What a weekend of tennis!
Wow! What a weekend of tennis we had this last weekend. We had random pairings competing in the Secretary’s which is now in its 41st year! Over the Friday and Saturday there were 30 sets of very close tennis played. On the Sunday morning we had four pairs playing off with the chance for three of them to progress into the Quarter-Final along with the group winners. As it turned out both of our finalists were in this group finishing second and third. In the top half of the draw, David Fortune and Ian Lambert came through a 5 all forty all against Julian Francis & Philip Smith winning the last point by about an inch! David & Ian then won another 5 all forty all against Stuart Allison & Jon Petersen in the Semi-Final and I am sure that Jon would like that forehand volley again! (sorry Jon). In the bottom half Hugh Horne & Simon Brett seemed to get better and better, beating Ian McNally & Martin Fox 6/4 in a closely contested Quarter-Final and then comfortably beat the normally very steady paring of Robert Dolman & Andrew Falk 6/1 in the Semi-Final.
So then to the final – This was a set to 8 games and the handicap was Rec 15, Owe 30 in Simon & Hugh’s favour. The first 8 games were shared and then from 4/4 Simon & Hugh played some very good tennis to edge ahead to 7/4 and the full dedans thought that might be it but David & Ian had other ideas and after saving numerous match points levelled the match at 7 all. Simon & Hugh then went 40/0 up but again David and Ian fought back to 40 all, so it was to be a double match point and Simon put a tricky high ball heading towards the dedans which was just too good and with that they took the win 8/7. I think the crowd were more exhausted then the players in one of the closest finals we have ever had.
A big thank you to Lucy Hutchinson for providing lunch on Friday, to Andrew and Sally Falk for providing lunch on Saturday and Sunday and a special thank you to Fiona Lunch (wife of the first PHTC Secretary Peter Fleck) who once again watched the tennis all day on Sunday and presented our finalists with their trophies. We look forward to next year .