August Match News

Looking at the results of the summer season we really should be incredibly proud of our 11 teams playing in the Dorset and H & IOW Leagues.


Men’s 1 – 4th in Div 2
Men’s 2 – 2nd in Div 4 promoted to Div 3
Men’s vets – 3rd in Div 1
Ladies 1 – 3rd in Div 1
Ladies 2 – 1st in Div 2 promoted to Div 1
Ladies 3 – 6th in Div 2 relegated to div 3
Ladies Vets – 1st in single division
Mixed 1 – 4th in Div 1
Mixed 2 – 1st in Div 3 promoted to Div 2

So next summer we will have 4 teams in Div 1, 2 teams in Div 2 and 2 teams in Div 3 not counting ladies vets where there is only 1 division.


Men’s – 2nd in Div 1
Ladies – 4th in Div 1 (matches to play)

Many teams in the leagues have given walkovers this summer but I’m proud to say that Southbourne have managed to avoid this.

Fixtures have now all been set for the winter season which commences on October 1st. We look forward to some good competitive tennis once again, and some good weather to play in ( although forecasters are already saying it’s going to be a harsh winter!)

Our captains do a fantastic job!

Men’s 1 – Patrick Brown
Men’s 2 – Owain Gosling
Men’s Vets – Richard Henshaw/ Nigel Carter
Men’s Hants & IOW – John Stevens
Ladies 1 – Cleo Reid
Ladies 2 – Helen Henshaw
Ladies 3 – Lena Chavez
Ladies Vets – Celia Barron
Ladies Hants & IOW – Cleo Reid
Mixed 1 – Kirsty Holmes
Mixed 2 – Lloyd Harkom

Visit the LTA site for team information

TeamMatch DatesTeamMatch Dates
LADIES 1Tues May 14th v E Dorset 1 6.30pm ALADIES 2Tues Apr 2nd v Sthb 3 6.30pm H
Weds May 22nd v W. Hants 1 6.30pm ATues Apr 23rd v St Leon 1 6.30pm H
Tues June 4th v Milford 1 6.30pm HFri May 10th v Vic Ave 6.30pm H
Sun 23rd June v DLP A 5pmTues June 4th v E Dorset 2 A 6.30pm
Fri June 28th v DLR 1 7pm ASat June 22nd v DLP 2 2pm A
Sun July 21st v Dorch 1pm HTues July 23rd v Christchurch H 6.30pm
Tues Aug 13th v Milford 2 A 6.30pm
LADIES 3Tues Apr 2nd v Sthb 2 6.30pm AMENS 1Weds May 15th v DLP 7pm A
Sat Apr 27th v Vic Ave 10.30am A ppSun May 26th v St Seb 11am A
Tues May 14th v Milford 2 6.30pm HTues June 4th v Vic Ave 1 6.30 A
Tues May 21st v St Leon 1 6.30pm HSun June 23rd v Milford 2 5pm H
Tues July 9th v DLP 2 6.30pm HSun July 21st v DLR 1 5pm H
Tues July 16th v E Dorset 2 H 6.30pmSun Aug 11th v St Leon 2 1pm H
Sun Aug 4th v Christchurch A 1pmSun Aug 19th v Wimborne A 6.30pm
MENS 2Sun Apr 7th Ferndown 2 5pm H pp- 12/07MENS VETSSat Apr 6th v Vic Ave 10.30am A pp-18/06
Tues Apr 30th v St Leon 5 6.30pm HWeds Apr 24th v W Hants 6.30pm A
Thurs May 23rd v St Leon 4 6.30pm ASun May 12th v St Leon 1 5pm H
Sun June 16th v Christchurch 5pm HSun June 2nd v Sherborne 1pm H
Sun June 23rd v Winton 1pm HSun July 28th v E Dorset 1 10.30am A
Sun June 30th v Shaftesbury 10.30 ASun Aug 18th v E Dorset 2 5pm H
Sun July 7th v Dorch 2 2pm A
MIXED 1Tues Apr 9th v DLR 1 6.30pm H pp- 9/07MIXED 2Tues May 7th v Winton 1 6.30pm H
Sat Apr 27th v Dorch 1 1pm A pp- 28/07Sun May 26th v Shaftes 1pm H
Tues June 11th v W Hants 2 6.30 ATues June 11th v Swanage 1 6.30pm H
Tues June 18th v St Leon 1 6.30pm HTues July 2nd v DLR 2 6.30pm H
Tues July 16th v W Hants 1 6.30pm HSun July 28th v Lymington !0.30am A
Tues Aug 6th v E Dorset 6.30pm ASat Aug 3rd v Vic Ave 1 10.30am A
Tues Aug 13th v DLP 1 6.30pm HWeds Aug 14th v Corfe Mullen 6.30 A
LADIES VETSTues Apr 23rd v E Dorset 6.30pm ALADIES H&IOWSat June 8th v Winchester (A)H
Thurs May 16th v Milford 6.30pm ASun June 16th v Kingsgate (A) A
Tues May 28th v milford 6.30pm HSat Aug 10th v E Dorset H 1pm
Tues June 25th v W Hants 6.30pm HSat Aug 17th v Riverside H 1pm
Tues July 30th v E Dorset H 6.30pm HSat Aug 24th v Lee on Solent A
Tues Aug 6th v W Hants 6.30pm A
MENS H&IOWSat June 8th v Ryde A
Sat June 15th v Lee on Solent H
Sat July 6th v Winchester (A) A
Sat July 13th v Warsash H
Sun Aug 4th v Salisbury (A) H

Visit the LTA site for team information

Southbourne Tennis Club – Team Ethos and Selection

  • Southbourne Tennis Club aims to be a very friendly club open to players of all abilities.
  • The club will aim to run enough teams for the number of members wishing to play in teams.
  • The club will run a squad system for each of the teams.
  • The squad will elect a captain at the start of each season.
  • The club will always try and pick the best players for each squad.
  • The squad will be chosen using the squad and match selection criteria.
  • Where a squad is made up of very committed members with good availability a minimum of 6 players would be suitable. Where a squad comprises members with not such good availability a larger number of members may be required.
  • Members wishing to be a member of any squad will be required to attend at least one pre-season selection evening.
  • The selection of each squad will be made by head coach and the coaching team.
  • All team members should be good ambassadors for Southbourne Tennis Club
  • Team captains will choose the teams having regard to the good practice for teams captains criteria.
  • Team players will have regard to the good practice for team players criteria.

Finally whilst putting our best teams out is important at Southbourne Tennis Club, having fun and enjoying tennis is paramount.

Good practice for Team Players

The club recognises that team players play an important part in club life.

  • Always support you captain, especially with the sometimes difficult decisions they have to make.
  • Let you captain know your availability and update monthly.
  • Attend pre-season selection evenings
  • Try and attend the Monday evening team training session when possible
  • Pay match fees promptly to the team captain
  • Try and take an active part in the running of the club
  • Be a good ambassador for the club.

20th JulyAll team and prospective team players to hand in team member details
31st JulyDecision on number of teams to be entered in winter league.
3rd September
10th September
Team trials
13th SeptemberSelection committee
1st OctoberWinter league begins
7th DecemberAll team and prospective team players to hand in team member details
31st DecemberDecision on number of teams to be entered in summer league.
21st MarchTeam evaluation
14th MarchSelection committee
31st MarchWinter league ends
1st AprilSummer league begins


Squads are needed so that we can cope with injuries, illnesses and squad members being away. Squads will therefore need to be made up of a minimum of 6 members.

Dorset League and H & IOW (Summer only)

We have 9 teams playing in the Dorset winter and summer leagues (2 pair); 2 Men’s, 3 Ladies, 1 Ladies and 1 Men’s vets, and 2 Mixed, all of whom are in high divisions so the standard is good. I Men’s and 1 Ladies, both in Div 1, play in the H & IOW League (3 pair)

Selection for the squads will be based on:

  • Doubles success/experience at Senior Club level or other representative level
  • Doubles results
  • Flexibility to play with different partners and in a team environment
  • Fitness to play at least 2 doubles matches (4 sets)
  • General Availability
  • Behaviour and attitude on and off court to maintain the good standing of Southbourne Tennis Club

A small committee will put together the Club’s squads taking advice from the Head coach and the existing captains.

During September there will be an opportunity for all club members who would like to be considered for a team to attend a team selection session. There will also be 2 evenings when Team captains will invite their squads to a match practice evening. Subsequently there will be discussions between team captains the match secretary and club coach to discuss squads.

It is the responsibility of the Captain of each squad to select players for each match.