TEAM PROFILE

MEN'S SECONDS

CODE NAME: PENGUINS

Captain Details
Captain Casper Scheible
Captain's Email
Training Times
Monday 6:45am-8:15am
Friday 2:30pm-4:00pm
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2016-17 Report

The Penguins (Men’s Second Team) play all year round at Iffley Road Sports Ground and the White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon. Last year the team trained twice a week during the winter, before moving onto the Iffley grass courts in Trinity term for more frequent sessions. During Michaelmas and Hilary terms the Penguins’ main focus is the BUCS league, for which the team plays fixtures every Wednesday.

In 2016/17 the team finished 4th in the Midlands 2B division, a position that we hope to build on going into next year. In Trinity term the focus shifts to the Varsity match, which always promises to be a well fought contest on grass. The squads within OULTC aren’t finalised until Trinity so players who improve in the Penguins certainly have the opportunity to push for a promotion into the Blues squad. Several members of the squad also went on the annual 2nd/3rd team tour, which last year was to Umag, Croatia, allowing the team to bond and improve their tennis.

The Penguins have had quite a challenging season over the last year. Fixtures in the BUCS league often pitted us against high-quality opponents but nonetheless the team were able to produce some hard fought wins throughout the season, achieving a respectable mid-table position. In addition, the Penguins achieved a very impressive run in the Midlands Conference Cup, reaching the semi-finals before being knocked out by the eventual winners, Nottingham.

With BUCS over, the team moved into the grass court season in Trinity term. Although the transition to grass from hard courts took some time to get used to, the Penguins performed well in the friendly fixtures leading up to Varsity, including a win against the Old Boys. However, in the Varsity match we faced a very strong Cambridge team as well as having lost some key players in the days leading up to the fixture through injury and illness. Despite many of the matches being very close with some impressive performances, Cambridge came through with the win (18-3). Moving into next season the ambition for the Penguins is to compete for the top places in our BUCS league and improve on our Varsity performance this year, which the team is certainly capable of with sufficient commitment and focus.

If you have any questions please contact the Men's Seconds Captain, Casper Scheible, at