Oakham maintained their 2nd place in Division 6 of the Leicestershire League with a hard-fought 5-4 victory at Quorn. On a difficult playing surface, the top pairing of Peter Farrar/Alisdair Orr comfortably won two of their sets and just lost out in a tie-break in their other rubber. Tim Port and Ben Hubbard managed to gain a point in spite of Ben being very limited in his play through injury. The third pairing of Paul Ashfield and Owen Davies were the real heroes of the match with gritty performances to earn two crucial sets and tip the overall result in Oakham’s favour.

Both the Ladies 1st and 2nd teams enjoyed good seasons in the 2016 Leicestershire Winter League. The 1st team finished a creditable 4th in a competitive Group 3, while the 2nd team narrowly missed promotion in 3rd place in Group 6. The Men’s team were also pipped for promotion from Group 9 coming up against two particularly strong teams in their Group. We now look forward to a busy summer season with 9 teams competing in the 2017 Leicestershire Summer Leagues (2 Men’s, 3 Ladies, 1 Mixed, 3 Men’s/Ladies Veterans) including the introduction of a Ladies 3rd team to give more Ladies members the opportunity to play team tennis. In addition to the adult teams, there will be more junior teams competing in Leicestershire leagues than ever before

Ladies Show The Way
Now at the half-way stage of this season but less than half the matches played due to rain, rain, rain.
Worst affected is the Oakham Ladies 1st team who have played only 2 but now find themselves sitting mid-way in div 3, after 2 outstanding wins.
Their latest outing produced a somewhat surprising result – 8-0 win against Carisbrooke, one of the biggest clubs in the Leics leagues.
In glorious sunshine for a change and an unusual change of partnership produced an excellent result.
Debbie Powell and Jane Gilmore worked well to beat the visitors 2nd pair 6-2: 6-3 then went on to defeat the 1sts by the same score. Steady play was the necessity which they produced.
Jackie Staines and Laura Reekie opened against the Carisbrooke 1sts and steadily kept pace with them, moving ahead after each service game. Their 7-5, 6-3 win was due to their determined efforts. They went on to beat the 2nds 6-1 : 6-4.
Result – 8-0. Points – 19 from 2 matches.
Ladies 2nds
Oakham went to Kibworth in drizzle which stopped to allow play. Jane Gilmore and Laura Reekie began well using their experience against a younger pair. The hosts 1st pair were more difficult to overcome, but again greater experience from Gilmore and Reekie paved the way for another win.
Muriel Smith and Anne Boyce played well from the start but were pressed for every point against a resolute 1st pair. They were forced to a tie-break which took time to win. Rallies were long and well fought but the Rutlanders played well together, to get a very important win.
They kept up the good work against the Kibworth 2nds, winning 6-4: 6-4 and came away having won all 4 sets.
Result – 8-0. Points – 23 Played 4.
Oakham Men
A race to the top for the Rutlanders who had to go to Hinckley who are also racing to the top. Sadly, Oakham were without 2 of their top players and found the home side young and eager and very capable.
Gordon Reekie and Peter Farrar found their opponents very agile as they returned difficult balls to all angles of the courts. Reekie and Farrar won the first set and were taken to a tie-break in the second which they lost.
Edmund Dry and Justin fowler also felt the pressure from the youngsters who were able to force errors after losing a set to the visitors.
Only 1 point separates the 2 teams after 5 matches played. With 2 ties still to be played – it’s all up for grabs to see who will be promoted.
Played 5, won 3, drawn 1, points – 37.

The Men’s Vets team finished in a comfortable mid table position in Division 2 of the Leicestershire Summer League, gaining 5 victories in the 9 matches played. Captained by Mike Dunford, the pairing of Gordon Reekie and Peter Farrar proved the most successful, with Greg Delaney, Edmund Dry and Mike Dunford also notching up some good wins. An enjoyable season!

With two matches to play, the Men’s Vets team remain in the top three in Division Two of the Leicestershire League. In recent matches, the team lost 2-6 to a strong Ashby Castle quartet on an unfamiliar surface, with Gordon Reekie and Peter Farrar picking up the two points. Then, on Saturday 6th August, the team made it 5 out of 7 wins with a 6-2 victory against Wigston with Reekie and Farrar continuing their successful season with maximum points while Captain, Mike Dunford, partnering Greg Delaney gained a crucial two set victory against the Wigston 2nd pair.

A couple of narrow defeats against Loughborough and Carisbrooke ended the 2nd team’s chances of promotion from Division 7 of the Leicestershire League. With 4 matches won and 3 lost, the team finished mid-table, a good achievement for the newly-formed 2nd team. Over the course of the season, 14 players represented the club, including 4 promising youngsters which bodes well for the future. Captain Edmund Dry, Paul Ashfield and Peter Farrar have been the mainstays of the team, each winning the majority of their individual rubbers, but everybody should be congratulated on their efforts over an enjoyable season.


Skipper Justin Fowler was absent from the men’s 1sts when they hosted a Leicester club team who are lower in the division than the Rutlanders. Dan Potter and Jack Hubbard wasted no time in establishing their intent to win as did Gordon Reekie and Richard Breag. Both pairs are well versed in seeking out their opponents weaknesses and exploiting them. This was to be no exception as they won rally after rally and forced errors from all corners of the courts, with Reekie and Breag losing only 8 games through the match.
3rd strings Greg Delaney and Peter Farrar fought hard to gain the upper hand and were unlucky not to get a point in their tight matches.
Result – 6-3; played 7, won – 3; points – 43.
Away to Newton Lindford next week.
Edmund Dry is still smiling as his side begins the second half of their season. He produced changes to his team, but they came home worthy winners.
They went to Rothley with a newcomer – teenager Owen Davis who partnered Ken Stewart. They worked well together and Owen will have gained much from this encounter.
Skipper Dry and Paul Ashfield have become a hard pair to beat as they battle their way through opponents. Peter Farrar and Gordon Smith also kept up the pressure to win all 3 rubbers.
Sitting 2nd in their division, Edmund knows promotion might still be on the cards with 3 remaining matches, but it will be a close finish and only 1 team goes up.
Result 6-3; played 5, won 4; points 41.
What a frustrating season for the Ladies 1sts who have had 3 matches rained off. They went to Market Harboro’ with a slightly rearranged side but were able to pull off an important 6-3 win.
Captain Debbie Powell – who always leads from the front – worked hard with Jane Wood to keep a clean sheet. Margaret Miles and Carolyn Davies provided a very steady new pairing and were able to win all 3 rubbers. Jane Gilmore and Anne Boyce were unlucky not to get a point from the tie-break they had.
Result – 6-3, Played – 4, Won – 2, points – 22.
They now have more than half of the season still to play and are hoping for much fairer weather.
Skipper Mel Jarret has had to rearrange team members as injuries have taken their toll. She found a team to go to Enderby and Hinckley and although neither team won, the matches were well contested and enjoyed.
The team is sitting in the middle of the league with 2 matches remaining. Mel has been able to introduce new members to the side – giving them experience of leagues when they are still quite new to or returning to the game after several years away.
Played – 6, won – 3, points – 35.


The Men’s Vets team made it four wins out of five on Saturday 25th June with a 5-3 victory against Hamilton. Gordon Reekie and Peter Farrar won all their four sets, while Greg Delaney and Mike Dunford picked up a crucial set against the Hamilton second string to achieve the overall match victory. Oakham remain second in Leicestershire League 2.

With two matches to go, the Men’s 2nd team remain among the leaders in Leicestershire League Division 7. In recent matches, the squad achieved a 6-3 victory against Rothley Ivanhoe with the Gordon Smith/ Peter Farrar and Edmund Dry/Paul Ashfield partnerships both winning their three rubbers; then, unfortunately Oadby Granville could not raise a team to hand Oakham a 9-0 victory.

With four matches completed, the Men’s Vets team lie second in Leicestershire League Division 2. After gaining emphatic victories against Oadby Granville 2nd, Syston Northfield and David Lloyd(Narborough) 2nd, the squad went down 2-6 to a strong Leicestershire 2nd team. Against Leicestershire, Paul Ashfield and Edmund Dry halved their matches, but Mike Dunford and Ken Stewart just lost out in their sets. With 5 matches to play, it promises to be a competitive season all the way through.
With half the fixtures played, the Men’s 2nd team are third in Division 7 of the Leicestershire League with a game in hand on the two leaders. Big victories against Kegworth 3rd, Desford 2nd and Wigston 3rd was followed by a 3-6 defeat against a solid Sileby 2nd team with Greg Delaney and Peter Farrar securing the three sets for Oakham. With remaining matches to play including fixtures against the top two sides, promotion lies in the team’s hands.


Oakham Mens Vets squad have made an excellent start to their Leicestershire Summer League Division 2 campaign with two emphatic victories. On a glorious sunny afternoon, the Oakham quartet of Greg Delaney, Peter Farrar, Edmund Dry and Nigel Haynes overwhelmed Oadby Granville 8-0 . Syston Northfield provided stronger opposition in much cloudier, breezy conditions, but the team recorded another 8-0 victory with skipper Mike Dunford replacing Nigel Haynes for this match.

Big wins for Men’s 1st and 2nd Teams

For the first time in several years, there’s a second men’s side at Oakham now entered into the Leics leagues under the leadership of long-standing player – Edmund Dry.
They have set off with a bang – winning 9-0 at The Vale against Kegworth.
As a new team, they have had to begin at the bottom of the leagues, but if they continue as they have started, it won’t be long before they are back where they were some years ago. Edmund is keen to use youngsters when possible and their first match saw Harvey Seel playing with Dan Potter. The youngster showed confidence from the start. He looked quite at home, having had junior match experience previously.
A welcome return to competitive tennis was Paul Ashfield. He and Dry settled well then had a blip against the visitors firsts, but regained momentum in the tiebreak to win it.
Old, experienced stagers Peter Farrar and Gordon Reekie took little time to get back into the swing of the matches, keeping a clean sheet.
Next match – Away to Desford.


Justin Fowler took his side to Westfields for the opener this year. They were a bit apprehensive as Westfields had beaten them last year. But with a different team, the roles were reversed. The Rutlanders romped home 9-0.
It was a good to see a revitalised Jack Hubbard back from injury playing with Justin. They complimented each other’s game perfectly. Young Connor Moynihan and Dan Potter had few difficulties in keeping control as they worked well together.
Newcomer Richard Breag is going to be a very welcome asset to the team. He and Gordon Reekie, playing together for the first time, kept their opponents chasing balls which couldn’t be returned.
Skip Justin Fowler thinks this could be a very interesting season in Div 3 if he can keep his strongest team playing all their matches.


Oakham Mens’ Supervets team rounded off their winter league campaign with a comfortable 6-2 victory against Charnwood in blustery conditions on 29th April. That made it three wins out of four, with the other match drawn. During the season, Gordon Reekie and Peter Farrar won 15 of their 16 sets( best in the league), while Edmund Dry, Jeremy Siddall and Mike Dunford won crucial sets throughout the campaign. Unfortunately, the Oakham team just missed out to Carisbrooke on qualifying for the play-off final as Carisbrooke had the same overall results, but just won through on the countback of sets won. Well done to the Oakham players on a very enjoyable season!


The Supervets team of Gordon Reekie, Peter Farrar, Edmund Dry and Jeremy Siddall have made a very good start to their 2016 Leicestershire winter league programme.
Playing indoors against a strong Carisbrooke quartet, the match ended all square with Reekie and Farrar winning 3 of their 4 sets. Against Kibworth, the team gained a notable 6-2 victory with Reekie and Farrar winning all their sets, while Dry and Siddall achieved an excellent two set victory against their second pair.
Keep it up!

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