Last Sunday on the 12th four fathers and son combinations came together to challenge their family bonds by playing in the annual parent and offspring event. The Morans (Greg and John), Glynns (Peter and Peter), Guests (James and Owen), Carrs (Nick and Isabelle) played against each other as well as against the mother daughter pairing of Euahna Varigos and Xanthe Ranger. The morning and tennis was so relaxed that not even the Guests or Varigos/Ranger teams could get cross at each other.
The final was played between the Morans and the Guests. Neither family having previously graced the winner’s board for this event, both fathers were trying exceptionally hard. It was Greg and John who prevailed in the final due in no small part to John’s repeated gets off the Tambour winning 6/2.
Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Gold Racket, John Poolman Trophy and the Medal of Medallists. The 2010 JPT was won for the second year running by Charlie MacKinnon when he defeated John Piccolo 9/4, the MoM was won by Alistair Hill in a close battle with Brendan O’Brien by a margin of 6/5 and the Gold Racket saw Kieran Booth become a two-time winner when he defeated the defending champion Julian Snow 6/5 2/6 6/1 6/3.
As a result of Kieran’s run through the A Grade and Silver Racket match (all of which are Gold Racket qualifying matches) the Silver Racket will now be decided following a series of repechage matches.
Apart from the excellent tennis the day was also enhanced by the Christmas Cocktail Party. With a family theme in mind we were delighted to see 14 future members in the club enjoying themselves on Santa’s knee – even if Jemima Heughan did momentarily find the appearance of Santa a bit concerning “would he still be coming on Christmas Day?”.
It was a fun day and a big thank you to all the organisers.
Kieran Booth def. Julian Snow 6/5 2/6 6/1 6/3
John Poolman Trophy
Charlie MacKinnon def. John Piccolo 9/4
Medal of Medallists
Alistair Hill def. Brendan O’Brien 6/5