The Godalming Simply Let first team, including Federico Viterbo, Andreas Pusch, Adam Laws and Hari Gehlot, managed to win two and lose two matches in the British League on the weekend of 7th and 8th October. Picking up four points, they ended the weekend, played at BATTS TTC in Harlow, in 3rd position out of eight teams.
First up was a tough match against a strong Fusion II team, which included the highest ranked junior in England, Singapore born Joseph Hee, an outstanding defensive player. 'He' proved too strong for both Federico and Andreas (see what I did there?). The only successes in this match came from Federico, who defeated another of England's top juniors, James Smith, and for Adam and Hari against Joseph's younger brother, Benjamin Hee. A 6-3 defeat was the result.
Cippenham I provided the next opposition, and the resumption of a long-standing rivalry with Godalming. Federico starred with two good wins over Martin Adams and Owe Karlsson, while Andreas, Adam and Hari picked up one each. Hari and Federico combined well with a good win in the doubles to give Godalming a 6-3 win.
On Sunday 8th October, promoted Brighton TTC were the first challenge, and they ended up winning 5-4. Crucial to the end result were two tight matches involving Brighton no.1 Mark Scutts. He defeated Andreas 14-12 in the fifth and then Federico 11-9 in the fifth. Adam managed to win two matches, while Hari and Federico picked up one each, all against Harry McCarney and Pedro Santos. Frenchman Guillaume LeGrand also proved too strong, defeating both Andreas and Hari.
The last match of the weekend came against host team BATTS II and Godalming quickly secured the points, racing into a 5-0 lead. Of particular importance were crucial fifth set victories by Federico over Sam Chesterman and by Hari over Joe Walker. Andreas bagged his first brace of the season with wins over Walker and Tony Halling. The only defeats came when Adam lost to Chesterman and when Federico was upset by Halling. 7-2 to Godalming Simply Let.