Reedham Update April 15th

Mixed Club Session (a message from Gail Reynoldson, General Committee Chairperson)
After feedback from the member survey last year, it was decided to introduce a mixed club session on a Sunday morning details of which have been included in your membership renewal letter.  The first session took place this morning and generally went pretty well with all courts in play, no one waiting too long to go on court and games of 4’s (not 2’s, 3’s or 5’s) being played.  Whilst it is a change to what has been done in the past, we have to thank all those members who embraced the new format. Our thanks to Steve Cooksley who oversaw the session and guided those members who had not previously used the peg board system.  At busy times, it may be necessary to shorten games by playing sudden death deuces and/or finishing a game at 5/5.  We simply ask members to be mindful if others are waiting to get on court and to adapt their games accordingly.
RPSC Wimbledon Ticket Draw (Sunday 22 April 2018 at 12 noon)
Another reminder that we have been awarded more pairs of tickets for Wimbledon from the Ballot this year than last year which is great so thank you once again. If you opted in you are eligible to be entered into the draw being held on Sunday 22 April 2018.  If you would prefer not be included in the draw just let Ann Fletcher know via email to fletcherak@hotmail.co.uk and she will remove your name.  
A list of the tickets we have been awarded is on display in the clubhouse together with the ballot rules issued by the LTA.  If you are thinking of coming to the ballot it is worth spending some time considering your availability over the Wimbledon fortnight before the draw takes place.  Tickets are drawn in the order of Centre Court, Court One, Court Two and then Court Three.  If your name is drawn you are able to select any pair of tickets from those tickets remaining in the draw.  A list of reserves will also be drawn.  If any member is not able to use the tickets they have drawn they are offered to the person at the top of the reserve list.  Any member is only offered one pair of tickets.  
 
Team Matches
The Mens 1sts were in action at home against David Lloyd Cheam 1st in their final Surrey Winter league fixture of the campaign. The weather was overcast as the match got underway but gave way to sunshine later on. The match was very tight and the end result was a 2-2 draw with both sides winning a Championship Tie-breaker. That result may well mean that the team retain their position in Division 10 East at the end of the season. A very big thanks to Phil Osibogun who is stepping down as Mens 1sts Captain after many years in charge. Phil has always done a wonderful job organising the Mens 1sts (as do all Reedham Park Captains of their respective teams!) despite player unavailability and injury, juniors going off to University, declining squad numbers and capricious players not always wanting to play. This alongside opposition captains who are not always the best organised or contactable! Many thanks Phil for all your hard work and all the successes along the way!
 
Have a super week,
 
Roger.

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