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Collapse AllBournemouth and Christchurch Singles - Round 35 | Thursday 17 January 2019 to Wednesday 13 March 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 13 February 2019)

Two brilliant groups for Bournemouth and Christchurch this time, and lovely to see you all getting out and about to each others clubs and venues in the area, including playing on clay, which is always a treat! The weather naturally had a say in things, with a big contrast in conditions over this period. Some of you were lucky enough to get the unseasonable sunny days, while others suffered in the blustery wind and rain - it's all part of the challenge! Excellent scheduling by everyone this time meant loads of bonus points and over 82% of matches played which is really impressive. Let's keep it up next time - sign up now!

Group Summary:

Wow, what a bumper set of matches for Group 1 this time, I don't think we've ever seen so many 3-setters and so many long epic battles; Premkumar is right to describe these as "gladiator style" and it certainly sounds like many of you had to really fight for the win! Congratulations to Roger and Kris for both gaining an impressive 7 victories, but Roger just pips him to first place after winning their head-to-head; well done to both of you. Equally impressive is the number of bonus points gained, nearly everyone got them this time, clearly keen to keep those rivalries going - keep it up!!

Final Rankings:

  1. Roger Garbutt [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Kris Koziol 6.2 [W7, L1] 16 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Cyprian Kuczera 6.2 [W5, L3] 13 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Daniel Knott [W4, L3] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Premkumar Jeyapaul [W3, L4] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Alan Lam [W2, L5] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Chris Johns [W2, L6] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Hugh Richards 7.1 [W1, L6] withdrawn 6 includes 2 bonus points
  9. David Lochhead [L3] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentKris Koziol bt Cyprian Kuczera (Mar 11) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Cypo.cheers"  -- Kris
Reveal CommentCyprian Kuczera bt Daniel Knott (Mar 10) 3-6, 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Well, this one was never going to be easy. Dan started strong bossing me around and taking the 1st set confidently. I've managed to take the momentum in the second but it was all about the 3rd set. This could go either way but after i came back from 0:40 on my serve at 5:5 i knew i had a chance. Thanks for a great match Dan, well played."  -- Cyprian
Reveal CommentRoger Garbutt bt Kris Koziol (Mar 8) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Pleasure to see you again Kris and thanks for coming to East Dorset. Really enjoyed our match - you made me work hard for the win. All the best, Roger"  -- Roger
Reveal CommentDaniel Knott bt Alan Lam (Mar 6) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for arranging the court Alan, I thoroughly enjoyed playing on the clay again in decent conditions after the weather we'd recently had. Hopefully might face you again sometime, whether that's on court or on the football pitch! "  -- Daniel
Premkumar Jeyapaul bt Hugh Richards (Mar 6) Walkover
Reveal CommentCyprian Kuczera bt Chris Johns (Feb 26) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great match in crisp cold weather and 1 flood light not working. Still as always it was a good fun to play you Chris. Till next time."  -- Cyprian
Reveal CommentDaniel Knott bt Premkumar Jeyapaul (Feb 26) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Prem and organising the court. I was worried I was going to let you back into the second set with the length of that final game. Thanks again and good luck in the few matches you have remaining! "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentKris Koziol bt David Lochhead (Feb 25) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Good match David - this time i was prepared for you coming back at me in the second set. Lots of rallies and swings of momentum in the second set - ultimately took my chance in the tie-break and manage to close the match. looking forward to our future games. Thank you"  -- Kris
Reveal CommentRoger Garbutt bt Cyprian Kuczera (Feb 24) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match that was enjoyed in Spring weather. Some changes in momentum and tactics throughout, with many breaks of serve at the beginning of the third set which made for a exciting end. Thanks for coming to East Dorset Cyprian, and hope we can play again sometime. "  -- Roger

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentCyprian Kuczera bt Alan Lam (Feb 23) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "What a match! 2h30m marathon with me controlling the 1st set and then at 2:0 in the second Alan begin his comeback being super consistent and me making more mistakes. I've only realised being 1:4 down in third that the only way i can win this is to play deep defence. It didn't look pretty but it did the trick. Very well played Alan, playing you was as hard physically as mentally. You almost had me. Phew..."  -- Cyprian
Reveal CommentChris Johns bt Hugh Richards (Feb 22) 1-6, 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Hugh and inviting me up to your lovely club. It was a pleasure to play on the clay again. It was a really fun match played with good spirits. The score line was a little strange as it was a well contested match throughout and even in the 3rd I never felt safe and felt Hugh could come back at any moment. Thanks for the sweet - but I think you gave me the wrong one! All the best with your remaining matches Hugh"  -- Chris
Reveal CommentChris Johns bt David Lochhead (Feb 19) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Played under the glorious Snow Super Moon it was a epic 2 hour 50 minute encounter that pushed us both to our limits, so much so I can barely walk today. I sneaked a tight first set (once I could work out the score) but David came roaring back in the second set to take us into a punishing 3rd set. There were some long rallies peppered with some super shot making from both sides (and the odd not so super shot). I managed to steal the third with a little help from David but it could have gone either way. Great game Dave, good luck with the rest and I look forward to round 7 soon ✌️"  -- Chris
Reveal CommentKris Koziol bt Alan Lam (Feb 18) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Yet another 3set thriller... Alan started really strong and was not missing anything. I couldn’t find my range but as of second set made some adjustments to my game plan, it was taxing but I was able to keep edging ahead with each rally extending up to 15shots - what a fantastic match Alan - looking forward to more if these in the future- good luck in you remaining encounters. Thank you "  -- Kris
Reveal CommentRoger Garbutt bt Hugh Richards (Feb 15) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was great to play singles after so many doubles matches for our respective clubs. Thanks for the match in the Spring-like weather and all the best for your last two matches."  -- Roger
Reveal CommentCyprian Kuczera bt Premkumar Jeyapaul (Feb 13) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good match as usual in cold conditions. Had to stay focus and keep it tight as i know Prem way too well and wanted to avoid a comeback! Thanks for the game."  -- Cyprian
Reveal CommentKris Koziol bt Chris Johns (Feb 13) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good great Chris especially as we were coming close to the end of our encounter some of the flash forehands and backhands came falling past me and had to work hard to close the match down :) thanks & good luck with the rest of the games. kk"  -- Kris
Reveal CommentDaniel Knott bt Hugh Richards (Feb 13) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game and arranging the court Hugh, I managed to battle through at the right time. All the best in your remaining matches."  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentAlan Lam bt Chris Johns (Feb 11) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for coming over to East Dorset to play on the clay Chris. It was two jam packed sets with twists and turns, breaks and break backs and nail-biting deuces. I managed to pull myself across the line by running around like a headless chicken and hitting some fortuitous frames. Good luck in the rest of your games Chris. Cheers!"  -- Alan
Reveal CommentCyprian Kuczera bt David Lochhead (Feb 11) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very good match with lots of long rallies and close games. Both of us really enjoyed this quality match. I was playing to avoid Dave's forehand which ultimately worked to my advantage. Thanks for the great game, well played."  -- Cyprian
Reveal CommentKris Koziol bt Daniel Knott (Feb 11) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Very narrow escape tonight. Daniel nearly closed me down at 3:5 up in the 3rd set, but having faced 3 match points have managed to get out of trouble and pushed hard to turn things around...ufff . Great match with lots of good rallies & some fantastic serving by Daniel. Looking forward to playing again in the future."  -- Kris
Reveal CommentPremkumar Jeyapaul bt Alan Lam (Feb 8) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Epic game Alan, extended over 2 days proper gladiator style tennis Great rallies and hustling, I don't think I've played as well as I did against you Very enjoyable and look forward to more matches"  -- Premkumar
Reveal CommentDaniel Knott bt Chris Johns (Feb 7) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game and arranging the court Chris, all the best in your remaining matches. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentKris Koziol bt Premkumar Jeyapaul (Feb 3) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match - lots of long ralies. Prem took the first set but managed to fight back in the second. We had to stop at 3:1 and Duce in the third set due to next players coming on at 12.30 - match to be finished from where we left...Thank you Prem"  -- Kris
  • "We managed to finish off our match - great game cheers Prem!" Kris
Reveal CommentRoger Garbutt bt Daniel Knott (Jan 31) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Glad the weather held off for us. Good luck in your remaining matches."  -- Roger
Reveal CommentKris Koziol bt Hugh Richards (Jan 30) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good game Hugh, you guys have lovely courts now and it was a pleasure to catch up with you. First set you started well but I was able to lift my standard but you came fighting back in the second. Looking forward to our future matches. Thank you."  -- Kris
Reveal CommentAlan Lam bt Hugh Richards (Jan 28) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Hugh for the match. I had to stay switched on throughout both sets and ensure I didn't get complacent as I knew you could get back in the game at any point. Thanks again and I look forward to playing you again. Cheers. "  -- Alan
Reveal CommentPremkumar Jeyapaul bt Chris Johns (Jan 26) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyed match Chris as usual great to play you, lots of good rallying and wierd winners Missed the orange shirt , maybe that needs to come back !"  -- Premkumar
Reveal CommentRoger Garbutt bt Premkumar Jeyapaul (Jan 25) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match and for organizing the court. All the best in your matches Prem. "  -- Roger
Reveal CommentRoger Garbutt bt Chris Johns (Jan 24) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was great to play on the artificial clay which was perfect for the weather conditions. All the best for your remaining matches Chris."  -- Roger
Reveal CommentRoger Garbutt bt Alan Lam (Jan 20) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Alan, thanks for the match and a pleasure to play at our home club. All the best for your remaining matches."  -- Roger
Reveal CommentHugh Richards bt Cyprian Kuczera (Jan 20) 1-0 Cyprian Kuczera Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Really sorry not to get this match played Cyp, I hope you are on your way to recovery - there is nothing worse than a back injury. Am keen to play when you're fit, let me know when suits."  -- Hugh

Group Summary:

A very high point-scoring round for Group 2 at Bournemouth and Christchurch this time, with almost everyone getting their bonus points to add to their scores. Des tops the group with an impressive 6 wins, but Glen and Ben were hot on his heels with 5 wins each. Glen just took the runner-up position courtesy of his bonus points, so definitely all to play for next time! A number of tight matches with deuces and net cords playing their part in deciding final results. Well done everyone for some super tennis, and see you next time!

Final Rankings:

  1. Des Lenehan [W6, L1] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Glen Bessant 8.2 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Ben Howell 8.1 [W5, L1] 11
  4. Toby Wadey 10.1 [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Andrew Mouzouri [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Peter Livesey [W1, L5] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Bradley Hutchings [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Mark Treviss-bell [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentBen Howell bt Toby Wadey (Mar 7) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was very windy but still fun. Good game Toby! "  -- Ben
Reveal CommentToby Wadey bt Bradley Hutchings (Mar 5) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very competitive match with Brad with lots of deuces and close points. I look forward to our next match!"  -- Toby
Reveal CommentAndrew Mouzouri bt Bradley Hutchings (Mar 1) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Brad, great first set with nearky all the games going to deuce, I eventually one it with help of 3 (count them, 1,2,3!) net cords..."  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentBen Howell bt Peter Livesey (Feb 24) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good fun match and beautiful day!"  -- Ben
  • "Well played, Ben and thanks for organising the court. The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny - a great day for tennis. All the best in your other matches!" Peter
Reveal CommentGlen Bessant bt Peter Livesey (Feb 23) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Peter. Played on a glorious sunny day in late February. The second set was especially close in the early stages with every game going to several deuces. Hopefully we'll get to play again in the Poole league."  -- Glen
  • "Well played Glen I enjoyed the match very much and what a great day for tennis!" Peter
Reveal CommentDes Lenehan bt Andrew Mouzouri (Feb 19) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Andrew kindly came to St Leonards and we had a good fun game, especially the penultimate raleigh. Weather was perfect. Good luck in the remaining matches Andrew."  -- Des
Reveal CommentBen Howell bt Bradley Hutchings (Feb 19) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Brad and lovely weather for it! "  -- Ben
Reveal CommentToby Wadey bt Andrew Mouzouri (Feb 17) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A good match at Southbourne. I was in trouble in the second set when Andrew raced into a quick 3-0 lead, but thankfully I managed to pull it back and get the crucial break at 4-4. Very enjoyable, and I hope we get to play again. "  -- Toby
Reveal CommentBen Howell bt Des Lenehan (Feb 16) 7-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Des, you uped your game at the end of the first set and it could have gone either way. Good stuff! "  -- Ben
Reveal CommentDes Lenehan bt Peter Livesey (Feb 13) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Had very enjoyable game with Pete in lovely surroundings. The court was good, as was the weather. We had some good rallies."  -- Des
  • "Well played Des. You were way too good for me on the day - great court coverage from you and I just couldn’t get it past that strong forehand of yours! All the best in your other matches." Peter
Reveal CommentDes Lenehan bt Toby Wadey (Feb 12) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Toby and I had a lovely match in good weather. It stayed competitive all the time and I think we both enjoyed it."  -- Des
Reveal CommentPeter Livesey bt Bradley Hutchings (Feb 10) 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for an enjoyable match, Brad despite the difficult, windy conditions. Good luck in your other games"  -- Peter
Reveal CommentDes Lenehan bt Glen Bessant (Feb 10) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "In windy and semi wet conditions had a good competitive game with Glen. Some really lovely points and rallies. Good luck with the rest of your games Glen."  -- Des
Des Lenehan bt Mark Treviss-bell (Feb 9) Walkover

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentToby Wadey bt Peter Livesey (Feb 9) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "The blustery conditions didn’t stop us playing out a very tight three-set encounter at Poole Park. At 4-4 in the third it could have gone either way... some agonisingly long rallies and the wind playing havoc with our shots just added to the drama. Thankfully I managed to just about edge it at the end. Great game Pete - hope we can play again. "  -- Toby
  • "Well played, Toby. Despite the very blustery weather that was an enjoyable and close game. I look forward to playing you again - hopefully minus the wind!" Peter
Reveal CommentGlen Bessant bt Bradley Hutchings (Feb 5) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Brad. It was great to see a massive improvement in your game since last year when you had just returned to tennis. Some great rallies on a slightly tricky, damp court. All the best in your remaining games."  -- Glen
Reveal CommentAndrew Mouzouri bt Peter Livesey (Feb 3) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Slightly better conditions this week! Thanks for the match Peter"  -- Andrew
  • "Well played Andrew. This was a much more enjoyable game wasn’t it compared to the previous week’s match in very blustery conditions. In fact it was a warm and sunny day - perfect for tennis." Peter
Reveal CommentDes Lenehan bt Bradley Hutchings (Feb 2) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyed my match with Brad, played in good spirit in glorious sunshine."  -- Des
Reveal CommentGlen Bessant bt Ben Howell (Jan 28) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Ben. Once we had swept off the courts of debris, the conditions were perfect for a winter game of tennis. A pleasure to play you as always. Good luck in your remaining matches."  -- Glen
Reveal CommentGlen Bessant bt Toby Wadey (Jan 26) 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Three hours of non-stop drama across a rain delay and two days fittingly came to an end with an incredibly tense and hard-fought tie-break. We restarted the final set in windy conditions with me 2-1 up and serving... but Glen quickly turned it round to march into a 5-2 lead... before I rediscovered some form to somehow find myself 6-5 up and serving for the match. Sadly for me though, Glen had other ideas and expertly broke my serve at the most crucial moment. The inevitable tie-break went to the wire with the ongoing theme of big momentum swings continuing to the end. I’ll be having nightmares tonight about the final point - a drop shot I came agonisingly close to returning with a winner... but it wasn’t to be! Very well-deserved win Glen!"  -- Toby
Reveal CommentGlen Bessant bt Andrew Mouzouri (Jan 25) 7-5, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Andrew. Always a pleasure to play against you. Good luck in the rest of your matches."  -- Glen
Reveal CommentBen Howell bt Andrew Mouzouri (Jan 20) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play Andrew again and the weather held up!! The score didn't reflect the fact that we had some close games especially at the end of the first set! "  -- Ben

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Scoring Information:
You earn one point for every set you win. Players who complete three or more matches by the mid-point of the round receive 2 bonus points, and a bonus prize (typically a free can of HEAD tennis balls). Bonus prizes must be claimed within 28 days using the link posted to the player's Account page. The link is also emailed to players.

Please note, while matches tied at one set all may be completed with a matchtiebreak, singles matches completed to this shortened format, do not count toward bonus points.

Understanding the current rankings display: 
Player name, [LTA rating - if known], W - tally of wins, L - tally of  losses, UF - tally of unfinished matches] 'n' - points won (if bonus points have been won a  note to this effect is added) 

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