Finals Day 2 – Sunday 13th October

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The start of the second Finals Day of the season was delayed first to 11:00am and later to 2:00pm as the rain persisted through Sunday morning.  However it was dry by the time the Handicap Singles started at about 2:30 between Joe Forrester and Russell Finch.  Tournament organiser Russell had given himself a severe handicap as he started 0-8 against Joe but it looked as though he might overcome it as he started the better of the two.  However, Joe held on to 3-3, with each game played as a tie-break up to 14 and the first player to win 5 games being the winner.  At that point the strain of starting so far behind started to take its toll on Russell and a double fault and a careless shot left him in a vulnerable position as Joe took the 7th game by a large margin.  By this time, Joe was striking the ball well and had overcome a nervy start while Russell was unable to impose his game upon an increasingly confident opponent who went on to win the eighth game and the match 5-3.  Tina Stern presented the trophies to the winner, the permanent trophy for this event now being the Tina Stern Trophy which Tina had presented recently to the club.  The trophy bears the words “Bethoh Dur” which means “Be Bold” in Cornish – Tina is from Cornwall – and Joe had certainly lived up to those words to take the 2019 Handicap Singles title.

The Men’s Singles Final between Michael Harris and James Brennan was postponed to a date yet to be decided so the next and last match of the day was the Mixed Doubles between Emma Knowles & James Brennan and Ravinder Norman & Russell Finch.  There was some excellent tennis from both pairs with Norman always ready  to intercept at the net to curtail some powerful hitting from both sides.  However, Knowles/Brennan were the stronger pair and they duly prevailed, winning 6-2 6-2.