Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Scott Levy lost to Simon Booker 5/6 6/3 5/6
Jill Newby beat Gordon Robertson 6/0 6/3
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Gordon Bennett Trophy – Father and Son’s
Final entries are now being taken for the Father and Son’s (Parent and offspring) on the weekend of 3rd/4th January. We have a very strong field already with over 12 pairs taking part. The draw will be done this weekend, and it is hoped to have a Sunday morning group, so if anybody has a preference on playing time, please let me know.
Club Handicap Doubles
The closing date for the Handicap Doubles will be the Friday the 2nd January. I have spoken to many people and they are starting to pair up for the tournament over the 10/11/12th January. It is hoped to have a Friday night group for this event, so again, if this was to suit please get in touch.
Once again this year we have the club Christmas Draw. The prize this year is a limited edition Rob Fahey signature racket. The squares are priced at £5 each, if you would like us to put your name down, then let me know, and we can square up next time you are in the club. This draw is one of the very few fundraising events where the money goes straight to the club, so please help out and buy a square.
Christmas Eve Doubles
Our annual Christmas Eve doubles will be taking place again this year on Wednesday the 24th from 9am until 1pm. Mince pies and champagne will be available for a final catch up before Christmas. This event is just a turn up on the day, hopefully we will see a good number of you there.
If anybody would like to book a court over the weekend of 27/28th December, please call the club to book a court, as opposed to using the online system please, this will help us with organising our staff schedules.
Finally, all the staff at the Sports Centre would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Hopefully we will see you all at some point on court before now and New Year.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday night's final was very exciting as it was either team's match right up to the very last game. There was lots of hearty barracking and excellent tennis.
Geri's Jitterbugs shimmied around the court with grace and precision but were ultimately no match for the high-kicking Can-Cans who claimed the trophy (second year running for Captain Cathy!)
Thank you very much to all who took part in this season's tournament; to my fellow captains, Cathy, Callum and Ross, who organised their teams for each match and provided lovely sandwiches and snacks, the loyal and faithful team members and the reserves who often turned out at very short notice.
Any comments or suggestions about the new format (incorporating the semi-final and final) would be very welcome including input from any non-pennanteers on what would attract them to take part next year.
Well done everyone!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Yours in fitness...and tennis
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Paul Knox and I would like to thank everyone for their fantastic support on the 9th October as we begun our National League campaign with a 7/0 victory over near neighbours Holyport. Paul defeated Charlotte Cornwallis 6/3 6/0, while I did things the Scottish way by coming from a set down, and 3/0 down in the 3rd to win 3/6 6/4 6/4. We strolled through the doubles 8/3 which sealed maximum points and put us top of the league!
HOWDLE SINGLES NORTH
Peter Harding won this years Howdle Singles North Division with the narrowest of victories over David Fox. Peter managed to squeeze through 1/4, 4/2, 4/3 in a very entertaining final.
ORATORY V HATFIELD
The club notched up their second successive victory, this time at home to Hatfield. After an away victory over Hardwick, it was nice to see some different faces representing the club. Many thanks to Simon Street, Tony Bacon, Richard Crisp and the ever dependable Pam Tomalin for playing. A 3/2 victory was recorded with Tom Huelin winning the decisive rubber.
NATIONAL CATEGORY CHAMPIONSHIPS
I was fortunate enough to make the final of my section in Cambridge where I was soundly beaten by home player Nick Brown in the final. I was more than happy with the way I played and hope to go one better next year. The club was well represented around the country with Adrian Fawcus, Peter Harding and Jules Lambert playing at Moreton Morrell, Richard Marmoy and David Sarson at Hatfield and the Tomalin’s and Tim Green playing in Holyport. Many thanks for everyone keeping up the good reputation of the Oratory.
As you may have noticed, courts are becoming very hard to come by as the season gets into full swing. We are looking for people to play early morning (7.30am onwards) as there are already a few who are keen for games at this time. Here is a reminder of the address for online bookings.
Pennant is in full swing with all teams having played their first matches. Ross’ Jitterbugs are leading the way thus far!!!!
1ST NOVEMBER – ORATORY V CAMBRIDGE SENIORS
A team from Cambridge will be travelling to play us on the above date. I will be away playing National League that weekend in Canford, and am looking for a match manager to organise the lunch etc. I will be able to sort the team before hand, but will not be around on the day. Thanks in advance.
During the school half term, the Sports Centre will be doing a sponsored swim in aid of the Air Ambulance trust for Thames Valley. We will be swimming 385 lengths of the school pool and all sponsors are greatly appreciated.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The season is now well and truly upon us, and you may have found courts hard to come by.
There are now more and more people keen to play in the morning, and we are looking for people to register their interest in possibly playing early morning from 7.30 onwards. We currently have players of all standards playing in the morning, so if you would be interested in playing, please get in touch with Ross at the club.
Sports Centre Team
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I thought it would be good to update you on all the things that have happened recently and those that are not far around the corner and some other news.
I would you all to give a warm welcome to our new member of staff in the Sports Centre. Tom Phipps resides is Aylesbury and has a very strong squash and racket-ball background. Aged 22, Tom has already taken to Real Tennis quickly, and has settled in nicely with the rest of the team. Please introduce yourself to Tom next time you are in the club.
UP COMING EVENTS
In the Hat Doubles – Saturday 6th September
There are a number of upcoming events in September for you to enter and come along and support. The season opener is the “In the hat” doubles which takes place on Saturday the 6th September. This tournament will take place on the Saturday only due to the LRTA’s Mothers and Daughters event the next day.
Oratory v Holyport – Sunday 14th September
The first inter-club match takes place at home against Holyport. We already have a number of people interested in the match, so please register your interest quickly to be involved.
Hardwick v Oratory – Sunday 21st September
The re-introduction of the Oxfordshire derby between Oratory and Hardwick is welcomed warmly onto the calendar for this season. As above, a number of people have put their names forward, so please get in touch if you would like to be involved.
ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM
The new system is now up and running and it’s great to see some members already taking advantage of it. You can still book as normal via telephone or by popping into the club; we thought it would be good to have this extra option of booking your courts. There will soon be a screen etc in the reception area of the club so you can view the booking sheet easily. If anybody has any queries about the system please get in touch with Ross at the club.
The new National League season is around the corner, and I now have the entry forms for the new season. Anybody who wishes to enter a team please get in touch ASAP so we can get ourselves organised. We are hoping to enter two teams into the 30-35 division, but we need the numbers, so please let me know if you would be available to play, even if it would be a limited amount of matches.
The Howdle Singles is slowly coming to its conclusion. We have the finalists in the North section, where Peter Harding will play David Fox. In the South section, we are still waiting on Andrew Woodward and Peter Buckley to play their quarter final match. Hopefully this match can be organised so we can push on with the rest of the draw. The other semi final is between Tim Green and Alan Wagner. If this match could also be organised, it would be greatly appreciated. It is hoped that we can play both the finals, along with the Club Championship final (Horatio Cary v William Maltby) on the same evening.
Some of the Summer League matches have taken place, however there are a number of leagues that are yet to kick off. I will send a separate email to the players in each group to remind of the players in your group.
To finish off, I hope everyone has had a good summer and is looking forward to the forthcoming tennis season. I feel this season is going to be a cracker. The club is entered into the Brodie Cup once again, and I am hoping that we can have a good run in the competition.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all on court soon.
Yours in tennis
Friday, June 20, 2008
Read the Match report HERE
Camden comments on the upcoming World Championship
3 videos of the final from the Australian crew - Part 1
Friday, May 23, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Club Captain Colin Butler presented the trophy to a delighted Herbert and along with spectators posed for a final photograph with Bryn Sayers. This was Bryn's penultimate club event before leaving Oratory to persue his goals for the highest accolades in the professional game.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Harding beat Allaway.M
Brown beat Seymour
Allaway.D beat Baxter
Monday, March 31, 2008
06th March OUTC v Prested Hall 1
James Willcocks lost to Bryn Sayers 6/3 4/6 5/6
27th March Prested Hall 1 v Robot Coupe MURTC 1
Bryn Sayers beat Nick Wood 5/6 6/2 6/4
In the US Open Doubles Bryn and partner Ricardo Smith reached the semi-finals losing out to the eventual winners Fahey and Virgona.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Rackets World Doubles
Ladder after 2 matches ...
- Australia 14
- USA 12
- France 7
- United Kingdom 5
Australia - Ross Brown [Zander], David Allaway (c), Christian Whittaker, Peter Harding
USA - Bryn Sayers, Michael Seymour [Oratory & RTC] (c), Mike Allaway, Stuart Baxter
France - Mark Eadle, James Bloore, Eric Walker (c), Tim Green
United Kingdom - Mike Jenkins, Gordon Robertson, Colin Butler, Simon Booker (c)
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Saturday February 9th 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
To help parents with diary planning here are the session dates and times for the next 3 weeks. Any dates or times that are different from the normal Sundays at 2pm slot will be posted in RED
- Sunday 10th February, 2pm - 4pm
- Saturday 16th February, 11am - 1pm
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
A total of 19 pairs took part and there were some enthralling matches, particularly the semi final between the Nicksons and the Lamberts, leading 5-2, and 40-15, the Nickson’s let slip there lead and lost the match at 5-5, double match point, a great way to end the second semi final.
The Allaways clinched the final 8 games to 3.