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Season of success at Andover LTC
12:00am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Sport
The 2013 Hants and IOW League season has proved to be a superb one for Andover Lawn Tennis Club’s teams with three winning their divisions, another possibly finishing first and the fifth only losing out from retaining their title by one game. The Men’s team, captained by Mike Prince, have completed their matches in Division 2, head the table and now wait to see if nearest rivals, The Hants Club, who have two games in hand, can take the title from them. Should the Hants C win the league, Andover can finish no lower than second so the efforts of Prince and regulars, Andy Moraghan, Martyn Isherwood, Anthony Brown, Hallam Doney, Andrew Winnett and Shaun McDonald will be rewarded with promotion to next season.
The Ladies team, captained by Claire Reid, won Division 3b, having won four of their five matches, only losing one when they were harshly penalised three sets for a late arrival, and having been delayed by a traffic accident.
They can look forward to a challenging season in Division 2 next year.
The winning theme was continued by the Ladies 50 Vets team, captained by Jennie Pope and sponsored by Merityre. In their inaugural season in Division 2 they won all ten of their matches beating their nearest competitor by eight points and can also expect a higher standard of competition next year in Division 1.
The Mens 45 Vets won Division 2, having finished on equal points with the Avenue A but with a better percentage record in sets. Captained by Mike Prince, the regulars of Shaun McDonald, Martyn Isherwood, Chris Pugh, aided on a couple of occasions by Jeff Lill will play their first season in Division 1 next year.
The Mens 55 Vets, captained by Barry Austin, with regulars Paul Jenner, Jeff Lill, John Snowden, Jeremy Fradgely and supported by Alan Keenan and Trevor Blake, had another highly competitive season with several tight results.
The tightest was the last match against the eventual league winners the Avenue.
Needing a victory to retain their Division 1 title the match finished two rubbers, four sets, and 38 games each – a draw – and frustratingly, second place for the Andover team.
l In the Sarum League captain Andrew Higgs’s judicious efforts paid off, with the club’s best results for several seasons. Having successfully persuaded some of the stronger male players to represent the A team, they finished second in Division 1, with six wins and a draw out of ten matches. Similarly, the B team in Division 2, with Graham Martyn and Steph Higgs to the fore, ably supported by several other regulars, sneaked into second place behind the surprise winners Wellow C, thus gaining promotion.
More from Andover LTC next week.