September it may be, but our floral displays at the clubhouse are still looking fantastic, thanks to Kerry’s green fingers and regular maintenance. We even managed to win a 2nd prize in the Kinghorn In Bloom village show for the best hanging baskets category, which is just reward for many months of watering, pruning and feeding.
Our competitions calendar is slowly but surely getting there. On 2nd September eight ladies competed for the Ladies Singles title, with Linda Bonnar getting the better of Katie Hearns in the final. It was a delightful sunny afternoon with a marvellous spread of home baking and the occasional clinking of glasses as those ladies who had finishing playing toasted the others with a glass or two of prosecco. Congratulations to Linda and well done to Katie for organising such an enjoyable event.
And on Saturday 9th September we held the Senior + Junior Doubles tournament. Five pairs competed and the spectators were treated to some highly entertaining, high octane tennis. It was a very close run thing in the round robin stage, with the referees having to do a recount and count back to separate anyone out of the semi-finals. Henry Murray and Oliver Paton, unbeaten in the round robin stage, went into the final as favourites, but it was the consistency of Ken Wallace and quality forehand winners by Calum Donaldson that made them run out champions, winning 6 -1 in the final. Well down to everyone who took part, and also to Gillian Brennan and Anne Wallace for providing the catering.
The Open Singles tournament is down to the last three, with John Brennan already having secured a place in the final, and Henry Murray and Robert Adamson playing in the last of the semi-finals. Whoever wins will add a new name to the Club Championship trophy, which is always a healthy sign of good competition within the Club. And on 8th October the final competition of the year will be held, the Open Doubles - see the flyer in the clubhouse for further details.
In terms of our league matches, our ladies secured their first win (6 – 2) against Blackhall at the weekend (well done to Kerry, Anne, Gillian and Joanna) and the men played their first match at home against Merchiston, narrowly losing out 3 sets to 5 (and well done to Paul Racey for his first cap for Kinghorn and coming away with two drawn matches!).
And finally, one very important thing to mention and that is the date for the annual end-of-season dinner and prize-giving, which will be held on Saturday 21st October at Kinghorn Bowling Club. A separate poster will be emailed around the membership in due course giving further details of the event, but get the date in the diary now if you’d like to come along and celebrate the end of another very enjoyable season.
John Brennan - Club President