AUTUMN FINALS REVIEW
Well, what can you say about Sunday?!! What a great day! For the time of year we were blessed with the weather – it stayed dry, not much wind and it was gloriously sunny, although - as expected - it did get extra cold into the afternoon, but that didn't deter the Thorpe Bay members. You lot came up trumps with families and friends coming down in commendable numbers and we were all rewarded with a fabulous day's tennis. You lined the patio and spread along the bank of three courts – some even snuggled together on benches like arctic explorers to get joined bodily warmth - plus not forgetting all the lightweights watching through the glass of the clubhouse with a beer or a wine!
We witnessed some excellent tennis and exciting games. The stars of the day were Chloe Jackson, who won all three of her finals; young Harrison Hudson, who played the best tennis that his Dad, his brother and me have ever seen from him, and some bloke called David somebody or other, who stood around while his mum Margaret beat Joe Murray in the morning and then he was also on court when Chloe won the Invite-Only flagship final in the afternoon!! (Only kidding Tubbsy!). Other names worth mentioning in dispatches for their performances were Liz Wood, Bev Gray, Heather Clark and Frank Collyer. Not to say that all of the losing finalists were gutsy and played well, not least my own partner Elaine Murray, who had to rally cross-court with Trevor Brown and gave an excellent account of herself. However, the most surprising reversal of fortunes came in the Men's 80s Combined Doubles where Grant Fernley & Craig Jones 'cruised' to a 1-set, 5-2 up lead against Richard Leadley & Mark Wright, who began a comeback which saw them win the next six games to take the set 5-7 and then promptly won the deciding set. It is worth noting that poor Grant took a tumble very early in the match and aggravated an already-problematic knee so did well to keep going and build such a lead. As we know, momentum in tennis is such an inexplicable thing at times.
The full results were:-
Mixed Combined 80s & Over Handicap Doubles: Winners: David Tubbs & Margaret Tubbs -15. Finalists: Joe Murray & Jackie Sirdifield (-15).
Ladies Handicap Singles: Winner: Chloe Jackson (-15). Finalist: Fiona Coull (-.3).
Ladies Invite Mixed Handicap Doubles: Winners: Trevor Brown & Liz Wood -.3. Finalists: Phil Daniels & Elaine Murray -15.
Men's Handicap Doubles: Winners: Harrison Hudson & Frank Collyer (scr). Finalists: Spencer Watson & Paul Burgess (-15).
Ladies Combined 80s & Over Handicap Doubles: Winners: Heather Clark & Chloe Jackson (-15). Finalists: Sally Margerison & Marian Webber (-15).
Invite-Only Doubles: Winners: David Tubbs & Chloe Jackson. Finalists: Ollie Mason & Alex Chapman.
Men's Combined 80s & Over Handicap Doubles: Winners: Richard Leadley & Mark Wright (-.3). Finalists: Grant Fernley & Craig Jones (-15).
Ladies Handicap Doubles: Winners: Paula Cook & Bev Gray (-.3). Finalists: Lynn May & Sam Bright (-.3).
The Tournament Department would like to thank the following for helping make the day go smoothly: Paul Marks, Katrina Robinson (and her team in the kitchen, Kris Newbery!); Malcolm Sedgwick for producing the Order of Play programme; and Anne Hemmings and her team working behind the bar: Matt Long, Simon Richardson and Mandy Price. And all the people who came down to watch and stay for the presentations. We would also like to thank Fiona Coull for sorting all the summer engraving on the trophies, which now take pride of place in the new trophy cabinet, which looks great. Finally, the Snuggest Spectator Award for those brave souls who wrapped up sensibly in their warm coats and stuck it outside had some strong candidates: Colleen Ball in her winter coat, Denise Leadley in her headscarf and Katie Bruton in her Russian fur hat, but it was Karen Werry who edged the title in her puffa coat as she survived all three rounds of tennis from 10.30am till dark without sneaking into the warm (unlike the Leadley girls who were so cold they abandoned their bench and watched Richard's final set from behind the clubhouse glass!!). Yes, Amelia and Denise, it didn't go unnoticed! Lol. Top prize for the most hardy member went Eileen Wilson's husband Mark, who made the questionable decision to wear a thin, lightweight Harrington jacket all afternoon. Eileen had to defrost him when they got home! He should be melted back to life by Wednesday!
WINTER TOURNAMENTS 2017-18
Please remember, gang, if you haven't entered already, that the Winter Tournament sheets are up till this Wednesday. Finals day is 25th March 2018 and on that Sunday the finals will run between 10.30am and 5.00pm. We have started early so there should be 3 weeks between rounds, which means more weekends and therefore daylight to play your matches, plus this should also help accommodate any two-week holidays or people away for Christmas. We are hoping to have the draws posted up in the clubhouse by early December. Anyone wishing to view the entry sheets on-line can simply go to the website, click on “Tournaments”, Then text me on 07813 925384 (or email) with which Tournaments you wish to enter.
Some of the Tournaments have been well-subscribed so far, which is great, but the men have been a bit slack in grabbing a lady for the Gents’ Invite Mixed Handicap Doubles, so, guys, come on, it’s not too late to find a partner. We will need plenty more Adults to play in the Adult/Junior Handicap Doubles, as a lot of Juniors will be entering, plus we are still some ladies short in the Mixed Handicap Doubles. Write those names up, folks!
Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any Tournament queries. Phil D.