Men’s Captain’s Blogs March 2012

Despite the fact we lost by 4-0 there are a lot of positives to take from the match against a very experienced Westmorland Park team who are riding high in the league.

It was a first match outing for Richard Bodkin playing with me as first pairing and we took the opening set 7-5 against their number one pairing having been 4-2 down. This rubber was a long one and sadly we lost the deciding tie break. It was very enjoyable playing with Richard and I am confident this is the start of very exciting future with his engagement with the Men’s team.

Our 2nd pairing was Tom Mcivor and Nick Proffitt, who again this week came back from Southampton University to play this match for us and this is great commitment from these young guys. Tom and Nick put in a very competitive performance and it was good to see their athleticism on the court. It was obviously difficult to observe their game whilst playing ourselves but I did catch them both involved in some really good rallies and putting in some excellent shots.

The score line (which you can see on the web Match details v Westmorland Park away 11/3/12) doesn’t reflect just how competitive the games were and a big thank you from me to all my players for the total commitment, energy and enthusiasm with which they approached the match.

Our last match of the season is home against Twyford on the 25th March and in the interim we wish Richard well as he heads off to Italy this weekend to run the Rome Marathon.

If you want to get more details on matches, league tables then please go to the LTA website Men’s Doubles Winter League – Division 6 East table.

Other Men’s news

There will be another Saturday morning session on the 17th at 10.30am. I have other commitments on the 17th but certainly others have committed to attend.

As the evenings start to get longer we will also look to getting Wednesday evenings going again probably after Easter.

That’s it for now. Grand Slam fever in the air but for the ‘egg shaped’ ball and from the ‘Land of my fathers’.

Iechyd Da!


4th March 2012

Many of you have already been coming down to the Saturday morning session and yesterday we had a really good time in the spring sunshine.

We’d like everyone to be aware that this will now be a regular activity throughout the year with Court 4 being booked from 10.30-13.00 with the option for additional court(s) as demand dictates. We also mixed in with the ladies (who have a session at the same time on Courts 5 and 6) at the end of the session.

This session is there for any Male players who are looking for a good competitive game although I should add that the atmosphere is friendly and informal. Also if you arrive in the car park and see an odd number then don’t worry as we do mix in to ensure everyone gets engaged in the tennis.

It will help me and the club when organising this Saturday session to get a rough idea as to who is likely to be coming down so we can book additional courts if need be so please either drop me an e:mail or txt 07836 652231 in the week before.

A question has also arise about Wednesday evenings. Once the days become longer and the weather improves then we will see about reviving the Wednesday sessions. Again it would help me to get an idea as to who is interested in supporting this session which will be for Men’s Doubles Match Practice?

It’s good to see the growing support we’ve been getting across the board for Men’s’ tennis and on this basis we can look forward to a really active group down at Wellington.