Showdown at the top of the table in Somer Valley

Somer Valley Tennis has finally reached the end of its summer league adventures in the Avon tennis leagues, it has been a one-ride roller coaster with weather, court availability and player injuries, family commitments and the committee volunteers all involved in bringing out 36 members each week to be able to field 9 teams, bar none, everyone “did their part,” Chairman Bryn Jones said and “we all really enjoyed it – well above all! “

We owe Chilcompton Sports Ground a big thank you as they provided us with pitches every week, with five home teams most weeks we had to ‘overtake’ the teams at our home base, the Writhlington Sports Center.

1st men lost 0-10 against Backwell A difficult evening for the first against a very strong team from Backwell, who have just been promoted in the division after tonight’s result. The 10-0 scoreline did not reflect the quality of tennis between the two pairs tonight.

Sam Peryman / Ollie McGee struggled to find a rhythm and hit some blinding winners or unforced errors. Ewan Allman / Darren Thompson got off to a rocky start, with their second pair possibly the stronger of the two that night. The second face was much more competitive for Ewan and Darren against their first pair, with the blow of the evening going to Ewan who returned a smash behind his back for a winner. Darren also played superbly at net all night.

Overall though, the former have been comfortably beaten tonight. Onward and up for next season! A big thank you to everyone who came together for the long road trip like the last game of the season in the scorching heat.

2nd lost 0-10 to Cotham Park With this team’s regular players unavailable and promotion ensured, Somer Valley fielded 3 new players Alan Gammon, Lee Wood and Tom Craig to form their squad, so it was going to be a night difficult. Alan and Lee worked hard but lost both rubbers 6-0. 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0. Tom C was teamed up with the regular Tom H and had a little more joy, especially after the pairing moved on to serve and volley and he made it to the net whenever possible, they lost 6- 0, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-2. Consolation came for the Somer Valley side who already had enough points since the start of the season to place 2nd in the division, which puts them in the second promotion slot.

The 3rd won 10-0 Lansdown. – We hosted Lansdown at the Chilcompton Sports Ground for this top-of-the-table clash, where a win would seal the promotion for us. Chris Cox teamed up with regular partner Graham Steer, and despite a slow start, they took the win after a 3rd set tie-break against opposing “A” pair. Their second game was a more comfortable straight set victory. Although a new partnership, Adam Benney / Tony Honecker played as if they were regular partners and only lost 6 games in total in back-to-back wins to both pair. With a maximum of points won tonight, the 3rd are promoted to Division 7!

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated in the 3rd this season. Division 7 is beckoning us now and with this group of players we can go into next season with confidence.

4th won 10-0 over Sodbury With captain Bryn Jones still injured, Mike Cuthbert / Sam Harris teamed up and easily won their two rubbers, with Sam posting incredible backhand gains. Payman Fathi / Ray Clarke have had close games with their second rubber going to a 16-14 championship tiebreaker, meaning the 4th will remain safely in the middle of the table and this division for next year.

5th lost 0-10 v-Almondsbury A very young and “big” team was the opposition for the “mighty 5th men” who faced fierce opposition all season, but with Neil Scott mainstays Richard Hood, Greig Shearer and Kevin Stephens, the team played valiantly, but lost all of their games. The hero of this great group of men has to be Tom Craig, their captain who has kept these guys together all season despite the losses!

Ladies win 8-2 against Knowle Our last summer championship game for 2021 was played at home against Knowle. They sent a strong squad so we had to be at our best as we all wanted to finish beautifully with a win. We beat them 8-2. Coach and player Mandy Baldwin said: “It has been a tough division to play this year, but my thanks go to all the ladies who stepped in and played for the 1st team – a real TEAM effort,” we are 2nd in the best women’s division in the Avon league.

Ladies 2nd won 8-2 against Thornbury Due to the late arrival of Rachel Gibbs just before 7pm, the opposition won the first set. From the second set, neither Lucy Burnmingham nor Rachel really entered the match, but managed to grab a 0-6, 7-6, 1-0 victory (tie-break of the championship which went to 11-9) . The second rubber allowed Lucy and Rachel to play better tennis against a stronger pair. Good rallies were appreciated and we won 2-6, 6-7.

Louise Derrick / Sally Rawlings faced the toughest pair first and didn’t quite match the two losing 2-6, 3-6. They had no problem with the second rubber, but won 6-2, 6-2. The 2nd remains in his division with strong performances from all regular players.

Lades 3rd lost 4-6 to Crescent It was a glorious sunny evening to end the season. The 3rd ladies made it to Crescent, one of the friendliest teams in the league, and enjoyed long rallies in very hot conditions.

Tracey Stephens / Marie Craig won the first set on a tie-break and closed the second set fairly quickly, winning decisively and then unfortunately in their second rubber, Marie injured her leg and was forced to retire and to concede the rubber.

Jane Benny / Jenny Perez lost to mother / daughter pair Lynda and Rachel who have played together for many years, then after losing the first set in a tie-break to Chris and Liz returned with energy and determination to winning the second set and a convincing tiebreaker in the championship to give Somer Valley four well-deserved points, which puts us in safe third in the standings.

Ladies 4th 10-0 sans Unfortunately, the Kings haven’t been able to form a squad this week by giving our Ladies 4th 10 points in a forfeit, but it remains to be seen if that will be enough to save them from relegation when all results will be entered on the website.

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