Experience prevails in President’s Plate

May 30 2017
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Megan O’Connor & Brendan Wilde have triumphed in Thornbury Tennic Club’s President’s Plate competition, lifting the trophy for a third consecutive year.

Megan O’Connor & Brendan Wilde have triumphed in Thornbury Tennic Club’s President’s Plate competition, lifting the trophy for a third consecutive year.

The plate competition is an annual mixed doubles tournament for club members.  

14 pairs entered the tournament and were divided into two leagues of seven pairs each.  Each pair played a set against the other six pairs in their group.  Points were awarded on a league basis with winners of each group playing the final and second place in each group having a playoff for third place.

The weather was very windy, making playing conditions challenging, but made little difference to O’Connor and Wilde, as well as Suzie Newman and Nick Mason.  The two couples won won all their sets in the first league before facing each other in the final league match with a place in the final at stake.  O’Connor and Wilde won a tight set 6-2.

The second group was also very close with two pairs, Carole Boulton and Malcolm Worster and Jo Hargreaves and Felix Boyes, winning 5 out of 6 sets.  The winner of the group was ultimately decided on count back of game scores in each set.  Carole & Malcolm topped the group by a whisker.

The final was played on the main show court.  Megan & Brendan ultimately proved too strong for Carole & Malcolm and won 6-3, 6-2.  This was the third consecutive year they have won the tournament.

The play off for third place was another close encounter:  Jo and Felix beat Suzie and Nick 6-2, 7-6 (10-8 in a tie break).

In all, 46 sets of tennis were played including 435 games across 6 courts.

Wimbledon Draw

The day concluded with the ballot for the 19 pairs of Wimbledon tickets allocated to club members.  The draw included several tickets to Centre Court, including the Ladies Final.  The lucky winners can now look forward to their trip to Wimbledon in July.