Torrential rain Sunday morning left Finals day in doubt and it was great work from the cleaning team who cleared the courts to allow play to commence at around 12-30pm. Connor and Hettie contested the Under 11 final on court three but unfortunately poor Connor was injured early and despite battling away valiantly was defeated 4-2 in the opener. The second set was 2-2 before he was forced to withdraw so congratulations Hettie for a super success.
George Brown and Elsa were on court 2 playing their Under 14 final with left hander George in cracking form in the opener which he took it 6-0. But all credit to Elsa during a terrific second set which after a titanic battle stood at 6-6 and therefore needed a tie break. George stood firm however to complete victory.
On Court one Bradley Triffitt and Henry Brown entertained a good sized crowd with some high quality tennis which saw many long rallies in the Under 16 final. With the players doing well to adapt to the slippy conditions we saw some lovely finishes and after trailing 1-3 Triffitt took the opener 6-4. That was always going to be crucial and he seized the incentive and quickly kicked on during the second. Henry didn’t give up without a fight but couldn’t prevent a 6-1 loss but both players were a real credit to their section.
The weather had been drizzly but started to clear as defending champion Jamie Perkins took on Tom Warburton in the men’s singles final on the show court. These two giants of men’s tennis at the club were hitting incredibly hard and produced some breathtaking tennis during the first set which Jamie took 6-1. That was harsh on Tom but Jamie was so clinical on the crucial points. However the second set was tighter and Warburton made the favourite work extremely hard to complete a 6-3 victory drawing good applause from an appreciate crowd.
On court two Elizabeth Hewett, one of the juniors who has recently joined the club, had reached the ladies singles final in her debut season. She took on the experienced Katie Barrett who had reached the final after a mammoth semi final win over Suzanne Harte which had lasted 3 ½ hours!. Both players were careful on the testing courts and with little between the pair Elizabeth used her court speed and harder hitting to secure a narrow 6-3 first set win. She really took control in the second and playing with great freedom showed what a promising player she is with a cosy 6-0 win to run out an impressive victor.
The Ladies doubles followed on court two with Katie Barrett back in action joined by ladies first team star Lucy Wright. They took on fellow ladies first teamer Helen Robinson and Ann Jones who is one of the longest serving members at the club and has appeared in numerous finals over the many years she has supported these championships. This turned in to a tight cat and mouse affair with some impressive hitting from deep from Wright and Robinson whilst great defending from Barrett and Jones. Lucy and Katie just carried the greater consistency and were able to secure the trophy following a 6-3,6-3 victory.
On the show court Mike and Bradley Triffitt were in opposition in the men’s doubles with Mike joined by Richard Whaley and Brad by Steve Plant. This turned out to be the tightest and closest event of the afternoon with very little between the quartet. However Steve Plant showed why he is one of the leading doubles players at the club as he combined big serving with some impressive interchange of pace and was also dominating the net. With Triffitt junior hitting hard and playing very well they took the opener 6-4. It was equally as competitive in the second with Richard using some tremendous spin to produce some vital winners whilst Mike was defending for his life and producing some surprising winners of his own which drew applause from the crowd. However Steve and Brad just had the greater overall fire power and ran out narrow winners 7-5 in a great final.
With the dark clouds looking menacing the Mixed doubles final got underway around 4-45pm with Steve Plant and Katie Barrett facing Lucy Wright and Stuart Robinson. Katie was showing no effects of her third game of the day although was thankful to another majestic performance from Plant. Lucy in her second game looked full of confidence whilst the great backhand and crafty skills of Robbo were also on show. However the favourites took control and ran out 6-0 winners in the opener. Back came Lucy and Stuart and they were playing ever so well as the drizzle came down in set two. They went toe to toe making many memorable winners but trailing 5-4 they could not prevent Katie serving out to secure a 6-4 win for her and Steve.
Thanks to Tournament organiser Mike Triffitt and assistant Helen Robinson who arranged all the prizes.
Christina Plant is a whizz in the kitchen and her fabulous victoria sponge cake went down a treat with both players and spectators.
Thanks to every player who took part in this seasons tournament. We had a strong entry with many memorable games and thanks to those who supported from the sidelines this afternoon.