Well, it has been an incredibly busy weekend at the courts and once again we have been lucky enough to bask in marvellous Spring sunshine, having seen off the cold easterly wind that hung over Kinghorn during the week.
On Saturday we held our Junior Singles competition, which saw 7 youngsters compete in a round robin tournament and the top 4 players going on to play a short set semi-final and final. As with all of our club competitions the Junior Singles title is hotly contested and it took 3 hours on non-stop play before the semi-finalists were known. Hunter Bennett-Wright came close to taking a place in the final, but in the end was beaten by the hard-hitting Oliver Paton, and in the other semi-final the relentless returns from Finlay Hughes-Roberts proved too much for Ian McWhinnie. In the final, the games ebbed and flowed between Oliver and Finlay and it looked like either one of them could win, but in the end Finlay’s consistency and dogged determination saw him run out a 4-2 winner and take the Junior Singles title for 2016. It was good to see so many parents and grandparents spectating and everyone was extremely impressed with the sportsmanship, tenacity and sense of fun from all 7 players, not to mention the level of technical ability which was so clearly evident. So, congratulations to Finlay, but well done also to Oliver, Ian, Gavin, Keisha, Dylan and Hunter for making it such a fun afternoon.
And on Saturday evening it was the adult’s turn for some fun, with our tennis themed Wine Tasting Evening. It was a full house (that’s about 24 in our small clubhouse!), with everyone eager to try some fine wines and looking forward (?) to some devious tennis trivia. Paul O’Donoghue hosted the wine tasting, having selected fine wines from 8 different countries, including some very small producers. For most of us, it was the first time we had tried Brazilian wine (which I have to say was delicious!) and Paul was very informative telling us about the grape varieties, location of the vineyard, type of conditions needed to produce the best quality and all about the subtle flavours and smells associated with each wine. We also had a light-hearted quiz identifying tennis players from the 8 countries, as well as bonus rounds on a range of subjects from James Bond to Justin Bieber. At the end of the night Fiona Mason was crowned winner of the quiz, with Ewen Campbell winning a special prize for his knowledge of Justin Bieber singles. It was great night and very many thanks indeed to Paul for the wine and to Gillian, who as always laid on a fantastic supper.
Our next Committee Meeting will be held on the 24th May, so if you have any issues that you would like raising please speak to a Committee member before then. For anyone who has yet to renew their membership, would they please do so before the end of May. If you require any information about membership rates or have other queries, please speak to Kerry who will be only too happy to help.
And finally, a reminder that all First Round matches in the Open Singles competition must be played before the end of May.
John Brennan - Club President