Oxford Sports Men’s Team Report (Winter Season 2019/20)
Oxford Sports’ five Men’s teams enjoyed a strong 2019/20 Winter season and, despite the uncertainty around a few matches that are still left to play, it’s looking like two of our teams are on for promotion whilst there’s no fear of relegation for any of our teams.
Following a highly successful decade of tennis for the Men’s A under Dave Tuck’s captaincy, a new look Men’s A captained by Jonny Ayres underwent a pre-season transition, combining both the Men’s A and Men’s B teams into the new streamlined Men’s A ‘2.0’. Despite some strong competition and many close matches, the A team consolidated their position as one of the best sides in the Premier Division with a (current) third placed finish. A special mention goes to James Thomson-Glover for some very impressive performances throughout the season.
After promotion from Division 2 last season, Davide Zilli led his Men’s B team to a solid mid-table finish in a hugely close and competitive Division 1. With one fixture remaining, the B’s can finish anywhere from fourth to ninth, showing just how closely matched the teams in this league are. In spite of some difficulty with finding a consistent team during the season, Davide has done a great job in cementing the B’s place in a higher division.
Ed Duncan captained the Men’s C team to a much improved season in Division 2 this season and, with two matches left to play, the C’s have a great chance of going up – they are currently just two points off the promotion places with a game in hand on the teams above them. A special mention goes to Steve Timmins who, in his first season for Oxford Sports, contributed to over half of the C team’s points total this season. Let’s hope the C’s can play out their remaining fixtures and secure a spot in Division 1 for 2020/21.
Matt Neely and his D team played out an almost identical season this year to their previous campaign in Division 5, finishing in fifth place on 36 points after nine fixtures – the exact same points and position as last season! Captain Matt led by example, forming strong partnerships with Giles Potter and John Szulc all through the season. Surely the 36 point mark can’t strike three winter seasons in a row can it? Hopefully the D’s can push on and aim for promotion next season.
The E team enjoyed a fantastic winter season and, with a game in hand on the teams directly below them, they are looking very good for promotion into Division 6. Captain Donald Sievewright will be hoping that the season can be completed and that his team can get the job done in their two remaining matches, one of which will put the E’s up against the league leaders. Ali Jamieson made a fantastic contribution to the E team’s success this season, winning 18 out of a possible 20 sets for the team and, impressively, he managed to remain unbeaten the whole winter.
Jonathan Ayres – Oxford Sports Men’s Captain