St Mary Bourne holds Tennis Tournament
1 Jun 2008
108 people entered the annual St Mary Bourne Tennis Tournament, held to raise funds for St Peters Church in the village.

"This is the 19th year that Philip Winchcombe has organised this tournament, using his own courts and those which his neighbours kindly make available for the day. Each year, the standard gets higher, and this year there were two closely fought and high quality final matches."

Rob King and Josie McCall beat Eddie Pease and Camilla Ahl in a tie break final.

Below is Philip Winchcombe's Press release of the Day.

'TENNIS CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

The 19th annual Bourne Valley tennis tournament in St Mary Bourne saw the 2 closest finals in its long history, with many of the finalists surprising organiser Philip Winchcombe who was the first to admit that
he did not do well with his seedings. A large crowd of spectators
enjoyed not only a very high standard of play but also a very high standard of sportsmanship shown by all players - it was also good to see some younger players coming through and to see so many local players in the finals having beaten previous finalists to earn their places.

In the first one set final 3 players had stong local connections with John Mathias and Jenny Upton defeating Ed Blight and 14 year outsider
Stephanie Higgs 7 - 6 after a long but exciting tie break. This one
set match started on time at 5pm but it was 6pm before the main
finalists took to the court for what was to be an epic match. An
unlikely pairing of 16 year old Eddie Pease and Mills Ahl shook the more experienced Rob King, a previous winner, and experienced Josie McCall from Appleshaw by winning the first set 6 - 3 and an upset looked
likely. However, despite signs of tiredness after a long day of tennis
which had started at 10am, the more experienced pair came from behind to
win the second set 7 - 5 to set up a 3rd set one game tie-break. The
lead changed hands several times before Rob and Josie, who is organising her own tournament in Appleshaw on 29 June, eventually won thre tie-break 8 - 6.

108 entries had played on 12 hard courts throughout the day before playing the finals on grass and most of those who entered stayed to
watch the finals and have supper afterwards. Sir George Young thanked the organisers, and those who had made their courts available, when presenting the prizes and drew the winning raffle ticket for a case of champagne which went to Julie Pritchard. The event raised £1100 for local churches but, as important, was that everyone who took part seemed to have enjoyed the day and have noted the first Sunday in June next year in their diaries which, being the 20th that Philip Winchcombe will have organised, will be his last - but he has found someone to take over in 2010!'



Camilla Ahl Eddie Pease Philip Winchcombe GY Josie McCall Rob King
Camilla Ahl Eddie Pease Philip Winchcombe GY Josie McCall Rob King
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Rob King serving
Rob King serving
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