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SQUASH - Dont miss our final home match of the season...

Final home match - Tuesday 10 March 2015 vs Bristol

Tickets: Available Now (£10 for Court 6, (£6 for Court 5 if court 6 is sold out)

Get your tickets from Reception or call on 01962 854028.



It's going to be a clash between two massively talented young Egyptians as Karim Abdel Gawad takes on former Winchester favourite Marwan El Shorbagy!  

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We're delighted to welcome Marwan back to Winchester, even if he is playing for the other team!  Since he was last here he has been steadily rising up the rankings and this month reached a career high of #14 in the world. Not bad for someone who is still at University!

Up against him we have "baby faced assassin" Karim Abdel Gawad.  Karim won his previous match for us earlier in the season with consummate ease (not to mention some outrageous nicks!) but this will be a very different test.  The last time these two played eachother (which happened to be this week in the Windy City Open) it was a real battle, with Marwan edging it 11-9 in the fifth.  

We're still waiting for news of the rest of the Bristol team but will update as soon as we get it...

Scott Handley vs TBC

Rob "The Scholar" Downer vs TBC

Scott Fitzgerald vs TBC

Emily Whitlock vs TBC

Posted at 16:22:PM on Wednesday 4 March 2015
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SOCIAL - Zoe Schwarz returns - Friday 27th March...

Friday 27th March...

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Our clubhouse was packed last time the wonderful Zoe sang for us. So we invited her back for the first of two appearances this year on Friday 27th March (Zoe's other appearance will be at our "Big Curry Night" - a charity event in aid of Help for Heroes on Saturday 10th October).

So come and chill out or dance to the great sound of Zoe’s Jazz and Blues Trio later this month, it is sure to be a popular evening.

(and make sure to put 10th October in your diary too!)

Posted at 15:53:PM on Wednesday 4 March 2015
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TENNIS - Social tournament on Saturday 28 March

The first of our Spring Summer season Social tournaments. There is normally a charge for these social tournaments but to get everyone in the swing of things this one is FREE!

28 March Tennis Poker

Posted at 14:23:PM on Wednesday 4 March 2015
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RACKETBALL - Box leagues coming soon, all standards welcome...

Racketball box leagues coming soon…

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They’re back!

Racketball box leagues will be starting up again week commencing Monday 27th April for a 6 week period. Sign up now to guarantee your place in the leagues. Why not dust off those rackets and come along to the Racketball mix in every Friday at 6PM. This will be a great way to prepare yourself for an exciting 6 weeks. For more information contact Dave Skull. Sign up sheet is placed on the Racketball notice board.

New to the sport?

If you are new to the sport / have maybe attended one of our racketball taster sessions, why not sign up to the leagues. We will match up newcomers so that they can get regular games with players who are also just starting out.

contact Matt Crouch if you have any questions or for more details matt@winchesterracquetsandfitness.net

Posted at 13:52:PM on Wednesday 4 March 2015
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SQUASH - A good win for Mens Vets 2nd team...

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Winchester's Sigvaris-sponsored Veterans 2nd team boosted their hopes of Hampshire Premier Division survival with a crucial 2-1 victory at fellow strugglers Five Rivers II.
 
Winchester's evening did not start too promisingly as Hampshire Ladies captain Bev Mackay struggled to find her usual fluency against a resolute Mark Potts.  Although Mackay briefly took control with some flashing drives and precision drop shots to take the second game 9-2, Potts' consistency proved too much and he ran out a worthy winner in four games.
 
However Winchester were soon back on level terms thanks to a determined performance from skipper Patrick Fisher against the hard-hitting but occasionally erratic Peter Hardingham.  In a tight encounter punctuated by many let calls, Fisher could count himself unfortunate to be edged out of the first game 8-10, but he refused to let this put him off his stride and dug deep, keeping the ball tight to the side wall to frustrate his opponent and take the next three games.
 
So the scene was set for the respective no.1s Steve Besant and Aubrey Smith to decide the match.  With Smith being the higher ranked player the Salisbury team may have fancied their chances - but clearly no-one told Besant who, after squeezing a tight first game 10-9, proceeded to out-manoeuvre and outrun his opponent to take the next two games 9-2 9-5 and so claim the all-important bonus points for his team.
 
So a vital win for the Bereweeke Road side which, with some more winnable matches to come in the next few weeks, gives them a fighting chance of retaining their position in the top flight for another season.

Posted at 13:34:PM on Wednesday 4 March 2015
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TENNIS - Mens A win Southampton Winter League

Men’s A win Southampton Winter Premier League


Our Men’s A team under new Captain Jon Clift won the Winter Premier league again on Sunday with a comfortable 6/3 victory away to Salisbury.

Arriving on a sunny but blustery morning, we took to damp hard courts with the challenging (light) Penn balls that Salisbury use. We soon realised that it would be hard work mastering the conditions.

Our first pair of Josh Girling (who must get special mention for playing despite being unwell) and Stu Levy made light work of their 3rd pair, not dropping a game. Our Seconds Ben Jepson/Mike Johnson in truth made a meal of their match against their second pair, winning the first set 7/5 but then squandering 4 match points before halving when losing the second set breaker (11-9). Our third pair of the day Ed Blake/Duncan Trew lost 6/0 6/4 to the Salisbury firsts

So 1 ½ : 1 ½ after the first round, Josh/Stu again made light work of their match. Beating the home firsts 6/1 6/3, Ben and Mike beat the thirds also without dropping a game, before Ed/Duncan halved theirs, another match like Ben/Mike that we should have won?

Now the overall position looked better with Winchester 3 ½ : 2 ½ ahead. Ed/Duncan made light work of their match, and with Ben/Mike a set up as were Josh/Stu, Josh decided enough was enough and retired, leaving Ben/Mike to squander their last set in what was a dead rubber

Overall 6/3 was a satisfying result, and by the end the sun was out, the wind had stopped and it was ideal tennis conditions (except for the light balls)….

Thanks to all the chaps involved in the team this year, we were undefeated (again), and can now look forward to the Solent Cup where we will play the winner of the Portsmouth league on 18 April – watch this space for more information as it should be great tennis for this highly prestigious trophy.

Thankfully the Solent Cup will be played at home this year and not Warsash, else Stu might never get there

Mike Johnson

Posted at 13:10:PM on Wednesday 4 March 2015
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TENNIS ...More Purple and green courts coming soon...

Courts 10 and 11 will be getting the same treatment as 12 and 13 did last year. A new macadam base and complete repainting in the same purple and green colours will take place in March. The courts are sure to become popular with all members this Spring and Summer.

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The courts will have the new tarmac laid from 9th March and will be unavailable for two weeks. Lines will then be added to the black tarmac and the courts will then be available for a few weeks unpainted. Once the tarmac is in the right condition to be painted the purple and green will be applied. The new painted courts should then be available from mid April.

This resurfacing continues our ongoing upgrade of all the tennis facilities at the Club that has included

2010 4 indoor courts built

2011 floodlighting added to courts 4567

2012 artificial clay courts installed - courts 4&5

2013 complete resurface and painting of courts 12 & 13 in purple and green

Posted at 11:52:AM on Friday 27 February 2015
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JUNIOR - Tennis Coaching Programme Survey...more info

Thank you to all those parents who have already completed the survey online, your feeback will be very useful for us.

If you haven't yet completed the survey just click here, it only takes a few minutes...and you will have the chance of winning £50 to spend in the Club cafebar!

Note some parents have already asked about completing an additional survey as they have more than one child or one of their children has more than one coach.

If you do want to give separate feedback based on your other children or on another coach, please do. However note that the survey can only be completed once on any machine. You can complete additional surveys on another PC or tablet and if this is not possible you can complete a hard copy available at reception. Your comments and feedback would then be uploaded by us.

Posted at 11:44:AM on Friday 27 February 2015
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JUNIOR - Enter our Spring Open Tennis tournament...

Enter the Winchester Spring Open which runs from 5th to11th April...

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There are events for all age groups in the first of our summer grade 3 tournaments. Ask your coach if this tournament is suitable for your standard of play. Even if you dont enter come along and support the many Winchester juniors taking part and see how enjoyable competition tennis can be.

Entries can be made online on the LTA website

Posted at 11:30:AM on Friday 27 February 2015
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JUNIOR - Club Tennis Championships 2015... have you entered?

This years Junior Club Tennis Championships will start on 1st April leading to our finals day on Saturday 4th July.

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There will be A and B draws and we are keen to see all juniors competing in their relevant category.

•         Club and development squad  players should enter the B draw
•         Team and Elite squad players should enter the A draw

Players playing in the B draw are restricted to their specific age group.

Players in the A draws can play in 2 age groups (one of these can be the adult open events - relevant for older juniors)

If you have any questions or are unsure about which event you should enter, ask your coach they will be happy to help.

Entry forms are available at the Club so make sure to get your entry in NOW

Posted at 11:22:AM on Friday 27 February 2015
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