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Winter League 2017/18

Queen Camel Tennis Club have entered a team, for the first year in the Winter League. The format is different to that of the Summer League with mixed pairs playing one set, then changing over to play other mixed pair for a set. The match is then completed by 2 sets of mens/ladies doubles.

Captain: Marie Negus: 07988 683544


Saturday 11th November    Beaminster A            Away (postponed due to bad weather - Saturday 3rd March)
Saturday 18th November    Somerton B               Home
Sunday 26th November       Yeovil C                    Away
Saturday 2nd December      Stoke St Gregory A    Home (postponed - Thursday 11th January)
Sunday 17th December       Yeovil D                    Away
Saturday 6th January          Weymouth C             Home
Saturday 13th January        Beaminster               Home
Saturday 20th January        Somerton B               Away
Saturday 27th January        Yeovil C                    Home
Saturday 3rd February        Stoke St Gregory       Away
Saturday 17th February      Yeovil D                    Home
Saturday 24th February      Weymouth                Away
Saturday 3rd March            Beaminster               Away (rearranged match)

Match Report: Saturday 20th January v Somerton (B) (Away)

Tracey, Marian, Peter and myself were greeted on arrival at the courts with heavy drizzle and the prospect of the match being called off. However, just as the discussion of whether to stay or go had been had the rain stopped and were able to get on court. Conditions proved very tricky throughout the match with a strong gusty wind blowing but luckily it stayed dry for us.

It was always going to be a difficult tie against the unbeaten Somerton, and so it proved to be. Although some great tennis was played throughout, with some epic games being played out - special mention to Tracey who played out some lung-busting games in both the mixed and ladies rubbers. Unfortunately though, the opposition proved just too good today as we went down 9-1. A score which, just as the match at home, belied the competitiveness of the tennis.

Well done to Marian and Peter for playing in their first match in the league, you played some great stuff today. Onwards and upwards for next weeks match - good luck to those taking part.

Report by Sam Negus

Match Report: Saturday 13th January v Beaminster A (Home)

Unfortunately our winning streak ended today but I’m not glum as we played some great tennis and it was a wonderful team effort, so thank you Tracey, Roy and Sam.

We knew this was going to be a tough match and I felt that we put in a courageous effort against troublesome head-on winds and a team who are at least second or maybe first in the league (I’ve not seen the latest table).

Whilst a small club, what Beaminster lack in quantity, they make up for in quality and that might be in-part due to the fact that they play with the same partners regularly. But I’m not going to make excuses because essentially they closed down the necessary points when it mattered to win 8-2. They were a lovely team to play against though, generous and fair with several line-calls.

Sam and myself lost our two mixed rubbers 4-6 and 2-6 and Tracey and Roy secured a win with one of theirs with the result 2-6 and 6-2. The men’s and ladies doubles were highly competitive with some really enjoyable tennis but the men lost their rubbers 3-6 and 3-6 and Tracey and myself lost our first rubber in a tie-break 6-7 but dusted ourselves off and battled back to win the second 6-1.

This game brings us to the half-way point of the Winter League season. I think that we’re all enjoying the format which feels a bit more informal than the Summer League and it’s been lovely to play with lots of different players. Thank you for your time, energy and great tennis so for the second round!!! 

Report by Marie Negus

Match Report: Thursday 11th January v Stoke St Gregory A (Home)

Another great result for Queen Camel this evening in our rearranged match with Stoke St Gregory. The weather was reasonable with no rain but as the evening wore on, the courts did become damp as the mists rolled in.  Our team consisted of myself and Tracey, and Roy and Marie. We all managed to win our first mixed doubles match 7-5 and 7-5. Tracey and I managed to win our second mixed match by the same scoreline but Roy and Marie couldn't quite put their second away, narrowly losing out 5-7. In the women's doubles, Marie and Tracey won quite comfortably 6-4 6-1 which then left it to myself and Roy to bring it home 7-6 6-1. Final score was 9-1 so good points tonight which we think puts us third in the table with a match in hand. Fingers crossed for this Saturday when we take on Beaminster. Well done everyone.

Report by John Watson

Match Report: Saturday 6th January v Weymouth (C) (Home)

Just a quick match report for today’s Home tie vs Weymouth C: A fine, yet very chilly, but essentially dry afternoon made for some great tennis with the QCTC team coming out victorious 6-4. It was a real team effort with everyone chipping in with victories to win overall by just 2 clear games! Well done everybody on a great effort which, once again, goes to show that we can more than hold our own in this new league for the club.

Report by Sam Negus

Match Report: Sunday 17th December v Yeovil (D) (Away)

I’m super chuffed and proud to say that we won 10-0 against Yeovil D. Tracey and John won both of their mixed rubbers 7-6 and 6-3 and myself and Jack won ours 6-4 and 6-3.

Jack and John then went on to convincingly win their men’s doubles 6-1, 6-2 and Tracey and myself, made a tough task for ourselves but knuckled down to win our ladies doubles 7-6, 6-4. They were a lovely team to play and were difficult at times to break, but we hunkered down to secure quite possibly our most comprehensive win yet. Despite the forecasts of rain, we completed the match in dry conditions. 

Report by Marie Negus

Match Report: Sunday 26th November v Yeovil C (Away)

I’m delighted to report that we have notched up our first win, 7-3 against Yeovil C Team. We had to dig in deep, and it was highly competitive at times, making for a great afternoon of tennis. Thank you to Maria, Jack Marsh⁩ and Sam⁩.

We were all square after the mixed doubles matches, with two a piece, then Marie and Maria went on to win both sets of the ladies, and Jack and Sam won one set in the men’s.

We battled through the cold, wet and intermittent lighting issues and I thought we all played some great tennis...time now for something slightly stronger than tea and the warmth of the fire...

Report by Marie Negus

Match Report: Saturday 18th November v Somerton B (Home)

Following last weeks washout, this Saturday saw QCTC pop their winter league cherry against Somerton B.
All matches, bar one (Maria and Sam experiencing an opening set wobble), were extremely competitive. Mixed pair no.1 of Ali and Jack winning their first match 6-4, but succumbing 5-7 in the second. Maria and Sam put their opening 0-6 quickly to one side to roar back with a 7-6 victory.

So, as the pairings changed over for the ladies and men’s doubles we were all square at 2-2. Ali and Maria fought hard but ultimately were edged out 4-6, 4-6. Jack and Sam started well going up 5-3, and 40-0 up in the 9th game of the set, were on the wrong side of a great comeback to lose 5-7 and 2-6.

The result card reads a 2-8 defeat but it was a great deal closer than that. Tea after was gratefully taken afterwards, with special mention to Marie for her marvellous flapjacks! Thanks to all who took part, it was a great tie and nice to see us hold our own against a seasoned winter league team.

Onwards and upwards for the rest of the season...

Report by Sam Negus