On the weekend of the President’s Cup (golf), for those who were not predisposed by golf, the annual Joan M Hayne Doubles was played on Sunday 20th November.  Everyone took to their round robin matches with a sense of good fun and with a hint of competitiveness.  Injuries and hangovers notwithstanding, the pairs battled it out and thanks to the handicapping most matches were close.  The energetic tennis made Lizzie Brown and Sophie Johnson’s magnificent lunch even more rewarding.

Following lunch it was finals time.  In one semi-final Anabelle Guest and Sophie Johnson were sadly defeated by the ever reliable Kim Dudson and Judith Sear 6-3.  Lizzie Brown and Fiona Hewson defeated the strong and energetic Wendy Whitehead and Lisa Galbraith in the other semi-final.  Fiona played good tactical tennis and Lizzie hit the ball like she was on fire, with wild hair to boot!

Kim and Judith then took on Lizzie and Fiona in the final leaving no prisoners and defeated them 6-0 (Ed. – I think a certain party the night before might have caught up with the veterans Brown and Hewson).

Thank you to Kate and CJ for keeping the day flowing as all our gossiping and chit chat threatened to, on occasion, slow proceedings!

For those who don’t know, the Joan Hayne Doubles Tournament is a ladies doubles handicap event named after David Hayne’s mother.  A staple of the RMTC’s tennis calendar, it was very nice to see some of our newer members having a go such as Ingrid Sykes, Marissa Barter-Waters and Merrin MacKay.  For new lady members this tournament is an excellent way to mingle socially and enhance your tennis.

Final Result:

Kim Dudson/Judith Sear def. Lizzie Brown/Fiona Hewson 6/0

Anabelle Guest