Week 17 was a difficult week as expected with so many players unavailable for various reasons.
None of our 6 teams managed to win a match but Hove E did win the two games they played against Saltdean C which gave them a 2-2 draw. Robert Rutherford & Jo Koffman won easily 6-0 6-2 and Matthew Pither & Iain Stewart won 6-2 7-6, this being their first wins for the club. We had to conceded the other 2 pairs.
Hove D could not match Dyke D who are now assured to be champions of Division 4 and lost 0-4. The closest we came to a victory was in the 1st mixed but Brian Denman & Fiona Harrison eventually lost in 3 sets 6-2 3-6 4-6.
Hove C lost 1-3 to Queens C with our solitary victory gained by John Thrussell & Pam Martin 6-2 6-4
Hove B also lost 1-3 away to Stanford A with Darren Pollard & Margaret Oldfield winning easily 6-0 6-1.
Hove A also went down 1-3 at home to top of the table Blakers. Andy Prim & Steve Arnold won a good mens doubles match 6-0 3-6 6-3
Even though Hove lost 1-3 away to Queens the best result and the most vital one of the week came in the last match to finish in fading light with Emma Burnett & Lesley Clements winning the ladies doubles 6-3 4-6 6-2.
Next week is the last week of the regular season but we still have many rearranged matches to play before the season finally closes on 9th September so don’t put your rackets away yet!