Term 1 Week 8
Greetings to all fellow tennis-ers and lesser humans alike,
This week has been another stellar week for all aspects of the great club that is Warwick Tennis. And indeed, it has been a week where we have been particularly nostalgic, and particularly appreciative of all who have come before, from circle being run by an old social sec turned president, to old boys’ weekend. So to stop me wittering on and boring the life out of you, let us get into the details of the week!
So firstly, the professionals of the club. Social play was led by our 3 internal events professionals this week, James (pronounced Hames for those who didn’t know) Hattie, and our newest Internal events maestro Ronak Joshi. As a side note, congratulations to both the winner of our vote Ronak, and the runner up Ollie Heath on running fun, engaging and successful campaigns, and all congrats go to Hillary Heath for successfully losing his 3rd straight election. As always, both social play sessions this week were full of great games, and some wonderful tennis was enjoyed by all. As a person who has always maintained that the games of bluff and eliminator are among mankind's greatest creations (along with southern fried chicken and free wifi) the standard of play on Wednesday was particularly enjoyable, and definitely built a thirst for all involved! Thursday matchplay was also a very successful session, with some great close matches.
This week was cup week, with great performances all round. Starting with the women’s side of things, the Women’s 1sts were at home to Kent’s 1sts. Despite strong performances all round, and Hayley leading the way with wins in her singles and doubles, they unfortunately lost 8-4. The Women’s 2nds however fared much better, with a 10-2 annihilation of Oxford on some wonderfully lovely outdoor courts.
Onto the men, where there were some heroic performances, and some unlucky results. The 1sts, having had the match rearranged to Sunday against Essex, travelled down to play in artic conditions, on some absolutely lovely courts, and managed, despite being understrength, to take it all the way to a shootout for the tie, before unluckily succumbing in the one of the singles and the doubles. Shout out to this week’s MVP Abdul, who according to reports was playing something akin to 2006 Roger Federer! The 2s fought hard to draw with a very strong Exeter side: according to sources, Greg Bacon was playing “off his tits”, but unfortunately due to circumstances away out of the control of Warwick Tennis, the match had to be forfeited. However, there was good news from the Men’s 3rds, where we completed a comprehensive thrashing of Aston, 12-0, with all but one match finishing 6-0 6-1.
Due to an absence of Jamie this week, Our President stepped into a job he knows very well, and helped Ivan run what was by all accounts, a great circle. Pints were drunk, games were played and some questionable shapes were cut on the dance floor: all in all a top night.
Last weekend, Warwick Tennis welcomed back some of its greatest alumni, for a few days of festivities and a drink or two. The weekend was kicked off with a meal in King Babas on Friday, which received a great attendance from current and previous members of the club. Everyone there enjoyed a tasty curry and there was some cracking banter on show, with the evening proceeding to Kelsey’s and all of the magic which that venue is always responsible for.
the court containing Michael Simmons took twice as long to play all of their matches, detectives are investigating the cause, the possibility of chirpse has not been ruled out; Jirv showing presidential poise in reaching the quarter finals, only to “taught” by Alex Matthews (sorry about that pun, I know it was dreadful); I was reliably informed that “James Ward is on fire”; Georgie for “baking” some Tesco chocolate muffins, they tasted great; Alex Matthews and Mongo for a semi-final which felt like it took as long as Sam Matthews was at Warwick.
In the end, the reigning champion, Andy Smith prevailed again against our current secretary Peter Richards to finish off a fine tournament in style. A massive thank you to all who came, donated and had fun, it was a great event, and we raised £133.18 for guide dogs for the blind. A huge thanks to Connor for organising this terrific event.
Later that night everyone regathered in Kelseys, for a rather large circle, seeing five different social secs from over the years all running a part themselves. Many pints were drank, many chants chanted and some great but questionable chat from all. Following circle, everybody took a trip to the Copper Rooms for Skool Dayz, were the drinking continued, accompanied by some 'amazing' dancing.
This next week brings some great fun: social play, circle, and ending the week, Mystery Dom Tour. It promises to be a cracking week, look forward to seeing you at, at least one, of these great events.
Stay Classy Tennis,
Your Exec xoxox
Saturday was an action packed culmination to the weekend, with several great events taking place. Firstly Warwick Tennis FC played against Matchday FC in a friendly game, which I have heard described as “sick”. The lack of referee, or competent one (sorry Mankin), lead to it being played under what sources have described as “prison rules” We lost 5-1, less said about that the better.
Following this, the Annual Mini tennis tournament was undertaken. If you fancy getting an idea of what mini tennis is like, check out our Youtube, where there is a video of the event. Split into 4 groups, the 24 willing and nearly able tennis-ers engaged in some fine battles. It is difficult to give all the details of the full 3 hours, so here are some edited highlights: Matt Jones looked remarkably like a rampaging giraffe with his relentless serve and volleying, only to be beaten by fellow serve volley Peter Richards in the semi-final;