Club Teams & Fixtures
The Club takes part in several local leagues, playing against other clubs in Hertfordshire and the area around Aylesbury, all through the year. We play in Ladies, Men's, Mixed and Vets leagues, all doubles matches. The aim is for anyone who is keen to play in a team to be given the chance to do so at the right level. Our Head Coach, Chris Stringer, also runs a Men's AEGON team for our best players where the format includes singles and doubles.
During the summer we enter the Hertfordshire League (HL) which consists of 3 doubles pairs playing a total of 6 sets. These matches all take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There are 4 Ladies teams and 4 Men's teams. The other 3 Ladies teams are spread throughout the Ladies league, giving players the opportunity to play at a level that suits them. The Men's teams are equally spread out.
We also have several Men's and Ladies teams in the Herts Vets league which is a 2 pair league and plays during the summer months, mostly during the weekends.
The Aylesbury and District League (AL) takes place during the summer (midweek evening matches) and Winter (weekend matches) and we enter the Ladies, Men's, Mixed and Vets mixed. These matches consist of 2 pairs playing a total of 4 sets.
Succesful Results for the Summer Teams!
Our star team, the Ladies 1, who have probably the strongest group of players we have had in a long time, continued to do well under Anna Linton’s guidance, finishing 3rd in the Championship division. Also Ali Mathews led the Ladies 2 to victory in 3B so they will be heading upwards next year, as will Debbie Beavis’ Ladies 3 who came 2 in division 5B. Jackie Gregory’s 4th team will remain in division 6A where they came 3rd, narrowly missing a promotion.
The Men did similarly well, with Chris Stringer’s 1st team coming 2nd in division 2A and Chris Hill and Denis Repard’s team topping 3A. David Parry’s team came a comfortable 4th in division 5B. The top 3 HL Men’s teams did well to get a full team out for all their matches (unlike Guy’s 4thteam who struggled so much that none of their matches were counted in the final results). It seems that we need more recruits for the Mens 4th team so if you are willing and able, please get in touch with me before next April so we can get your name on the list.
Aylesbury League (2 pair)
The biggest news in the AL is that Doug Houston’s Vets 1 team won the top division (OK there are only 2 but it’s still a tough competition!) while Colin Bayliss’ team came 3rd in the same group. Our Ladies 1 led by Laura Godfrey, until she sadly left us and Judith Allnutt stepped in to take her place, didn’t quite manage to repeat last year’s winning performance but came a respectable 2nd in the top division. Dermot Horner’s Mens 1 and Tom Hodge’s Mixed 1 both came 4th in their top divisions so will remain there next year. Carol Duguid managed to keep the Ladies 2 in division 2 for yet another year and Julia Mills’ Mixed 3 will also remain in division 5.
The results are shown in detail on the attached spreadsheets:
If any Club member wishes to take part in any of these matches, we are always looking for new recruits. Please contact either the appropriate team captain if you know which team you would fit into, or Tracey Mackey, the Match Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org who will put you in touch with the right person. We hold a few match practice evenings before the summer season (about April/May time) so look out for emails about these. Team captains’ names can be found on the match noticeboard in the changing room corridor.