As discussed with the committee last year I’m trying my best to put on more competitive tennis for juniors and adults on Saturday afternoons.
This weekend was the turn of the couples. Last year was a great event so I’d promised people I would do it again and make it an annual event. We had 12 pairs, 8 genuine couples topped up with 4 family and friend partnerships. The clouds hovered over us but that did not stop the great tennis, the jokes and the budding partnerships.
I ran it as the classic American Tournament style, which I believe gives everyone a good chance of winning. Hisses and boos rang out as I read out the holders names first in the Roberts’s, of course not aimed at the lovely Helen, more for the fact that some were not looking forward to running after Steve’s 5+ drop shots per game and his unorthodox style. It was a great pleasure in welcoming back Cheltenham’s number 1 couple in the Crawford’s as well as including the Benc’s friends, surname the Legards in which I for some reason struggled to pronounce the names so called them the Legends from Yorkshire. There were some great matches over the day, although everyone walked onto court happy and smiley, it soon turned competitive and players pushed for as many games in the allotted time. We aimed for 4 20 minute rounds, I gave everyone the option of the 5th but they soon realised they are not 21 and dodgy joints, pulled muscles etc came forward…Dave Cott was jumping up and down like Nadal between rounds ready for the next one, but all of a sudden the shoulder was over worked!
In the end it was a close finish, Steve & Helen Roberts finished 3rd, Ian & Kelly Sadler in 2nd but the overall winners were Geoff Dewhurst and Viv Pennell. As I read their names out as winners Viv celebrated in fantastic fashion jumping on the chair as Geoff looked up thinking 2nd might have been better. I’ve celebrated many things over the years such as Wirral league winners, Liverpool winning the champions league, however Viv’s celebrations have to be up there. Joking aside they deserved it playing well throughout.