Annual mixed doubles event held at Woodland

PUBLISHED: 12:22 06 June 2018

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The annual Calvados Liz Yeo tournament attracted a strong entry of 24 players to Woodland Tennis Club.

Held each year in memory of Liz Yeo, a former long-serving treasurer and secretary, the Calvados Liz Yeo tournament again attracted a strong entry of 24 players from Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Played in perfect conditions, two groups of six pairs initially contested the group stages on a round-robin basis to determine the two top pairs in each group to proceed to the knock-out semi-final section.

In group one, it soon became apparent that three pairs were emerging as strong title contenders with Tony Wilford (Bristol) and Jo Williams (Swindon), Mike Maden and Brenda Plummer (Clevedon) and Chris Bond and Elaine Edwards (Woodland) all prevailing in a succession of close encounters to predict that qualification would be decided on the merest of margins.

And so it proved with the Bristol pairing winning all five matches, the Clevedon pair four to qualify with Chris and Elaine just edged into third place.

Group two contained last year’s winners and this year’s hot favourites, Chris Wheeler and Jo Foster (Woodland), Adrian Somerfield and Nicky Holford (Bristol), Lee Pitman and Jenny Fitzpatrick (Street) and Nick Griffiths (Woodland) and Sue Williamson (Bridgwater).

Chris and Jo powered their way to the semi-final with five impressive wins, while the other three pairs were locked in close matches of fluctuating fortunes to leave the remaining semi-final qualifier in doubt until the last point of the final group match.

Adrian and Nicky were eliminated after narrowly losing two matches on tie-breaks, the final match between Nick and Sue and Lee and Jenny, both level on wins and games, saw Nick and Sue ease 7-6 after a tie-break.

In the semi-finals, Wheeler and Foster faced Maden and Plummer while Griffiths and Williamson were pitted against Wilford and Williams.

In the first match, Maden and Plummer produced a shock 6-3 win to reach the final. In the other semi, Griffiths and Williamson were beaten 6-3 by Wilford and Williams.

The final did not live up to expectations as Wilford and Williams quickly overpowered their tired opponents without loss to register Wilford’s fourth title win in recent years, all with different partners.

An innovation this year was the introduction of a championship tie break shoot-out confined to the eight pairs who did not make the semi-finals.

After a number of close matches, Chris Bond and Elaine Edwards emerged unbeaten and worthy winners.

In conclusion, tournament organiser and chairman, Les Treen, congratulated the players on their high standard of play, thanked Janet Norvill and her daughter Claire who had superbly overseen the catering arrangements.

The trophies and prizes were presented by the president Jeremy Lambart, who had partnered Liz Yeo in matches for almost 50 years.

Opportunities for local players of all abilities are currently available at the club and further details can be obtained from membership secretary Lucy Johannsen on 07743 604399.

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