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Oxshott Cricket Colts Tour July 2014

There were 32 in the party that negotiated the Channel Tunnel, passed through France and Belgium and reached Holland for the Maori Oxshott Cricket Colts Tour. The weather was awful throughout the trip but the Dutch have astro wickets and boys have never been too fussed by incessant rain. The parents remained nicely dry, watching from the Pavilion, so it was our Australian coaches who were left wet through.
Our hosts offered wonderful hospitality but we left with an unbeaten record after two closely fought matches (the third was lost to rain but replaced with an impromptu 7 a side mixed tournament). Eddy Syrett claimed the man of the match award in the first match and the overall batsmen of the tour. Alfie Parker was bowler of the tour, whilst Chris Shaw won the second man of the match honour and the glory of ‘Star of the Tour’.

Oxshott Cricket Colts Tour July 20142014-09-08T13:31:43+00:00

Pétanque 2014 Singles Tournament

Congratulations to Trish Richins on winning the recent 2014 Pétanque Singles Tournament (it’s getting to be a habit!). In 2nd place was Mike Oliver, in 3rd place Mark Bunyan and 4th Robin Newman. Judging by the number of bottles they are holding, the order in the picture from left to right is Robin, Mike, Trish and Mark!

Hopefully they will all be sober in time for the big Open Triples Tournament on Sunday 28th September!

Pétanque 2014 Singles Tournament2014-08-31T18:35:17+00:00

Tennis Champagne Drive

Where to start! 10 great years of Champagne Drives. 5 costume changes! All the worries about the weather disappeared as another splendid production got under way. Entering stage right with a couple of quick costume changes (there must have been at least 50 over the years), Mark Bunyan got the Musical themed show on the road. An amazing array of costumes were on display and plenty of the fizzy stuff from the secret sponsor helped get everyone in the mood for what could just about pass for tennis.

Once the tennis was out of the way, we could get down to the serious business of stress-testing the barbeques – a few anxious moments as one of them caught fire – and continuing the imbibing. As twilight came, Mark awarded prizes to some people who apparently had won some of the tennis and others who had really neat costumes.

It’s hard to imagine the energy, effort and enthusiasm (and sellotape) that Mark has put into not just the Champagne Drive but all the other social events he has organised over the years. We all sincerely hope that this will not be his last Champagne Drive.

We mustn’t forget the members who have helped get the show on the road over the years. Without them it would have been impossible to stage. Preparing the food, making the scenery, decorating the tables. Thank you.

Well done Mark. Please start planning next year’s Champagne Drive!

Tennis Champagne Drive2017-03-15T18:28:34+00:00

Netball successes!

Tour Winners!!!

1st Centre Court Tournament – 12th – 13th July

Oxshott Netball Club took three squads to Centre Court’s inaugural tournament in Southampton and against some tough opposition, Oxshott Blues took 1st place and Oxshott Red’s took runners up spot in Sunday’s final competition! A full list of results are available at Centre Court Results

GEMS Summer League

Another successful summer league saw Oxshott A’s and the Under 16’s win their division of GEMs summer league. Impressively, this was the under 16’s first summer season and they didn’t lose a match! Oxshott C’s narrowly missed out on top spot to claim runner’s up position in their division.

News item!

Court resurfacing! Following our recent fundraising drive, we are pleased to announce that resurfacing work on our court began on the 30th of June…a big thank you to all who helped raise the funds to make this possible. Here’s to a successful season back on home ground!

Netball successes!2017-03-15T18:28:35+00:00

Summer Tournament Finals Day

Oxshott Tennis Summer Tournament Finals Day

The weather forecast for Sunday had been fairly dire, but the day started sunny and hot, and apart from one threatening cloud, stayed fine and dry all day, with just enough cloud to keep the temperature ideal for tennis. The smell of the cooking Hog Roast, courtesy of Savills, greeted everyone as they arrived and the first round of matches started promptly at 11am.

All the matches throughout the day were very competitive, with all but two going to a Championship tie-break at one set all. Several players had a busy day, being in more than one final, with Lynne Hunt and Bob Gasston each appearing in three.

The results of the first round of matches were:

Vet’s Men’s Singles Mario Fionda bt Bob Gasston 6-3, 6-2
Open Ladies’ Singles Vikki Arkinstall bt Lynne Hunt 6-7, 6-4, 11-9
Open Men’s Singles Jonathan Fourie bt Ben Dunjay 7-6, 6-7, 13-11

We were pleased to have both Ian Camplin and Tim Ross from Savills in attendance, with Tim awarding the trophies and gifts from Savills to the finalists.

The second round of matches started a little late, with several players needing a short break after their first round matches.

Results for the second round of matches were:

Open Ladies’ Doubles Lynne Hunt & Nicky Lemon bt Vikki Arkinstall & Miranda Joseph 6-3, 6-3
Vet’s Mixed Doubles Claire McIntosh & Nigel Pimm bt Sally George & Bob Gasston 6-4, 3-6, 10-8
Open Men’s Doubles Steve Anderson & Mario Fionda bt Ben Dunjay & Tom Webb 3-6, 6-3, 12-10

Louis Winterbourne of Savills was on hand to present the awards for these matches, but as several players headed off to the showers we decided to move on to the last round of matches, which started at about 3.15pm.

Results for the third round of matches were:

Open Mixed Doubles Lynne Hunt & Ross Hunt bt Claire McIntosh & Colin McKenzie
3-6, 6-3, 10-8
Vet’s Men’s Doubles Dave Lusher & Ian Marsh bt Bob Gasston & Nigel Pimm 4-6, 6-4, 10-6

Graham Woods from Savills was on hand to make the presentations for the preceding matches.

Our 2014 Ladies’ Singles Champion is Vikki Arkinstall, who successfully defended her 2013 title.
Our 2014 Men’s Singles Champion is Jonathan Fourie – a new name for our honours board.
Another successful defence of a 2013 crown was made by Lynne & Ross Hunt in the Open Mixed Doubles, with Lynne’s name gracing the honours board again with Nicky Lemon as the 2014 Ladies’ Doubles Champions.

Missing from the day were the Plate finals, which, as most of the semi-finals had not been played, will be played through the summer, and the presentations made later in the year.

All in all, an excellent day’s tennis. Many thanks to all the competitors who took part in the tournament – few will make the final, but many are needed to make the tournament.

Thanks also to Angela Ashford-Woods and Anne Wallis for doing such a good job with the Pimms and teas, to Savills for their generosity, to Steve Anderson for pushing the tournament along, and of course the spectators who came to cheer on the competitors.

A sign-up sheet for the Winter Wallis Cup is already in the Tennis Hut, so find yourself a partner and get your names on the list.

John Chapman, Assistant Referee

Summer Tournament Finals Day2017-03-15T18:28:35+00:00

Bowls versus Tennis

On Thursday 28th August the Bowls section will host an evening match against the Tennis Section! Tennis player Steve Hunt has offered to put together a team of 12 to take on Bowls at their own game. If you would like to take part in the evening match, please contact Steve on 07733 366821 or at profhunt@hotmail.com

Bowls versus Tennis2014-07-21T19:26:32+00:00