Saturday the 6th April saw our u/18 and u/14 sides begin the season is tremendous style.

Our u/18 team Captained by Jo Duthie selected Josh Freeman and Rory Duthie to entertain South Croydon. Josh lost a very competitive 1st set before tailing off in the second and losing 6/7 0/6. Rory, wearing the no 2 jersey enjoyed a solid win in straight sets. The two lads then overcame a shaky start before winning a 3rd set shooter. I thoroughly enjoyed watching some of the games and was delighted that both Josh & Rory worked out what they had to do in the doubles themselves in order to win the match. It was a match they could have lost so great credit to both lads for coming through.

Garth Furmidge has stepped into the breach taking over the Captaincy of the u/14 lads from Mandy McDowall. The team travelled to Spencer where  Callum Furmidge won convincingly against Callum Brodie by 6/2 6/0. He was assisted by Oscar Kingaby who defeated Alfie Hughes 6/ 7/6. After suffering a 1st set hiccup in the doubles they came back and won the tie break shooter to win the match 3 0.  Guys, a great start.  I am aware that we possess real strength in depth in this age group which will give our esteemed Captain selection problems!!

Sunday 7th April saw our National team entertain Woodford Wells in the 1st match of the season.

We enjoyed an emphatic 6 0 win in a rain delayed match that was completed at the JTC.  Josh Goodall defeated Richard Wire in a 3 set epic which secured the 4 0 victory.  First off the mark was Cameron Norrie who destroyed Nick Harston 6 1 6 1. Cameron was also in devastating form at Jack Carpenter/John Richards and Jamie Saachi joint birthday party, but more of that later. Adam Thornton-Brown won convincingly against Saad Abbas and Jack maintained control of his match against Matthew Porter.  After going 4 0 up we rang the changes and introduced Tom Farquharson and Ollie Hudson for the doubles and completed a 6 0 victory.

Friday 11th April saw the Club host a joint birthday celebration for Jack Carpenter, John Richards and Jamie Saachi.

napWhat a great way to prepare for the weekends matches and one that I am sure Sir Clive Woodward will take great interest in for the many Olympic sports he advises.  6 cases of peroni (24 per case) along with a couple of glasses of wine with a few jagerbombs were the prelude to a quiet evening at Sutton Tennis and Squash Club. To help the preparation for Sundays matches at the end of the evening the party split into 3 groups with one going to Clapham, one to Fulham and one to the Harrow in Cheam. Such was the keenness to prepare that Jason Smythe insisted that they would go direct from the Club/Pub straight onto the courts at Sutton.  Naturally they were concerned that the courts would be full but not at 7.30am??? It was great to see Miles Maclagan and Tom Burn back at the Club along with so many new faces.

Sunday 13th April provided Sutton Tennis and Squash Club with its first logistical challenge of the season.

Our National team travelled to Bromley for a midday start, our Regional team travelled to the Globe (Belsize Park) for a midday start, our Men County side entertained Westside at the Club at 10am, our Ladies County side entertained David Lloyd Cheam at 2pm and our u/10 mixed side travelled to Banstead Downs. It was a great weekend and I will deal with each one in turn.

Mens National Team

Beating Bromley 5 -1 was a terrific result but I should reflect that STSC were very strong going into the match.  With Tom Farquharson playing at one, Josh Goodall at 2, Adam Thornton-Brown at 3 and Jack coming in at 4 with Evan Hoyt enjoying his 1st match back I the doubles after suffering a stress fracture of his back.  This is a formidable team and I know that Alan Rutland would argue that he is worthy of a place but not at the moment! We are currently in 1st place in the South-East National League.

Mens Regional Team

Our Regional team travelled to the Globe where they lost 4-2 in a very competitive match.  I should add that Globe look very strong this year.  Robbie Green captained the side and enjoyed a very good win over Stefan Sterlan-Markovic.  Jamie Malik came 2nd against Alex Juhn while Graeme Darlington and Alex Bull had very tough matches.  It was terrific to see Alex Bull make his debut in singles.  Although we came second this team will win many matches this summer.

Mens County Team (Div 1)

Garth’s County Division 1 side has a very solid look about it. John Richards played at 1, Alastair Tiddy at 2, Andy Deeley at 3 with Arnoud Den Ouden anchoring the side at 4 with Garth coming in at 5 for the doubles.  I know regular readers of this column will scream ‘but where’s Jason’.  A good question? If you can decipher ‘fell I nettles Friday into night’ – then you have your answer.  That was a comprehensive 5 1 win over Westside and gives the team good momentum going into the season.

Ladies County Team

Our Ladies side captained by Laura Spencer provided too strong for David Lloyd and recorded a 6 – 0 win.  With Laura, was Nicola Joyce, Emily Darroch & Helen McGregor.  Laura was asked to deal with any number of disruptions pre match through circumstances outside of her control.  Our Captains are fantastic and we should always support them.

Boys U10 Team

Sutton Victorious U10s

Sutton Victorious U10s

The final accolade of yesterday goes to our u/10 team captained by Stephanie Cruikshank.  She assembled her mighty team for the pilgramage to Banstead Downs and enjoyed a highly creditable win.  Our team of Toby Soole, Christopher Chack and William Cruikshank-Paine came through a tough ten point shooter to decide the match so guys very well played.

Coming Up…

Our next match is Saturday 19th when our u/18 boys travel to Petersham.  Please speak to Brad if you want a lift as he is organizing a 55 seater coach.

With many thanks