80+ Mixed Doubles
Sunday saw the last of this year’s Rugby LTC major one-day events with the 80+ Mixed Doubles Tournament.
This means that the combined ages of the two players must be 80 or more. The weather on the day was ideal tennis weather and there was a maximum field of 20 pairs battling for positions.
The top eight pairs from the round-robin groups went on to play a knockout in the main event. At the quarter-final stage, Chris Haynes & Andrea Randle continued their unbeaten run by defeating Gary & Sarah Eaves from Coventry by 5 games to 3.
Graeme Baker & Rachael Baker, also unbeaten conquered Justin Grigg & Lisa Webb 5-1. Steve Ludlam & Cat Strickland produced a similar 5-1 score in beating Steve & Sue Barnes.
Meanwhile, the closest match saw Andy Randle & Robyn Crighton scrapping home 8-6 in the tiebreak against Nigel Trodd & Sue Leah. The semi- finals saw 5-2 victories for both Andy & Robyn and Graeme & Rachael.
The final brought the best out in Rachael’s forehand as she used her power shots to full effect in securing a well deserved 5-2 victory for the father and daughter combination.
The semi-finals of the Middle Draw knockout saw Spencer Brown & Pam Bond fight off the determined challenge of newcomers Paul Hillyard & Michelle Stuchbury by 5-3.
Peter Brinkley & Alison Kelly were the other victors against Dave & Jackie Alabaster. In a final which saw the battle of the coaches Pam versus Pete, it was Pete & Alison who came away with the spoils by winning 4-1.
The Consolation Draw knockout saw first time entrants Paul & Rachael Strange picking up the top place after a walkover against Statham Bates & Claire Aston from Beechwood in Coventry.
Earlier, Paul & Rachael had beaten other newcomers Gareth Thomas & Lisa Phillips 4-1 in the semis.
PAM BOND’S SCHOOL
There’s pay-and-play tennis for juniors every Saturday morning at the Rugby School Courts, newcomers always welcome.
From 9-10am there’s coaching for all abilities with rackets provided. Then from 10-12noon there’s a mini-tournament for anyone who can rally.
Just turn up or for more information call Pam Bond on (01788) 810589.
Indoor Mini Red Tournament
Group 1: Winner: Elliot Slay.
Runner- up: Augustus Wenham
Well done to everyone this week, they played brilliantly. Particularly as none of the competitors had played a match before they all showed great positivity and potential.
There is a mini red tournament every Saturday during term time indoors at Rugby School Sports Centre 10.30-11.30am. Anyone who can rally is welcome to come along and have a go. For more information please call Natalie Meek on 07812 940 365.
Mini Tennis Leagues:
Orange Boys A team
Adam Hewitt and Robert Hobson played at Victoria Park in Leamington in their first Orange tournament for Rugby LTC. There was some strong opposition but the boys played well. Robert won two of his singles games and lost the third. Adam lost two of his singles games but he won the third. The boys didn’t get the chance to play the doubles.
Orange Boys B team
Ben Hillyard and Matthew Irish were at Stratford. Again it was the first time the boys had represented the club at Mini Orange. The boys beat Warwick Boat Club, both winning heir singles. They lost 2-0 to a strong Warwick University team. After playing Stratford the score was level at 1-1, the boys narrowly lost the doubles, but they finished second overall.
Green Boys A team
Ben Stuchbury and Devon Christie played at home last Sunday. On a hot weekend they both won their singles against Shipston. They then played Warwick University, who fielded Charley Gregory who has won two titles at the County closed this year and Peter Colbourne a former Rugby LTC player. The games had long rallies but the boys from Warwick Uni won 2-0. In the last round the boys played Edgbaston Priory. They both rose to the challenge and worked hard to win their singles. This meant that they finished second overall on the day.
Green Boys B team
Thomas Barnes and James Irish were in action at Blossomfield tennis club. Thomas played well in his singles despite the heat, he won one and lost the other two. It was James’s first time playing a league at green level and he won two of his singles and lost the other. The boys were unlucky in their doubles matches narrowly losing to the other teams.
Green Boys C team
Matthew Trasler and Liam Green played at Leamington. The boys both won their singles against Knowle, but both lost their singles against Leamington. In the third round Matthew lost his singles against Kenilworth, but Liam won his singles so they had to play the deciding doubles. The boys worked well together showing good team spirit, they won the doubles and finished second overall.
Minnie Sprayson and Lucy Eaton played At Victoria Park. The girls were in fine form in their singles. Minnie won hers against Kenilworth and Solihull Arden, but lost to Warwick University. Lucy won her singles against Kenilworth but narrowly lost to Solihull Arden and Warwick University. In the doubles the girls excelled beating Solihull Arden to finish second overall.