Worthy winners were crowned at Riverside Tennis Club’s annual tournament where young and old were served plenty of action.
On September 1, the club championships ranged from Mini Reds for 8-year-olds and under up to Senior Vets for those aged 65 and over.
Ben Cooke stood victorious against Beau Wilby to take home the Mini Red trophy. The Mini Orange, for competitors 9 years old, was a three-way contest with Rory Young the overall winner with Charlie Bacon runner up and Art Mitchell third.
Pictured above is (from left to right) Mini Orange Finalists Charlie Bacon, runner up, Rory Young, winner, Art Mitchell, third. At the back is Rio Moss, Tennis Leader.
Harry Hamby won the Mini Green, for 10-year-olds, in a competitive match against Charlie Young. In the older age groups, Harriet Bacon beat Jiselle Stringer in the 12 years and under Girls’ Singles while in the 12 years and under Boys’ Singles, Hari Chowdhury defeated Joe Johnson.
Cam Simpson was the victor in the Boys 14 years and under Singles against Luke Dossitt. The final junior competition was the Boys 18 and under Singles with Oli Martin defeating Rio Moss.
In the Men’s Singles, Michael Barry ended a three-year drought by defeating his brother, Jamie, in three hard fought sets and then teamed up with Jamie to win the Men’s Doubles against Nick Stamp and Oli Martin.
Nick Stamp did, however, get a win with Mike Bath in the Men’s Drawn event in a close encounter with Guy Holden and Martin Palmer, eventually closing it out in the championship tiebreak at 10-5.
The Ladies’ Drawn event was also a very close contest with Sara Brightman and Sarah George winning 10-8 in the championship tiebreak set against Ruth Croxall and Viv Davies.
The Mixed Drawn also went to a third set with Guy Holden and Liz White eventually standing as victors over Cam Simpson and Sally Armitage. The Ladies’ Doubles was won by Eila Barron and Carolyn Barry who defeated Sally Armitage and Jo Scott.
Michael Barry was back on court for the Mixed Doubles, and with Karina Weedon he had a tussle to overcome Jamie Barry and Gilly Christmas 6-3 in the final set.
In the Vets competitions, the Ladies’ Doubles was a highly contested event with Anne Herilhy and Sally Armitage beating Sally Hewitt and Jo Scott in the third set by 10-7. There was fierce competition in the Men’s Vets Doubles as Steve Archer and Ken Isaacs defeated Craig Wensley and Bill Herlihy 6-3, 6-4.
The Mixed Vets Doubles saw a further victory for the holders John Barry and Gilly Christmas over Steve Archer and Sarah George, 6-3, 6-4. The Senior Vets Mixed match was also a battle between Philippa and James Bell against Ruth Croxall and Mike Bath with the first set going to a tie break and eventually won 16-14 by Ruth and Mike who then went on to take the second set 6-3 and the title.
The Social Committee and helpers provided a barbecue for lunch and afternoon tea for the many spectators. It was a great day of tennis played in a wonderful spirit that evoked the ethos of Riverside Tennis Club.