Trio share out tennis club trophies
THE annual Cooden Beach Sports and Social Club Tennis Finals took place beneath blue skies and bright sunshine.
As always, John Bradbury led the way by triumphing in all four of the matches in which he took part. Close behind were Nick Mason and Steph Trill with three wins each.
Although the standard of play was generally high, almost every match was decided in two sets.
The exception was the men's over-45 doubles, in which Terry Harris and Bradbury battled for over two hours against Alan Mitchell and Adrian Manning before clinching the match 6-3 in the final set.
The winners and runners-up were joined at the presentation evening by some of the junior members who had completed their own Road to Wimbledon Tournament earlier in the season.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Eleanor Pym Trophy to the most improved junior member. This award is made annually in memory of one of the founder members of the club and, on this occasion, members were delighted to welcome Eleanor's daughter Susie King, who had travelled from her home in London to present the trophy.
Coach Dave Newbury's task in selecting this year's recipient had not been an easy one and he finally settled for joint winners, Amy Sharma and Alex Fouracre, who will hold the trophy for six months each.
Results: Men's Singles - Nick Mason beat Chris Bentley 6-3, 6-0; Women's Singles - Steph Trill beat Cathy Connell 6-1, 6-0; Men's Doubles - Nick Mason & Piero Esposto beat John Whiley & Chris Bentley 7-6, 6-2; Women's Doubles - Steph Trill & Chris Harris beat Angie Skiggs & Hilary Warden 6-1, 6-2; Mixed Doubles - Nick Mason & Steph Trill beat Keith Rodway & Hilary Warden 6-1, 6-2; Men's Singles Over-45 - John Bradbury beat Terry Harris 6-3, 6-1; Men's Doubles Over-45 - Terry Harris & John Bradbury beat Alan Mitchell & Adrian Manning 6-1, 4-6, 6-3; Women's Doubles Over-45 - Jane Hatter & Chris Harris beat Jo Warwick & Phyl McEwan 6-0, 6-2; Mixed Doubles Over-45 - Lesley Chart & John Bradbury beat Mike Wilson & Jill Dyer 6-3, 6-1; Handicap Mixed Doubles - Angie Skiggs & John Bradbury beat Mike Wilson & Hilary Warden 6-3, 6-4; Boys 16&under - Matt Hellier beat Alex Fouracre 6-1, 6-2; Boys 12&under - Ryan Johnson beat Ollie Skiggs 5-0, 5-2; Girls 12&under - Danielle Johnson beat Katherine Jenner 5-1, 5-2; Eleanor Pym Trophy (joint winners) - Amy Sharma & Alex Fouracre; Road to Wimbledon (boys) - winner Adam Staplehurst, runner-up Sam Webster; Road to Wimbledon (girls) - winner Laura Newman, runner-up Rebecca Barrie.