OCCTA ‘s Senior Sirs 2017-2018 Results:
On March 26, the Senior Sirs league played its last match of the season. At the end of the season, the RCI team was declared winner of the Senior Sirs with 47 Line Wins; Lake Forest with 36, and Los Caballeros with 35 rounded out the top three of the league. Although there were only 6 teams participating this year, but the actions were still breathtaking. Lots of matches went three sets and tie breakers, shown by the results. All in all, the competition was tough throughout, as top team RCI making it to the National Championship for the Men’s 55+, Combo 9.0 in November 2017 at Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida. That team came in third in the whole United States of America.
We looked back over the year and felt very good about the status of Senior Tennis in Orange County. And OCCTA had helped make it one of the longest leagues in the area where lots of great tennis players came out to play. We feel strongly that the 2018-2019 will be even bigger.
All season long, we have met with various clubs and organizations, and without a doubt, people want the Senior Sirs. We would like nothing more than to have Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Coto De Caza, Palisades, Newport Beach Tennis Club, Fullerton, and La Habra to join the Senior Sirs league next year.
We want to bring the level of competition higher and fairer. Many clubs have lost their key players over the year to attrition due to retirement, injury and illness. To help the league to gain parity, we want to perform a draft. This way some clubs will be able to have their top lines compete with the top players while continuing to fashion their existing core players throughout the line ups. The players ultimately want to have a chance to compete at the highest level and with the most fun.
To that end, the efforts to recruit and build these teams must start now and we will need every senior sir to help us in contacting their friends and families to play in this wonderful league.