Super Finals Night!

Last Wednesday saw this years finals night for the clubs singles tournaments. With a decent crowd and a top class barbecue provided by head chef Steve Blount, it was always going to be a good night.

The night started with the Men’s semi-finals, on court one Craig Flint saw off a spirited challenge from Tom Lockey 6-3 and on court two Arthur showed his experience to see off son Adam 6-1 in all Buckley family match.

This was followed by the Men’s Plate final? where Rob Harwood in his first season at the club eventually overcame the inventor of this particular competition Rick Drury 6-4 in a very entertaining affair.

Then the time came for the start of the main events, starting with the Ladies final. Our illustrious Chair Angela Blount had to take a break from supervising husband Steve’s Barbecue to take on the clubs reigning champion Katie Fuller. After a tight start with Angela doing her utmost to stay on terms and nullify the huge ground strokes coming from the other end, Katie eventually proved too powerful and ran out a deserved 6-2 winner.

The last match of the night was the Men’s final, with the guarantee of a new name on the honours board after the withdrawal of multiple champion Chris Holmes with a dodgy back. The final started as a cagey battle with four consecutive breaks of serve. Both players then found their form and produced some quite scintillating Tennis with Craig’s doggedly determined ground strokes and Arthurs powerful serves and volleys taking it to 4-4. As anyone who’s ever played at the club will know, no match involving Craig would ever be complete without a stone-dead net-cord and this particular one proved to finally break Arthurs resolve and helped Craig to run out the 6-4 winner.

I’m sure everyone there would like to join me in congratulating all of the players involved in a thoroughly entertaining nights Tennis and particularly in thanking Angela and Steve for organising the food and drink, which set the tone for the whole night. Great stuff folks!

finals night winners

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