Durham Mens January 2019 - Fixture
Army Mens vs Durham University Mens
12 January Friendly Fixture
The first fixture of 2019 saw the Army Mens team travel to David Lloyd Sunderland, the home of Team Durham Tennis. At nearly full strength, a buoyed Army Mens team set off at the early hours of Saturday morning for a 12 hour round trip; staggering commitment from the men in red.
Following a through warm up and the Captain’s team talk the team were pumped. They were ready to face off against their opposition for the respective doubles matches. A scratch pairing of 2Lt Munnery & Lt Hunt produced some scandalous hands at the net and some savage set plays on their own service games. A tenacious performance resulted in a third set tie-break win for the Army’s second pair. Capt Rogers & Capt Williams were in an inspired mood following their teammates hard fought victory. They managed to grind out a 13-11 third set tie-break win against a dogged Durham partnership.
After a clean sweep on the doubles scoresheet, the focus switched fire to singles. Lt Hunt put on a bullish show of force against his opponent; securing a routine straight sets victory. Unfortunately, Capt Williams struggled to gain any rhythm against an unconventional opponent. Despite his best efforts, he was outmatched on the day succumbing to the Durham player in three sets. 2Lt Munnery, reliable as ever, showcased his grit and athleticism in a hard fought victory; tipping the team past the overall finish line. The final singles match of the day saw Capt Rogers try and retain his unbeaten record this season. It was an agonising three set physical and mental battle, which showcased an abundance of flair and mastery on both sides. Unfortunately, this time, his opponent outplayed him on the bigger points.
A hugely positive weekend of tennis; some stand-out performances from 2Lt and Lt Hunt. Many congratulations to all players that were selected for this fixture and a special thanks to Durham University Tennis Team for their memorable hosting.
Representing the Army in this Mens Fixture were the following players:
- Capt Ben Rogers RA
- Capt Tristan Williams RWELSH
Lt Ben Hunt RIFLES
- 2Lt Reece Munnery RAC
Army 1 vs Durham 1 (DUR) 6-1 & 6-7(5) & 6-7(1)
Army 2 vs Durham 2 (DUR) 6-7(5) & 2-6
Army 3 vs Durham 3 (ARMY) 6-2 & 6-2
Army 4 vs Durham 4 (ARMY) 6-7(5) & 6-1 & 7-6(3)
Army 1 vs Durham 1 (ARMY) 7-6(5) & 6-7(3) & 7-6(11)
Army 2 vs Durham 2 (ARMY) 6-3 & 2-6 & 7-6(8)
Army - 4
Durham - 2
See photo and video below