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Tennis Club - Semester 1 Report 2016-17

Monday 06 February 2017

After Semester 1 the Women’s 1st Team sat proudly at the top of the BUCS Scottish 1A league with a comfortable lead. Women’s Captain Alice Keddie has led from the front, whilst newcomers to the first team, Vera Jansen and Minnie Kenworthy, have undoubtedly been key to their success. The Women’s 2nd Team, also in league 1A, have some work to do against some very challenging opponents. The Women’s 3rd and 4rth Teams sit middle and bottom of BUCS Scottish 2A league, respectively, but there are still matches to be played and it isn’t over until the last point is played!

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The Men’s 1st Team has had rather a turbulent Semester 1 since our seasoned veterans Gavin Harkness and Christof Royer rush between Ph.D work and tennis matches. However, those who have stepped up to the 1st Team have done well to keep us from the bottom of BUCS Scottish 1A. The Men’s 2nd Team must use the last few remaining matches to rise through the ranks of Scottish 2A and save themselves from relegation. The Men’s 3rd Team are also flirting with the bottom of their league, but redeeming performances from the likes of Andrew Buchanan, David Price and Freddie Harrison are still to come. Finally, the Men’s 4rth Team have pulled off some great wins in Semester 1 putting them bang in the middle of the Scottish 4A league table.

In other news, Semester 1 saw the induction of Jacob Baxter into the new committee role of ‘Member’s Only Member’ (M.O.M). He’s had a cracking start; social tennis is running smoother than ever before and Jacob has even introduced his own review system for student run coaching. Members of the club gave their feedback to the club’s student coaches on the quality and delivery of the coaching. This new system will serve to improve the coaching programme for the years to come.

Early in Semester 1 the club welcomed back its alumni for the annual Alumni Cup Weekend. Some memorable tennis was played on Saturday 1st October between students present and past. The tennis was followed by a joyous dinner at our old favourite – Bibi’s Café. Alumnus Philip Seeberger led from the front to a nearby dancefloor for what would be, unbeknownst to us, the last tennis club occasion at ‘The Lizard’. Many thanks to all our alumni who made the trip up.

Volunteering and Outreach Rep Nick Smelt has developed a fantastic programme where tennis club volunteers coach local kids at Kinburn tennis club. He is also on part of the Saints Sport volunteering trip to Zambia where he and three other members will coach this July. 

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