NATIONAL VETERANS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Marlborough College, April 7/8th
Defending champion Matt Cavanagh made it a hat-trick of Veterans’ Singles titles, while Andy Pringle paired up with Hamish Buchanan to take his third Doubles title in a row. For Hamish the win was consolation for defeat in the Singles final.
In both cases, the wins followed the seedings, and Matt was a deserving winner of the singles title, although there were plenty of hard fought games in the run up to the final. The doubles, too, saw a win for the top seeds, but the final was a great match, full of guile, power and great sportsmanship from all four players.
There wasn’t much to choose between the pairs, but in each of the final’s two games, local heroes Tom Kiggell and Jim Hughes suffered a crucial lapse in concentration, during which they conceded a run of five or six points. That allowed the more consistent Andy and Hamish to secure decent leads in both games, which they never looked like losing. In the end, they won 15-7, 15-7, securing a third successive title for Andy – and a sixth for Hamish.
Organiser John Hawke’s full report to come…
1st round: M.Cavanagh bt T.Chapman 15-2, 15-4; T.Kiggell bt N.Geere 15-4, ret.; S.Roberts bt J.Hughes 15-12, 15-10; H.Buchanan bt H.Bishop 15-1, 15-6
Semi-finals: Cavanagh bt Kiggell 15-9, 15-3; Buchanan bt Roberts 15-9, 15-11
Final: Cavanagh bt Buchanan 15-5, 15-3
3rd Place Play-off: Kiggell bt Roberts 15-1, 15-3
Plate: Hughes bt Chapman 15-4, 15-2; Hughes bt Bishop 15-1, 15-4; Chapman bt Bishop 15-5, 15-6. Hughes winner.
Preliminary round : T.Chapman & Davies bt Somerville & Hendry 15-1, 15-2
1st round: H.Buchanan & A.Pringle bt Chapman & Davies 15-2, 15-1; Jenkinson & Sharp bt Wilson & R.Sandie 15-8, 16-14; R.Christie & S.Kirby bt H.Bishop & R.Davison 15-2, 15-11; J.Hughes & T.Kiggell bt C.Blakeley & D.Neale 15-2, 15-2
Semi-finals: Buchanan & Pringle bt Jenkinson & Sharp 15-2, 15-2; Hughes & Kiggell bt Christie & Kirby 15-2, 15-10
Final: Buchanan & Pringle bt Hughes & Kiggell 15-7, 15-7
3rd Place Play-off: Christie & Kirby bt Jenkinson & Sharp 15-3, 15-11
Plate: Bishop & Davison bt Chapman & Davies 11-3, 11-1; bt Blakeley & Neale 11-3, 11-3; bt Somerville & Hendry 11-0, 11-2; bt Hawke & Sandie 11-5, 11-4
Hawke & Sandie bt Chapman & Davies 11-3, 11-0; bt Blakeley & Neale 12-11, 11-8; bt Somerville & Hendry 11-2, 11-2
Blakeley & Neale bt Somerville & Hendry 11-8, 11-4; bt Chapman & Davies 12-10
Chapman & Davies bt Blakeley & Neale 11-5; bt Somerville & Hendry 11-4, 11-5
Bishop & Davison winners.