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Club Championships 2019

Singles win for 5th year in a row for Simon, double titles for Pamela and first win for Nathan and Lorraine

 

Aston Park’s Club Championships for 2019 concluded on Sunday 29 September with the finals taking place in the clay dome at Halton to avoid the rain and wind which would have made play on our home courts impossible. We are particularly grateful to Gill Roe at Halton who moved around bookings to make two courts available for the afternoon.

 

As usual in the run up to the final there were close results and some unexpected ones too.  The Mixed Doubles, with partners drawn at random within ability pools, saw some exciting, close ties and it was hard to call who the winners would be. 4th seeds Pamela Reid and Andy May got to match point against the second seeds and eventual winners, Nathan Glynn and Lorraine Oliver. Anne Green and Atti Gal pushed runners- up, Tom Pendlebery and Sarah Baker, close after triumphing over 1st seeds Tim Gill and Glen Hickson.  The Men’s Doubles also saw some close encounters in a new format of pool matches for winners and losers of a first round.

 

The Ladies Singles saw only 3 entries so was played as a round-robin.  Pamela Reid came out as the winner with straight set wins over both Kerry Pendlebery and Lottie Ockleton. Lottie was runner-up after winning the Championship tie-break in a very close encounter against Kerry Pendlebery.

 

Finals Day results

 

Once again Simon Sluszny proved there is nobody stronger than him in singles with a very impressive fifth year in a row win in the Men’s singles.  Tim Gill, having triumphed over Nathan Glynn in the semi-finals must have fancied his chances on the clay at Halton (both play there) but Simon showed why he has held the trophy for so long with a straight sets win. To win five years in a row is impressive and Simon has been promised if makes it six years he will be allowed the keep the trophy.

 

A very close Mixed Doubles final was won by Nathan Glynn and Lorraine Oliver who triumphed over Tom Pendlebery and Sarah Baker.  This is the first club championship win for both Nathan and Lorraine so many congratulations to them.

 

Anne Green and Pamela Reid, both returning from significant orthopaedic surgeries in the past year, won the Ladies Doubles with a straight sets win over their 1st team colleagues Sue Hoey and Sarah Baker. The score line did not do justice to a hard-fought match with some very well-crafted points, and significant displays of skill, by both teams.

 

The Mens’s Doubles final was the closest in years, being decided by a Championships tie-break.  Tim Gill and Mike Chase, the holders, triumphed in the end over Nathan Glynn and Graham Smith in a repeat of the final last year. Tim and Mike held their nerves in the Championship Tie- Break, particularly on their own service points.

 

Most Improved Players

There was unanimous support for the awards this year. Lottie Ockleton, playing in her first year at Aston Park has regularly attended mix-ins and also played some team tennis, improving significantly over the year. She was also the runner-up in the Ladies Singles.  Well done Lottie and please keep up your hard work and enthusiasm for the game.

 

Tom Pendlebery, was one of the stand out performers for Mixed 3 over the winter and has continued to improve over the course of the year.  On the way to the Mixed Championships final this September, Tom, and partner Sarah Baker, beat some opposition who might have appeared stronger on paper.  Many congratulations to Tom.

 

 

The Championship roll call of winners:

 

Men’s Singles - Simon Sluszny

Ladies Singles - Pamela Reid

Men’s Doubles - Michael Chase and Tim Gill

Ladies Doubles - Anne Green and Pamela Reid

Mixed Doubles - Nathan Glynn and Lorraine Oliver

 

I would like to give special mention to Club Chair, Barbara Wilkinson, who once again led on the organisation of the Championships.  With some players taking their time to organise early rounds, and the weather taking a turn for the worst in the last week of September Barbara was left wondering if the finals would be completed and if her provisional booking of the courts at Halton was going to be required.  As it was, all matches were completed on time and the decision to play at Halton ensured we could complete the Championships on schedule.  Thank you Barbara for all your efforts and work behind the scenes to ensure the success of the Championships.

 

Pamela Reid

30 September 2019

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