A look back: Summer 2019
Over the summer the club hosted a six-week Summer League programme with two divisions. The organiser Brian Davison gives his report below;
“Early pacesetters in Division 1 were NETTS Argyle, Fish NETTS and On A Prayer. In Week 5 however a 13-5 win for On A Prayer over NETTS Argyle took the later out of contention. Mark Wicker was unbeaten and Gracie Edwards, in as a reserve for Dave Cole also had an important win. Paul Davison collected Argyle’s solitary win. Edwards took two more sets to ensure a 15-3 win for On a Prayor over NETTS n’ Edges. Cole returned for the last fixture against Fish NETTS who with Jan Fuller unavailable played John Poysden to partner Alex Abbott.
In the first match of this top of the table clash a pulsating five setter saw a Poysden win over Cole, 10-12 in the final game. The match between Wicker and Abbott saw the former achieve a win with his controlled top spin game. This was Abbott’s first Summer League defeat three years. A doubles win for new champions On A Prayer resulted in a 11-9 win over Fish NETTS. However the nine games taken by Abbott and Poysden were enough to secure the runners-up spot over third placed NETTS Argyle.
In the second division, operated on a handicap system, two teams featuring the most experienced players were on top from the start of the season. Old Duffers featuring Fred Evans and NETTS team mate Joe Meleschko plus Down the Leg Side with the experienced Garry Fryatt and Kevin Saunders. The defensive style of Evans and Meleschko proved just too much for the more attacking style played by a majority of other teams. Youngsters Charlie Lunn, Brodie Henrici and Jack Dearsley from the NETTS club showed continued development throughout the series of matches. All involved now look forward to a few weeks off from competitive action!”
“On A Prayer” featuring top Colchester players Mark Wicker and Dave Cole took the Division One title. In the final round match between Wicker and “Fish NETTS” Alex Abbott saw the former become the first summer League player to defeat Abbott in three years! In the second division, operated on a handicap system, the “Old Duffers” featuring Fred Evans and NETTS team mate Joe Meleschko were on top from the start of the season. Youngsters Charlie Lunn, Brodie Henrici and Jack Dearsley from the NETTS club showed continued development throughout their series of matches.