The over 40s team has had a couple of great back to back wins to start 2020. Beating Middlesex 9-3 at homeBeating Hampshire 10-2 away.
Sussex Masters keep getting better as shown in last weeks National Championships. The three-day tournament held at Hatfield saw players in each 5-year age groupings from over 35s up to over 70s. Sussex had 5 players winning a total of 7 medals as follows: PHIL TROKE – Mens Doubles 40s Silver Medallist (with Paul Freeman) SARA FOSTER- Mixed Doubles 50s Champion & Gold Medallist (with Simon Gilhooly) Also, Womens Doubles 50s Silver Medallist (with Lesley Pallett). CATHY BARGH – Womens Singles 55s Champion & Gold Medallist! Also, Womens Doubles 55s semi-finalist (with Debbie Miller) WENDY ARSCOTT & VERA GROVES – Womens Doubles 70s Silver Medallists. Congratulations to them especially and all the other entries from Sussex.
The Sussex 70s team travelled to the Dome in Hounslow to renew our rivalry with the Middlesex players. After a cup of tea and catch up chat with the opposition, we started the match in earnest. L-R Wendy, Laurence, Tim, Pam, Vera, Mike Vera Groves & Wendy Arscott got off to a great start winning their ladies in 2 sets, whilst Mike Stoneman & Tim Kaye also won in 3 sets. Then Vera and Pam Barden continued the trend of winning in 2, followed by the final ladies Wendy & Pam completing a hattrick of wins in 2 for the ladies! Unfortunately, Tim & Laurence Walker, then Mike & Laurence lost their remaining men's doubles bringing the score to Sussex 4, Middlesex
The first major tournament of the season saw our Sussex players continue to win medals. The Kent tournament is at the highest Gold level and attracted a lot of overseas players, particularly from The Netherlands. Over 40s Mens Doubles Chris Spice (Sussex) & partner Kenton Jones (Kent) won their group beating the No. 1 seeds on the way, whilst Phil Troke (Sussex) & his partner Paul Freeman (Kent) won their group beating the No. 2 seeds. This meant an all Sussex/Kent final pairing against each other. After a hard 3 set battle, Phil Troke & Paul Freeman beat Chris Spice & Kenton Jones, bringing both gold and silver medals home to Sussex (& of course Kent) Over 50s Mixed doubles The established pairing of
First match of the season with new regular players in the team. A phone call from the opposition (again) meant they were arriving late and the courts were booked solidly after our match so we were unsure whether we would get all the games played. As it was, a mixed pair arrived in time to get the third mixed out of the away before the rest of their team arrived. We continued in the normal format of even doubles but lost the first played mix game in two ends. James and I managed to take our first men’s in two straight, balancing the score line. Unfortunately we clashed mid court and lost a racket apiece. ££ouch!!! Unfortunately,