Newcombe nets Budleigh top title

21:48 29 August 2012

Tennis ball.

Tennis ball.

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The Budleigh Salterton Games Club Tennis Section held its annual Finals Day and, as luck would have it in this soggy summer, it took place on what proved to be the hottest day of the year to date and occasional clouds proved welcome relief to the burning sun.

The Olympics may be over, but it was not the end of sport in Budleigh Salterton.

The Budleigh Salterton Games Club Tennis Section held its annual Finals Day and, as luck would have it in this soggy summer, it took place on what proved to be the hottest day of the year to date and occasional clouds proved welcome relief to the burning sun.

After the previous nights rain play began on the astroturf courts at noon with the Men’s Singles final between George Norman and Dion Newcombe, umpired by Mary Lowles.

Newcombe’s play was in general from the back of the court. His youthfulness allowed him to cover distances swiftly. Norman’s approach was via a much shorter game with emphasis on intelligent placement of then ball throughout.

At then end of a superb match Newcombe claimed a 6-4, 6-4 success.

Next up was the The Ladies Singles between two of the cub’s younger members, Hannah Odam and Antonia Hislop.

Again there were contrasting styles on display, but both played to an extremely high standard, each displaying tremendous athleticism.

It was Hislop, who plays lacrosse for Scotland and rounders for England, who emerged triumphant after an enthralling contest that saw her win a tie break in the second set 7-4. Dion Newcombe umpired the match.

The Ladies Vets Doubles was played on an adjacent court and although the players who contested the final are generally evenly matches it was Bridget Andrews and Sue Webb who claimed a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Mags Milne and Gentian Revill in a match umpired by Rose Jessen.

Next up was the Ladies Super Vets (over 65) final and this proved to be a hard hitting affair.

Cilla Luce and Jennie Capel-Jones lost the first set 3-6 before storming back to win a three set match, taking the final two sets 6-0, 7-5 against the pairing of Rosemary Carmichael and Wendy Watkis. The umpire in this final was Mary Lowles.

As the afternoon wore on it was decided that the grass courts were dry enough for play and the first game on grass was the Open Mixed Doubles umpired by Dick Odam.

The finalists served up three tremendous sets which ended with George Norman and Heather Taylor bagging success over Ian Lowles and Rose Jessen.

George Norman was then into action for the third time on finals day when he paired up with Ray Aston in the Men’s Doubles against Terry Davey and

Steve Yarnall. This was a highly competitive match with all players

being totally focussed. It was Norman and Aston who emerged victorious 6-4, 6-3 in a match officiated by Antonia Hislop.

The Ladies played their doubles simultaneously with the men as the day was wearing on.

Impresario Steve Andrews was in his element, umpiring this match between Rosemary Carmichael and Heather Taylor against Hannah Odam and Rose Jessen.

All were playing their second match of the day, but in the end victory went to Odam and Jessen.

The Men’s Vets Doubles saw Keith Ward, the Games Club chairman, and Tony Bennett lose the first set before beating Terry Davey and Geoff Tyler 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Bennett was particularly pleased with the result as he was due to have a major eye operation a few days later!

The Vets Mixed Doubles was probably the closest result of the tournament.

Rose Jessen and Keith Ward narrowly beat Bridget Andrews and Patrick Hamilton when each side had to play a tie break to win a set and the third set gave Jessen and Ward a 6-3 victory and the title.

Overall, the tournament was well-supported. Tea, sandwiches and cakes

were served during the afternoon, providing an opportunity to socialise, after which the trophies were presented.

The chairman, Mary Jordan, expressed thanks to Ian and Mary Lowles for their hard work in

organising the competition throughout the summer and particularly for

the organisation of the Finals Day itself. She also thanked everyone who had contributed in some way, from helping to get the courts ready and preparing the clubhouse and tea tent, to providing the delicious sandwiches and cakes.

She also expressed huge appreciation to the anonymous member who gave a generous sponsorship that allowed tins of balls to be presented to the winners and runners-up and also would contribute to the significant cost of engraving trophies.

Special thanks were given to the umpires and to Ron Tyler, Deputy President of the Games Club, who presented the trophies.

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