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Tuesday, December 23, 2008


The Oratory team of Pam and Tim Tomalin, Mike Box, David Fox and Alan Wagner were treated to excellent hospitality at Leamington on the last Saturday before Xmas.
Lunch was served in the splendid Club dining room with silver and fine bone china: shepherd's pie and seasonal vegetables followed by jam roly poly and custard and washed down with fine wine. Mr "three puddings" Wagner expressed himself very satisfied with proceedings.  Some tennis was also played..........
The day began with Tim and Pam in good form and makng an excellent start however they were pipped at the post in a three game set.  David and Mike were on next and managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in a closely fought three game set which went to the final point.  It was now after 1 p.m. and we were late for lunch. Alan stormed into an impressive lead but caused mild consterrnation when his opponent turned up the pressure with a 4:1 lead;  were we ever going to eat?  The thought of those puddings obviously spurred him on and Alan brought the first half's play to a successful close.  We will not dwell on the post-lunch play as the Oratory teaml might have been better taking a well earned nap in the comfortable lounge.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Mike Box, Match Manager

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Match report - Oratory 4 Beat Holyport - Nat'l League Div 7

Scott Levy  lost to  Simon Booker  5/6 6/3 5/6

Jill Newby  beat  Gordon Robertson  6/0 6/3

Nick Pellew  lost to  Simon Street  6/1 3/6 4/6

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas News

Included in this newsletter this month is the details on the Gordon Bennett Trophy, Club handicap doubles, Christmas Eve Doubles and some other bits and bobs!!

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.

Christmas Draw

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.

Opening Hours

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

Oratory and Radley Friendly Doubles

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