The Windmill Hill Bourne Valley 15th Annual Tennis Tournament in aid of Bourne Valley Churches took place on Sunday. Some 90 contestants took part in the knock-out tournament, raising £800 for local churches.
"The final was of good quality -and I saw better sportmanship than I saw in the French Open which I had been watching earlier. Philip Winchcombe organised the event with his usual skill, and was blessed with splendid weather."
Those in the group photograph -Bourne Valley Windmill Hill Winners - from left to right, are:
Charles Blount, Christine Mussellwhite, Carolanne Bowyer, Sir George Young MP, Brian Nash, overall winning pair Ann Brook and Mike Williams, organiser Philip Winchcombe, Ruth Langley, Mike Prince and raffle winner of a free weekend at Windmill Hill, Maggy Power.
Amongst those playing were the Leader of Test Valley Council Ian Carr - playing and almost reaching the main final - and both the ladies in the main final play for the Andover Tennis Club.
The main final saw Mike Williams from London partnered with Andover TC Ann Brook defeating local newcomer Brian Nash from Stoke and another Andover TC lady, Carolanne Bowyer, 6-3, 6-4. The Andover players, knowing each other's play well, made this an interesting final of good quality which drew much applause from the spectators.
The one set intermediate final again saw local village involvement with Charles Blount and Kathryn Redfern on opposing sides, partnered by Christine Mussellwhite and Johnny Goodwin respectively, with Charles and Christine winning 6-3. The lower final had no local players although all had played in the event before, with Mike Prince and Ruth Langley defeating Danny Whiteside and Felicity Jobson 6-4 in a close and exciting contest, notable for the high standard of play of 14 year old Danny whose confidence and court manners were a joy to watch in one so young.
Sir George Young drew Ann Brook from the 3 winning finalists to receive a free weekend of coaching at the renowned Windmill Hill Tennis Centre in Sussex who have sponsored the event for so many years, to be joined by Maggy Power from Hurstbourne Tarrant who won the raffle prize of a free weekend.