New Year’s Day Tournament 2019

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by Alison Nicholson

We were lucky with the weather this year; it was mild, and the sun even came out in the afternoon.  13 Crowthorne players were joined by 3 players from local rival club Wellington, to make up the numbers to an even 16.  Some of the Crowthorne players were playing for the first time in a social tournament, so it was good for players from the different evening sessions to meet and play together.

The format of the tournament was the same as in previous years.  Players played 4 rounds of 8 games each.  The draw was arranged so that players played with as many different people as possible. All four players on each court served, and then the ladies switched partners and players played a further 4 four games, before moving on to the next round. Close games were finished quickly with a silver deuce rule, and all play was finished after 2 and a half hours of competitive play.

Prizes were awarded to the lady and gent winning the most games.  On this occasion Cath Sillitoe won the prize for the ladies, winning 21 games, and one of the visitors from Wellington, Richard Bodkin, won the prize for the men, winning 25 games.  Then everyone had a cup of tea, mince pie or flapjack, and agreed that it was a fun way of running off a few calories and feeling a bit less sluggish!

Same again next year, anyone?