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Team Report 2019

Team Match Report

Results for the previous winter and summer Surrey Wilson Leagues are summarised below:

Winter 2018/19

TeamDivision Played Finishing Position Division next Winter 
Men’s 173rd7
Men’s 2131st11
Men’s 3163rd16
Men’s 4222nd21
Men’s 5252nd 24
Men’s 6266th27
Ladies 1 145th15
Ladies 2156th17

Summer 2019

TeamDivision Played Finishing Position Division next Summer
Men’s 155th6
Men’s 2121st10
Men’s 3162nd15
Men’s 4213rd21
Men’s 5252nd24
Men’s 6272nd26
Ladies 1 116th13
Ladies 2195th20

Some main points are:

1. Olga is actively looking for committed team players as now is Lucy – we have 2 ladies teams and are hoping we can attract more team players to help us climb back up to where we used to sit in the tables.

2. Ashley took over the seconds and even though hasn’t always played owing to uni commitments, he has captained the seconds to 1st place finishes in both seasons making this team the ‘team of the year’ in terms of results. Keep it up lads!

3. The mens firsts have been making the most of our performance juniors – Robin has played several times and Ryan’s recent debut saw him gain a convincing 7-5, 6-2 and 6-2, 6-0 wins with Simon over strong players. We anticipate once Dominic and Ashley have finished Uni soon they will be well placed to help us climb again.

4. Well done to mens teams 3 and 5 for promotions both seasons and we think the 4ths will be adjusted to 2nd place in summer so well done too. The 6ths also managed a promotion in winter.

Team Tennis Results 2019:

Our Aegon teams were in action over the spring. The Men’s first team, having been promoted the year before, managed a very respectable mid-table finish in division 4 and will look to improve further next season. Well done to the players involved: Simon Burgess, Chris Keating, Mike Needham, Ashley Horsman, Arthur Ewins, Robin Mcalpine, Dominic Sandy & Shaun Malcolm.

For the first time, we also entered a new Men’s second team, competing in only one division lower than our first team in division 5. The season proved to be difficult, but we look forward to a more competitive league next year. Well done to all those involved: Taegun Kim, Chris Smith, Colin Jones, Russell Vovsey, Adam Tomes, Joshua Marshall, Ashley Horsman, Bryan Nielsen & Jack Harvey.

Final League Standings: https://bit.ly/2NqPmUS

We also entered a U14 Boys team in the South East Premier Division. This is the highest possible level, with a 1st place finish giving qualification to the National Finals. Cheam LTC finished runners up in the division after winning 3 out of 4 matches. Well done to the team on a fantastic result, despite only just missing out on the National Finals. The players involved were Robin Mcalpine, James Beaven, Ryan Papazov, Arthur Ewins & Callum Dickson.

Final League Standings: https://bit.ly/2NuHYYE

I do wish to thank everyone who plays and hope the experience is enjoyable for all concerned!

Simon Burgess

Team Report Spring 2019

Our Aegon teams were in action over the spring. The Men’s first team, having been promoted the year before, managed a very respectable mid-table finish in division 4 and will look to improve further next season. Well done to the players involved: Simon Burgess, Chris Keating, Mike Needham, Ashley Horsman, Arthur Ewins, Robin Mcalpine, Dominic Sandy & Shaun Malcolm.

For the first time, we also entered a new Men’s second team, competing in only one division lower than our first team in division 5. The season proved to be difficult, but we look forward to a more competitive league next year. Well done to all those involved: Taegun Kim, Chris Smith, Colin Jones, Russell Vovsey, Adam Tomes, Joshua Marshall, Ashley Horsman, Bryan Nielsen & Jack Harvey.

Final League Standings: https://bit.ly/2NqPmUS


We also entered a U14 Boys team in the South East Premier Division. This is the highest possible level, with a 1st place finish giving qualification to the National Finals. Cheam LTC finished runners up in the division after winning 3 out of 4 matches. Well done to the team on a fantastic result, despite only just missing out on the National Finals. The players involved were Robin Mcalpine, James Beaven, Ryan Papazov, Arthur Ewins & Callum Dickson.

Final League Standings: https://bit.ly/2NuHYYE


A huge well done to all the Aegon teams this spring!

Surrey County Cup Team

Cheam LTC are very proud to have 3 representatives of the Surrey County team.

Well done to two of our junior members, James and Robin, who have been competing for the Surrey U14 County Cup team. The team beat Hampshire on the 6th May to make it through to the finals in Nottingham.

And look who else is there! Our very own Shaun, who recently joined Amit’s coaching team, is the captain of the team.

We wish the team good luck in Nottingham on the 17th-19th May.

Team Report 2018

Team Match Report

Results for the previous winter and summer Surrey Wilson Leagues are summarised below:

Winter 2017/18

Team Division Played  Finishing Position  Division next Winter 
Men’s 1 6 6th 7
Men’s 2 11 6th 13
Men’s 3 17 2nd 16
Men’s 4 21 5th 22
Men’s 5 25 4th 25
Men’s 6 26 3rd 26
Ladies 1  12 6th 14

Summer 2018

Team Division Played  Finishing Position  Division next Summer
Men’s 1 6 1st 5
Men’s 2 10 6th 12
Men’s 3 14 6th 16
Men’s 4 22 2nd 21
Men’s 5 26 2nd 25
Men’s 6 27 3rd 27
Ladies 1  9 6th 11

Notable points:

  1. We lost several of our highest standard ladies a year or so ago and although interest is growing there is still a long way to go to get the ladies team back to where it used to be. Olga is doing a good job in getting matches arranged but we need more ladies to play and hope to be now in a position where some of the newer ladies will play for us soon.
  2. Josh and Jonathan continue to manage the 4ths and 5ths and are using junior players and young adults more now that it is apparent that their standard is improving rapidly – a testament to our coaching programme.
  3. Congratulations to Dominic Sandy who having won the club doubles championships finished the summer league undefeated in the first team and the official number 1 player out of the 32 players that played in the division.
  4. We face more than ever now an increasing demand for team tennis participation. Thanks to Amit for his coaching, a number of juniors and students now play and will be playing more. As ever we aim to include everyone who wants to play matches but it may mean you don’t play every match. Any concerns should be swiftly brought to the attention of the team captain and if not dealt with can be referred up to the committee.  Please seek to resolve any difficulties early and with the appropriate captain.

Men’s Aegon 2018

Cheam played in Division 5 West this year once again and ended in 1st place. We will re-enter division 4 West next year and hope to do better than last time we were there.

Players included Mike Needham, Simon Burgess, Chris Keating, Jack Harvey, Colin Jones, Dominic Sandy, Ashley Horsman and Taegyun Kim. I do wish to thank everyone who plays and hope the experience is enjoyable for all concerned. We look forward to next season when we hope to have enough players to enter a second Men’s team

 

Junior Aegon 2018

Cheam’s U16 boys finished 2nd this year and so will be promoted next year. Thanks again to Olga for arranging and to the boys themselves – I can certainly say witnessing the matches the standard has become very high. Well done to Matthew, Lewis, Tim and Daniel. 

 

Thank you to all our players and captains and I wish you all good luck with your matches over the coming season at Cheam LTC.

 

Men’s 5th Team Match Report v Purley

A glorious sunny day in Purley  saw the Cheam 5th team get a 4 -0 away win.

It was a closer affair than the result suggests with Peter Jones and Jonathan Holding making sure we got our moneys worth. They won the tie breaks in both matches. Plamen and Anton took the straightforward route with straight set wins. This gives Plamen the best ranking in the league, with 7 wins out of 8 rubbers. Will have to keep this pairing together for the winter season which kicks off next month, with the first fixture- against Purley away!

Cheam 5 finished second in the league, on the same points as the leaders but down on games difference.

Consistent pairings  and using only 6 players paid dividends in the end.  More players are welcome to make the team. Well done to Plamen, Anton, Peter, Michael and Richard, and we look forwards to the winter league which starts straight away.

Author: Jonathan Holding

Men’s 5th Team Match Report v Sanderstead

On a glorious sunny morning the men’s 5th team of Plamen Zaychev, Richard Bennett,  Jonathan and Michael Holding, played Sanderstead 4th. This is a regular fixture over the last few seasons and another close match was expected.

Michael and Plamen have played all in the matches this season but this was their first partnering each other and they made a strong partnership with some heavy hitting from the base line in both their rubbers to win in a relatively comfortable manner. By contrast Richard and Jonathan took a bit more warming up to get into their stride with both rubbers going to 3 sets. They finally won a tense final championship tie break to give Cheam a 3-1 win. This puts Cheam in 3rd place in the league with one match to go, which they could end in joint first place if they win their last match against Purley away.

This was Michael’s last match of the season before going off to university, so we will have to wait til next Summer before getting his services again. Anton will be partnering Plamen again in the hope that they can get another win – which would raise Plamen to number 1 ranking player in our league.

If any club players reading this, feel that they have untapped potential to play in a team this winter (I heard that we will get a mild winter this year), please contact either Simon Burgess or the team captain of the 5ths Jonathan Holding. Other team captains are available.

Author: Jonathan Holding

Aegon Match Report – 15 April

Cheam vs Camberley 15th April 2018 Home

Cheam Mens Aegon Team entered this season in Division 5 West against old rivals Camberley LTC on our own turf (literally). Having played them many times we knew what to expect and sent in Simon, Mike, Dom and new member Kim for the opening singles matches.

Simon played young 5.1 rated Barnaby on the clay up first. Both players enjoyed hitting a hard ball but it was Simon that found the court more often, notching up a 6-2, 6-2 win on a surface Barnaby was unfamiliar with being a hard court player. 1-0 Cheam!

Meanwhile also on clay Mike was playing Steve (also a 5.1 rating). Despite landing heavy serves Steve couldn’t cope with Mike’s consistency and angles and after little more than an hour Mike came away with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-3 win.

Over on the astro Dom was the traditional ”epically long match that everyone else has to wait for to finish” that we always seem to get! He started off like a rocket going up 5-0 before losing 3 games and facing 2 break points for Sacha to get the set back on serve. Dom did eventually come through that set 6-3 but it was Sacha that stormed ahead 4-1 in the second only for Dom to peg it back and force a tiebreak. From 5-0 down in the breaker Dom very nearly regained control but lost 7-5. The first Match tie-break then decided the tie with Dom sadly being edged out 10-8 giving Camberley their first win. A decidedly nervy (and long) affair.

Kim had been playing next door and put in a great effort in the second set before narrowly losing it and the match 1-6,5-7. This meant after singles it was honours even 2-2.

Onto the doubles with Mike partnering Kim playing their second pair and Simon partnering Dom for a clash with their top pair. Mike and Kim were given a walkover owing to Steve picking up an arm injury so it was left to Simon and Dom to bring home the win or be forced into a 3-3 situation whereby more tiebreaks would be needed.

Given Dom played for 2 1/2 hours he was looking for a quick match – which he didn’t get. In the end the doubles lasted 2 hours with Simon and Dom prevailing 6-4, 6-7 (5), 10-2 saving their best for last to win 10 straight points in the final breaker including a sliding backhand winner that Simon was deservedly very pleased with at 6-2 up.

Overall then a fine start to the season with a 4-2 win. Banstead will be the next match so good luck team and great play so far!

Author: Simon Burgess

2017 Aegon Season Report

2017 Aegon Season Report, by Simon Burgess, CLTC Team Captain.

Mens County Team.

Players included: Simon Burgess, Chris Keating, Mike Needham, Dom Sandy, Cameron Monteith, Jack Harvey, Colin Jones, Ashley Horsman and Alan Hancock.

2017 has seen another very enjoyable Aegon Team Tennis Event which many of our team players participated in and we are pleased to see our students and young adult members getting involved for the first time.

Overall the season was very tight. Playing in County division 4 West we finished mid table after winning 1 tie, receiving a walkover for another and very narrowly losing 2 ties on the final singles tiebreaks after the 6 matches went to 3-3 forcing a shoot-out  2 singles match tie-breaks. Only 1 tie was lost outright 4-2 to the best team in the league.

I would like to personally thank all the players involved. There were many highlights. Mike and Chris were formidable in doubles together as usual, Dominic won all 3 of his singles matches in cool, calm fashion and some doubles too. Cameron stepped in and experienced playing a chap who grew up in India playing with the likes of Bopanna. It didn’t faze him as he went on to win the doubles tie that day alongside Jack Harvey who also won his singles. Simon managed to come from 4-9 down in a deciding tie-break to win 11-9.

Alan won his first Aegon singles match in a long match – nothing new there. Colin and Ashley gave spirited efforts when asked to step in  and overall the team displayed great unity throughout.

Cheam is proud of all of you.

Here’s to the 2018 season. Bring it on.

Boys U14 County Team

A great season for the lads at CLTC! After some long gruelling matches, thanks to strong performances by all the boys, Cheam has finished in 1st place in Divion 2A and will now be promoted next season.

Very well played to Matthew Cheeseman, Lewis Horton, Jaydon Tyler and Daniel Nielsen and thanks to Olga Nielsen for stepping in as Team Captain.

Hope next year is just as rewarding.

Aegon Match Report – 29 April

Aegon Match Report 29th April 2017.

Men.

So off to Ham and Petersham LTC we went for our first away tie of the season.

Opening up we played our number 1 and 2 in singles whilst 3 and 4 teamed up for doubles as only 3 courts were available (all hard courts).

This saw Simon open up in singles against power player Zino. A tight first set dominated by big serving saw Simon having to defend half a dozen break points before dropping the last on a netted backhand to see the first set stolen 6-4 when a tie-break was looking likely. A pumped up Zino then upped his game and was able to take the second set 6-2 with a good display of aggressive (and loud!) tennis.

Meanwhile Mike was faring better against a player half his age in teenager Jamie. Having taken the first set 6-4 Mike raced through the second set with most points killed off in typical Mike fashion at the net that the young lad couldn’t prevent, going down 6-1.

Chris and Dom were last to finish, battling hard in the doubles but ultimately falling to Head Coach James and his partner 6-4, 6-3.

Swapping round Mike and Simon teamed up to play the next round of doubles. Finding it hard to hold serve on the slower hard courts the first set got away 2-6 before a tight second set went very close but ultimately saw the home team take it 6-4.

Chris was involved in a tight match against their coach James and despite long extended rallies James got through the match by a 6-1, 6-2 scoreline that implied the match wasn’t as close as it was.

Sadly defeat beckoned but a spirited performance by Dominic gave us a little respect by his coming through a tough match. After dropping the first set in a tiebreak he rallied to carve out the next set 6-4 before taking an early lead in the final tie-break before eventually prevailing 10-8 ducking to avoid the passing shot sailing long after a few nervy forehands.

Score overall 4-2 to the home team but maybe a home tie next time could yield a better result.

Well played boys. Next up Dorking on 21st May at home 10am.

Boys’ U14.

Cheam boys racked up their second win of the season with a 4-2 victory over Epsom LTC. Daniel Nielsen won his singles rubber dropping just 3 games and overall 5 only games this season so far.

Matthew Cheeseman also won his singles 6-1, 6-0, a much easier fairing than his previous 2 hour marathon.

Daniel Nielsen and Lewis Horton narrowly lost the doubles in a championship tiebreak, playing aggressively.

Overall, another win for the boys who stand top of the league.

Report by Simon Burgess.

Aegon Match Report – 23 April

Sunday 23rd April AEGON match report.

U14 Boys.
Cheam kicks off in style with our new U14s boys team opening up the day with a good win especially for Matthew Cheeseman who took well over 2 hours to win his singles. Congrats to Daniel Nielsen and Lewis Horton too who made up the team cementing wins in singles and doubles on the new artificial clay courts.

Mens.
Onto the afternoon for the opening Mens County fixture against Camberley – longstanding rivals in the Aegon league. An absence of many first team players meant stepping up for Cheam were Dom Sandy, Alan Hancock and Colin Jones joining captain Simon Burgess.

Simon opened up on the clay in 1st position getting past Paul Stanton 6-2 in the first set enjoying a few aces along the way. A 5-2 lead established in the second set, it was all going well until Paul breezed through 8 of the next 9 points to mount a comeback. Poised at 5-4 and serving for the match a second time a few crucial groundstrokes found their mark as did an exceptional half volley winner and the first win was chalked up for Cheam 6-2, 6-4 to Simon.

Meanwhile on the astroturf Colin had finished his match at much the same time sadly going down to Camberley’s Callum McKenzie, the conqueror of Alan the year before, 6-1, 6-2 to tie the rubbers 1-1.

Attention then turned to debutant Dom Sandy playing their captain Sacha Williams on the new astroturf. A shaky start saw Dom 3-5 down before a remarkable turnaround ensued, seeing Dom take the next 4 games and race to a 5-1 lead in the second set with penetrating groundstrokes. A wobble then allowed Sacha to take the next 2 games before Dom served out for the win 7-5, 6-3.

Finally Alan ‘Tie-break Lover’ Hancock lived up to his billing getting his monies’ worth by needing a final tie-break to decide his match on the clay after going 2-6 down in the first set without holding serve to a 6-3 win in the second. For a change the tie-break wasn’t close finishing 10-3 to Alan in a good display of aggressive tennis that Dave for Camberley couldn’t counter.

With the doubles to come Cheam had a commanding lead 3-1 needing one more rubber to take the tie. Alan and Colin took on Dave and Callum and lost 2-6, 2-6 meaning it was down to Simon and Dom to get the win. They rose to the pressure and never really looked in doubt taking both sets by the same scoreline of 6-2, 6-2 thanks to some fantastic returns of serve from Dom and some good serving and aggressive play from Simon.

A great 4-2 win to start the season having already had a walkover 2 weeks ago puts Cheam in a strong position at the outset. Today will be remembered for Alan’s tie-break and Dom’s debut. Thanks to everyone and good luck for the rest of the season.

Report by Simon Burgess.