Hannah Odam lifts singles title in Budleigh Games Club 2010 Tennis Finals
PUBLISHED: 10:42 18 August 2010
The Budleigh Salterton Games Club Tennis Section held their 2010 Finals recently.
It was touch and go as to whether play would take place for the tennis Finals Day Tournament on Saturday, August 14.
The day began with drizzly rain and, depending on which weather report you happened to read, it would either improve or get worse. Fortunately it did improve and play began at noon.
The qualifying matches are played throughout the summer culminating in the main Finals Day tournament. As well as the usual categories there is a new competition, which is known as ‘Super Vets’.
It’s a sign of the times that we have so many very active older members that we have subdivided the veteran’s tournament.
There is now one for the over 50s and one for the over 65s. We were trying to count recently...there must be at least four, or probably more, players over 80 years old, playing a good standard of tennis.
The Club also has a very strong Junior section with around 60 members and it was refreshing to see some juniors taking part in the tournament, holding their own against the adults.
Unfortunately the grass was too wet to use, so play began on the Astroturf courts with the Men’s Singles, won by Dion Newcombe and club stalwart Dick Odam was runner up.
The quality of the tennis was outstanding and some very athletic shots were played. On Court 2 the Super Vets Ladies Doubles match was played, with Rosemary Weigold & Bridget Andrews triumphing over Lucilla Phelps and Rosemary Carmichael 2-0.
Another Odam featured in the Ladies Singles - Hannah Odam, Dick’s daughter, was pitted against one of the Club’s strongest lady players, Kathryn Hislop. In this instance youth won out and Hannah took the match 2-0. Hannah also featured in the Ladies Doubles, winning with Rosemary Carmichael against Noelle Adler and Marianne Pankhurst. Noelle played bravely in spite of injury.