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Collapse AllPortsmouth Singles - Round 39 | Thursday 17 October 2019 to Wednesday 11 December 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 13 November 2019)

And that's Portsmouth tennis done and dusted for another year! A lovely round to end on and thank you for battling through a wet and windy autumn. We wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year and look forward to seeing you in a tennis-filled 2020!

Group Summary:

In league tennis you get rewarded for great tennis and great scheduling - Derek needed a bit of both to secure this group victory, notching up five great wins but also playing more matches than anyone else and earning bonus points. That meant that he mitigated a loss to second placed Neil and one to David, still easily topping the points! Bragging rights then to Neil for beating the champ, but it's hats off to Derek on an excellent group win!

Final Rankings:

  1. Derek Allaway 6.2 [W5, L2] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Neil Crawford 6.2 [W4] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Mark Tamba [W2, L2] 6
  4. David Howarth [W3, L2] 6
  5. Liam Vacher 6.2 [W2] 4
  6. Andrew Ellaway [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Jay Smith 8.1 [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Dan Cooper [W1, L2] 3
  9. Lewis Richards 8.1 [L2] 1
  10. Joe Dobney withdrawn

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDerek Allaway bt Lewis Richards (Dec 10) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "continuing from a previous match we finished at priory!!! Lewis is a real battler and never gives up running-i was relieved to win the third set as i knew from our 1st encounter it could go either way."  -- Derek
Reveal CommentMark Tamba bt Andrew Ellaway (Dec 5) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match "  -- Mark
Reveal CommentNeil Crawford bt Mark Tamba (Dec 2) 4-6, 6-1, [11-9]

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with Mark! Would have liked to play a 3rd set but were running close to time of centre closure"  -- Neil
David Howarth bt Dan Cooper (Nov 27) 6-3, 6-4
Reveal CommentNeil Crawford bt Jay Smith (Nov 24) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match with Jay on beautiful calm, dry day! Enjoyed it!"  -- Neil
Mark Tamba bt David Howarth (Nov 23) 7-5, 6-4
Liam Vacher bt David Howarth (Nov 19) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentNeil Crawford bt Derek Allaway (Nov 17) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Today Derek was not the usual competitor I normally face. I will expect a tougher time with next time we meet!"  -- Neil
Reveal CommentNeil Crawford bt Andrew Ellaway (Nov 13) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "We played a couple of weeks ago and stopped in slippery conditions at 1 set apiece. Today, Andy didn't play anything like before....... Lucky me, not sure that will happen again!"  -- Neil
Reveal CommentJay Smith bt Lewis Richards (Nov 10) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to play Lewis again, I got off to a strong start and kept the pressure on so was very pleased to get my first win in the group. Congrats to Lewis on becoming a new dad (those sleepless nights may have benefited me too!) "  -- Jay
Liam Vacher bt Andrew Ellaway (Nov 8) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentDerek Allaway bt Mark Tamba (Nov 5) 6-3, 4-6, [10-7]

Player Comments:

  • "A real pleasure to play Mark and a real good battle from start to finish. look forward to a return soon mate."  -- Derek
Reveal CommentDavid Howarth bt Derek Allaway (Nov 3) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Sincere pleasure to get back on a court with Derek, who really helped me improve my game many years ago. Irrespective of the outcome, it was fantastic to see him again. The match was back and forth and was always going to be a real grind. Today I was lucky enough to come out on top, largely because of a rare good day on serve! Look keenly forward to the next match!"  -- David
Andrew Ellaway bt Jay Smith (Nov 3) 6-4, 6-4
Reveal CommentDavid Howarth bt Jay Smith (Nov 2) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match with jay today. Some great points from both sides and will look forward to our next match"  -- David
Reveal CommentDan Cooper bt Jay Smith (Oct 29) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match, with lots of great rallies and close points"  -- Dan
Derek Allaway bt Jay Smith (Oct 28) 6-1, 6-2
Derek Allaway bt Andrew Ellaway (Oct 25) 6-1, 7-5

Match of the Group:

Derek Allaway bt Dan Cooper (Oct 24) 6-4, 2-6, [10-5]

Group Summary:

What a terrific group. All but two matches played and a brand new champion! Adina was playing in her first round and made a real impression winning all her matches in straight sets, though her match with runner-up Paul was a real battle! Well done again to Adina and Paul, and to third-placed David.

Final Rankings:

  1. Adina Luana Tiulea 10.2 [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Paul Whittenham 7.2 [W6, L1] 14 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. David Robertson [W4, L3] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Lee Bellchambers [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Dorin Vrasmas [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Daniel Alexandru Rada [W2, L5] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Steve Dobney [W1, L6] 4
  8. Damian Hodnett 10.2 [L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAdina Luana Tiulea bt Steve Dobney (Dec 3) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A good game ! Thank you"  -- Adina Luana
Reveal CommentLee Bellchambers bt Steve Dobney (Dec 1) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "thanks Steve well played "  -- Lee
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt David Robertson (Nov 29) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet Dave and thoroughly enjoyed our match. Dave hits the ball well off of both wings and I lost count of the number of times I watched the ball sail past me. Having said that I saved numerous game points and my greater consistency on the day got me through in the end. Many thanks for the game Dave and look forward to re-match hopefully soon. "  -- Paul
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Steve Dobney (Nov 29) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Played Steve for the very first time in what was my 100th Local Tennis Leagues Singles match in just under 3 years. In all those matches I don't think I have ever contested so many deuce games. I'm not sure how I got to a set and 3-0 up but it was fitting that Steve rallied back to lead 4-3 and had break point on my serve which was the very least he deserved for his considerable efforts in what was a very tight match. Having hung on to my serve I then decided to go for it and won 7 of the next 8 points to take the match. Steve you are a really nice guy and I thoroughly enjoyed our encounter. I'm now going to lie down for a bit and try and recover!"  -- Paul
Reveal CommentDaniel Alexandru Rada bt Steve Dobney (Nov 26) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), [10-8]

Player Comments:

  • "Steve is a amazing player,he fought for each point!He had 2 match points in the second set,but I was lucky today to win the match!Thanks for playing !"  -- Daniel Alexandru
Reveal CommentAdina Luana Tiulea bt Daniel Alexandru Rada (Nov 24) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game ! Thank you"  -- Adina Luana
Reveal CommentAdina Luana Tiulea bt Dorin Vrasmas (Nov 19) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A good game ! He runs to catch every ball ! "  -- Adina Luana
Reveal CommentDorin Vrasmas bt David Robertson (Nov 18) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great games.Very strong competitor.thanks"  -- Dorin
Reveal CommentAdina Luana Tiulea bt Lee Bellchambers (Nov 17) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A good match ! Thank you"  -- Adina Luana
Reveal CommentDorin Vrasmas bt Steve Dobney (Nov 16) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Steve Dobney is a fighter.Thank you Steve."  -- Dorin
Steve Dobney bt Damian Hodnett (Nov 14) 7-5, 6-2
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Dorin Vrasmas (Nov 13) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet Dorin again following our encounter in the Portsmouth Doubles League last month. A very tactical match with lots of well contested rallies and overall a very enjoyable contest. Thank you for the game Dorin and good luck with the rest of your matches."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentDavid Robertson bt Daniel Alexandru Rada (Nov 13) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Another close game with Daniel. Very enjoyable."  -- David
Reveal CommentAdina Luana Tiulea bt David Robertson (Nov 12) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really good player ! Thank you for a well played match ! "  -- Adina Luana
Reveal CommentAdina Luana Tiulea bt Damian Hodnett (Nov 10) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game ! Damian has clean strikes and he plays good tennis ! Thank you"  -- Adina Luana
Reveal CommentDavid Robertson bt Lee Bellchambers (Nov 8) 5-7, 6-4, [10-3]

Player Comments:

  • "Nice conditions and good match with Lee. Could have gone either way. Thanks"  -- David
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Damian Hodnett (Nov 8) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "My first meeting with Damian just a day after he had become a father for the second time! There were a lot of closely contested games and we agreed that had Damian’s serve worked better on the day the match result would have been a lot closer. Really enjoyed meeting you and the chat before during and after our contest. Good luck with the rest of your matches mate and many congratulations on becoming a Dad again."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentDavid Robertson bt Damian Hodnett (Nov 6) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match with Damian. Good luck with baby number 2!!!"  -- David
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Lee Bellchambers (Nov 6) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A real pleasure to meet and play Lee for the first time. Lee plays very positive tennis which forced me to do the same as he put anything short away with aplomb. It made for a very enjoyable match and fortunately for me it was one of those days when I played well despite feeling like I was on the back foot for most of the match. Thank you Lee and already looking forward to a re-match."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentDaniel Alexandru Rada bt Damian Hodnett (Nov 3) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A pleasure to meet Damian!A very nice match with a lot of long rallys!"  -- Daniel Alexandru
Reveal CommentLee Bellchambers bt Daniel Alexandru Rada (Oct 31) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Daniel, well played. Lee"  -- Lee
Dorin Vrasmas bt Daniel Alexandru Rada (Oct 29) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
Reveal CommentLee Bellchambers bt Dorin Vrasmas (Oct 25) 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A great fight, thanks for the match Dorin. "  -- Lee

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAdina Luana Tiulea bt Paul Whittenham (Oct 23) 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-1)

Player Comments:

  • A good game ! I enjoyed his consistent returns! Thank you
Reveal CommentDavid Robertson bt Steve Dobney (Oct 22) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Had to dig deep to get the result against Steve. Expect everything to come back!!!! Very enjoyable match."  -- David
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Daniel Alexandru Rada (Oct 22) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Our second meeting following the first over 2 years ago and a pleasure to see Daniel again. A tough match with several long rallies and I think it’s fair to say that my greater consistency got me through. Thank you Daniel you are a very nice guy and all the very best for your remaining matches. "  -- Paul

Group Summary:

More excellent tennis in this group and an upset finish! Although Tim and Maksims had identical win-loss records and though Maksims beat Tim in their head-to-head, the set Tim won off Maksims allowed him to win the group by a point! There were matches not played in the group so if more tennis had been played we could have had a different result, but the task for now is to salute the efforts of group winner Tim and runner up Maksims!

Final Rankings:

  1. Tim Durham [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Maksims Afanasjevs 10.1 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Peter Pullen 8.2 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Dennis Greenwood [W2, L2] 6
  5. Glen Carter [W1] 2
  6. David Edwards 10.2 [L4]
  7. Lydia Forbes-Manson
  8. Michael Johnson

Match Results:

Peter Pullen bt David Edwards (Dec 1) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
Reveal CommentTim Durham bt Dennis Greenwood (Nov 25) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A good match that was very back and forth, lots of very tight long games. Thanks for the game. "  -- Tim
Reveal CommentDennis Greenwood bt David Edwards (Nov 18) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely day; score didn’t really reflect the games as there were some close games. Very enjoyable."  -- Dennis
Reveal CommentDennis Greenwood bt Peter Pullen (Nov 12) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A really great game, very tight throughout."  -- Dennis
Glen Carter bt Peter Pullen (Nov 10) 6-0, 5-7, 6-1

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMaksims Afanasjevs bt Tim Durham (Nov 8) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "2 h of rallies. Now i need two days of rest to recover :) Good match Tim! Thanks. "  -- Maksims
Reveal CommentMaksims Afanasjevs bt David Edwards (Nov 6) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very nice indoor courts at Portsmouth Tennis centre. Second set was really hard. Good game David! "  -- Maksims
Reveal CommentTim Durham bt Peter Pullen (Nov 5) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Another really enjoyable game against Pete. Lots of long close games, I was fortunate that a lot of my high risk shots were finding their way in! Thanks for the match. "  -- Tim
Reveal CommentTim Durham bt David Edwards (Oct 30) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Another good game against David, the wind made it very challenging for both, with shots being carried a long way by strong gusts of wind. We both struggled with our serving at times throughout, but lots of good close games across the whole match. Good luck in the rest of your games. "  -- Tim
Reveal CommentMaksims Afanasjevs bt Dennis Greenwood (Oct 28) 7-6 (10-8), 5-7, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "One of the hardest tennis matches... 1 h long first set only, then we played two set under the lights. Very long match 2h40min... Well done Dennis was nice to play with you! Thanks for the game."  -- Maksims
Reveal CommentPeter Pullen bt Maksims Afanasjevs (Oct 27) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really close game and non stop running. I look forward to playing again."  -- Peter

Group Summary:

A second group win for Rob to celebrate but it could have been rather different if only Matt, who beat the champ this time, had played more matches. As it is it was Stephen and Jess who came closest to catching Rob at the top of the table. Well done Rob and to all who contributed to some very enjoyable tennis.

Final Rankings:

  1. Rob Darling 9.2 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Stephen Philpott [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Jess Doyle 9.2 [W2, L2, UF1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Matt Webber 9.1 [W2, UF1] 5
  5. Lyuba Anderton 10.2 [L3] withdrawn 2 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Adam Dera [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMatt Webber v Jess Doyle (Dec 9) 6-1, 5-5 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match and well played by Jess. I really wanted the second set but she wouldn't let me have it! We had several long deuce battles and some nice rallies. We got as far as we could before they had to close PTC. We'll have to imagine what the final score would have been as that's the end of the round now."  -- Matt
Reveal CommentRob Darling bt Stephen Philpott (Nov 22) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Always a great game with Stephen and you never know what to expect! He has come on the court before and completely wiped the floor with me so I made sure I stayed focused this time round. It got very adrenaline-fuelled, with some really nice, intense fast paced rallies at times. I think the fact that my serve stayed fairly consistent and powerful saw me through in the end. Loved every minute of it! Thanks mate, thouroughly enjoyable. I guess when your game is on, its on. Sorry it had to go my way lol."  -- Rob
Reveal CommentStephen Philpott bt Lyuba Anderton (Nov 13) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "thanks for the game ,very nice to meet you .....good luck for your future games...steve "  -- Stephen
Matt Webber bt Stephen Philpott (Nov 12) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentStephen Philpott bt Jess Doyle (Nov 11) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "thank you for the game Jess ,the score does not reflect how well you can hit the ball ......im sure next time your fav shot will fly down the line ....great game ,lovely lady ....good luck for your next game "  -- Stephen

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMatt Webber bt Rob Darling (Nov 9) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Absolute blinder! We have very similar games Rob and me and I had to concentrate very hard to take this. Lots of deuce battles and great rallies. This could easily have gone the other way. Hope to play Rob again soon."  -- Matt
Reveal CommentJess Doyle bt Lyuba Anderton (Nov 8) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable game , with some great rallies"  -- Jess
Reveal CommentJess Doyle bt Adam Dera (Nov 4) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "This was a really enjoyable match with lots of long rallies"  -- Jess
Rob Darling bt Lyuba Anderton (Oct 30) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentRob Darling bt Jess Doyle (Oct 25) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with great rallies. "  -- Rob