2011 Season Report

Another busy year on the Winchester Courts with our usual mix of players ranging from two thirteen year old sons of Club members to four players in their seventies (although sadly we did not get all four on court at the same time!).

Our standard also ranges from beginners to players right at the top of the national singles and doubles rankings with fifty one players in total playing during the year. In addition, a number of boys from Winchester College regularly joined us on Tuesday evenings, including Ed. Wylde and Jerry Ganendra who won the national U16 doubles trophy, with Ed Wylde also reaching the singles finals of that competition.

Will Ellison and Hal Mohammed won several open competitions in the doubles and Will also in the singles.

We had several excellent club matches with victories over Oxford University and the West of England Club. Undoubtedly the highlight of the year was our win against Alleyn Old Boys in the national club knockout tournament where the winning margin was only 4 points with the 4 point margin being the biggest gap between the teams at any stage in the whole match. However, in the afternoon the Old Paulines, who went on to win the competition, proved to be too strong especially for a team that had little left to give after their morning exertions!

Twenty eight players competed in our end of season tournament for the Letchworth Bowl and Toby Marshall and Jamie Orchard proved to be a formidable pair winning all six games in their group before defeating Martin Patterson and Will Akerman in the final.