CLUB CHAMPIONS 2016
Mens Singles - Craig Naylor
Mens Doubles - Gordon Dunn & Jonathan Davies
Mixed Doubles - Kim Hartley-Buffham & Craig Naylor
Ladies Doubles - Kim Hartley-Buffham & Cherry Ingram
A beautiful day for tennis, cool, hazy sun, no wind. We kicked
off bang on time with the Mens Doubles group stage at 11am.
By 1pm we had two men's doubles finalists, ironically a replay of
the only two pairs to actually play a match. Grant and Craig to play
Gordon and Jonathan.
It was now very evident that Craig had qualified for three finals
after having already played for two hours to get there.
The results as I remember them went something like this (I should
have wrote them down!):
Ladies Doubles - Kim Hartley-Buffham &
Cherry Ingram beat Bianca Pallat & Becks Damerell
Bianca's plans for a long warm up giving she had not played
for weeks because of her toe and chisel incident all went wrong
as she got trapped on the M1 in a big traffic jam. But well
played Kim and Cherry. This was a tense, cautious affair and Kim
and Cherry were rewarded for their great consistency in a very
Mens Doubles - Gordon Dunn & Jonathan
Davies beat Craig Naylor & Grant Mundy
1-6, 7-6, 6-4
I think that was broadly the score, but believe me after the
first set once Gordon and Jonathan settled down, this was an
incredibly close, high standard, men's doubles match with some
ferocious hitting and could easily have went either way. Fine
margins as they say.
Mixed Doubles - Kim Hartley-Buffham & Craig
Naylor beat Becks Damerell & Gordon Dunn
6-4, 6-7, 6-1
Gordon after starting at 11am for the Men's doubles
tournament was physically struggling by this time and suffering
from the mysterious right thumb lock. The last set did not
reflect what a fine match this was over the first two sets with
both pairs striking the ball well and some great rallies.
Mens Singles - Craig Naylor beat Jonathan
6-4, 6-7, 6-2
I'm just amazed at where Craig got the energy from. This
match finished at 8pm after Craig and Jonathan had started at
11am in the Men's doubles 9 hours previously. Jonathan was
eating raw coffee straight out of the jar to give him some
energy and was so tired at the end that he immediately dropped
his runners up trophy at the presentation and it shattered on
the ground. But at least he went the whole day without breaking
a racket string.
So Craig came away with two winners trophies after playing three
three set finals in a marathon nine hour stint, well done Craig you
have my respect!. As the Tournament Referee on the day I was
exhausted so I can't imagine what the players actually felt.
It was a great and memorable day though and will definitely go down
in club history as the longest.
A big thank you to
Trysports in Bicester for their great job in providing the
trophies, giving us 10% off the cost and doing the engraving for
free. This saved us a lot of money and was much appreciated.
Also thanks to Claire at
Trysports for the amount of racket stringing she did for
everyone prior to the event to get everyone ready, Jonathan Davies
of Mens Singles Semi Finals