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    August 2018


    Mashamshire Tennis Club – Handicap Singles Competition 2019

    This will commence later in May

    League Tennis 2019

    Our campaign in the Harrogate & District League Division 5 (mixed doubles) started in late April.

    In the Vale of Mowbray League (mens doubles) we are participating with a slightly smaller number of clubs than in previous years but standards are still high.

    Forthcoming events:

    Fun Doubles – Sunday 8th September.  As announced previously this annual event starts at 1pm and is our longest running internal event.  We are particularly keen to get some of our Intermediates involved.
    Social Evening – Saturday 5th October.  Again as announced previously, the date has changed from September to October.  More details nearer the date.
    Adult Coaching.  Please refer to appropriate page for details.

    •  New for 2019 – a singles ladder for both men and women (please ask a committee member for details)

    Tom Johnson


    Five teams participated in this year’s event, a reduction on previous years. As a result a schedule of home and away matches was introduced, and this seemed to be popular with most of the teams.

    After completion of the league matches the top 2 teams, Mashamshire and Harrogate (a team comprised of a mixture of Harlow and Starbeck members) met in the final, which was held at our courts on the afternoon of Sunday 29th July just ahead of some heavy and blustery showers.

    The match started with the first and second pairs both playing their opposite numbers in 2 very closely fought matches. Neil Hutchinson and Tom Johnson securing a particularly good result in beating Colin Leftley and Andy Guise the number one paring from Harrogate 6-3, 6-3. On the other court Simon Kitching and Frank Kucera got off to a slow start and lost the first set 6-2 to the Harrogate second pairing of Andrew Carrick and John Berger. However, they reacted positively to that scoreline and went on to level the rubber by taking the second set 6-3. Thus at the end of the first round rubbers the match score was 3 sets to 1 to Mashamshire.

    For the second round the pairs swapped. Simon and Frank now faced the big hitting of Colin and Andy, which proved to be too much in a close first set, which went to Harrogate by 6-3. However, once again their resilience came through and they fought hard to win what turned out to be a decisive second set 6-3. On the other court Neil and Tom were facing the net rushing style of play of Andrew and John and lost an early break to go 2-0 down. They then recovered and eventually managed to take the first set 6-4. At 3-2 up in the second the rubber ended due to illness and was therefore declared to be drawn at one set each. Thankfully after a sit down a full recovery was made.

    At the end of all this the match result was 5 sets to 3 in favour of Mashamshire. An excellent result for us and the continuation of our fine form in this competition. We’ve appeared in each of the last 3 finals, winning 2, a pretty good run of form for our relatively small club and one we hope to enhance further in 2020.

    As always we must thank our Team Captain David Miller, not only for organising our own team’s participation in the competition, but also for organising the league and making sure, where possible, that teams fulfilled their fixtures. This league is the only opportunity we have for competitive Men’s Doubles in the area and as such it’s something that most clubs look forward to playing in.