FINALS DAY 2011
FINALS DAY 2011
At 11am precisely,
the first finalists emerged from "the tunnel", were introduced to the crowd who
cheered them onto the courts! The only things missing were the flashing lights and
the music - must do better next year Guy!!
Michael and Mihaly were the first
on Court 1 to battle it out for the Men's singles title. The match was hugely entertaining
with some tremendous rallies but the scoreline in Michael's favour of 6-4, 7-6 must
have left Mihaly wondering whether he had taught Michael just a little too much
about singles' tactics!
Bill presenting Michael with
the Men's singles trophy.
Michael and Mihaly.
Meanwhile the Ladies Vets final was being fought out on Court 1 with the
holders Philippa and Tricia taking on Sal and Liz only newly qualifying for this
event! The newcomers triumphed with some very good tennis taking the match in two
straight sets and were awarded their trophy by Keith just in time for some absolutely
amazing cakes and superb tea and coffee served by the Social Committee!
|Keith with the Ladies Vets finalists
Sal, Liz, Philippa and Tricia.
Pam, Fiona & Antonia
who catered brilliantly for the day!
The Court 2 crowd was treated to some lovely shot-making as James & Gill
retained their title against Anne and Bill in a repeat of last year's final.
Pam with the
Mixed Vets finalists Gill, James, Anne & Bill.
Kendra and Jamie eyeing
up the cakes!
After an excellent lunch of paninis, the tennis recommenced.
the show court, Mihaly and Michael took on Nick & Graham (who have won this title
together 9 times!) This was a fantastic match packed with exciting rallies and the
crowd were delighted when it went to 3 sets with Michael and Mihaly eventually winning
7-6, 3-6, 6-2.
|Our president, Jim Rhind-Tutt
with the Men's Doubles Finalists.
||Graham trying to get over
his disappointment with a gooey cake and chilled beer!
Next door, the defending champions, Gill and Carolyn, were just managing
to keep the strong challenge of Karina and Liz at bay, winning a close match 6-3,
6-4. On Court 4 Abigail beat Hannah in the girls under 18 singles final winning
her first title of the day.
Ant with the ladies'
|Fiona with the girls' under
18 singles finalists, Abi and Hannah.
Our four mini-red contestants impressed the audience with their play in
their round-robin competition which was won by Josh with Charlie as the runner-up.
George and Sophie also took part and performed well!
|The mini-reds with Mihaly.
Not great weather for
the crowd but their support was much appreciated!
|Philippa with The Plate
finalists. John beat Mike in the third set.
Mihaly in action!
After another break for coffee and cakes, the next matches were cheered
The mixed doubles final was a great match which led to Michael's
third win of the day as he combined with Karina to beat his Mum & Nick 6-3, 6-4.
The mixed mini-green final took place on Court 4 and saw Charlie retain his title
|Michael & Karina beat Nick
& Carolyn in the mixed final.
Charlie & Annabel with
|Sarah presents the mixed
drawn trophy to Abi and John who won a close 3 set match.
||The mixed drawn finalists
Ken, Anthea, Abi and John.
|James with the under 12
boys finalists after Jamie beat Sam in two sets.
||Pam & Sam make preparations
to support the improvers' final.
The final round of matches were announced at about 5pm and were all very
close matches. The ladies' singles final featured Liz (in her third final of the
day) playing against defending champion Kristie. Kristie just claimed the first,
marathon set on a deciding tie-break and then took the next 6-2. The other singles
match was the dreaded 14 & Under play-off between Michael and Jamie; luckily this
went off reasonably peacefully although Jamie was disappointed with the final score
of 6-3 6-3.
|Michael and Jamie.
||Guy with Kristie and Liz
after the ladies singles final.
Our luck run out in the other two matches which were unfortunately completed
under floodlights in the rain! The Mens vets was the normal noisy affair which was
eventually won by James and Dermot. The improvers doubles was also finished in the
dark with Bob and Kim finally overcoming the resistance of Dave & Antonia.
|James & Dermot with Sal.
||Dermot, James, Mike & Tony.
|Antonia, Dave Bob & Kim.