The first event of the RMTC’s regular season for 2011, the 100 and Overs Tournament, was played today by ten pairs, none of whom lived up to the event’s reputation for catering to the old and cantankerous.  Everyone seemed to be playing well with no particular team proving dominant.  Each of the semi-finalists had tasted defeat during the round robin stage with two of the teams having 2/2 (win/loss) records – so things were tight.  Through to the semi-finals were Sophie Johnson and Peter Fenwick who were pitted against Greg Moran and Steve Wood, and Russell Middleton and Greg Reid who played Brigitte Claney and Charles Wright.

The semi’s were surprisingly one sided.  It is always interesting to see how a good pair can still occasionally come up against a combination to which they have no answers.  The results were:

1st Semi

Moran/Wood def. Fenwick/Johnson 6/0

2nd Semi

Moran/Wood def. Claney/Wright 6/1

The final was played in good humour as well as with plenty of skill.  Greg, who won a club event late last year and Steve who is usually there-about in these handicap doubles events, both played well.  At one stage Steve served the perfect Cannonball to protect a chase.  On another occasion Steve’s Cannonball slammed straight into the Bandeau before ricocheting off narrowly missing Russell.  Russell’s partner Greg is a big man and was able to provide ample coverage for Russell to hide behind during later points.  Regardless, Steve’s aggressive and effective serving was not enough.  Greg is a fast improving player with a natural volley and Russell was clearly man-of-the-match.  During the final Russell successfully played volley returns to half a yard as well as a superb smash volley to protect the Dedan which went for a winner just below the Winning Gallery.  Congratulations Russell and Greg on your first tournament wins at the RMTC and well done to everyone to everyone else for making it a fun day.

Final

Middleton/Reid def. Moran/Wood 6/2

Owen Guest