EVTC CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
This year’s Club Championships took place in perfect conditions for tennis on Saturday 8th September and despite some last-minute withdrawals in various events at the quarter and semi-final stages all the finals were well contested.
In the Men’s singles Jamie Rowe overcame a spirited performance from Pete Almond to repeat his triumph from last year. Jamie should have a target on his back for next year as he’s making a creditable habit of winning this top prize!
On the next court the Ladies Singles final saw last year’s winner Beatrice Henricot take on first time finalist Rebecca Haynes. Rebecca showed commendable consistency to catch Beatrice cold in the first set before a much closer second set, before Rebecca ran out the worthy champion.
The Men’s doubles had the combined talents of Jamie and Pete up against the surprise finalists Richard Haynes and Simon Humphreys. The experienced pairing produced a straight sets victory to make up for their loss at this stage last year.
The Ladies doubles saw last year’s winners Beatrice and Barbara Awbery with first timers Rebecca and Emma Haynes. B & B used all their experience to beat the sisters on this occasion but I’m sure we will see them back for revenge next season.
In the Mixed doubles another Haynes combination of Richard and daughter Rebecca (who was having a busy day!) took on the crack family mixed pairing of Tony and Corinna Hutchinson, coming through with an excellent win.
In the Plate, Veteran mixed and Blind Date competitions it was great to see so many newer members combining with some club stalwarts in some epic encounters. To pick out one event, the Men’s singles plate, it was the definitely hardest fought longest lasting 6–0, 6-1 match I have ever seen. Congratulations to Jonny Calow and commiserations to Ed Kerr but it was a great match to watch!
A brief run through of the other matches:
Ladies Doubles plate – Caroline Luard & Susie Mair beat Mel Hibberd & Moira Edwards
Men’s Doubles plate – MacDonald Smith & Dave Boynes beat Simon Essex & Chris Neil
Mixed Doubles plate – Mac & Yeside Linney beat Caroline and Simon Humphreys
Veteran Mixed Doubles – Tony and Corinna beat Chris Neil & Michele Kirby
Blind Date doubles – Ed Kerr & Bernie Andrews beat Jonny Calow and Michele Kirby
Many thanks to everyone who played in the championships, the supporters and spectators on the day, the umpires – Shaun, Barbara, Caroline, Doug and Scott and everyone involved in making tea, coffee, and to those who provided the many cakes.
Our magnificent prizes were organised by Gill Holland who also arranged the trophy engraving and the winners board printing. Finally, our sincere thanks to Mhairi Peck and able assistant Mike for all her organisation on a very smoothly run and controversy free event.
Congratulations to all our winners, See you next year!