A Great Start to the Club Champs 2017

Some glorious weather heralded the start of our 2017 Club Championships, and it just kept getting better.

Saturday kicked off with the Women’s doubles – a round robin – won by Hannah Appleyard and Brittany Sheed, with Nina Catovic and Astrid Kanther second. It was good to see some quality doubles played, and a special thanks to Nicole Sewell for continuing to participate whist still injured, pairing with Tatum Wolmarans who had a good hit out with the girls. The girls played well and in good spirits and kept the spectators and grandma entertained.

There was some great tennis on display by our top ranked men’s Singles players, with Sam Ashenden and Jake Robinson making it through to the Finals next Sunday for a High Noon showdown. In the lead up Jake and Jaron Stafford showed that you can still play top tennis with the old wooden rackets – probably pinched off Old Man Kurt – by playing a set against each other brandishing the old framers, but some sore shoulders and wrists meant they were put back in the bag for the rest of the matches.

There were also some mammoth matches, a 3 setter between Graeme Morrissey (last year’s winner and Alexei Chijoff-Evans), with some great serve and volley games being played – special mention also to Graeme who played 4 matches on the day before finally running out of steam and “words to describe his play” and succumbing to Sam in the Semi Finals in another tight contest.

For those members who took on the challenge in the Open Men’s singles competition, we are awarding a bottle of wine to the player who managed to take the most games off any of the Div1 or State Grade Players. There were a number of players who managed to get 2 games, but for crafting a respectable 3 games the prize goes to Andrew Pope. We will arrange to get you the wine so you can wax lyrical about your achievements! The Men’s singles plate has a few matches to go before being clear.

The Over 50 Men’s Singles was held also on Saturday with Greg Jacob and Tim Wilkinson making it through, and again squaring off for the final to be held next Sunday 9 April. The Plate will be between our tenacious El Presidento Bruno Camarri and Geoff Barker

On Sunday In the Men’s Doubles Sam and Jake combined together, having staved off the talented pairing of Alexei Chijoff-Evans and Darren Slater in the semi’s, to overcome their team mates Jaron Stafford and Dean Cochrane in the final.  For those who managed to catch the games they were all high quality games played in great spirit, and a credit to all teams (Adam Stubbs and Jason Starcevich fought bravely against Jaron and Dean in the other semi final.

The Plate final will be held between David Chenik/Jamie Chew and Patricio Prieto/Hugo Vias. Again a bottle of wine to both David Chenik and Jamie Chew for getting the most games off the top ranked doubles players.

The Over 50’s Doubles was also kicked off, with the pairing of Greg Jacobs and Bruce Garlick cruising through into the Finals. The other side of the draw will be held next Sunday with the team going into the finals being decided in the match between Cal Rogers/Richard Yorg and Scott Grundman/Tim Wilkinson.

Looking forward to the  getting underway with the 50+ on Saturday 8 April and the Mixed Doubles on Sunday 9 April, and of course to a great Sunday afternoon of  Finals in the Men’s and Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles from 12:00pm, 2:00pm and  4:00pm respectively. If you have the opportunity to come down and watch it on Terrace 21 it should be a great display of tennis and sportsmanship.

Tim Wilkinson
RKPTC Club Captain