Well, it’s been a hugely successful summer season for Purton Tennis Club, with 3 division titles, 3 runners up spots, and only 1 relegation. The performance from the teams echo that of the 2013 glory season and let’s hope that the presentation night at Pewsey on 19th November is just as good as it was three years ago.
The men’s A team have come so close to regaining the Division 1 title they won back in 2013 in the last 2 seasons missing out by just 4 sets in 2014, and 1 point last year. This year however, team captain Justin Miller guided his undefeated side to the title with matches to spare, winning the title an unbelievable 8 points clear of Lechlade. The guys had to play for a large part of the season without Ben Langley, who would normally partner Miller in the number 1 pairing. In Ben’s absence his brother Josh stepped up and finished the top performing player in the division winning 21 out of his 26 rubbers.
The ladies A team have always got a tough battle with talented rivals Swindon A in Division 1 and although they didn’t quite manage to win the title, finishing runners up just 2 points behind winners Swindon A is still a fantastic achievement. The ladies suffered a very close 5-3 loss to Swindon during the season who were the only team to beat them all year. Team captain Nicola Gardner was the best performing player in Division 1 winning a fantastic 21 of the 24 rubbers she played.
The mixed A team like the men, last won the mixed Division 1 title in that special year of 2013, finishing runners up in the last 2 seasons. Again, like the men, they managed to regain the title this year beating the holders Swindon A back into 2nd place by 2 points. They only lost 1 game all season which was to Swindon A 2-6, but beat them in the return fixture 5-3 to all but seal the title in the penultimate match of the season. Josh Langley played himself into top spot in the individual statistics with Sylvie Darrieumerlou just behind him in 2nd place. A great achievement in a very tough division.
The men’s B team had an awful 2015 season, with numerous players out injured, they struggled to raise a side nearly every week and were relegated from Division 1. After a superb 2016, they have returned to the top after finishing runners up in Division 2. Ethan Gunton who was moved from the C to the B team for this season finished as Purton B’s best performing player, and 2nd overall being beaten to top spot by Highworth’s Ben Tollington. Well done guys!
The ladies B team were another team that suffered relegation from the top Division last year, but found their form again this summer. The ladies came runners up in Division 2 securing their place back in the top flight for next season. Louise Crawford (5th), Louise Elliot (6th) and Penny Broomfield (7th) all found themselves in the top 10 performing players for the division with very impressive records. Congratulations ladies!
The mixed B team had a quite phenomenal season. They are the only ‘B’ team in Division 1 and still managed to finish 3rd in the league. Under captain Bob Pimble’s stewardship, the team managed to finish above some very large and reputable clubs; the likes of Royal Wootton Basset A and David Lloyd A all finished below Pimble’s mixed B team. The top pair for the mixed b team were Jason Stevens and Louise Crawford. Well done to all involved.
The men’s C team knew that it was going to be a very tough battle to stay in Division 3 this year. Last season they stayed in Division 3 by just 1 point mainly thanks to their best player that season Ethan Gunton. Gunton was called up to play for the B team this season, which was a big blow to the C’s chances of keeping their Division 3 status, but the team selectors called Andy Taylor up from last years D team to replace Gunton, and he did not disappoint. The C team had awful luck at the start of the season getting beaten 5-3 in a very close match at home to newly promoted Fairford A. They didn’t pick up a point until the end of June after a 4-4 draw against Chiseldon. The team managed to upset eventual league winners Lechlade B 5-3 at home and needed to beat Pewsey C in the last game of the season, then await the result of Pewsey’s last game to have any hope of staying up. They did just that. Number 1 pairing Paul Day and Dan Horsell picked up all 4 sets, and Captain Glynn Stevens and partner Andy Taylor picked up the one set they needed on a tie break. Pewsey then could only draw with Lechlade 4-4 which was enough to keep Purton C in Division 3. A fantastic achievement.
The ladies C team came into Division 2 this year after winning Division 3, their goal was to solidify their position in the league much like the men’s C team. The girls did just that finishing in 5th place, comfortably staying in the league to battle on next year. Tracey Knights and Ann Rose were the two top performers for the C team. Here’s to a push for promotion next year!
The mixed C team is another success story for this season finishing unbeaten winners of Division 3. The guys won Division 4 by 3 points last season to get promotion to Division 3, so team captain Mary Turner has not only led her side to back to back promotions, but also to back to back league titles. The C team finished an amazing 9 points clear of second placed Nationwide A winning every single game they played. Ethan Gunton and Alexa Rutter were the top pairing in the division winning 23 of 28 and 17 of 20 rubbers respectively. Amazing job guys!
The men’s D team struggled in an extremely difficult and competitive league this season and were unfortunately relegated from Division 6. The guys battled to the end, but just came up short. Former club chairman Neil Saunders however finished 6th in the league statistics, with his partner Sam Rose just behind in 9th place. Hard luck to the D team, but we expect nothing but good things from you next year!
The ladies D finished mid table in Division 5 this season, in what is a very difficult league to get out of. They beat eventual runners up Bassett C towards the end of the season 6-2 in a closely fought match, and also enjoyed big victories against Bassett D and Ashton Keynes C. Anna Taylor held the D team’s best statistics winning 10 of her 16 rubbers and was in 9th place overall.
The mixed D team finished in a strong 4th position well clear of any relegation fight and had a very comfortable season. The team enjoyed some very good wins included a 6-2 win over Burbage and a whopping 8-0 triumph at home vs CS & Nalgo. Unfortunately the team were unable to mount a challenge for promotion this year, but everyone has their fingers crossed for next season. Well done guys!
What a terrific summer season it’s been. Let’s hope we can all have just as good a winter season so we can really party at the end of season presentation.