EVTC CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
Saturday 16 September saw the EVTC 2017 Championships take place in the experimental new Autumn slot. First on court were Beatrice Henricot and Sophie Richardson in the Ladies’ Singles with Beatrice prevailing in straight sets.
At the same time Jamie Rowe took on Peter Almond in the Men’s Singles. This turned out to be an epic battle. Jamie took the first set reasonably comfortably, Pete played magnificently to take the second and, after more than two hours on court, Jamie won the third set, was declared champion and retains his trophy.
The Mixed Doubles was a contest between the junior pairing of Emma Stewart and Sam Holland and the more experienced Beatrice and Pete, who had a short time to recuperate after their efforts in the morning. This match resulted in Emma and Sam beating Beatrice and Pete in a highly entertaining three set match with a great deal of doubles skill on show.
The Ladies’ Doubles final saw last year’s champions Corinna Hutchinson and Louise Tunbridge face Barbara Awbery and Beatrice (competing in her third final of the day). Barbara and Beatrice won this match in straight sets. Each game was very closely fought, and Barbara and Beatrice showed they had the competitive edge on the day.
In the Men’s Doubles final we saw the Holland brothers beat Richard Haynes and Kevin Tucker in straight sets. The match was notable for Sam recovering from break points down on a number of occasions to ultimately win his service games and clinch the match with his brother Max.
Veterans and plate competitions went on throughout the day with many good matches. Please see the photos and the schedule of results.
The committee thank everyone who played in the championships, the supporters and spectators on the day, the umpires – Shaun, Louise, Barbara, Caroline, Mike and Mhairi – and everyone involved in making tea, coffee, delicious bacon rolls, sausages and burgers and those who provided the many cakes.
Our prizes were organised by Gill Holland and beautifully presented by Pat Pocock. A legacy from Pat’s late husband Vic has enabled the club to acquire a superb new umpire’s chair and to present a new cup annually to an Unsung Hero of the club. The first award went to long-standing member Lynn Wright for her valuable contribution to the club over many years.
Congratulations to all our winners!