The 2023 Parks League season concluded last Tuesday night with a 4-0 home victory for St Ann’s B over Saltdean C in Division 4. The win secured the B team’s promotion to Division 3 for the 2024 season.
The results for our top two teams – St Ann’s and St Ann’s A – have been even more impressive. St Ann’s (our first team) won the Parks League Division 3 title by a significant margin, with St Ann’s A runners-up. Both teams will now be playing in Division 2 next summer. (See complete league tables below)
Team Captain Conrad Brunner: “We set a target in 2022 for Team St Ann’s to reach Division 1 in three seasons, and we are on course to achieve that. We have a strong squad, which is what you need to succeed in Parks League tennis. You need your ‘top’ team to win, and for your ‘second top’ team to take points off their nearest rivals. That’s something our teams have done successfully all season. It’s a shared effort.
“Team St Ann’s has been strengthened this summer with the introduction of extra talent and experience. Thanks to all our sixteen debutants this season, who’ve made a massive contribution to our successful Parks League campaigns: Tish Zeeman, Sarah Lancaster, Neeraj Nayar, Stefanos Nayar, Robin Ajder, Manu Bevand, Alan Hudson, Lucy Brims, Noriko Sakamoto, Jane Millar, Mary Kelly, Laura Vilimaite, Nicola Abbott, Claire Elizabeth Anderson, Marianne Halavage, Alison Kennedy and Jo Kavanagh.”
Congratulations to our top points scorers this summer (see details below). This internal team competition is managed by club secretary Claire Anderson, and is based on the number of points earned per player over the Parks League season, regardless of which team. Natalia Noriega won the women’s category with 42 points. The men’s category was shared between Gweinomir Wojtola and James Hartt, also with 42 points. .
Conrad adds: “I am proud that we have again got through the entire Parks League season without conceding a single match across all three teams. This was achieved by sometimes desperate measures – last minute recruitment, players stepping up when not 100% – but it is a rare achievement, and reflects well on the club.”
We are always looking for new players. Please contact any team member, or team captain Conrad Brunner, or club secretary Claire Anderson. The standard is competitive but not intimidating. Give it a try – you’ll enjoy it! [Below: Monica & Andy: our Mixed 1 pair, reached the final of the 2023 Parks Cup]