The final match of the Winter season played yesterday and it was another close one, with us winning 6-4. On a different day, this could have been an even more commanding victory, as we lost two very closely fought champions tie-breaks.
That result now guarantees us promotion to the Premier division – which is where EVTC belongs!
All season we’ve played consistently and in the end racked-up 112 points. In this league, that’s a great result/finish!
Anyway, now for some other news …
I will be relinquishing the Men’s A team captaincy for the forthcoming Summer season, but leave you in the capable hands of Monsieur Tucker.
Kev has been a stalwart of the Men’s A team for the past 2+ years, playing nearly all the matches. He knows how it’s done!
Today’s match wasn’t our finest day on court, as we succumbed to a 6-3 loss to league leaders Frimley.
As expected, Frimley turned out a strong side. Even so, it was a closely fought contest, taking almost four hours to complete.
On the day we lost too many close games and a champions tie-break. Three of the six players took tumbles on court, with one Frimley player unfortunately having to retire, conceding two sets to ourselves.
We are still in a very strong position having racked-up 100 points. Even so, the league is rather tight with Bourne C and Onslow Village not far behind us.
We have just one home match remaining on Sunday 6th March against Bourne C. We need to pick up some points then to ensure we get promoted to the Premier division.
Yesterday saw another epic encounter – this time with Onslow Village on a very blowy day.
The bright sunshine bouncing off the wet courts made conditions very difficult for both sides, but we prevailed in the end picking up maximum points in a 16-8 win.
The score line probably merits further explanation. All four rubbers went to champions tie-breaks and two of the sets went to normal tie-breaks. Fortunately, in these key sets, we won 5 out of the 6 played.
We currently lie 2nd in the league with two matches remaining.
Looking at the league, Frimley are likely to win it and be promoted back up the top division. Depending on the results of our last two matches (and a couple other fixtures for Onslow and Bourne), we have a reasonable chance of getting promoted to the Premier division in second place. It would be great to achieve that and test ourselves against the best next winter.
We came out of the blocks quickly in 2016 with a fantastic result away from home on Saturday, claiming maximum points in an 8-1 win against Aldershot Methodists.
It was a typical drizzly, damp January Saturday and our usual line-up was changed a little with Mr T. (Junior) making a guest appearance, filling in for myself. Sam obviously hasn’t lost his ‘class’. I understand that he and Kev were pushed a little in the first rubber, eventually winning in a champions tie break. After that, they then cruised through the second.
Shaun and stand-in el captain Jamie survived one scare in the first rubber, saving 2 set points but winning the tie-break in the end. They then cruised through the rest of the match.
This win puts us in a superb position in Division 1. We’ll have 78 points with 3 matches to play. All the remaining matches will be toughies, however.
I will confirm the line-up for this Sunday against Bourne C tomorrow.
Today, we played our final match before the festive break – at home against Surrey Sport Park.
There was a slight change to the line-up with Pete Lincoln making a guest appearance, stepping in for the injured Patrick. He played like he’d never been away, winning all his rubbers comfortably paired with young Max.
Unfortunately myself and Jamie didn’t perform quite as well, winning the first rubber easily but never really getting ‘out of the blocks’ in the second, losing 5 and 6. In fairness to the opposition they did rally somewhat, raising their game. It seemed everything they tried in the first set just came off. One for Jamie and I to forget.
Overall, we registered a 6-2 win!
We now lie in a good position in the league, sitting second with four matches remaining. The dates for these matches are given below. Please let me know your availability.
Saturday, 9th January – Aldershot Methodists (away), 1pm KO
Sunday, 17th January – Bourne C (home), 10am KO
Sunday, 7th February – Onslow Village (away), 10am KO
Sunday, 21st February – Frimley (home), 10am KO
Well, Saturday was a tough away match, as we’d rather expected, at league leaders Frimley.
On a blustery, wintery day taking four hours to play-out, with all four rubbers going to champions tie-breaks and two of the eight normal sets going to tie-breaks, we lost 7-5. We only prevailed in one champions tie-break, despite being up in three of the four.
Still, a good result on their turf against a side that are likely to win the league and gain promotion back into the Premier division.
We picked up 10 valuable points and I think before the match started, we’d have been happy with that – although a part of us all felt a draw would have been a fairer result. In the end, however, it was not to be.
We have only one match remaining before Santa visits – that’s at home against Surrey Sports Park on Sunday, 6th December, 10am start.
Let me know if you can make it.
A superb 8-2 win yesterday, taking maximum points thus adding 16 points to our tally.
On a typical damp Sunday morning, with plenty of British drizzle about, we played a well-contested match, with two of the four rubbers going to Champions tie‑breaks — and we ended up winning both.
We have started the Winter season well and currently sit top of the league. A great place to be, although we have some much tougher tests to come.
There are two more matches this side of Xmas – see dates below. Let me know if you can make either or both of these dates.
- Saturday 21st November – away to Frimley, 1pm start
- Sunday 6th December – home to Surrey Sports Park, 10am start