||20 September – Finals Day. Another great day with an epic 30 shot rally deciding the winner of the Men’s singles and the Prosecco flowing. It was great to see a host of new debut winners, including Nikki Rohfling, Jane Buswell and Mahvash Tavassoli. A special mention to Jon and Vicky who made it a hat trick of wins in the Mixed Doubles, and to debut finalists Ben Randall and Georgia Jerome in the singles. The day was full of Finals with the Juniors and Vets being held on the same day, with wins for Peter Higgs, Jeremy Labram and Rob Leonard, and Alison O’Mahony in the Vets and Hamish Kerr, Rosa Marks, Freddie Coghill, Seth Mack, Miles Speer, Giulia Lesa and Otis Stuart in the Juniors. A big thanks to all the those who organised, umpired and participated and especially to Matt Cowie for bringing it all together on the day. For photos, visit our two Facebook sites.
Sunday 7th of September saw 30 members from Old College take part in an all-day Singles Tournament in support of the charity “Friends of Kianjai.” The day was a big success, with the tournament, BBQ, Bar and raffle raising over £700. The money raised will go straight to building a school for disabled children in the this rural region of Kenya
The tennis was of a very high standard, with everyone getting stuck into the group stages and the timed match format putting the emphasis on quick attacking play. As the day progressed, the knock out stages came, with a semi-final line up for the women’s draw of Rosa Marks and Elizabeth Vineall (both only 14!) taking on Sarah March and Rosie Allen respectively. For the men Nikki Rohlfing played Will Skideslky, while Ben Randall faced up against Jonathan Pearson. After some tight semi finals, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jonathan and Nikki made it through to the finals, where Sarah and Nikki both claimed top prize. Peter Meisnser deserves a special mention, taking on the challenge of a singles tournament aged 78!
A massive thank you to George, his parents, girlfriend and friends and to Jonathan, Tim, Matt and Katy at the club for helpingorganise the day. And thank you everyone for your generosity.
||The Aegon Team Tennis Surrey League 2014 results were announced and three of our junior teams won their divisions – the 18U Boys, 16U Girls and 14U Girls. Well done everyone!Second Multisport Tournament, 27 July. Thirty members took part, organised in six teams. They played a frenetic six rounds of croquet, tennis and table tennis, all doubles and with two games of croquet happening at the same time. It was interesting to see how teams needed to be good at everything. Having a great tennis serve was no key to overall success and those teams that did best scored strongly across all three sports. In the end it was Team F (Philip Batty, Jonathan Pearson, Hilary, Paul and Joe Woof) who won a close contest. They were presented with a bottle of chilled champagne which was consumed on the spot!|
||Ladies teams barbecue evening: on Friday 20 June the Ladies teams got together for an evening of tennis and barbecued meat served with lashings of wine and chat. A great and late evening was had by all. We look forward to repeating it soon. Thanks to everyone who came and made the evening such an enjoyable one.Congratulations to Matt Cowie and Rebecca Jones for passing their Level 2 LTA Tennis Coaching Qualification, and a big thank you on their behalf to the Club, Jon Modica and Chris Barker who were extremely supportive.|
||4 April: the annual Old College Quiz night. This was another great evening hosted by Quiz Master Jeff Richards on . There was a great turnout and lots of fun had by all. Well done to the winning team of Joanthan, Jane, Matt, Tim, Anna and Hannah – Doubtless there will be many people fighting for the crown again next year!|
||March 30: Another Tennis Circus provided fun for all. Ex-Davis Cup pros Danny Sapsford and Andrew Richardson provided coaching for Minis, Juniors, Ladies and Men of all standards. There was the opportunity to have one’s service speed measured – Leo Gonzales came top with 96mph! Not to mention tiebreaks with the pros, fantastic refreshments including cream teas. Many thanks to Jeremy and Matt for organising this fantastic event.|
||February 18: our first AGM in the new refurbished clubhouse. Peter Higgs and other members of the Club Committee presented a review of the last year. The club’s finances are very healthy even after all the maintenance and clubhouse refurbishment that have taken place in the last year. Details of the new committee composition can be found here. The event was well attended and drinks were served at the bar. See Facebook for photos.|
||Old College’s first club-wide Dinner Dance was held on 18 January at Dulwich & Sydenham Golf Club. The event was a resounding success, attended by about 70 members, and featured a delicious three-course meal followed by dancing until past midnight. The event was a fantastic tour de force on the part of organisers Sarah and Rosie. Congratulations to David Cianfarani, our new Honorary President for 2014! See Facebook for photos.|
||Formal opening of the refurbished Clubhouse, 14 December. David Cianfarani did the honours in helping Rebecca to cut the ribbon. Mince pies and mulled wine were served in the Clubhouse.The traditional Santa Tournament, organised by Jon Modica in full Santa gear, was held immediately after the Clubhouse opening ceremony. It was a great sight to see so many members playing in festive costume. See Facebook for photos.|
||November 16: The Old College “Hollywood Glamour” Fancy Dress Party was attended by a very glamorous crowd, including Marilyn look-alike Sarah Walsh. Rebecca Jones won the prize for best costume as Joan from “Mad Men”. Music was provided by our own Ben Tavassoli. Visit our Facebook site to see the photos!|
||Finals of the Vets Tournament: Due to changes in the qualifying ages, the number of entries was down on last year, but on the positive side all matches were completed on schedule and there were several closely-contested encounters. The full results can be seen here but special congratulations are due to Jeremy Labram, who manged to win the Mens Singles, Mens Doubles and Mixed Doubles.Tennis Circus Day: after our last Tennis Circus in April, 36 team players got the chance to be coached by Danny Sapsford, an ex-Davis Cup player. The funds raised by the day will be used on outreach work for the Club.|
||This year’s Finals Day held on 7 September for the first time combined both the adult and junior Club Championships in one event. It was touch and go as to whether the rain would hold off, but in the event all the matches got played, with some fine, closely fought contests. The traditional Finals day barbecue at lunchtime and Pimms in the afternoon kept contestants and spectators going. Many thanks to organisers Katy Nicholson-Lord and Gillian Kerr. For adult results and photos, see here. Junior results and photos can be found here.|