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TENNIS - Winchester over 70s Men achieve a first...

Winchester take the trophy...

Winchester Over 70s Men achieved a first, by winning the National Inter Club final, by beating Exmouth @ David Lloyd Dudley Tennis Centre on Friday November 21st.
As a result of which we expect to be invited to represent Great Britain in next years European Club championships, in this age group.
 
To the best of our knowledge this is the first National victory for any Mens team from Hampshire & Isle of Wight in the National Inter Club finals.
 
As it was the first time Winchester had, or were able to, enter a team in this age group, we had to play through preliminary rounds as well as the later stages, playing and winning 5 successive matches, against Haslemere 4 - 0, Harpenden 3.5 – 0.5, Surbiton 3.5 – 0.5, Hallamshire 3 - 2 and Exmouth 3 - 2. The first 3 matches comprised 4 doubles rubbers, and the semi Final and Final included 2 Singles and 3 doubles rubbers. Hallamshire were last years winners, and Exmouth last years runners up.
 
In the final against Exmouth, David Trew lost to Andrew James, recently returned from successful appearances for the Great Britain World Championships team, Peter Friedmann beat Mike Keat (an excellent and persevering win), Brian Birch & Richard Lovell beat their Doubles pairing, and Peter & David also went on to beat their Doubles pair, we lost the remaining rubber by retirement through injury at an early stage.
 
It should be added that Brian & Richard had an outstanding win in the Semi Final, winning in the final set tiebreak. Since Peter & David also won their 2 tiebreaks, we can safely say we ‘never ever give up !!’ A nail biting and successful visit to Sheffield.
 
Very well done to all team members, a memorable season. A joy to captain.
 
David Trew (Captain)

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Posted at 10:28:AM on Thursday 27 November 2014

TENNIS - More Tennis fun to be played at Winchester Raquets & Fitness...

Social Tennis not to be missed...

Hurry... Not long left to put your name down to take part in the adult TenMex American Doubles Tennis event on Saturday 29th November. This event will commence at 4pm with some exciting doubles play and finishing at 7pm where you can enjoy some freshly cooked Mexican food and drinks from the bar. All this for £10 which will include indoor courts, Tennis balls and food.

To enter this event, please contact either Alison Beard or reception.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Matt Crouch

Sport & Fitness Manager

Posted at 13:50:PM on Thursday 20 November 2014
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TENNIS - Men's 'D' team dive into league Tennis...

Men's 'D' team dive into league Tennis...

The long awaited debut of our newly formed Men’s D team started with a big splash on Sunday.

Arriving at the club after heavy rain, we were greeted with court 1 looking more like a duck pond.

Men 's D League Match

Not to be deterred we changed out of our flippers and were able to use court 7 instead. Our team uniquely had 2 father and son teams, with the youngsters keen to show ‘the old men up’

So round 1 saw Nigel Dyer and Ian Chrisham (pictured below and no not father and son) started with a reasonably comfortable match against South Hant’s no 1 pair 6-1 7-5.

 Men 's D League Match 2

Next up saw (Dad) Russell and Sam Taylor have a really tough match against the number 2’s with some excellent scampering and retrieving. But despite their best efforts , the Winchester family pair went down 6-2 6-4

Men 's D League Match 3

Last up saw Cain and Mike Johnson eventually get through their match, after winning the first set 6-3, they kept taking the lead in the second, but just couldn’t stay ahead. They then got themselves into a strong position in the tie break being 5-0 up and then 6-2 before eventually prevailing 12-10! An important result that put the team, 2-1 up.

Men 's D League Match 4

Second round saw Cain and Mike winning comfortably against the no 1’s 6-0 6-3. Ian and Nigel then pulled off a stunning comback against the opposing No 2’s after losing the first set 6-3, they snuck the second 6-4 with some excellent ‘pumped-up’ tennis from both of them. Last match saw young Sam continue his excellent scampering and retriving as his Dad shouted instructions, and they also ‘halved’ their match, a great result against crafty opponents, especially the ‘lefty’ with a very effective serve.

So 4-2 up and only 1 set to draw and 2 sets required to win the match……we did make it difficult, Ian and Nigel swapped their score from the previous match winning 6-4 but then losing 6-3, so match drawn at worst. Russell and Sam won their first set 6-4 (so match won overall), but then their opponents found their range winning that 6-2. Cain and Mike, confident of another win after winning their first 2 matches got completely blown away 6-1 in the first set, but held their nerve to get to 5-1 up in the second set, but then gave their opponents some false hope by letting them claw themselves back to 5-4, before serving it out for the draw.

So overall a 5½ - 3½ victory first time out to the D team. Well played all, next match is unfortunately only next year, but the standard has been set!

Mike Johnson (Captain)

Posted at 13:38:PM on Thursday 13 November 2014
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FITNESS - Free group sessions...

FREE - New group sessions starting now...

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Posted at 14:14:PM on Saturday 8 November 2014
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TENNIS - O2 end of season masters tennis tickets for sale...

I have 2 tickets for the O2 tennis (very good seats in lower level) for Wednesday 12th November. They are for both sessions 12 and 6.30 sessions - they can be used as a whole day package or 2 separate sessions. Sadly we can't use them, I wonder if some members may be interested in buying them.

Block 106, Row F, seats 166-167

Both sessions day package @ £110 per ticket Morning session at 12pm @ £70 per ticket Evening session at 6.30pm @ £40 per ticket

If you are interested please call club reception

Su Beeton
Club Member

Posted at 12:48:PM on Thursday 30 October 2014
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TENNIS - Mens A continue winning form

Another victory for the mens A against a strong Thornden side...

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Posted at 10:12:AM on Wednesday 29 October 2014
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TENNIS - Mexican event on Saturday 29 November

Alison is running a tennis event on Saturday 29th November that combines tennis from 4-7PM followed by mexican supper. There will be childrens organised activities, tennis and table tennis etc, with Alex also running between 4-7PM followed also by mexican food.

£10 per person juniors and adults. Sign up at reception.

Posted at 9:52:AM on Tuesday 28 October 2014
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SOCIAL - The Monthly Friday Social... next on Friday 21 November with ZOE SCHWARZ...

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The next Friday social on 21 November sees the return of Zoe Schwarz this time accompanied by her trio. Zoe performed at the club back in May and was so popular that we invited her back. Definitely an evening not to be missed especially with Luke's delicious cocktails available. 

Posted at 18:03:PM on Monday 27 October 2014
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TENNIS - Another tough match for mens B team...

Winchester Mens B  v Hampshire A

From the frying pan into the fire, after playing the Mens A team we now faced the Hampshire A team (runners up to our A team last Winter).  They may not have been quite the force they have been in the past, they still put out a very strong team including former Winchester member Chris Egby, and Josh Ashton (2013 Hampshire Club singles champion)
Merns B Team

Our first (Daniel/Chris) and third pair (Gareth/Dave) played in the “bubble”, whilst the second pair (Ben Y/Kevin) played on the indoor carpet.  Our first pair halved against the 3rd pair (Chris Mitchell/Mike Moir) and the 2nd pair (Chris Egby/Callum Li), and pushed their first pair (Josh Ashton/Patrick Connolly) taking them to a tiebreak in the first set and narrowly losing the 2nd.  Ben and myself were slow starters in all 3 rounds but then took all 3 pairs to tiebreaks in the second sets, converting against the 3rd pair and against the 1st pair served for the second set and had 2 set points  but could not finish them off.  Gareth and Dave had  tough matches against all the pairs and had to face their 1st pair while they were at their freshest, and had a closer match against their second pair.

Overall not an unexpected result, losing 7.5-1.5, but shows that we can compete in the top division of the Southampton league

Kevin Harris
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Posted at 11:36:AM on Monday 27 October 2014
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SQUASH - PSL Tickets for tomorrow evening's home opener and next week v Surrey...

PSL - Winchester V Exeter

Court 6 is now completely sold out but we still have tickets for court 5...

Ticket holders will still have complete untrestricted view of two top quality matches on court 5 and these are available at a cost of £6. (note that any view of court 6 matches is not guaranteed and would most definitely be restricted.) If you would like to get a ticket, call reception now on 01962 854028

Please note that the standing area at the back of court 6 is restricted to sponsors only.

Ticket holders in the past have mentioned that there has been little control over access to the sponsor area and indeed to the courts after 9PM which they rightly felt was unfair.

We will be monitoring this more closely this season. The sponsor area  will be reserved and no access to the courts will be allowed at any time without a ticket.

Winchester v Surrey - Tuesday 4 November

Tickets are now available for the second home match of the season. Get yours as soon as possible to secure the best seats!

Pslposter

Posted at 10:08:AM on Monday 27 October 2014
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