TALENT TURNS OUT FOR CHEDWORTH TOURNAMENT 2008

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The Speke Challenge Cup, left to right:
Runners-up Catherine Rownan and David Sewell , winners Mark Peer and Ann Taylor
and Stephen Scott-Smith

Ninety-six competitors, a record for recent years, took part in the Coln Valley Annual Mixed Doubles Tournament in Chedworth on Saturday 14 June.  In the opening round, all twelve groups played on fabulous courts kindly loaned for the day by residents in surrounding villages, including Coln St Dennis, Coln Rogers, Withington, Farmington, Calmsden, Shipton Oliffe and Rendcomb.

The winners of the Speke Challenge Cup were Mark Peer and Ann Taylor from Nailsworth, who narrowly defeated defending champions Catherine Rowan from Sherborne, Dorset and David Sewell from London.  It was a blistering final but the winning passing shot by Ann Taylor provided a truly fitting climax to the event.

The final contest for the Scott-Smith Salver was equally hard-fought, with Nigel Pattinson and Olivia Wingfield just beating Hill & Valley’s Claire Watson and Chris Speed.

Established 26 years ago, the tournament was sponsored for the third year running by Far Frontiers Travel Ltd, the tailor-made travel specialist based in Devon.  The event raises money for the Hill & Valley Lawn Tennis Club, which hopes to add two more courts in the near future, and for the churches of Chedworth, Coln St Dennis and Coln Rogers.

Commenting on the event, Stephen Scott-Smith, Chairman of Hill & Valley LTC said: “It was the most exciting tournament for many years.  The weather was far better than forecast with glorious sunshine for most of the day.  We barely noticed how chilly it turned for the finals as the tennis was so fantastic to watch.  The tournament is a high point in the year for the club and is a very special event with a friendly and sporting atmosphere.  Players come back year after year, and on Saturday it was marvellous to see so many competitors from other local clubs taking part.  Many people put in a tremendous effort behind the scenes to enable everything to run smoothly.  In addition to our sponsor, I would particularly like to thank those who donated courts and all the volunteer helpers who worked so hard on the day and with food preparation prior to the event.”

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The Scott-Smith Salver, left to right:
Runners-up Chris Speed and Claire Watson, Stephen Scott-Smith
and winners Olivia Wigfield and Nigel Pattinson

Established 25 years ago, the tournament was sponsored for the second year running by Far Frontiers Travel Ltd, the tailor-made travel specialist based in Devon.  In the opening rounds, games are played on courts kindly loaned by residents in the surrounding villages and this year included one which was new to the event.

Commenting on the event, John Robson of Hill & Valley LTC said: “It was an amazing day.  We were so lucky with the weather, only a couple of groups had play interrupted by brief showers.  The tennis was of a very high standard and played in a friendly and sporting atmosphere. The tournament goes from strength to strength and is a high point in the year for the tennis club. So many people put in a tremendous effort behind the scenes to enable everything to run smoothly.  In addition to our sponsor, I would particularly like to thank those who donated courts and all the volunteer helpers who worked so hard on the day and with food preparation prior to the event.”