Avon county teams Development squad based at Wellsway School on Thursday evenings (7-9pm).
Local successes at Kent Masters Gold Tournament 2014
Once again Avon was well represented at the Kent Masters Gold tournament, with 15 local players entered across age groups from 45+ to 70+, and there were some notable results.
Joanna Elson and Ken Tantum (Notts) were once again in winning form at 70+ Mixed Doubles with no games conceded.
Penny Shears and Val O'Neill playing 65+ Ladies Doubles had their first tournament win together, taking the title, also without conceding a game.
Penny with Roy Barlett (Surrey) and Val with Grahame Moscrop (Northumberland) then met in the semi-final of the Mixed Doubles event with Val and Grahame going through to the final but losing in a closely fought 3 ender.
Mike Cox and Jim Garrett (Kent), playing 65+ Men's Doubles, also won their group without conceding a game but were beaten by a strong pair in the final 21-17, 21-13.
Dave Gribble and Ian Nicholls playing at 55+ Men's Doubles finished in the runners-up spot in their group and were unlucky not to reach the semi-final with the decision going on points difference. Dave played at 55+ Mixed Doubles with Anne Bridge (Surrey) and they topped their group going on to a close semi-final but losing 21-17 in the third end.
The full list of those entered from Avon was, Nigel Birkitt, Debbie Burrel, Paul Chard, Mike Cox, Michael Dixon, Di Durston, Joanna Elson, Dave Gribble, Gina Grohman, Chris Hufflett, Cath Jowett, Ian Nicholls, Val O'Neill, Penny Shears, Derek Simmons. Several of the younger Avon Masters players played at this level for the first time and although not progressing further, did well within their groups.