2006 Club Tournament Review

Thanks are due to all those members who gave their time to make these tournaments happen, particularly the organisers Marlene Sanders, Bernard Kassell, Will Shaw, Craig Eastwood, Chris Smith, Ric Magnante & Clayton Edge.

Ladies' Singles

Held on a damp and dark night, seven ladies competed for the title. Pictured, (l-to-r), are Ellie Brooks, Liz Stevenson, Gillian Pinnegar, Kay Farrington, Sue Fray, Karen Ratcliffe and Tracey Gough. For larger image,view the Photo Album page.

The 1st round was a short set with all ladies keen to get going. Semi-finalists were Kay Farrington, Sue Fray, Karen Ratcliffe and Gillian Pinnegar.

For larger image,view the Photo Album page.The semi-final was a 6-6 tie break format and, after several long, hard fought matches Karen and Kay made it to the final. Battling through the rain Kay emerged as the winner. The event was played in the very best of spirits by all who participated.

Kay and Karen are seen here with Nick Clarke as the trophy is presented.

Men's Singles

The competition got underway on 3 September with approximately twelve competitors.

For larger image,view the Photo Album page.Of the four seeds, Clayton Edge, Adam Hawley, Will Shaw & Daud Shabbir, only two made it as far as the semi-final. Sixteen year-old Dalla Ghuman came up against Clayton before going down 0-6, 3-6. In the other semi, Ray Lee tested Will in a close first set losing on a tie-break. In the second set, Will was able to dominate and took the set 6-1.

The final was held on Sunday 1 October. Conditions were wet and blustery. Will was fast out of the starting blocks, going up two breaks to establish a 4-1 lead over Clayton. Clayton then broke back once but was unable to do so a second time and Will took the set 6-4.

For larger image,view the Photo Album page.The second set also saw Will move to a 2-0 lead. This time there was to be no break back for Clayton with Will taking the set by a similar scoreline as the first set.

Will is seen here, right, receiving the Men's Singles Trophy from Club co-Chairperson, Nick Clarke.

Ladies' Doubles

The main part of this event took place on Thursday 7th September 2006, with the final being held on Monday 18th September.

Twelve ladies entered and all enjoyed the evening. The format was of a "round-robin" style with six pairs all playing each other five games.

The top four pairs then continued to play a single set semi-final - Caroline Harding and Karen Ratcliffe against Marlene Sanders and Sue Fray, Kay Farrington and Tracy Gough against Gillian Pinnegar and Susie Allen.

The final involved Caroline Harding and Karen Ratcliffe against Gillian Pinnegar and Susie Allen. The finalists were Gillian Pinnegar and Susie Allen against Caroline Harding and Karen Ratcliffe. The format was to be one set up to 6 - 6 (if need be) and then a tie break.

The match was very keenly fought with the lead going from one pair to the other until a stalemate was reached at 6 - 6. The tie break was then played with Caroline and Karen forging ahead to win 7 - 2.

Men's Doubles

For larger image,view the Photo Album page.The final of this tournament which had had its earlier rounds in a "round-robin" format, was held on the same wet, blustery day as the Men's Singles final, Sunday 1 October.

For larger image,view the Photo Album page.As the two highest scoring pairs, Gerard Hart & Neil Clarke came up against Ray Lee & Brian McBride in the final. Gerard and Neil started off well and dominated the first set taking it 6-1. The second set provided plenty of opportunities for Ray & Brian to bounce back but they were unable to take advantage of several crucial break points including one service game from Gerard where he came back from 0-40 down to win 5 consecutive points. As the set wore on, Gerard's consistency proved crucial in allowing them to win the decisive points and he and Neil went on to take the second set 6-3.

Gerard & Neil are seen here, right, receiving the Men's Doubles Trophy from Club co-Chairperson, Marlene Sanders.

Mixed Doubles

The complete tournament was played on Saturday 23rd September 2006.

Ten pairs took part in what was the biggest entry for several years. The format was that the ten pairs be divided into two groups and every one playing each other a total of 7 games. The top two pairs then played a semi-final in the best of 9 games to progress into the final to play one set up to 6 - 6 (if need be) and then a tie break.

The two groups were: Group A - Alex Lee & Caroline Harding, Wendy & David Slater, Gerard Hart & Sue Fray, Will Shaw & Sally Magnante, Kay Farrington & Bernard Kassell. Group B - Marlene Sanders & Adam Hawley, David Dilkes & Issy Harding, Liz Stevenson & Ray Lee, Clayton Edge & Ellie Brooks, Chris Smith & Karen Ratcliffe.

For larger image,view the Photo Album page.The first semi final involved Alex Lee & Caroline Harding versus Clayton Edge & Ellie Brooks. This match went right to the wire with Clayton and Ellie winning 5 - 4. The other semi was Marlene Sanders & Adam Hawley against Kay Farrington & Bernard Kassell. Marlene and Adam won 5 - 2.

The final, watched by many of the competitors, had many ups and downs with the 6 - 6 game level being reached. The tie-break was won convincingly by Clayton and Ellie.

Walsall Open Men's Doubles

This annual event open to members and non members alike was held on Sunday 17th September 2006. The event, organised by Will Shaw, attracted fourteen entrants (seven pairs) from far and wide.

The "round-robin" style format resulted in each pair playing a minimum of six opposition pairs. Each encounter comprised eight games and a compulsory tie-break. The top two pairs then went on to compete in a conventional "long" set.

Former Walsall Tennis Club coach, Lee Marks and his partner, James Garton, who have previously won this tournament, reached the final to meet two strong opponents in Lee Guest (from the Albert Club, Wolverhampton) and Kirk Woodall (Stourbridge). Despite having been on the losing side after their previous encounter earlier in the day, Lee and James had the early advantage of going up a break to lead 4-2. However, Lee and Kirk broke back and took a 6-5 lead before Lee Marks found himself struggling to hold his serve and eventually going down 9-7. The standard of tennis in the final was admirable and ackowledged by all the spectators.

For larger image,view the Photo Album page.For larger image,view the Photo Album page.Seen here are (left) the runners-up, Lee Marks and James Garton, and (right) the winners Lee Guest and Kirk Woodall. Both sets of finalists are seen receiving their prize money from organiser and Walsall Tennis Club A-team captain, Will Shaw.

Boys U-10 Singles

Giordano Magnante beat Jamie Harding 10-3, 10-3

Boys U-18 Singles

Max Brazier beat Dalla Ghuman 6-1, 6-3

Boys U-14 Singles

Shamael Chaudhry beat Ryan Brazier 6-0, 6-0

Girls U-18 Doubles

Tayler Lee & Rachel Bostock beat Laura Ashcroft & Razia Fulat 6-4, 6-3

Girls U-12 Singles

Tayler Lee beat Holly Pritchard 7-6

Boys U-18 Doubles

Alex Lee & Tim Wilding beat Max Brazier & Alex Hull 6-1, 7-5

Girls U-18 Singles

Razia Fulat beat Tayler Lee 6-3, 4-6, 7-6

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