In the Men’s Doubles (Saturday 14th June) we had five pairs battle it out all morning, with Stuart + Brian 5th, Paul + Mike 4th, Martin + Alan running out in 3rd place, Oliver + Louis finishing a very strong 2nd and the bookies favourite Ewen + Henry being consistently good enough to take the title.
We followed on the same afternoon with the Little’n’Large competition, again with five pairs taking part (Katie + Lachlan; Mike + Rory; Kevin + Kalvin; Martin + James; Colin + Milo). It was a very close and tense final, with Colin + Milo just edging it with a 15-14 win over Martin + James.
To end an extremely busy Saturday, we also held the Junior Singles on 14th June, with 6 youngsters competing; Harry, Niamh, Caitlin, Archie, Ava and Vincent. Niamh and Harry played out the final, with Niamh going 3- 0 up only for Harry to pull it back to 3-3. When Niamh went 4 – 3 up the umpire made a faux pas and declared her the winner, only for the referee to be called upon to clarify the rules (that’s the last time we’ll be employing that particular umpire!). The match went all the way to a tie-break decider, with Harry Mason running out as Junior Singles champion. It was so nice to see such a big crowd watching the competition and everyone was extremely impressed with the standard of play but more importantly the camaraderie and sportsmanship from every one of the competitors. Well done to all of the children who competed across both events and thanks in particular to Martin for manning the BBQ, Fiona for organising the afternoon and Brian and Lesley for umpiring (we won’t mention the name of the third umpire!).
On Saturday past we hosted our annual friendly Mixed Doubles tournament against Dalgety Bay. The sun shone ferociously and with temperatures in the mid-twenties it was something of a trial to keep going all afternoon. We didn’t play badly, but it’s fair to say we were out-played across the board, with Dalgety Bay winning 76 – 44 after a very long afternoon of play. But as ever, we did ourselves proud in the match-tea, taking the opportunity of dining al fresco and enjoying a glass or two of wine with our good friends from Dalgety Bay.
And as if that wasn’t enough, some of us turned out again on Sunday for the Senior + Junior Doubles, competing for the Wallace Cup. The competition was played in great spirit, with all of the spectators being impressed with the standard of play. The results were very close, and we were treated to an excellent final between Ken + Louis and Stuart + Oliver. Stuart played at the very top of his game and with Oliver being extremely consistent they were unbeatable, winning 6 – 3; as Louis said, Stuart will be dining on this match for a very long time!
And I musn’t forget to say thanks to Katie for organising the summer social event in the clubhouse on 20th July, which was hugely enjoyable. We went hunting for tennis balls hidden around Kinghorn, only to find (not surprisingly) that the Kinghorn dogs had already found most of them before we got there! Joanna was reportedly seen fighting with a dog on Pettycur beach to get its ball, which just goes to show how far some people will go to win! The competitiveness continued back at the clubhouse where played numerous extremely silly games involving balloons, lego and toilet rolls (don’t ask!), followed by beer, wine and pizza – what better way of spending a summer’s evening in Kinghorn!
And finally, we’re in the process of making a slight change to our coaching arrangements which you should be aware of. Nicol has collaborated with Gary Whitton (ex coach at Kirkcaldy) and set up Forth Set Tennis, offering tennis coaching across a number of clubs in the area. So, look out for coaching updates from Forth Set Tennis and also keep an eye on their Facebook page for coaching, competitions and camps in the area.