Captain’s Comments June 10-16

Week 9 was once again another week in which our matches were affected by the weather. We are now at the half way stage of the season but none of our Teams have completed half of their fixtures. There will be a lot of matches having to be played during the second half of August. Hope you all haven’t booked your holidays then!

We did manage to play two matches on our Astro Courts on Tuesday with Hove E gaining a 2-2 draw with Blakers C and Hove C having a comprehensive victory by 4-0 against Stanford B. Hove E gained 4 pts by way of Blakers C conceding the Ladies Doubles and a good 2nd mixed victory for Brian Denman & Ann Childs 6-4 6-4.

Hove C had both the Mens & Ladies Doubles conceded to them and both mixed pairs of Des O’Dell & Sasha Long who gained a well deserved 6-0 6-7 6-3 and Alan Stacey playing his first match for the club and Carmel O’Dell also had a good 3 sets victory 6-4 5-7 6-0. The Hove D match away to Queens D was postponed because of wet courts.

Hove B gained 3 pts away to Park Avenue in Preston Park on Wednesday with Winnie Fox & Morna Fox winning the Ladies Doubles 6-1 6-3 and John Etkin-Bell and Kathleen West having to agree to half their match after the first set did not finish until 7.45 with our pair taking the tie-break 10-8. After fighting for so long to win the 1st set we lost the 2nd set 2-6.

Hove A also had a comfortable victory by 4-0 against KIng Alfred A. Steve Arnold & Hilary Jewers, James Denman & Andy Prim and Lou Burchill & Sarah Barr all had good 2 sets wins and Brian Aldridge & Margaret Oldfield came from behind to make it a clean sweep with a 1-6 6-4 6-0 win.

Thursday evening saw the rain come down again as the 1st Team assembled on the sea front to play King Alfred but the rain won once again.

We really must hope for better weather during the second half of the season so that we can all get out and enjoy playing Tennis in decent conditions.

We have already had 13 matches postponed which is more than I can ever remember at this stage of the season.

Perhaps the sun will shine once Wimbledon is here!

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