So on to the Singles action - Round 1 was played in 8 groups of 3. Group A saw the welcome return of Iain Johnstone to the Club - he was pitted against one of our newest members and a bit of a dark horse for the event Ian Hislop - he’s played hardbat tactics for the last 40 years hasn’t he? Both defeated George and in the fight for 1st place Ian H comfortably came out on top.
Group B’s winner was Greig with wins over Charlie and Phil. Group C saw Chris Markey defeat Sean and Louis McLeod whilst Group D saw David advance to the last 8.
In the bottom half of the draw, Group E saw two of the closest matches in the Group stage - Sonny defeated Hannah 21-19 before Hannah then lost 21-23 to Louis Myatt. Sonny went on to comfortably win the group by defeating Louis. Group F saw Mr Scrabble Man, Krzysztof, proceed whilst lo and behold Group G threw up a huge surprise as Craig (there’s no way the draw was rigged) advanced. Julian took out Clive and Rachel in Group H to take up the final last 8 slot.
Quarter Final 1 saw Ian H lose out to Greig in an entertaining match whilst also booking his semi-final slot was David with a good win over Chris. Sonny fell to Krzysztof and Craig’s attempts to reach the semi final was spoiled by Julian.
The first semi-final was a very one-sided affair as Greig defeated teammate David who wasn’t able to come to terms with Greig’s “I’ll do nothing” style! Those forehand loops don’t work for you with your normal bat David never mind with a hardbat!! The second semi was a closer affair but saw Julian triumph to reach the final.
The highlight of the night for most was the news that Dominoes Pizza had just opened a store in Penicuik and Craig redeemed himself for his dodgy draw by ensuring that a pile of Pizzas arrived half way through the evening!
The semi finals saw Greig & George take on Julian & Louis whilst David & Craig faced off against John & Iain. Both matches went the distance but it was Julian & Louis and David & Craig who were to face each other in the final.
That final was a fantastic match - very festive with David playing in his santa hat. It went all the way to deuce in the deciding set when both sides had match points, David & Craig missing a great opportunity at 14-13 up as what looked like a forehand winner went long. Louis played some terrific shots throughout the final and it was fitting that it was one of his stylish backhands which won the match 16-14. Well done to Louis & Julian and to David & Craig for putting on such a great game.
Thanks to all who took part, to Krzysztof for some fantastic photos (available on our FB page), to Craig for his organisation (of the Pizzas not the draw!) and to Tom and Greig for their work at the top table.