Herd on the Court – Club Championship Finals 2017

Some glorious weather again and fabulous finals concluded our 2017 Club Championships.

Saturday 8th commenced the Mixed 50’s doubles with a strong field gracing the courts.  The pairing of Tim Wilkinson and Kerry Atherden held firm in some tense and very close matches with Bruce and Jenny Garlick in the semis and Richard Yorg and Barbara Bentley in the Finals, to win the Mixed 50’s doubles.

The Mixed 50’s plate went to Alan Clements and Paula Baker, who finished strongly, following a close tie break first set over Leo Iriks and Janet Stead. It was great to see Leo re-join the competition fit again after having to pull out last week.

We also decided the Men’s Singles plate, with Andrew Pope winning through in a 3 setter against Stewart McLeod, after Stewart jumped him early taking the first set. It was a tense contest with many good rallies and it was good to see these two players hitting the ball well with confidence. Congratulations Andrew, and don’t forget we have a bottle of wine still coming your way.

Also decided was the Men’s 50’s Singles plate, with Geoff Barker proving too strong for Bruno Camarri in the final. Geoff obviously had not read the script about not beating the President in the Plate Final!

On Sunday we kicked off the morning early with mixed doubles where the sibling pairing of David Chenik and Jenny Chenik played Jamie Chew and Caroline Clugston. Jamie and Caroline, resplendent in their matching orange hats, were unfortunately undone by David and Jenny, who raced out of the blocks to take the first set, before Jamie and Caroline hit their straps in the second set, but fell just short of taking it to a tie break third.

The Men’s 50+ Doubles semi-final was played with a very close 3 setter between Richard Yorg and Cal Rogers and the pairing of Scott Grundmann and Tim Wilkinson. A see sawing match ended with Scott and Tim falling over the line. The Final was postponed and will be held at a later date with Bruce Garlick and Greg Jacobs, against Scott Grundmann and Tim Wilkinson. The Men’s 50+ Doubles Plate was won by Alan Clements and Adrian Manescu.

The 50+ Men’s Final will also be held at a later date between Greg Jacobs and Tim Wilkinson.

The Men’s Doubles Plate final was held between Hugo Viais and Patricio Prieto against Jamie Chew and David Chenik. The fact we could never find Hugo for the last 6 months in his Platinum Sports shop, with him taking every spare moment to be out on the courts, obviously paid off with Hugo and Patricio winning the plate final.

The afternoon of Finals kicked off with a cracker between Sam Ashenden and Jake Robinson, the match had everything in it, pinpoint lobs, deft drop shots, beautifully placed cross court volleys, and powerful serves. In a see sawing match that went down to the wire in the third set and a tie break, it was a shame it had to end, so entertaining was it for the spectators who had gathered on Terrace 21. Sam won through finally with Jake gallant in defeat.

This set the trend for the Women’s final, another entertaining 3 sets, between Hannah Appleyard and Tatum Wolmarans. Some great rally’s and down the line winners were rife during the game, with Hannah clawing back from a tense moment with Tatum on the verge of victory in the second set, to win.

It was only after the sun had set behind the Next Gen Café that we could get the last final match under way, so good were these matches.

The mixed final was entertaining to play and watch. Hannah Appleyard backed up from the Women’s Singles final to play with Jake Robinson against Astrid Kanther and Bruno Camarri. Bruno, despite using all his craft and guile that he could bring to bear, and the strong hitting of Astrid could not overcome Jakes proficiency with his wooden framer to place the ball at will, and Hannah’s many moves on the court. Hannah was able to add this win to her wins in the Women’s Doubles and Singles Finals, so a successful championship there for Hannah. A big thank you to these two teams for waiting and playing so late in the day, and helping out the organisers.

I would like to thank all the players who participated and the spirit in which the competition was held. Hope to see you all after Easter for the Pennants and Club Championships night.

For a table of results, click here:  RKPTC Club Championships 2017 results

Tim Wilkinson
Club Captain