Strathfield Sports Club is again leaving its mark on the metropolitan tennis circuit, with the Club currently fielding eight teams in the Tennis NSW Autumn Badge competition.
The league caters for a range of abilities, with a focus on teamwork given the largely doubles format, and our tennis members have certainly stepped up their game this season.
Having just hit the mid-point in the season for the majority of our teams, here’s an update on how they are faring in their respective divisions.
Our top-ranked men’s team are currently third in the Premier League competition, with two wins, three losses and a draw to their name.
Led by John Field, the 1’s face a tough litmus test this weekend, when they host the unbeaten Hills District.
The 2’s are skippered by Mark Padd and find themselves mid-table in the Men’s 1.1 league following a couple of frustrating draws.
They will be hoping to leapfrog Neutral Bay into the top four when they face off this weekend, in what is proving to be a closely fought division.
Strathfield 3 & Strathfield 6
The 3’s and 6’s are both competing in the men’s 2.4 division and find themselves separated by just six points, in second and third respectively, on the ladder.
The 3’s are led by Robert Mo and had a resounding victory against Marrickville on the weekend. They will be hoping to back up that effort against Mosman this weekend.
The 6’s are captained by Steve Chen and have suffered just one defeat this season. They will look to continue their winning ways when they face Marrickville on Saturday.
Both teams will no doubt be eyeing off ‘the local derby’, which is set to take place in a fortnight’s time.
The 4’s are unbeaten and top of the table in the men’s 2.3 division, having notched six wins and one draw so far this season.
Captained by Daryl Hart, they will fancy continuing their good run of form when they play bottom-placed RSGC this weekend.
The 5’s have faced some tough opposition this season in the men’s 1.2 division and are still searching for their first win after a couple of draws and close losses.
Led by Peter Davis, the team have still managed to maintain fifth spot on the ladder and will be hoping to get the better of Tennis Valley on Saturday.
The 7’s surrendered a share of top spot in the men’s 1.5 division on the weekend, after going down to Killara, with just five points separating first and fourth.
Skippered by Charles Hempel, they will be hoping to bounce back against the new pace setters, Royal Sydney Golf Club, in Round 8.
The 8’s secured their first win of the campaign against Joeys on the weekend, having endured a frustrating start to the season.
Led by Phil Low, the team will be hoping to continue their climb up the ladder in the men’s 2.6 division when they play Sydney Uni on Saturday.