Winter League is underway with just one week left to go. The competition consists of singles and doubles matches.
Further details are available here,
and all current results and progressive standings can be found here.
In Grade A, Matthew Ball and Jae Lee have continued their dominance, again winning all their singles and doubles matches.
Their final positions in block 3 will be decided when they meet each other in the final matches of the competition.
In B-Grade, Thomas Sun is holding a 1-point lead over Abbey Webb
with Allen Blackburn also still in contention a further point further back. Allen is due to meet Thomas in the final round next week, and a win
for Allen could see him draw level with Thomas, with the group winner to be decided by their doubles clash. Or Abbey might be able to seize the opportunity to surge to the lead.
Of course, Thomas could avoid all complications if he can win his match against Allen and retain and widen his lead.
In C-Grade, we have the odd situation with Changhee Cho and Eng Lim
jointly leading with identical points and games for and against, but they will not meet each other in next week's final round because they are in the same team.
So, the winner will be decided by their respective results against the same opponents. If they continue their winning ways, the winner could even be decided on games won and lost.
In D-Grade, Damien van den Berg now holds a 1-point lead over Oliver Linton,
and with them scheduled to meet each other in next week's final round, their singles and doubles matches against each other are likely to prove decicive.
In the overall standings, nothing has changed. Matthew Ball continues to lead
with Jae Lee 3.5 points further back in second place and Changhee Cho
another half a point further back in third place, with a larger gap to William Hunter in fourth place. With only one round left to go,
Matthew Ball basically can't lose his lead even if he were to lose both his singles and doubles match against Jae Lee,
but Changhee Cho still has a chance to move up into second place.
In the contest for most improved player, not much has changed, either. Des Armstrong
has maintained his lead, now having gained 101 points despite missing another week week, but the chasing field has again made little progress in their gains.
Only Alex Hall has had a good win to add to his tally, but with only one week left to play,
Des' established lead might be enough to finally see him home. It has been a competition with few upset results, and the Manawatu Open was also largely played to form.
Latest Rating Gains:
Peter Ward 28 points (Player of the Week)
Alex Hall 15 points
William Hunter 10 points
Eng Lim 10 points
Order of Merit - New Milestones reached
Matthew Ball 28,000 points
Abbey Webb 11,000 points
William Hunter 11,000 points
Eng Lim 3000 points
Akshay Aneesh 2000 points
Tio Weavers 100 points
Manawatu Open Championship
This year's Manawatu Open Championship was held on the week-end of 2&3 September.
The new champions are:
Matthew Ball (Mn) def. Mark Page (Wk) 4:0
Menaka Samarasinghe (Mn) def. Jessica Macaskill (Wk) 4:3
Matthew Ball / Jae Lee (Mn) def. Mark Page (Wk)/ James Harter (W) 3:2
Jessica Macaskill (Wk) / Lisa Yue (W) def. Menaka Samarasinghe (Mn) / Ann Flemming (Wg) 3:0
Matthew Ball / Menaka Samarasinghe (Mn) def. Sean Hanson / Lisa Yue (W) 3:0
Detailed results are available here.
Junior Club - Monday evenings
Junior Club will be back on Monday 26 July for the start of Term 3. It will run through to 18 September, just missing one week on 4 September. Cost is $5 per session.
All dates & details are here.
Junior Club provides a great opportunity for new members to join up for the winter season in a relaxed and fun atmosphere!
We welcome new and regular participants during this time for a casual hit, to play a few matches and be part of some fun games.
It runs Fridays 4-5:30 pm. Cost is $8 per session or $64 for the Term. Junior Coaching is back from 28 July. There will be 8 sessions this term missing the 18th and 25th August.
If you haven't attended these sessions before, and are interested to come along in Term 3, please let Matthew Ball know.
2017 Ratings Gain
We are now six months into the 2017 season, and there have been some impressive improvements by some of the new stars of the Association. A graph
of this year's rating gains is here.
Abbey Webb is clearly having the greatest gains for the season so far, with an incredible improvement in her ratings by about 600 points
since the beginning of the year. Dan Heaphy has had the second-highest gains with impressive and steady improvements throughout the year,
having gained over 400 points so far. Callum McKinnon has now moved up into third place with big rating jumps over recent weeks.
Des Armstrong has also made some impressive gains over the year, with a gain of
about 300 points, but not having played much recently, he did not have the chance to see his ratings rise further.
Further back and with rating gains between 150 and 250 points is another group of players, Sonny Huynh, Kaushal Patel, William Hunter, Jin Shim and Thomas Sun.
Still half a year to go before the end of the 2017 season, and still a chance for the successful players to build on their gains.
February to March
Summer League 2017 has concluded. Final results and standings can be found
April to June
Autumn League 2017 has concluded. Final results and standings are available
July to September
Winter League 2017 is underway. Progressive results and standings are available
October to November
Spring League 2016 has concluded. Final results and standings are available
December to February
Christmas League 16/17 has concluded. Final results and standings are
Played on some Saturdays from March to August
Super 16 (2017) has started. Progressive results and standings are