Winter League ’17 Season Review



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After a long, cold winter, Purton Tennis Club’s Swindon & District Winter League campaign has ended, but what a successful one it was! The A team succeeded in bringing home the Division 1 title beating title rivals Swindon A into second place. Purton B also compete in the top flight, and put in a string of great performances to finish in third position. It’s a great achievement for them and for the club; it’s top two teams are in the top three of all the clubs in the Swindon & District League, a great effort all round.

“He’s played more games than i have, so he’s had a big advantage this year”

As we have come to expect, the Langley brothers top the statistics for Division 1, with Ben just beating Josh into 2nd place. “He’s played more games than I have, so he’s had a big advantage this year” said Josh. “Most of his wins were simply down to Rachana’s quality anyway.”

The rest of the top five players in the league statistics were Rachana Patel in 3rd place, Shane Horsell and Sylvie Darrieumerlou both of Purton B in 4th and 5th.

Purton C knew that the aim was to keep their newly acquired division 2 status for next season. This was going to prove slightly more tricky than captain Ashley Stevens had thought after his number 1 player took a hiatus halfway through the season. Like Harry Kane at Tottenham Hotspur, Ethan Gunton is one of Purton’s own, rising from the youth setup to playing in Division 2 men’s last season. After a strong start with the C team who won two matches from their opening four, things started to slip. Gunton thought he needed try something different and took some time off to seek guidance from tennis experts in the far east, missing a lot of fixtures. On his return for the final two matches, he led the team to a win and a draw which was what was needed to stay up. Ethan was the teams top performer finishing 10th overall in the statistics.

Purton’s D team who were competing in division 5, were in with a shout of finishing runners up for a while, but unfortunately fell just short. The league was a competitive one, Purton finished 5th but only on set difference, they were tied with Calne and Uffington B for 3rd place with 12 points overall.

“Bob was brilliant for us, even if he was almost immobile..”

Clubman Bob Pimble who is currently in rehab with a knee injury that has kept him out for most of the season finished in 9th spot in the statistics. It was a shrewd move by captain Janet Saunders. “I knew we were in with a shout of promotion and I thought bringing in someone with decades and decades of tennis experience could only help our cause. Bob was brilliant for us, even if he was almost immobile, he’s used to being part of tennis at the elite level and knows how to cope with the pressure.”

Current Men’s Captain Jason Stevens, has had his say on the club’s campaign this term:

“Another superb winter league season for Purton Tennis Club. The A Team are champions, the B team finished a respectable 3rd – with the top 5 players in the league representing Purton TC. The C and D teams managed to secure their positions in divison 2 and 5 respectively. Thanks to everyone who played, i hope you all enjoyed it – let’s hope for continued success in the 2017 summer season.”

All in all it was a very successful season, with 1 championship, and the other 3 teams remaining safely in their divisions. Well done to all those that participated and we welcome any members who didn’t to come and play next winter!