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Collapse AllSouthend Singles - Round 22 | Thursday 27 June 2019 to Wednesday 21 August 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 24 July 2019)

Over 90% of matches were played in the round, which even for record-breaking Southend is a Ben Stokes sort of an achievement. Thank you all for your hard work: you will wear out the courts before you wear out yourselves!

Group Summary:

Gavin is no stranger to winning the top group, but in a high-scoring group he just missed out last time so this win will be particularly satisfying. In fact Gavin finished with the same number of wins and was undefeated as before, but this time Paul was unable to catch him on points! Ogba battled hard, taking their encounter to three sets, but in the end has to accept the silver. Every single match was played in the group which is fantastic and everyone earned their bonus points. Well done all.

Final Rankings:

  1. Gavin Hodges 6.2 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Ogba Ogbimi 7.2 [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Paul Bundock Steel 8.1 [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Reece Syrett [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Bradley Payne 8.1 [L5] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  6. John George [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentReece Syrett bt Bradley Payne (Aug 21) 6-7 (11-13), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "One of the hardest games I’ve played and we were both drained at the end of it , first set we held serve all the way to the tiebreak in which was close until Brad unleashed a monster forehand to win the set .. 2nd set few breaks of Serve and it went to another tiebreak , I managed to hit some good winners down line to take it . Brad kept going in last set and it could have gone either way , luckily I edged it in the end , well played Brad "  -- Reece
Reveal CommentOgba Ogbimi bt Bradley Payne (Aug 19) 6-1, 3-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive match!! With Ogna starting well and cruising into a 6-1 first set with some hesvy topspin forehands!! Took me a while to adjust to the indoor courts and pace!! 2nd set i did exactly this and had ogba moving about reading his game better and took that 6-3 Than the final set 🙄 i continued to play well leading 5-2 the game looked over !!! But the OG came back making me hit the points to win the match and i buckled lol!! Fair play for keeping going ogba and a deserved win in the end!! Well played!! Good enjoyable match"  -- Bradley
Reveal CommentGavin Hodges bt Paul Bundock Steel (Aug 18) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game and for letting me play at your club"  -- Gavin
Reveal CommentPaul Bundock Steel bt John George (Aug 18) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A good game played in pleasant conditions. I think we both made a few more mistakes than in previous meetings."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentGavin Hodges bt John George (Aug 5) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good to see you again John and thanks for the game"  -- Gavin
Reveal CommentGavin Hodges bt Reece Syrett (Jul 18) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Hats off to Reece’s fight in the second set- every time I broke his serve and thought I would creep away, Reece dug deep, played solid and got back into the game. As always, a pleasure to play with. Thanks "  -- Gavin
Reveal CommentGavin Hodges bt Bradley Payne (Jul 17) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "We were both playing positive tennis, playing to win points rather than for our opponent to miss, which made the game really enjoyable. Fortunately for me, Bradley didn't take his chances when he had me scrambling and he hit one too many unforced errors. Always an absolute pleasure to play with. Thanks for the game "  -- Gavin
Reveal CommentOgba Ogbimi bt Reece Syrett (Jul 15) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game of tennis. Wonderful rallies. Reece really pushed me. We may have done more than 35 strokes at 3-3 final set which Reece won that rally to take it 4-3! Hope you remain in the top league for another battle. All the best in rest of your matches"  -- Ogba
Reveal CommentPaul Bundock Steel bt Bradley Payne (Jul 10) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It was fair to say that Bradley was the better player in the first set with some good groundstrokes and smashes but I managed to hang in there as my defensive game was better than my attacking game and came through the tie-break. I felt good in the second set going 3-1 and then 4-2 up but Bradley turned on more heat again to win the next 3 games. I then managed to win the next 3 games to take the set and the match. Thanks Bradley for a close and an intense game. "  -- Paul
Reveal CommentPaul Bundock Steel bt Reece Syrett (Jul 9) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "The first set I won quite comfortably but the second set was much more competitive with Reece going ahead 4-2. I won the next 3 games to go 5-4 up and then Reece leveled at 5 games all. I managed to win the next 2 games for the match but commented afterwards that all of our matches have had a similar scoreline. Anyway, thanks for the game Reece and hopefully see you in the next round."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentJohn George bt Bradley Payne (Jul 8) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Haven't played fellow Rochford team mate Bradley for sometime now so great to get match against him. A very close 1st set for which we both had chances to win but I managed to sneak 6 - 4. Bradley, as I expected would come out stronger in the 2nd set & went ahead early on. He wasn't going to let me back in & won fairly easily 6 - 2. The 3rd set was similar to the 2nd but the opposite way round with me upping my game & was fortunate that Bradley missed a few chances. I got the win 6 - 2 with a lucky net chord on match point. A good sporting match against a great opponent who will no doubt comeback very strong. Have a fab day at Wimbledon Friday & good luck with remaining matches."  -- John

Match of the Group:

Gavin Hodges bt Ogba Ogbimi (Jul 4) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentReece Syrett bt John George (Jul 1) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "I started this encounter off a bit rusty due to not playing for a while and got broke first game but I soon managed to find my range hitting winners and serving consistent which fortunately was good enough on the day for a emphatic win.. all the best john with your remaining games "  -- Reece
Reveal CommentOgba Ogbimi bt John George (Jun 28) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was my second meeting with John. The first time we played, John was 4-1 up but I retired due to intense pain in my feet. No retirement this time around. I continued with full momentum after beating current champion Paul yesterday. I wrapped up first set 6-2. John had his tail up second set! In fact he could have gone 5-3 up ! But somehow I managed a winner from a defensive position with an aggressive spin lob to stay in the game. I took my serve and made 4-4. I eventually closed the match winning the next two games. Well played John and all the best in the rest of your other matches."  -- Ogba
Reveal CommentOgba Ogbimi bt Paul Bundock Steel (Jun 27) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game of tennis in good evening breeze. At times though we had to stop so train pass by and quite windy at times. But overall good game of tennis. With Paul you have to play one more shot to be sure of the point because he covers the court so well. I am pleased with my game and nice to beat the current Champion in his own backyard!"  -- Ogba

Group Summary:

A great league debut from James who quickly got into the swing of things and notched up some very efficient early victories. Robert was able to give James' tennis a bit more of a test, but he came through this match too to win the group undefeated. Look out for James in the top group next time! Meanwhile Alain made a very solid return to the league and picks up a well-deserved silver with George earning the bronze. Once again lovely commentaries brought the whole round to life!

Final Rankings:

  1. James Bartram [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Alain Nyama 8.2 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. George Brounos 9.1 [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Robeřt Mcgovern 10.1 [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Paul Bhanji [W1, L5] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  6. John Bridgland 9.2 [W1, L2] withdrawn 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Alon Kramer [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Alain Nyama bt Paul Bhanji (Aug 9) 6-1, 6-3
Alain Nyama bt George Brounos (Aug 8) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentPaul Bhanji bt Alon Kramer (Aug 8) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good to meet Alon, seems very amiable. There were some close games with some deuces. Thanks for the match. "  -- Paul
Reveal CommentJames Bartram bt John Bridgland (Jul 20) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Happy Birthday John first and foremost! Some of the games today were quite tight for sure, and John your serving was super consistent. Great to meet you and look forward to our next hit - best of luck with the rest of your matches!!"  -- James
Reveal CommentRobeřt Mcgovern bt Paul Bhanji (Jul 20) 4-6, 7-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A fantastic match that had some big swings. I took a 3-1 leed in the first and Paul battled back realy well to take the first. The next was the longest set of tennis I have ever played and a change of tactics from me got the set on a tie break 7-1. My tactics worked realy well in the third to take the match. Looking forward to our next game Paul"  -- Robeřt
Reveal CommentJohn Bridgland bt Paul Bhanji (Jul 19) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Paul."  -- John
Reveal CommentJames Bartram bt Alain Nyama (Jul 19) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The score doesn’t reflect the play from Alain tonight. Some very close rallies and games which I’m pleased to have edged. The work I’ve been doing on my serve over the last couple of weeks has started to pay off which I’m grateful for. Alain I wish you all the best in your future matches"  -- James
Reveal CommentGeorge Brounos bt Alon Kramer (Jul 18) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nice conditions over at Priory Park. Alon came out fighting in the 2nd set playing some nice tennis, pleasure to meet you and best of luck in your remaining matches"  -- George
Alain Nyama bt Alon Kramer (Jul 16) 6-0, 6-2
Alain Nyama bt Robeřt Mcgovern (Jul 13) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentJames Bartram bt Paul Bhanji (Jul 12) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet you Paul! Pleased to see my serving improving from my last match. Paul - you really got around the court well and we had some good rallies. All the best for your future matches!"  -- James
Reveal CommentGeorge Brounos bt John Bridgland (Jul 10) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very close games with many going to deuce and loads of good rallies. Nice to meet you John, best of luck in your other matches"  -- George

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJames Bartram bt Robeřt Mcgovern (Jul 7) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet you today Robert! A game played in high spirits over three sets. Disappointing serving from my side saw me give way too many points and is most definitely an area of improvement for me moving forward. Some great rallies littered throughout, with Robert taking the first set in a close battle, a response from myself in the second, and fortunately finishing off the third 6-1. Thanks Robert - best of luck with the rest of your matches!"  -- James
Reveal CommentJames Bartram bt George Brounos (Jul 6) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet you George! We had some really good rallies in the match - I personally was disappointed with the inconsistency of my serving, but my ground game was solid today. Best of luck with rest of your matches George!"  -- James
Reveal CommentJames Bartram bt Alon Kramer (Jul 5) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Really awesome to meet Alon - I started off strong in the first and managed to maintain momentum from there. I wish Alon all the best with his remaining matches!"  -- James
Reveal CommentRobeřt Mcgovern bt Alon Kramer (Jun 30) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Nice early morning start, I served well for the whole match, when we got into a rally Alon played some good tennis. Nice to meet you Alon. "  -- Robeřt
Reveal CommentGeorge Brounos bt Paul Bhanji (Jun 29) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Always a good game against Paul. Paul broke in the first game of the match then I won 5 games in a row to lead 5- 1 and eventually took the set 6-2 Paul started the 2nd set well and raced into a 4-1 lead and was also 5-3 up but I managed to stay in sight and somehow took the final 4 games to win the set 7-5. All the best for your remaining matches Paul "  -- George

Group Summary:

Another stunning debut in this group with David conceding just a handful or so of games en-route to the top spot. The only thing his round didn't have was bonus points - next time! Well done too to Alex who fought hard for his second place - the three setter with Ian looks like it was a great match and clearly Ian was unlucky not to win a match in the round this time. Daniel, the only player who did earn bonus points, bags third place.

Final Rankings:

  1. David Buikhuizen [W5] 10 WINNER
  2. Alex Postlethwaite [W4, L1] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Daniel Kellard [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Tim Staines [W2, L3] 5
  5. Maddie Maxwell 9.2 [W1, L4] 2
  6. Ian Fraser [L5] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMaddie Maxwell bt Ian Fraser (Aug 18) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable game, which started in perfect sunny conditions, as predicted by the forecast of 4 hours unbroken sunshine from 10am, when we started. By 11am thundery black clouds filled the sky, it got windy, then it rained, making the 2nd set somewhat challenging. It's a good job we started when we did! Most probably see you in the next round Ian. I look forward to a rematch."  -- Maddie
Reveal CommentDaniel Kellard bt Tim Staines (Aug 17) 0-6, 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Tim thoroughly dominated the first set as the scoreline suggest. 2nd set was a tough battle which I managed to nick. Momentum was with me after that."  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentDavid Buikhuizen bt Alex Postlethwaite (Aug 13) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for a good game Alex I wish I had your serve ,enjoyable game and Alex has some great shots "  -- David
Reveal CommentTim Staines bt Maddie Maxwell (Aug 13) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was lovely to see Maddie again, after a three year break. An enjoyable match with some great rallies. Thanks for the match and the great spirit in which it was played."  -- Tim
Reveal CommentAlex Postlethwaite bt Maddie Maxwell (Aug 11) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for a great game Maddie "  -- Alex
Reveal CommentDavid Buikhuizen bt Ian Fraser (Aug 8) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable game on a lovely summers eve thanks Ian "  -- David
Reveal CommentDavid Buikhuizen bt Tim Staines (Aug 5) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was a pleasure to play Tim lots of long close games and generally good fun "  -- David
Reveal CommentDaniel Kellard bt Maddie Maxwell (Aug 1) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive first set which I had to come from behind to win. I managed to take control of the next set and close it out before any rain came. Well played Maddie."  -- Daniel

Match of the Group:

Alex Postlethwaite bt Ian Fraser (Jul 29) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Reveal CommentDavid Buikhuizen bt Maddie Maxwell (Jul 25) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Not the best conditions , hottest July day along with strong winds and rain but we stuck it out still good to be out there playing thanks Maddie for organising the game "  -- David
Reveal CommentAlex Postlethwaite bt Tim Staines (Jul 23) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match on a lovely summer evening. Thanks again Tim and all the best for your future matches!!"  -- Alex
Reveal CommentDaniel Kellard bt Ian Fraser (Jul 23) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Ian fought really hard in the 2nd set and it was an enjoyable encounter. Good Luck for the remaining matches."  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentTim Staines bt Ian Fraser (Jul 16) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Well played, Ian. Coming back from injury, you put up a great fight. Sorry about the lobs - only once did you admit defeat and not run back ! Best wishes for your remaining matches. "  -- Tim
Reveal CommentDavid Buikhuizen bt Daniel Kellard (Jul 11) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable game Daniel is fit and returns everything hanks for a great game "  -- David
Reveal CommentAlex Postlethwaite bt Daniel Kellard (Jun 30) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game and Dan has a wicked first serve. All the best with the rest of the round! "  -- Alex