Close result in handicap comps
The Mixed Handicap Doubles Championships at the Busselton Tennis Club on November 28 included 11 pairs in two round-robin teams contest the event with lots of lengthy close matches throughout.
Group A winners were Juliane Garland and Les Cousins with 29 games and runners-up were Sue Thomas and Barry Jones with 25 games. They were followed by Michelle Reilly and Rob Preston with 24 games and Jan Truman and Jim Davies with 23 games. Close matches were, Reilly and Preston versus Garland and Cousins with a six games each tie break (9-7); Garland and Cousins versus Truman and Davies (six games each tie break 7-5).
Garland and Cousins versus Vicki Davies and Jim Creedon (six games each tie break 9-7).
Group B winners were Rose Cardinal and Andrew O’Neill with 28 games from Allison Hutchison and Erik Schmidt with 27 games.
Close Matches were, Cardinal and O’Neill versus Hutchison and Schmidt (seven games, all tie break 7-5).
Maureen McDaniell and Mick Reilly versus Julie Durrant and Doug Hutchison 7-5.
Hutchison and Schmidt versus McDaniell and Reilly (7 games all, tie break 7-1).
After a long afternoon of tennis pool A and B winners took to show court five to play out an entertaining final with the rest of the players cheering 2018-19 mixed handicap champions Cardinal and O’Neill on to victory, 6-2 over Garland and Cousins.
The following week, Sunday, November 25 when the round robin Men’s Handicap Doubles was played, the result could not have been closer with the winners Andrew O’Neill and Grayden Clack winning on a countback over Garry McDonald and Simon Chae.
Both teams finished with 26 games, both had losses totalling 15 so it was decided on their final score when they played each other.
At the same time the Ladies Handicap Doubles was played in a closely contested afternoon of tennis.
Winners of the event were the talented duo Harumi Shirakawa and Rose Cardinal with a perfect score of 30 games.
Runners-up were Vicki Davies and Carolyn Stokes with three wins and a total of 23.
Right behind them also with three wins but 22 games were Merryl Peet and Jan Truman followed by Maureen McDaniell and Juliane Garland on 22 games and two wins.
BTC’s Ladies and Men’s Handicap Singles competitions will be played in February.
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