick Robinson and 3rd pair Gareth O’Leary and Adam Buckley taking 2 sets each.

Congratulations to all who played for the team this year and let’s hope for a longer stay in the top division this time.

Super Finals Night!

Last Wednesday saw this years finals night for the clubs singles tournaments. With a decent crowd and a top class barbecue provided by head chef Steve Blount, it was always going to be a good night.

The night started with the Men’s semi-finals, on court one Craig Flint saw off a spirited challenge from Tom Lockey 6-3 and on court two Arthur showed his experience to see off son Adam 6-1 in all Buckley family match.

This was followed by the Men’s Plate final? where Rob Harwood in his first season at the club eventually overcame the inventor of this particular competition Rick Drury 6-4 in a very entertaining affair.

Then the time came for the start of the main events, starting with the Ladies final. Our illustrious Chair Angela Blount had to take a break from supervising husband Steve’s Barbecue to take on the clubs reigning champion Katie Fuller. After a tight start with Angela doing her utmost to stay on terms and nullify the huge ground strokes coming from the other end, Katie eventually proved too powerful and ran out a deserved 6-2 winner.

The last match of the night was the Men’s final, with the guarantee of a new name on the honours board after the withdrawal of multiple champion Chris Holmes with a dodgy back. The final started as a cagey battle with four consecutive breaks of serve. Both players then found their form and produced some quite scintillating Tennis with Craig’s doggedly determined ground strokes and Arthurs powerful serves and volleys taking it to 4-4. As anyone who’s ever played at the club will know, no match involving Craig would ever be complete without a stone-dead net-cord and this particular one proved to finally break Arthurs resolve and helped Craig to run out the 6-4 winner.

I’m sure everyone there would like to join me in congratulating all of the players involved in a thoroughly entertaining nights Tennis and particularly in thanking Angela and Steve for organising the food and drink, which set the tone for the whole night. Great stuff folks!

finals night winners

Mens 2nd – 3 from 3

Thursday night saw the mens 2nd team win a 3rd consecutive match to maintain the 100% start to the season.

Facing the 2nd team from the Park was a bit of an unknown quantity, as they were promoted from division 3 last season, without losing a match. There were a couple of familiar faces from their 1st team in the top pair, so having been beaten comprehensively by them 9-3 in the 1st division last season, there was a little concern. However, with our top pair Tom Lockey and John Clissold taking a set off them in the final rubber and Adam Buckley finishing the second set tie breaker against their 3rd pair with a massive ace, the victory ended up being by the comfortable margin of 8-4.

Could this be another promotion campaign?

The Geoff Perry Trophy

After twice being postponed due to heavy rain, the Geoff Perry Trophy finally took place on Saturday, in rather more pleasant early summer weather. With a new format for the 2014 season, pairs were drawn to bring stronger and weaker players together, to try and guarantee even sets where possible. The intent was for this to be a mixed tournament but with 10 Men and only 6 Ladies there were a couple of all male pairs.

After 3 rounds of closely fought sets the the only unbeaten pairs in the draw were Tom Lockey and Denise Ferriman and the all male pairing of Rick Drury and our senior statesman Jan Rek. In keeping with the rest of the day, the final was a very close affair, with Rick and Jan winning on a tie-breaker 7-6. The only thing to decide now, is which of them will be listed as the lady on our lovely new honours board, I’m sure we’ve all got our thoughts on this!

Thanks to all who took part to make this a thoroughly enjoyable and successful day, particularly Janet Perry who as well as taking part herself, was on hand to present the trophy. I’m sure Geoff would have approved.

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Mens 2nd – Big Win

After a winning start to the season, the men’s 2nd team won again this time away at East Bridgford in glorious sunshine by the impressive margin of 12-0. Although 1st pair Tom Lockey and John Clissold and 2nd pair Ross Hardwick and Jon Banner had relatively comfortable wins in all sets, a special mention must be made for 3rd pair Rob Harwood and Adam Buckley who only dropped a single game over the 4 sets. Well done guys!

Mens 2nd – A Better Start!

After a disappointing 2013 season for the Mens 2nd team, including relegation back to division 2 of the short format league. It was an excellent start to 2014, on a rainy Thursday, with an 8-4 victory over Southwell.

With a few regulars missing, two of the team were making their debuts and I’m pretty sure both Rob Harwood and Nick Robinson will have enjoyed the success of each taking 3 out of 4 sets in their respective pairings.

After the first 2 rubbers it looked like being a very close encounter with the scores tied at 3-3. However during the 2 set finale, Ravenshead took control winning 5 of the last 6 sets. Top pair Tom Lockey and John Clissold had a share of the spoils (4-6, 7-6) with a Southwell pair that only dropped a total of 3 games in their first 2 sets. In addition, second pair Rick Drury and Rob Harwood and third pair Stuart Boddington and Nick Robinson had very impressive wins taking both of their last two sets comfortably.

Lets hope this is the start of another promotion campaign 😉

2nd Men – Slow Start

The 2nd Mens team finally started their 2013 campaign last night against West Bridgford ‘A’. After Castle were unable to field a team and conceded the match last week, we finally started our season in the short format 1st division with a 8-4 defeat at home in very windy and trying conditions. Hopefully we can put that right next month away at West Brifgford against their ‘B’ team.

Mens team off to a flyer (again)!…Part 2

…..Not mentioned in the original post about the victory over Caunton, was that even 3rd pair Ed Blount and Jon Banner managed to take 4 1/2 sets. Apparently not news worthy enough to make the final edit.

Thanks Chris!

Mens 2nd Team – So Far So Good.

Half way through the season and it’s time to report on the progress of the new short format men’s team.

After a fairly slow start to the season at home, with a draw against Attenborough followed by a defeat to West Bridgford, we have finally started to get going with successive victories on the road. A visit to Southwell followed by a trip to Lady Bay resulting in hard fought wins.

The plan for this team was to make match play more widely available to those in the club who don’t normally play league tennis. So far this is certainly working; as we have we had no fewer than 14 different players involved in matches. Teams have included the youngest and oldest men in the club, two father and son partnerships, new members and seasoned campaigners alike.

So with a couple of games left we will be pushing hard to finish as high up the league as possible.

Jon Banner

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