Last Sunday saw the club's best tournament finals ever. We held the greatest number of finals, with some great matches and a broad range of excellently played junior finals, all played in great weather and supported by a good crowd. We held our first veterans match. Here's our report.
From a Special Correspondent: The opening event on the show courts this year was a Legends Final played over one set. Distinguished participants Frances Nagy & Alex Panas engaged in a battle of wits with George Badacsonyi & Howard Jacobs. After 45 minutes of clever lobs, cunning drop shots, angled volleys and terrible old jokes, Frances Nagy & Alex Panas emerged as winners.
A joyful celebration of all that is great about Brondesbury, the Legends are now planning a tour of the nursing homes on the South Coast. This inaugural event has produced much interest in the senior ranks, so we are proposing to include an over 70s knock-out event in next year's tournament. Special thanks to the smartest umpire in town, Alex Dillon, and our very own uniformed ball boys and ball girls: Sam Amdor, Lauren Amdor, Arjan Seth and Caitlin Amdor.
The junior finals were remarkable for the quality of the tennis displayed. Special mention should go to Caitlin Amdor who won both 9 & Under and 10 & Under finals. The two Fitzpatrick girls, Louise and Lindsay, fought a very close final in the 14 & Under Girls, with Louise (who plays in the ladies 1st team) just winning in a 3rd set tie break.
Amongst the adult finals special mention should go to the ladies doubles played between Rachel Frazer and Julia Searle against Margie Edge and Jane Whitefield (the holders). This match was characterised by extremely long and exciting points and a very close result, with Rachel and Julia just winning in the third set.
The Men's Doubles Plate Final was a tightly-fought contest between members of the 3rd Team, who are currently flying the Brondesbury flag in Slazenger division 5. Tournament organiser, Dave Smyth, and Marc Terry were cleverly outwitted on the sandy surface of court 3 by Jon Liddiard and Will Meyer. Cheered on by a crowd of two people, a dog and a tramp, Jon & Will shed their 'first-round losers' tag and played some first class tennis. They needed to: Dave and Marc are notoriously hard hitters and have become a solid pair over two seasons. Congratulations to all on an exciting match.
(Match report supplied by Matt Bamford)
Special mention must also go to Bev Bamford and Kris Dockx who organized and staffed our refreshment facility in the pavilion. Thanks also to Dave Smyth and Philip Wolmuth who organised the adult tournaments and to Marina and our coaching team who ran the junior tournaments. Extra thanks go to Dave Smyth for organising finals day itself.
The full set of results is here.