Fixtures Report and Chalfont St Peter Team Competition Results 2019
By Mike Bird – Fixtures Secretary
I’m pleased to report that our club has a good-level of interest in competitive team tennis in the Bucks leagues and Farnham Common Winter Mixed League.
Last winter (2018/19), we entered 8 teams into competitive leagues (that’s 3 men’s vets doubles, 1 ladies vets doubles, 1 men’s open singles, 2 mixed open doubles and 1 mixed vets doubles). Key successes were that Therese’s mixed 1 team were promoted to Division 1 (top division!), Paul’s mixed vets team were also promoted to Division 1 (top division) and Ed’s Men’s singles team were promoted to Division 2. A special mention should be given to the re-introduction of a Men’s 3rd team, led enthusiastically by Derek, whose team finished 3rd in Division 8, but are now playing in Division 7 due to consolidation of the leagues.
In the summer competitions, we entered 6 teams into the Bucks leagues (that’s 3 men’s doubles, 1 ladies doubles, 2 mixed doubles) with mixed success. The men’s 3rd team, led by Derek, came 2nd out of 7 teams, and should be promoted, and the men’s 2nd team, led by Charlie and Kevin, came 3rd in their division, but with equal points to the runner’s up. Unfortunately, the ladies team will be relegated. Other teams remained in their Divisions.
This winter, we again entered 8 teams into competitive leagues, and the placings are currently about mid-table.
Some interesting stats: in the winter leagues, we played 49 matches against 29 different clubs. In the summer leagues, we played 41 matches against 27 different clubs. That’s 90 matches in the year, fielding 30 men and 13 lady club members – quite an impressive achievement. I should also refer to Stephen, who organised a large number of junior matches in 2019 and presumably will refer to these in his report.
I would like to particularly thank all of the team captains who’ve spent a lot of time and effort organising their teams and the home catering over the past year. This is not an easy task, given the changes in availability and injuries to players over the season.
Hence I think we should thank Angela Cranston, Therese Cooklin, Carolyn Edwards, Pete Fisher, Charlie Phelps, Kevin Popely, Ed Ibrahim, Derek Harris, Anu Sekhri, Adrian Radulescu and Mike Bird for their sterling efforts. Entering teams into these competitions raises the profile of our club, helps to raise the standard of play, and hopefully encourages new members to join. A list of the final placings and team captains will be placed on the notice board.
On a final note, we have entered 7 teams into the summer 2020 competitions, the addition being a 2nd ladies team. There seems to be a flurry of interest in ladies playing tennis at our club, and I would encourage them to play in a team as well as social play. The new team will start in the bottom division; hence, the standard will be similar to what they are used to playing in during social play. The matches last about 3 hours at weekends and are very friendly, not too serious and similar to social play. There are usually 6 matches in a season, and with enough players there may only be enough slots for 2 – 3 matches each over the summer. We will need a ladies captain for this 2nd team, so hopefully we will attract a volunteer. We will also be looking for a new captain for the mixed 2 team as Carolyn is stepping down.
Thanks for your support.