The third Quarterly Medal for 2011 was held at RMTC on Saturday, 27th August. Richard Pagone and Andrew Story were the winners from the morning groups, while the afternoon session saw Gerald O’Byrne and Paul Hayes emerge victorious.
Richard, Andrew, Gerald and Paul join the winners from the February & June Quarterly Medals as qualifiers for the Medal of Medallists competition on Finals Day in December. The last opportunity to join them will take place on Saturday, 8th October – sign up early to make sure you don’t miss out!
The Richmond Hill Silver Racket Handicap Singles, open to the top 16 entrants, was held over the period of 12 – 14 August and we fielded the strongest player group in many years. No less than two World Champions took part (Rob Fahey and Claire Vigrass), more than half the field had a handicap of under 20 and the tournament’s backmarker Andrew Gould was handicapped at 28. Given the format of best of 3 set matches the winner was always likely to be someone with young legs – the winner was required to win 4 such matches without much time for recovery.
In the top half the draw Andrew Gould led a charge as he accounted for Nick Shelton in straight sets, World Champion Rob Fahey in 3 sets (5/6 6/5 6/5) which included the saving of 2 match points before he fell to Paul Rosedale in another 3 set marathon. Rosedalehad made it through by beating baby G 6/5 5/6 6/5 followed by Alistair Hill in straight sets. In the lower half Owen Guest survived until the semi-final stage by accounting for Peter Estcourt and Hamish Welsh in straight sets before succumbing to our young professional CJ White. CJ so far had had a relatively blessed run with straight set victories over Ed Welsh and Wally Cockram.
The final between CJ andRosedale(the 2009 winner of this event) was close. Both players were playing near their best and neither was expected to favour subtlety over brawn during the match. Early in the matchRosedalehad the ascendancy as his crisp forehands and Railroad sorted CJ out to the tune of 6/3 in the first set. However, from then on, andRosedale’s legs told his brain how tired they were, CJ took control. CJ played the ball from side to side grindingRosedaledown to win the match 3/6 6/3 6/1. CJ’s win playing off 18.8 (Rosedale16.7) was we trust another step in the right direction in his journey to becoming a club/tournament professional.
The third Quarterly Medal Competition for 2011 will be played on Saturday, 27th August. As always, it’s a round-robin, handicap singles event played on the clock with morning and afternoon groups. Morning and afternoon tea and a light lunch are included. Most importantly, winners of the Quarterly Medal competitions qualify to compete in the Medal of Medallists knockout tournament on Finals Day in December.
To enter this competition, please contact the Pros on 9429 8744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to let them know whether you want to play in the morning or afternoon competition. There is also a sign-up sheet at the Club. Places are limited, so don’t delay.
We had 16 people for a traditional Christmas dinner, beautifully presented by Ed Dixon Food Design. Annie Holden decorated the room to ensure we were all in the mood when Santa and his 2 helpers arrived!
Everyone received a present and a turn at sitting on Santa’s lap, or a bit of Slap and Tickle.
After main courses, the lady players got to draw their gentleman partner for the next days play. Everyone seemed remarkably unphased by their selection of partners, probably due to the fantastic group of men that were available for the draw this year.
By 10pm most of the serious athlete’s had departed for their good night’s sleep, and thiose that were left indulged in a stiff night cap, or two.
Late on Sunday morning play commenced, with each pair playing three sets before the top ranked pair in each group played off for the pair of scotch glasses.
It was great to see our new Ladies World Champion play in the event, partnered by Vince Scopilitti, with the longest handicap difference in the event. Well done to all players for participating in a sporting manner.
In division 1 it was the youngsters that raced ahead in to the finals, Karen making her second RMTC mixed doubles final in 3 months. In division 2 Wendy Whitehead and Craig Jamieson were unlucky not to go through, after a late start in the day they were looking good, but just missed out. It was Rob Falconer and Fiona Hewson that sneaked through to the final. The final was close fought, and although the higher handicappers put in a good effort, it was Karen Hird’s steady temprement, combined with Paul having to settle in to giving an enormous handicap that prevailed. Well done to Rob Falconer who gets the tournament directors award for most improved player of the day.
Congratulations to Karen Hird & Paul Rosedale who defeated Fiona Hewson & Rob Falconer 8-6 in the final.
Thanks to Julie Baker for providing a lovely festive lunch.