Dated 20 Dec 2021
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Alex Moreale beat John Barnes in the fifth set to record the only point for Cheshunt A in an 8-1 defeat by HRC A, not Chris Wade as incorrectly shown in Newsletter no.2.
Contact Amendment
John Hughes (St Andrews A) new email address is
Change of Venue & Night
A reminder that SMART AV BOYS now play on WEDNESDAY and their new venue is Buntingford Community Centre, SG9 9SG
A few players have mentioned that there are some 'dodgy servers' in the league.  Whilst not suggesting that anybody is trying to gain an unfair advantage please be sure that your serve is correct and within the rules to avoid any potentially awkward situations.  Here is an extract from ETTA rules:
2.6.1 Service shall start with the ball resting freely on the open palm of the server's stationary free hand
2.6.2 The server shall then project the ball near vertically upwards, without imparting spin, so that it rises at least 16cm after leaving the palm of the free hand and then falls without touching anything before being struck
2.6.3 As the ball is falling the server shall strike it so that it touches first his or her court and then touches directly the receiver's court; in doubles, the ball shall touch successively the right half court of server and receiver
2.6.4 From the start of service until it is struck, the ball shall be above the level of the playing surface and behind the server's end line, and it shall not be hidden from the receiver by the server or his or her doubles partner or by anything they wear or carry.
2.6.5 As soon as the ball has been projected, the server's free arm and hand shall be removed from the space between the ball and the net; the space between the ball and the net is defined by the ball, the net and its indefinite upward extension
2.6.6 It is the responsibility of the player to serve so that the umpire or the assistant umpire can be satisfied that he or she complies with the requirements of the Law and either may decide that a service is incorrect If either the umpire or the assistant umpire is not sure about the legality of a service he or she may, on the first occasion in a match, interrupt play and warn the server, but any subsequent service by that player or his or her doubles partner which is not clearly legal shall be considered incorrect.
2.6.7 Exceptionally, the umpire may relax the requirements for a good service where he or she is satisfied that compliance is prevented by physical disability.

League News
Three straight set victories for Dave Page helped HRC A to a 5-4 win over Kidston A to stay three points clear of their opponents at the top of the Premier Division.  Grundy Park A are third, 16 points behind.  Grundy Park B are fourth, Rocco Cuffaro winning two games 11-9 in the fifth after losing 11-8 to Sunil Trukru, again in the deciding set in a 6-3 defeat of bottom club HRC B.  Stanstead Abbotts have two matches in hand on the other teams.  Alex Moreale was unbeaten as Cheshunt A beat Grundy Park B for their first win of the season.
In Division 1, Terry Smith just edged out Giles Shorter 14-12 in the fifth as his treble kept Cheshunt B top as they beat their C team 7-2.  St Andrews A and Pramastars A are four points behind, the latter having played one more match.  Steve Hooker (Allenburys B) clinched a 5-4 win at Pramastars B, beating Sue Gillett 13-11 in the decider.  Pramastars B then beat HRC C 6-3 to move off the bottom, Wayne Boddy winning three and Ken Gooding two, both in the fifth set, 13-11 and 11-9.
Cheshunt D are top of Division 2, three points clear of Watton-at-Stone and Kidston B, although having played two and one match more.  The leaders consolidated their position at the top with a 7-2 win over bottom club Stanstead Abbotts B, Joe Torres beating Jan Kinsman 16-14 in the fifth to make it three wins on the night.  Second place Watton-at-Stone are unbeaten, Colin Holmes & Steve Block both having only lost one game in 12.  Kidston B are joint second after beating Aston 8-1.  Smart AV Boys have made a good start in their debut season.  Matthew Barnard won two in a 5-4 defeat to Cheshunt D (Mike Sawyer unbeaten for the visitors) and then followed up with a treble in another close match, John Oldham clinching a 5-4 win for St Andrews B.  Paul Sheridan won all three as Aston beat St Andrews B 5-4, team-mate Dave Wilson did the same as Stanstead Abbotts B were defeated by the same score.  Ian McAllister (Furneux Pelham) has won 19 of 21 games.

Finally ...
If anybody has any comments, any info or ideas for future newsletters or knows of any players that want to be added to the distribution list, please let me know.

Finally, current circumstances taken into account, I wish you all a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year and hopefully we can all continue to play!

Best Wishes,
Colin Bullworthy
Match Secretary

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