History is made at the Derby Moor Invitation Doubles

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Derby Moor Academy
Sunday, 26th June 2022

STOP PRESS As usual Brian Kirk organised a superb full day’s Fives, with 6 different competitions played out by the end of the afternoon. With guests in action from Berkhamsted, Durham and Manchester, as well as old friends and several home players, there were new names to be added to the Roll of Honour: Camille Beattie the first female to win the main competition; Vishal Singh making his first final; Dan Swinbank and Adam Hicks from Durham meeting in one plate final; young Val Fikhter from Manchester winning the main plate trophy in his first adult tournament; RFA General Secretary Chris Blakeley marking his first visit to Derby Moor with a win in the seniors contest. 

Report to come.

Main Draw

1st round: Burt Cundy & Brian Kirk bt Kristians Davins & Val Fikhter 15-9; Richard Christie & Callum Yates bt Chris Blakeley & Wendy Nicholls 15-1; Adam Hicks & Stuart Kirby bt Maddi Gibbons & Martin Nicholls 15-4; Cody Greaves & Dylan bt Julie McIntyre & Dana Wilson 15-8
Quarter-finals: Camille Beattie & Lewis Keates bt Cundy & Kirk 15-4; Christie & Yates bt Chris Davey & Dan Swinbank 15-10; Simon Beattie & Vishal Singh bt Hicks & Kirby 15-8; Bally Singh & Oscar McIntyre bt Greaves & Dylan 15-2
Semi-finals: C Beattie & Keates bt Christie & Yates 15-10, 15-9; S Beattie & V Singh bt McIntyre & B Singh 15-11, 11-15, 15-8
Final: Camille Beattie & Lewis Keates bt Simon Beattie & Vishal Singh 15-7, 15-12
3rd Place play-off: Oscar McIntyre & Bally Singh bt Richard Christie & Callum Yates 15-4, 15-5

Plate: Kristians Davins & Val Fikhter bt Maddi Gibbons & Martin Nicholls 11-4, 11-2
Plate for 1st round losers: Chris Davey & Dan Swinbank bt Adam Hicks & Stuart Kirby 15-8, 15-8
Inter-Plate play-off: Kristians Davins & Val Fikhter bt Burt Cundy & Brian Kirk 11-4, 11-2
Seniors: Chris Blakeley & Richard Christie bt Stuart Kirby & Brian Kirk 15-13

Brian hands out the plaudits and the medals

How it should end

All smiles

Average age of the finalists?

Runner-up this year for Simon, with Vishal

Brian runs the show

They’ll be winning the main event one day!

Oscar rampant 

Trumphant Seniors Chris & Richard

Adam enjoys these courts

Dan’s partner Chris had had to go without his prize

A busy event as always