Vets Team 2017/18 Mid Term Report



Please see below mid season update for the Vets team kindly supplied by Michael Standring

Ashtead 1 Squash Vets Team Playing in Surrey Vets, Saturday Afternoons

Regular Squad Members Include:

Tim Harkness

Karl Newland

Glenn Christie

Jim Flynne

Ian Pickup

Gary Roberts

Steve Hanrahan

Francois De Villiers

Steve Axford

We are currently lying in second spot, by just one point, in Div 3 with a match in hand.

During the past couple of seasons we have managed to stay up in Div 3, but only just...great work by the squad in pulling out the results when needed.

The 2017/18 season has been something of a turn around in fortunes for the Vets. We have been incredibly fortunate to have Glenn Christie achieving his 45th B'day in October and having Tim Harkness join the squad in November. Initially they played at string 5 and 4 respectively, but come the second half of the season Tim is now nominated at #1 and Glenn at #3. The whole team has playing consistently well throughout the season and are unbeaten in all six matches played.

We fully expect to be in top spot come the end of the campaign in April which means a promotion to Div 2. Having been in there a few years ago, we do not under estimate the challenge of staying in that division, but with the squad playing as well as they are, there is no reason why next year we can enjoy continued success. What we could really do with is Mike Stewart (currently playing in Vets Div 1 with Dorking) joining us next year...this would definitely help us challenge for promotion to Div 1...what do you say Mike???

With the influx of new players this season it has meant several of the regular Vets Team players have missed out in participating in matches. If there is an appetite to run a second team for 2018/19 then we should look at reinstating a second Ashtead Vets Team...but someone will need to step up and run it!

Thanks to all those who support the team in our home matches, please continue to do so. The fixtures for the rest of the season are as follows:

3.30 Start Time on Saturday Afternoons

February 10 at Home vs Ebbisham 1

March 17 at Home vs The Wimbledon Club 3

April 7 at Home vs The Wimbledon Club 2

April 21 Away vs Oxshott 3

The Vets team progress can be viewed at county.leaguemaster.co.uk then select Winter Vets 2017/18.

Here's looking forward to an unbeaten season...

Thanks & Regards

Michael Standring

Captain Vets Squash Team



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