Men’s Captain’s Blogs October 2012

Berkshire Men’s Winter League

A good start to the Winter season as the Men’s team (Richard Bodkin, Tom Mcivor, Nick Profitt and Paul Stephens) enjoyed a winning draw in the first played match away to Royal Ascot on Sunday 28th October.

Special thanks to Nick and Tom who again have supported the cause coming home from Southampton University for the Men’s team. It was a tight match against a good Ascot team with their number one pair winning their 2 rubbers and us winning both rubbers against their number two pair and us gaining an overall win on games by 41-34.

Check out the table and results at

Our next match is home against Slough 2 on Sunday 18th November.

Saturday morning Men’s tennis

There are now a core group of players who are coming down every Saturday morning at 10.30am for Men’s Doubles. The aim of this session is to have a good hard game and in so doing hopefully develop potential new players for the Men’s team in the future. If we can really get this group going then we hope we can develop a larger squad for possibly running a 2nd team in the summer.

Regulars coming down include John Bycroft, Paul Gozzard, Iain Hartwell, Rick Marengo, Paul Stephens and Iain Taylor. Special recognition to John Bycroft who really has developed his game from these sessions and also to Iain Hartwell who will be playing his first game for the Men’s team in November. Good fun and good banter!

We welcome new players coming along and the idea is to get people mixing in, especially if there are odd numbers so everyone gets a game. We aim to start at ~10.30am and finish ~12.30-13.00 adjourning to the bar afterwards.

Midweek tennis and match practice

Several people have asked about Men’s sessions during the week. We have in the past had Wednesday night match practice but this was proving difficult with uncertainty as to who was coming down and the best times. I am happy to re-visit this subject if people are interested so please send an e:mail to with your thoughts on this or any other ideas you might have.

Men’s Bike Ride

Special thanks to Rick for organising our first bike ride a few weeks back from Wellington down to the Blackwater Valley. This was all in the interest of developing stamina in the legs as well as testing our drinking skills at the pub. We will for sure be organising more of the same.