Winter League 2021-2022

Winter League 2021-2022

31 Oct 2021 - 27 Mar 2022
6:00pm - 11:00pm


Winter League 2021-2022

This is a team event (doubles) that runs in a league format over six months.  Matches will be scheduled. Teams will have matches fortnightly on Sundays (6pm), Tuesdays (7:30pm & 9pm), Thursdays (7:30pm & 9pm), and Fridays (7:30pm only).

We expect that the Winter League will be able to start on Sunday, 31 October at 4pm.

At the bottom of this page you’ll find the updated draw for the upcoming Winter League. We are basing the draw on the one that was done last year but couldn’t be run due to Covid-19. Please note that captains are listed in redNaturally, some people from last year have had to drop out due to circumstances. We have been fortunate to replace them with other players of similar ability.

Section D (Beginners)

The exception to this is our new Section D where we have had to reduce the number of teams from six down to three. Section D starts with a Pre-Winter League session on Thursday, 11 November at 7:30pm.  This will be a chance to meet all the players in Section D, answer any questions and prepare everybody for the League. The League for Section D will start in Round 2. A different team will have a bye in each round. Then in Rounds 5, 6 and 7 the players will change partners within their own team.

Thank you to all the players who have signed up and I hope everyone enjoys the competition. If you have any questions, please contact me via WhatsApp only.

Yours in sport,

Alan Williamson

Competition Organiser



  • FEE: 10 Euro per person
  • PLAYING FORMAT: A Team Match shall consist of two doubles matches.
  • PAIRINGS: There are two Pairings. Players 1 & 2 play each other; Players 3 & 4
    play each other.
  • SCORING: Matches will always be First to 12 Games (Tie-break at 11-All) but
    Team Captains must complete a Score Sheet at the conclusion of each match. (A permanent
    replacement is not considered as a substitute)
  • No-Advantage Rule: When a game goes to Deuce, only one more point is played
    to determine the winner of the game. If the #1 Player is serving, they serve to the #1 Player
    on the opposite team; if it is #2, they serve to the #2; #3 to #3; #4 to #4.
    will go through to the Semi-finals of the Winter League Cup. The First-placed team will
    play the Fourth-placed team; the Second-placed team will play the Third-placed team. In the
    event of two teams being level on points, the winner of the match between the two teams
    shall be deemed to be placed higher. If that match had ended in a draw, then the Winner of
    the Player1/Player2 match shall be deemed to be placed higher. If that was drawn, the team
    with the fewer subs over the course of the WL shall be deemed higher.
  • The 5th & 6th teams will go through to Winter League Plate Final (This does not
    apply to Section D.) Rules as above for teams on equal points.
  • SCORING IN THE KNOCK-OUT STAGES: Each match will consist of the
    best of three tie-break sets, however the third set will be a Championship tie-break instead of
    a full set. The team that wins both the #1/#2 and the #3/#4 is the winner. If these matches are
    shared between the two teams, then the #2 and #3 from each team will decide the winner in a
    Championship tie-break.
  • WHAT TO BRING: Each player needs to bring a new ball for each match (except
  • SUBSTITUTIONS: Players make their own substitutions. The Substitution List and the correct Substitution Procedure is held by the Team Captain and can be viewed
    on our web site: Follow the link on the opening page. If the Substitution
    Procedure is not correctly followed, a three-point penalty will be applied to the team.
    Pairings that use either one or two substitutes can only get a maximum of 9 games added to
    their team’s score. It is essential that the captain knows who the substitute will be. In the
    knock out stage, follow the usual substitution rules as well as the following restrictions.
    Choose a sub…
    League Semi-Finals – from the bottom four teams or go to a lower Section.
    Plate Finals – from teams that were knocked out of the Semis, the bottom two teams or go
    to a lower Section.
    League Finals – from any other team. However, substitutions must be approved by the
    Selector’s Committee with the aim that a team should not be strengthened by the use of
    a substitute (the Committee may ignore Substitution List rankings).
  • INJURIES: If a player is injured and has to drop out, the Selector’s Committee
    will consider finding a permanent replacement.
  • If a match has to be abandoned due to an injury to a player, the opposing team
    takes full points and the injured player’s team keeps the number of points it had acquired up
    to the time of the injury.
  • MATCH SCHEDULE – No walkovers. All matches must be played as
    scheduled. Inclement weather is generally the only legitimate reason for rescheduling a
    match (see Rule 13). However, opposing captains may ask Alan Williamson, the
    Competition Organiser, to authorise the rescheduling of a match. Offering to play the match
    outside of the prime weekday 7:30pm and 9pm slots, as well as a high percentage of player
    unavailability will be important factors in authorising a change. If this rule is not correctly
    followed, a 3-point penalty will be applied to each team. However, when the Knock-out
    Stage is reached, Semi-finals can be rearranged once both captains agree. Rearranged
    matches must be played before the Final and the Competition Organiser must be informed
    and agree to the changes.
    Team Captains will decide whether conditions make a match unplayable. It is strongly
    advised that matches are not postponed without the two full teams going down to the club. If
    it is decided that a match must be postponed, then the match must be played by 11pm the
    following Saturday. Captains, with all eight players present, should agree a time and book
    the two courts. If team captains and their teams decide that they wish to play a match but
    that the match has to be abandoned due to a deterioration in the weather conditions and the
    courts become unsafe, the score of the match will be picked up from where it was left off
    when the match is played out.
  • ISSUES: The Competition Organiser (Alan) and the Club Captain (Paul) will
    make the final decision on any issues that arise in the course of the Winter League.
  • COVID-19: Please adhere to all government guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Many Thanks to our Competition Organiser, Alan Williamson.

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