After a tumultuous year and the cancellation of the 2020 competitive schedule due to coronavirus, the GEW-sponsored Reigate Rhinos are delighted to be back and are raring to go for the 2021 season.
The Rhinos enjoyed great success in 2019, being crowned champions of their group and securing promotion to the National Division. To add to this, team member Andrew Watson was awarded Full County Colours in recognition of his long service to the county, having played for Surrey every year since the age of nine.
The Rhinos’ first match is at home to the Roehampton Club Men’s 1st team on Sunday 11th April and will see Samm Butler, Adam Skalsky, James Smith and Jack Wilson-Smith in action.
Team captain James Smith comments: “The Rhinos are back to finish off what started at the bottom of the county divisions seven years ago. After successive promotions for six years and with the support of GEW, they now have the chance after the COVID break to become Britain’s top club team by capturing the Tennis Premier League of the LTA’s National Club League.
“We have seven matches in the National League against teams such as Queen’s and Roehampton, followed by the season finale in Bournemouth later in the year. Viva le Rhinos!”
The full team for the 2021 season are: Luke Johnson, Samm Butler, Andrew Watson, Julian Cash, Jack Findle-Hawkins, David Fox, Adam Skalsky, Michael Geerts, Joe Tyler, Lasse Muscheites, Raffaello Papajcik and James Smith (Captain).
We wish them every success. Go Rhinos!
The Rhinos’ season began with one of their toughest challenges, against Roehampton, who are reigning champions of the National League. Despite having several team members unavailable due to overseas tournaments, the Rhinos put up a valiant fight in the wintry conditions. The results were:
Samm Butler beat Nikolai Snapes, 7-5 6-0
Adam Skalsky lost to Adam Thorton-Brown, 3-6 2-6
James Smith lost to Oli Golding, 6-7 6-4 2-6
Jack Wilson-Smith lost to Richard Bloomfield, 0-6 0-6
Samm Butler & Adam Skalsky beat Adam Thorton-Brown & Chris Archer, 6-4 7-5
James Smith & Jack Wilson-Smith lost to Oli Golding & Richard Bloomfield, 3-6 5-7
The Rhinos’ second match against DL Raynes Park 1 on Sunday 18th April was a real ‘edge-of-the-seat’ encounter, with the Rhinos ultimately emerging as the winners:
Jack Findel-Hawkins beat Richard Gabb, 6-3 6-4
Julian Cash beat Harry Meehan, 6-4 6-1
Lasse Muscheites lost to Jamie Baker, 3-6 2-6
Samm Butler lost to Damian Rodriguez, 6-7 3-6
Jack Findel-Hawkins & Lasse Muscheites beat Richard Gabb & Harry Meehan, 6-4 7-6
Julian Cash & Samm Butler beat Jamie Baker & Damian Rodriguez, 6-3 7-5
The Reigate Rhinos win again! The match against Thorpe Bay LTC 1 on Sunday 25th April ended in an impressive 10-2 win for the team:
Luke Johnson lost to Ryan Peniston, 6-7 4-6
Jack Findel-Hawkins beat Rob Carter, 6-2 6-3
Julian Cash beat Marshall Tutu, 6-2 6-1
Lasse Muscheites beat David Wright, 6-0 6-1
Luke Johnson & Julian Cash beat Ryan Peniston & David Wright, 7-6 6-2
Jack Findel-Hawkins & Lasse Muscheites beat Rob Carter and Marshall Tutu, 6-0 6-1