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Jimmy Mitchell Handicap Tournament 2018

posted Jun 24, 2018, 12:03 PM by Fort Matilda

It was another good turnout for the annual handicap tournament on Saturday 23rd June 2018, with the weather staying warm and dry. Teams were picked out the hat and handicaps were given on couples’ ability. As always Susan found it difficult to give out handicaps as there were so many good pairings. We played a round-robin, with the winners going through to the semi-final.


Due to such close games, we had a play off for the last semi-final place. Frank McKenna/Marlene Riekie, and Raymond Norris/Joan McKillop narrowly missed out on a place. Alan Clark, serving underhand due to an injury, and his partner Adrienne Egan played a steady game to win against Eleanor and Fran. In the other semi-final, Dylan Crawford was playing strong tennis and plenty of winners, and partnered with Kevin Clark won against Chris Cullen and Marianne Stetz.


The final was first to five games with sudden death at 40-40, and looked like it was all over when Dylan and Kevin were 4-2 up, but the determination and steady play of Alan and Adrienne saw the game go to 4-4. It was all down to Dylan holding his serve. All four players held their nerve and played some great shots, and it got to 40-40 and sudden death for the match. After some great play by Dylan and Kevin, they just lost out to the winners Alan and Adrienne on that final point.


The winners were presented with their cups and the players enjoyed afternoon tea at the courts. There were also a couple of spot prizes for best shot and player of the day. During the first game, Marlene Riekie played a superb drop shot to take the first game – winner, best shot. During the tournament it was noted that our new member Oyinkan Durowoju played some wonderful ground strokes – winner, player of the day.


Thanks go to everyone who took part and made it such an enjoyable day and also to Lesley for organising the wonderful afternoon tea and prizes.


Above report by Susan Soutar.


The club would also like to thank Susan for continuing the very difficult task of doing the handicaps and organising play on the day. It is much appreciated, and Susan continues to make this event a fun day.