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Match Reports

We are the Champions!!!

It has been a fine winter season for Swanage Tennis club with their Mixed 1 team having gained promotion as they secured second position in Division 2. But could the Ladies 1 team trump that achievement and claim top spot in their 3rd Division?

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Ladies 1 vs Virgin Active

It was a close one, 2-2 in rubbers and equal in games so a draw overall.


January Match Report

Swanage Mixed 1 vs Hale Gardens

Swanage Tennis Club’s Mixed 1 were once again on fine form to take on their visitors this month.

Hale Gardens didn’t get the chance to enjoy the experience of playing at the idyllic Beach Gardens for very long before having to face the long drive home. Deborah Miller and Andy Mutter’s solid game wasn’t questioned or challenged as they secured a comprehensive win in both of their matches, 6:1, 6:1 and 6:1, 6:1.

The equally competent second pairing of Meg Mutter and Mike Angell failed to be pushed out of their comfort zone in their first match – breezing through with a 6:1, 6:1 win. They then proceeded to take on Hale Garden’s first pair who were  of a better calibre than their second  but were still not in the same league as Meg and Mike who dominated the match throughout, winning 6:2, 6:3.  

This excellent display from Swanage continues a run of outstanding wins in their division this season in which they have won all but one of their matches at 4,0. 

Sway Tennis Club vs Swanage Mens

The men's team ventured off into darkest depths of Hampshire to play Sway Tennis Club.  

The Swanage team featured one of their up and coming stars, Kieron Stracey (aged 14), who played alongside Mike Angell to make up the number one pair for Swanage. The pair lost their first match in a set tie-break but they came into their own winning in the second match winning, 6-2, 6-0.  

The limelight for Swanage was taken by their second pairing of Graham Ward and Jamie MacDonald who won their first match 6-3, 6-1 and went on to have a phenomenal battle with the Sway number one team beating them 7-7, 7-6. 

Tense season end for Mixed 1

It has been a truly nail-biting end to a great season for Swanage’s Mixed 1.  The strong squad have performed well throughout the winter season and have been in the mix for promotion throughout. Their meeting against Victoria Avenue was to prove a decisive one in their attempt to move up to Division 2.

Swanage fielded a really competent team, Jo Kiddell and Andy Moore playing as Swanage’s first pairing and Deborah Miller and Mike Angell as their second.  Victoria Avenue were always going to present a challenge and they certainly didn’t disappoint.  Jo and Andy started with a very tough match against the Victoria Avenue first pair. The battle eventually went to a tie-break in which every point was hard earned.  Despite every effort on Swanage’s part – Victoria Avenue claimed this important match, 6:4, 3:6, 0:1.

Meanwhile on Court 2, Deborah and Mike had to produce some very good tennis to compete with their opponents. They started well,  gaining the first set but the calibre of Victoria Avenue was fully realised in the second when they proceeded to dominate the match, eventually winning 6;3, 0:6, 0;1.
It was down to Swanage to win the other two rubbers to ensure their promotion to Division 2. Jo and Andy did just this winning 6:4, 6:1 but despite a valiant effort and excellent tennis from both sides, Deborah and Mike just lost out again in another match tie-break, losing 6:4,3:6, 0:1.

Both sides had 39 games a piece and although not enough for Swanage to claim victory on the day, it was just enough in terms of games to claim second place in the league and promotion!

December Match Report

St Leonards vs Swanage Ladies

On a cold and showery afternoon in December, Swanage Ladies ventured to St Leonard’s. The weather threatened throughout the matches and the teams experienced a mixture of showers, bright sunshine and frequent rainbows. The meet was to be a tough one for the visitors having to play on an unfamiliar surface of wet astro - which can make the balls heavy and low.

St Leonard’s team consisted of two pairs who were equally competent and proved to be a challenge for the Swanage Ladies.

Swanage’s first pair of Jo Kiddell and Deborah Miller had a close first match, being taken to a tie-break after winning the first set comfortably 6:2 but losing the second, 4:6. The Swanage pair won the tie-break then marched home in their second match to gain a 6:2, 6:3 win.

Meanwhile, Sam Christmas and Meg Mutter, Swanage’s second pair were engaged in two very close matches. The wet surface proved to be an issue as Sam Christmas spent a good deal of time sliding and slipping at the back of the court. Despite this, the pair were able to cling onto vital points and gained victory in both of their matches, winning their second match in a set tie-break. This sealed a 4:0 win to Swanage and has placed them at the top of their division after two games.

Swanage Men vs Shaftesbury

The weather was also an issue for the Men’s team who hosted Shaftesbury at home on the 3rd Jan. Wind and rain made every point a battle and the sun failed to shine on Swanage’s fortunes. Swanage’s first pairing of Mike Angell and Graham Ward won their first but lost their second. Jeff Veale and Jamie McDonald fought hard but lost both of their matches. Shaftesbury won 3:1 rubbers.