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Ladies & Mens Doubles Tournament & BBQ - Report

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Blessed with a warm June Sunday afternoon the annual Ladies and Mens  doubles tournament took place on June 10th. The tournament attracted a good mix of seasoned regulars and new members leading to a number of “nice to meet you” conversations taking place after the draw for partners was completed.

The Fast4 format designed to allow the maximum number of different opponents seemed to go down well with the five Mens and four Ladies pairs although the live “let” rule produced a degree of consternation in the early matches.

Following completion of the round robin stage keenly contested semi finals were contested in both tournaments with special mention going to Archie and Kevin who despite saving a couple of match points went down 7-5 in a deciding tie-break and Rosie Stokoe making her debut in the adult tournament and acquitting herself admirably.

The finals were played over a single short set with both matches finishing in 6-3 results. The Ladies were first to walk on to centre court with Fran and Sharon holding their nerve better in a number sudden death deuce games to surge into a 5-0 lead before a tigerish comeback from Annabel and Kathy dragged the score to 5-3 before just losing a further sudden death game and with it the title. The men’s event saw the hitherto unbeaten duo of past champions Mark and Simon do battle with the first time pairing of Andrew and David who had taken a rollercoaster path to the final with two solid wins and two heavy defeats. After a tight start with the first 5 games going with serve the greater consistency supported by some quick reaction net play from Mark saw him and Simon win four games in a row to clinch a thoroughly deserved victory.

Many thanks to all the players for supporting the event and especial thanks to Barry for his outstanding work behind the BBQ, Sally for coordinating all the food, Mark for keeping the bar stocked,  Sid for raising himself from his sick bed to act as event photographer, all the members who contributed delicious salads and desserts and Simon for keeping his speech to under the 30 minute mark. Hopefully we will be graced with similar weather for the mixed tournament scheduled for later in the year.