- Published: Tuesday, 06 December 2016 19:08
ENGLISH MASTERS FINALS 2016
Once again a good turnout of players from Avon made their way to Hatfield for the English National Masters Championships. Joanna Elson again deserving of a mention as runner up at Women’s Doubles 70+ with Vicki Betts (Hampshire) and a semi-finalist at Mixed Doubles with Ken Tantum (Notts).
Penny Shears had the best results of the weekend achieving the runners up spot with regular Avon partner Cathy Alexander at Women’s Doubles 65+ (pictured above) and was also a finalist at Mixed Doubles 65+ with Bob Bell (Cornwall). Val O’Neill also playing at Women’s Doubles 65+ was a semi-finalist, losing out to the eventual winners with Janet Fletcher (Derbyshire), and at Mixed Doubles with Dave Chapman (Kent) was part of a 3-way tie at the group stages. Mike Cox played at 65+ Men’s Doubles with Jim Garrett (Kent), as did Derek Simmons and Chris Hockey (Surrey), both pairs failed to progress from a tough group which included the top seeds and eventual winners. Julian Clapp had some close games at Men’s Doubles 60+ with Robin Wells (Kent) and at Mixed Doubles with Brenda Creasey (Surrey).
Ian Nicholls with Jenny Cox (Surrey) finished in runners up spot at Mixed Doubles 55+, having come through a tough semi-final then narrowly losing in the final 21-16, 22-20. Ian played in a scratch partnership at Men’s Doubles 55+ losing out at the group stage as did Gene Joyner with Dave Gribble. Shirley Green with Sue Tooke (Hampshire) was in a tough group with the top seeds and eventual winners at Women’s Doubles 55+, and with Gene Joyner finished second in their Mixed Group to Ian and Jenny. Cathy Jowett and Paul Chard also lost out to the top seeds and winners at Mixed Doubles 50+.