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Collapse AllMeadows, Edinburgh Singles - Round 47 | Thursday 13 September 2018 to Wednesday 7 November 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 10 October 2018)

Top marks to everyone for battling through the typically mixed Edinburgh weather to get your matches played and producing some close scorelines. It was great to welcome back several players from previous rounds or different leagues alongside the Edinburgh regulars, and between you over 70% of matches were played which is a great effort. Keep up the good work next round!

Group Summary:

There was a change of guard at the top of Group 1 with Meadows league debutant Liam Craig taking top honours with an impressive 6 wins out of 6, finishing 2 points clear of runner up Adam E on 5 wins. Liam's wins were all straight sets (including a walkover) but there were a couple of 3 set tussles in the group, namely Pedrog's comeback win against Guillaume and an "epic battle" between the two Adam's. Great tennis!

Final Rankings:

  1. Liam Craig [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Adam Etinson 10.1 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Adam Leel 7.2 [W1, L2] 3
  4. Pedrog Ichikawa-Bryant 7.2 [W1, L2] 2
  5. Louis Pernet [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Guillaume De Cremoux 8.1 [L3] 1
  7. Patrick Wilson [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentLiam Craig bt Pedrog Ichikawa-Bryant (Nov 4) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A tough match with a lot of long rallies and some unbelievable shots from Pedrog."  -- Liam
Liam Craig bt Patrick Wilson (Oct 28) Walkover
Reveal CommentPedrog Ichikawa-Bryant bt Guillaume De Cremoux (Oct 28) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match played in the freezing cold under the lights. Fortunately no wind so pretty good conditions for tennis once you get passed the cold! Everything hinges somehow around one game as I was unable to break serve until the game at 4-1 down in the second set and looking back I think that must have been where everything turned around for me. Some great points and lots of chasing balls down. There was a down the line backhand pass and a full stretch drop volley from Guillaume that stood out for me."  -- Pedrog
Reveal CommentLiam Craig bt Adam Leel (Oct 20) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A tough match with a lot of long, gruelling rallies, thanks for the game Adam! "  -- Liam
Liam Craig bt Adam Etinson (Oct 7) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentAdam Leel bt Louis Pernet (Oct 6) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, lots of long rallies and great shots! Congrats Adam :)"  -- Louis
Liam Craig bt Louis Pernet (Oct 4) 6-1, 6-0

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAdam Etinson bt Adam Leel (Oct 4) 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Epic battle with Adam, as usual, over more than one day. Long, grueling rallies. Very lucky to come away with it. "  -- Adam
Liam Craig bt Guillaume De Cremoux (Sep 30) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentAdam Etinson bt Pedrog Ichikawa-Bryant (Sep 23) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Closer match than the score suggests. Was lucky to come into the match with some momentum. "  -- Adam
Reveal CommentAdam Etinson bt Louis Pernet (Sep 17) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Fun tennis match in a virtual hurricane! Great match, Louis"  -- Adam
Reveal CommentAdam Etinson bt Guillaume De Cremoux (Sep 16) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Tough match in the wind and rain, with plenty of gruelling rallies. Great competitive match the whole way through! Lucky to come away with it."  -- Adam
Reveal CommentAdam Etinson bt Patrick Wilson (Sep 14) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match during a brief respite from the rain. Plenty of long rallies. Got lucky with a bit of momentum in the second set!"  -- Adam

Group Summary:

This was a fantastic group in terms of matches played and scheduling, with most players completing at least 5 matches and all but 2 earning the midway bonus points. Congratulations to Jonathan for leapfrogging 2 places to finish top of the group this time with 5 wins and no defeats. Finlay was a close second with his only defeat being to Jonathan despite a strong comeback in the second set. Doug had a strong round too in third place although he narrowly lost out in a 3 set thriller against Callum, "a true epic played over three days and multiple courts and weather conditions". What a battle!

Final Rankings:

  1. Jonathan Nicholls 10.1 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Finlay McLean 10.1 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Doug Brown 8.1 [W3, L3] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Gilberto Martinez 9.1 [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Callum Macdonald 8.2 [W2, L1] 5
  6. Pierre Henry 10.1 [W1, L4] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Lee Simmonds 9.1 [L5] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDoug Brown bt Lee Simmonds (Oct 29) 6-0, 2-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "On a very windy night our fortunes fluctuated wildly along with the wind. All now to play for in a finely poised final set since we ran out of time and floodlit courts! "  -- Doug
  • "Well I managed to sneak across the line in the end on a crisp still evening but Lee put up good stubborn resistance to the end! Intriguing match and look forward to the next one." Doug
Reveal CommentGilberto Martinez bt Pierre Henry (Oct 29) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match under the sun making difficult for serving, good rallies, Pierre had a very good first set, I had to fight every point to get that first set."  -- Gilberto
Reveal CommentFinlay McLean bt Doug Brown (Oct 27) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match, hope to have another in the future."  -- Finlay
Reveal CommentGilberto Martinez bt Lee Simmonds (Oct 19) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Only one break of serve in the match! Try as I might, I couldn't get a breakthrough as Gilberto served very well throughout. Look forward to the next one!" Lee
Reveal CommentPierre Henry bt Lee Simmonds (Oct 17) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match and long rallies !"  -- Pierre
Reveal CommentDoug Brown bt Pierre Henry (Oct 10) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was a beautiful, weirdly warm night with not too much breeze. Pleasantly unexpected. As was the score, which flatters me hugely! Good game with good long ralleys. I was pleased with the way I played though. I was serving pretty well, hitting back the extra ball and managing to move the ball around reasonably accurately. Pierre was a little rusty too! I think it will be very different when I play him next. Look forward to that! "  -- Doug
Reveal CommentJonathan Nicholls bt Finlay McLean (Oct 10) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "High quality match with Finlay under the floodlights tonight. Plenty of decent rallies and good serving from both of us. Finlay saved a couple of match points at 5-4 down in the second, and had me worried that it we were going into a third. Managed to start well in the tiebreak and make some first serves which was enough to see me through in the end. Thanks for the game Finlay. "  -- Jonathan
Reveal CommentFinlay McLean bt Pierre Henry (Oct 8) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good game in windy conditions"  -- Finlay
Reveal CommentJonathan Nicholls bt Pierre Henry (Oct 7) 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Tight match with Pierre at the meadows. Some great rallies and shotmaking sprinkled throughout the 3 sets, but on the whole the wind and slippery wet court made the match a little bit farcical. I was fortunate to get through in the end, it truly could have gone either way. Hope to get the opportunity to play again Pierre, maybe indoors next time! Cheers. "  -- Jonathan
Reveal CommentDoug Brown bt Gilberto Martinez (Oct 5) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Gilberto took a while to settle and I found myself 4-0 up but after that every point was a battle. Excellent match that I feel fortunate to have come through in 2! Look forward to the next one! "  -- Doug
Reveal CommentJonathan Nicholls bt Lee Simmonds (Oct 3) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good match with Lee tonight with plenty of good rallies and deuce games. I had to earn every point as Lee was absorbing my serve and offensive play very well, particularly in set one. Managed to keep my head this time and get through in straight sets. Thanks for the game Lee :)"  -- Jonathan

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentCallum Macdonald bt Doug Brown (Sep 30) 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Two days (so far), 3.5 hours, 5 courts (so far!) and no conclusion! After Callum fell due to slippy, drizzly conditions we decided to come back another day to play the 3fd set tie-break. Epic."  -- Doug
  • "A true epic played over three days and multiple courts and weather conditions. I was lucky to sneak the win in a deciding tie-break, but the match really could've gone either way. Hope to play again soon!" Callum
Reveal CommentJonathan Nicholls bt Doug Brown (Sep 29) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Epic long match with Doug at the Meadows. Windy conditions made things very difficult for the both of us. In all honesty I felt a bit fortunate to come out with a win in the end. Hopefully we get a nicer day for it next time Doug!"  -- Jonathan
Reveal CommentFinlay McLean bt Callum Macdonald (Sep 28) 4-6, 6-3, [10-6]

Player Comments:

  • "Good match"  -- Finlay
Reveal CommentCallum Macdonald bt Lee Simmonds (Sep 24) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match against Lee. Lots of fun rallies with both of us keen to come to the net. I managed to make some good passing shots to help secure the win. Cheers Lee. "  -- Callum
Reveal CommentFinlay McLean bt Gilberto Martinez (Sep 21) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good game"  -- Finlay
Reveal CommentJonathan Nicholls bt Gilberto Martinez (Sep 16) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Played a fun match at the meadows with Gilberto. Conditions weren't ideal, had to put up with drizzly rain and persistent winds, but got the job done in the end. Cheers Gilberto! "  -- Jonathan

Group Summary:

It was a successful return to league action for Philippe who topped the group with 5 wins and 2 defeats, the only player to complete all 7 matches. His wins included a tight 2 setter against Alan which went to a second set tiebreak, with Alan running down every shot. Matthew and David were close behind Philippe also with 5 wins each, and both recorded wins against Philippe, however his superior scheduling skills earning the midway bonus points helped see him clear. Weather conditions were mixed across the round, as to be expected in the Edinburgh Autumn!

Final Rankings:

  1. Philippe Potey [W5, L2] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Matthew Strachan 9.1 [W5] 10 RUNNER UP
  3. David Wood 8.2 [W5, L1] 10
  4. Andrea Hermann 9.2 [W3, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Joel Ingram [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Matt MacDonald 8.2 [W1, L5] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Drew Baxter [L6] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Alan McConnach 8.1 [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPhilippe Potey bt Drew Baxter (Nov 7) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A classic Scottish game played on a cold rainy night. Thanks for the game Drew!"  -- Philippe
Matthew Strachan bt Andrea Hermann (Nov 5) 6-1, 6-4
Matthew Strachan bt Matt MacDonald (Nov 4) 6-2, 6-4
Reveal CommentPhilippe Potey bt Andrea Hermann (Nov 4) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A really fun match with Andrea in a wonderful warm afternoon! She had a killer forehand and made me run a ton but I managed to go away with the win."  -- Philippe
Reveal CommentDavid Wood bt Drew Baxter (Nov 2) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Hopefully Drew continues his comeback from not playing for a good length of time as evidence of some dangerous shots tonight notwithstanding overall score "  -- David
Reveal CommentJoel Ingram bt Matt MacDonald (Nov 1) 4-6, 7-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, cheers matt"  -- Joel
David Wood bt Matt MacDonald (Oct 28) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
Reveal CommentMatthew Strachan bt Drew Baxter (Oct 23) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Such a windy match! Made for some amazing winners though"  -- Matthew
Reveal CommentMatthew Strachan bt Philippe Potey (Oct 21) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "What a day! Sun, wind, belting rain. We battled through it all. Thanks for the game!"  -- Matthew
Matthew Strachan bt David Wood (Oct 20) 6-4, 6-1
Reveal CommentDavid Wood bt Joel Ingram (Oct 18) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good match - could feel Joel edging into the match throughout set 2 but I ndndgrd to hang tough and close out perhaps mainly due to successful net play than other aspects of my game tonight. "  -- David
Reveal CommentDavid Wood bt Andrea Hermann (Oct 15) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Always happy for a win against Andi’s power tennis. Some fierce side to side rallies at times during this match. "  -- David
Reveal CommentDavid Wood bt Philippe Potey (Oct 14) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match to open my league activity this round after yesterday’s wash-out. First set score was closer in terms of rallies than the score suggests but my forehand was firing today and solid serving with only one double fault helped. Philip stormed to a 4-0 lead in set two but some MAJOR re-grouping helped me through 6 tough games to close outdtivfn on by the thought I did not want a 3rd set.. Great match overall. "  -- David
Reveal CommentAndrea Hermann bt Drew Baxter (Oct 10) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Lots of tiebreaks in the first set, which I was lucky to win. Second set then very close, particularly at the end. Could have gon either way. Thanks for the match! "  -- Andrea

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPhilippe Potey bt Alan McConnach (Oct 6) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "A great match in a sunny windless day in Edinburgh. Match started very close being tied at 3-3 after some long winded games and rallies. However I managed to pull away and win the first set. Alan started the second set very well being up 0-3. I managed to pull through and tie the game up which led to a very close tiebreak game. It was a very fun game against an opponent relentless to reach every shot, even if it meant bouncing off the fence to get back into the point. Thanks for the match!"  -- Philippe
Reveal CommentAndrea Hermann bt Matt MacDonald (Sep 30) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match with weather being just a tad crazy. "  -- Andrea
Reveal CommentMatt MacDonald bt Drew Baxter (Sep 28) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Drew got off to a good start with the first two games and I was then playing catch-up for the rest of the first set. He was doing a good job of getting the last ball back from anywhere but I managed to get it back to 4-all but couldn't hold on any more. The second set felt very similar to the first with lots of deuce games but I was managing to get the wins so the score for the second set ended up quite different to the first. Drew had so far been getting most of my serves back so far in the match but probably a wee bit of 3rd set fatigue on his part and me putting a bit more power on the serve resulted in quite a few serve wins for me and the third set went quickly. Perfect conditions for a nice game of tennis on the Meadows"  -- Matt
Andrea Hermann bt Joel Ingram (Sep 27) 7-5, 6-3
Reveal CommentPhilippe Potey bt Matt MacDonald (Sep 21) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Although we had to play in the harsh windy conditions of Edinburgh, still managed to have a good game with plenty of rallies!"  -- Philippe
Reveal CommentJoel Ingram bt Drew Baxter (Sep 19) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game drew. Good fun in the wind"  -- Joel
Reveal CommentPhilippe Potey bt Joel Ingram (Sep 15) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great first match with Joel! Had very nice rallies including a couple of games that went over 10 deuces! Until next time"  -- Philippe

Group Summary:

Corbin followed up promotion from Group 5 with a fine display of tennis topping Group 4 with 6 wins and no defeats, finishing 2 points clear of runner up Colin. Their head to head was played on a "beautiful day for tennis in the Meadows" while Corbin and Chris had to contend with mixed bag of "typical Edinburgh weather". Colin had a strong round too in runner up spot only losing one match and pulling off a great comeback against Neil to win in 3 close sets.

Final Rankings:

  1. Corbin Chaplin 10.2 [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Colin Gill 9.2 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Chris Rourke [W2, L2] 5
  4. Neil Watts 10.1 [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Jonathan Ritchie 8.2 [W1, L2] 3
  6. Niraj Welikala [W1, L3] 3
  7. Diarmid Jamieson [L5]

Match Results:

Niraj Welikala bt Diarmid Jamieson (Nov 6) 6-1, 6-1
Jonathan Ritchie bt Diarmid Jamieson (Nov 4) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentChris Rourke bt Niraj Welikala (Nov 4) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "a nice match on a sunny pretty windy day. some good rallies and tough points won by both and a fun match."  -- Chris

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentChris Rourke bt Neil Watts (Oct 28) 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Couldn't have been closer. Was a great day for playing sunny and still morning and we were very evenly matched. Chris has his very variable serve throughout and was behind for most of 1st set, managing the get to a tiebreak. The 2nd set was sort of the reverse. Some very good play by both and we helped raise the game of each other."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentCorbin Chaplin bt Colin Gill (Oct 27) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Beautiful day for tennis in the meadows. We had a ropey start with both of us losing our first 2 service games. There were plenty of long rallies and the rest of the first set was hard fought but I managed to hang on to my serves to keep me ahead. The second set was just a continuation of the first, some great rallies and hard fought. Unfortunately Collins service game let me have some easier points but we still went to deuce on my final service game for the match. Well played Collin! "  -- Corbin
Reveal CommentCorbin Chaplin bt Diarmid Jamieson (Oct 25) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Weather was reasonable this evening given the wind we've been having recently. A fairly short match but still enjoyable. Thanks for the game Diarmid."  -- Corbin
Reveal CommentColin Gill bt Jonathan Ritchie (Oct 20) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Blustery and some drizzle made for tricky conditions in this match. We did still manage some good rallies throughout though. Thanks Jonathan. "  -- Colin
Reveal CommentColin Gill bt Diarmid Jamieson (Oct 10) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Diarmid and good luck with the rest of your matches. "  -- Colin
Reveal CommentNeil Watts bt Diarmid Jamieson (Oct 7) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Some good rallies in very blustery conditions!"  -- Neil
Reveal CommentColin Gill bt Niraj Welikala (Oct 6) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Blue sky and minimal wind made for a fun match this morning. I look forward to us playing again in the future. Thanks Niraj. "  -- Colin
Reveal CommentCorbin Chaplin bt Jonathan Ritchie (Oct 6) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A beautiful day for tennis. It was a very different match to the 3 set thriller we played in round 46. The first set was closely contested with lots of deuce games but I managed to clinch these and get the win. The second set had fewer rallies with my serves managing to get me some easier points. Great game Jonathan, look forward to the next one!"  -- Corbin
Reveal CommentColin Gill bt Neil Watts (Oct 5) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Another great match with Neil on an amazing October evening in Edinburgh. Some really good rallies and I’m just glad it didn’t go to 3 sets this time. Thanks Neil. "  -- Colin
Reveal CommentCorbin Chaplin bt Neil Watts (Oct 2) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great evening for tennis, if not a bit cool. We had many deuce games and the scoreline doesn't really reflect of all those tight games. There were many great rallies and well placed shots from both of us. An enjoyable match, thanks Neil!"  -- Corbin
Reveal CommentCorbin Chaplin bt Niraj Welikala (Sep 29) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match played in the wind. Thanks for the game Niraj!"  -- Corbin
Reveal CommentCorbin Chaplin bt Chris Rourke (Sep 16) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "The game was played in typical Edinburgh weather (gusts of wind, a little rain and some sunshine). We were well matched with some great rallies and lots of breaks of serve made an interesting game. I was convinced we were going into a third set but managed to claw my way back into the second set from 3:1 down. Great game Chris!"  -- Corbin
Reveal CommentColin Gill bt Chris Rourke (Sep 15) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Another tough match with Chris at the Meadows. It was a bit slippy underfoot which made us both a little tentative to begin with but as the courts began to dry out we had some great rallies. Thanks Chris. "  -- Colin

Group Summary:

It was tight at the top of Group 5 with Sivaraj and Donald both recording 5 match wins so it came down their head to head which Sivaraj won in straight sets. David was the only player to take a set off Sivaraj, "a most enjoyable match in difficult playing conditions". There were 3 set wins for Donald and Andrew too, while Sivaraj managed to come through close tiebreaks against Andrew and Keith to stave off 3 set matches. Well played!

Final Rankings:

  1. Sivaraj Saxena 9.1 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Donald Crease 10.1 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Andrew Brodie 10.2 [W3, L2] 7
  4. Lindsay Maclean 9.2 [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. David Cullen [W1, L3] 3
  6. Keith Martin [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Colin Macbeth [L2] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAndrew Brodie bt Lindsay Maclean (Nov 7) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, played on a windy night under floodlights. (With the added bonus of Diwali fireworks nearby & occasional spectators). Match much closer than scoreline suggests."  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentSivaraj Saxena bt Andrew Brodie (Oct 28) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive first set with Andrew racing ahead with nice slices and topspin shots. Had to work hard to level and win the tie break. Thanks Andrew for a enjoyable game. ....Sivaraj"  -- Sivaraj
Reveal CommentDonald Crease bt Andrew Brodie (Oct 27) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "An epic match played in beautiful but cold conditions on a Saturday morning at the Meadows. Andrew had a slow start in the first set, but came roaring back in the second set and took the set after playing some excellent tennis. The third set was very close with Donald just nicking it at the very end."  -- Donald
Reveal CommentDonald Crease bt Lindsay Maclean (Oct 25) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A match played over two sessions. First attempt was on a windy and ultimately soggy Sunday morning where both players struggled with the wind and slippy court, ultimately succumbing to a down pour which forced us off the court. The conclusion was played on a windy and cold Thursday evening, and yet the wind didn't seem to be such a big factor. This saw a lot of exciting rallies with some excellent winners being played before Donald came out on top."  -- Donald
Reveal CommentAndrew Brodie bt David Cullen (Oct 18) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game under floodlight. First set was a cracker."  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentDonald Crease bt David Cullen (Oct 14) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Exciting game played in wonderful conditions. Both players hit some great shots with the first set especially having some very close games!"  -- Donald
Reveal CommentLindsay Maclean bt Keith Martin (Oct 10) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Another great match with Keith, on a warm autumn evening! I started the first set off well taking the first 5 games, but Keith pulled it back to 4-5 and it was a close set in the end. Keith had me sprinting round the court trying to return his clever drop shots and then pushing me back with some well placed lobs. I was really glad to get the win in the end. I look forward to our next duel!"  -- Lindsay
Reveal CommentSivaraj Saxena bt David Cullen (Oct 7) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A most enjoyable match in difficult playing conditions. The first set was played in the rain and wind. The second just the wind and by the third was only cold. My opponent- Sivaraj - mastered the weather conditions much better than me and was a deserved winner by a clear margin. "  -- David
Reveal CommentSivaraj Saxena bt Lindsay Maclean (Oct 6) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match on a beautiful autumn morning. I started off the first set well but Sivaraj pulled it back and his play was very consistent. Plus some killer drop shots! "  -- Lindsay
Reveal CommentDavid Cullen bt Lindsay Maclean (Oct 5) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A very good match under floodlights. The games were much tighter than the score. Many games going to deuce. The match was played in a very good spirit."  -- David
Reveal CommentDonald Crease bt Colin Macbeth (Sep 30) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Another blustery morning at the Meadows saw a good game of tennis with some exciting rallies being played!"  -- Donald

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentSivaraj Saxena bt Keith Martin (Sep 29) 7-6 (10-8), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable game hampered a little by the wind. After losing the first game, I then went on to lead 5-1 but Sivaraj began a remarkable comeback with drop shots and spins to take the tie break that really could have gone either way. The second set, though the scoreline doesn’t suggest it, was still competitive with really great rallies. I really enjoyed this match despite not winning and we both agreed that we brought the best out of each other’s game. Well done Sivaraj! "  -- Keith
Reveal CommentAndrew Brodie bt Colin Macbeth (Sep 23) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good match, 2nd set was very close!"  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentSivaraj Saxena bt Donald Crease (Sep 23) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Donald. Close One and easily could have gone either way with some great serving and strong hits by Donald," --.Sivaraj
Reveal CommentDonald Crease bt Keith Martin (Sep 16) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A match, that despite the scoreline, could easily have gone the other way on a different day. "  -- Donald

Group Summary:

Roberta and David made successful returns to the league with the pair tied on 8 points, however it was Roberta who took top spot thanks to winning their head to head. Roberta showed the benefits of early match scheduling too as the midway bonus points helped edge him clear despite having one less win than David. Andy and Laura played a "really tight match with lots of deuce games!", and Andy was the only player to defeat group winner Roberta, "a good game despite the wind causing havoc! ". So an entertaining group!

Final Rankings:

  1. Roberta Bergero 10.1 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. David Mackie [W4, L1] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Andy McNicoll [W3, L1] 6
  4. Laura Wallace 9.2 [W2, L2] 4
  5. Mark Smith [W1] 2
  6. Liam Kemp [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Linda Watson 9.1 [L3]

Match Results:

David Mackie bt Laura Wallace (Nov 6) 5-4 Laura Wallace Retired
Laura Wallace bt Linda Watson (Nov 6) 6-3, 6-0
Reveal CommentAndy McNicoll bt Laura Wallace (Nov 2) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really tight match, lots of deuce games!"  -- Andy
Reveal CommentLaura Wallace bt Liam Kemp (Oct 30) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great fun fast paced game in the rain! We really enjoyed it!"  -- Laura
  • "Great energy to the game, and very satisfying." Liam
Reveal CommentDavid Mackie bt Andy McNicoll (Oct 23) 7-5, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The wind seemed to be the deciding factor here with me appearing to enjoy it a lot better than Andy."  -- David

Match of the Group:

Roberta Bergero bt David Mackie (Oct 21) 7-5, 6-1
Reveal CommentDavid Mackie bt Linda Watson (Oct 14) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable, competitive match with the scoreline not a true reflection as some tight games. The strong sun played a big factor from one end with me coping a bit better than Linda."  -- David
Reveal CommentRoberta Bergero bt Linda Watson (Sep 30) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Crazy conditions: blinding sun and gusty wind. Thanks for the match, Linda!"  -- Roberta
Mark Smith bt Liam Kemp (Sep 25) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentAndy McNicoll bt Roberta Bergero (Sep 22) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good game despite the wind causing havoc! Thanks v much for the match Roberta! "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentDavid Mackie bt Liam Kemp (Sep 18) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match played in windy conditions."  -- David
  • "Some good rallies, and quite a challenge with our other opponent - the wind." Liam
Reveal CommentAndy McNicoll bt Liam Kemp (Sep 16) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match with lots of deuces that could have gone either way. Battled the elements too. Cheers for the game Liam."  -- Andy
  • "Great energetic game, made unpredictable at times thanks to the sudden gusts of wind and rain. Thanks Andy." Liam
Roberta Bergero bt Liam Kemp (Sep 15) 6-0, 6-0