Hislop nets twin triples victories

PUBLISHED: 11:51 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:40 10 June 2010

ALL the bets were on as to what the weather would do on Saturday for the tennis finals, writes Bonnie Blackwell.

ALL the bets were on as to what the weather would do on Saturday for the tennis finals, writes Bonnie Blackwell.

Many people woke to driving rain and feared that play would be interrupted, just as last year's was. In the end the skies cleared and the sun burned through, allowing the annual event to take place.

All the matches were played on the grass courts, which are in top condition. The competition opened with the Ladies' and Mens' Singles. Kathryn Hislop won the Ladies Singles against Rosemary Carmichael, 6-0, 6-1.

However, the score does not reflect the high standard of the game and there were some excellent shots and numerous deuces.

Interestingly, Kathryn and Rosemary attended the same school in Edinburgh and were taught tennis by the same teacher!

The Men's Singles was won by Ian Lowles against Richard Price-Hughes, 6-3, 6-4 and again the standard was extremely high and a pleasure to watch.

Kathryn Hislop triumphed once more in the Ladies Doubles competition with her partner, Lorna Hitt, beating opponents Jill Webb and Bridget Andrews, 6-3, 6-4.

In the Vets Men's Doubles Trevor Teed and John Crosse claimed victory over David Hincks and Tony Bennett, 6-3, 6-4.

Ian Lowles emerged victorious once again, in the Men's Doubles with Graham Vanstone against Steve Yarnall and Robin Thwaites, 6-3, 6-4. Ian had to call upon his stupendous stamina later in the day to play in his third match, the Mixed Doubles, with his partner, Noelle Adler, to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 over Kathryn Hislop and Steve Yarnall. This was a fast-paced and hard-fought match.

In the Vets Mixed Doubles, Dick Odam and Lucilla Phelps beat Heather Taylor and David Hincks 6-3, 1-6, 7-5. Heather should be given credit for playing two matches not long after recovering from flu.

The day ended with Heather and her partner, Bridgit Andrews, winning the Veteran Ladies' match over Gentian Revill and Maureen Greenwood, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. The spectators were kept spellbound by frequent long rallies.

All in all, the tournament was well-supported by members enjoying the good weather and a high standard of tennis.

The Chairman, Mary Jordan, presented the trophies at the end of the day and expressed thanks to Mary and Ian Lowles for their hard work in organising the Finals Tournament.

She also thanked Mike Dickens, the grounds member, for preparing the grass courts along with Martyn Bourner, our Groundsman, and also Maureen and Terry Greenwood for arranging teas and the cheese and wine that followed the prize-giving.

Mention should also be made of the professionalism of the umpires; Noelle Adler, Graham Adler, Terry Greenwood, Rose Jessen, Dick Odam, Richard Price-Hughes, Kim Hart and Graham Vanstone.

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