The Open Age Club Championships held over the weekend were a celebration of local tennis with club members enjoying a social but competitive atmosphere across all of the events.
The Open Women's Singles was won by event favourite, Natasha Phillips-Edgar, with a deserved mention going to the runner-up and 3rd placegetters Keitara Matthews and Emily Upsall, who both played some outstanding tennis against Natasha and should be commended for their willingness to take on the challenge of playing a stronger opponent.
The Men's Singles was a strong field with Hayden Meyers seeing out Kevin Murphy in a tense and captivating final that was a great example of the spirit of club tennis. Both gave the match everything they had physically and emotionally whilst respecting and enjoying each other's competitiveness.
The Women's Doubles was won by Kerri Cassidy and Deb Loves. The feature of this event was the time it took to get eventual winners from the best of 3-set matches across the entire event making the win by Kerri and Deb well earnt and deserved.
The Men's Doubles Final had coach Kevin Murphy pairing up with one of his star juniors in Tyrone Matthews to take on the seasoned Paul Metzler and Ryan Murphy who turned out to be too strong and took out the event.
The weekend was wrapped up with a highly entertaining Open Mixed Doubles Final in which Natasha Phillips-Edgar and Hayden Meyers overcame Ryan Murphy and Deb Loves.
A full list of results can be found on the MUDTA Facebook and web pages.
Results from last week, November 4 were as follows:
DIVISION 1: Loves defeated Mennie 4 sets to 2. Rejc defeated Dickson 5 sets to 1 with Robyn Cole who played for Hilary Neal, winning her 4 sets. Point scores are as follows: Dickson 40, Farmilo 45 1/2, Loves 65, Mennie 55 1/2, Team Rejc 36.
DIVISION 2: Donohue defeated Rutherford 4 sets to 2 with Jennie Beasley winning her 4 sets. Marg Rasmussen played for Jenny Donohue. Dunn defeated Clough 4 sets to 2 with Laraine winning her 4 sets. Norma Neal played for Marie Hill in Team Dunn. Hargreaves defeated Potts 5 sets to 1 with Cathy McDonald winning her 4 sets. Julie Hoskin played for Tammy Jensen in Team Potts. Point scores are as follows: Clough 38, Donohue 40, Dunn 60, Hargreaves 35, Potts 61, Rasmussen 34, Rutherford 44.
Thursday Night Ladies
Last week, November 7 was the last round before the semi-finals next week. The results were: Team Simon defeated Team Jones 5 sets to 1. Team MacPherson defeated Team Martin 4 sets to 2. Jan Shalhoub played for Kristy MacPherson, Cathy McDonald for Julie Hoskin and Kyla Hargreaves for Rowena Martin. Final Point scores are as follows: Jones 42, Martin 34, McPherson 18 and Simon 83. Next week's semi-finals draw is: Team Simon V Team McPherson, and Team Jones V Team Martin.