It was a busy 2017 summer season for Cary Park’s league teams and tennis captain Chris Clarke!
We entered three teams, one men’s and two mixed, in the South Devon Tennis league.
Men’s A team, Captain:- Kevin Mowbray
Mixed A team, Captain:- Chris Clarke
Mixed B team, Captain:- Sam Garner
All three teams came out top of their league!
From our news page (8th October):-
“Our League players show off their silverware!”
The three trophies won by our league sides this summer went on show at the club today. Mixed B team captain Sam Garner and Men’s captain Kevin Mowbray showed off the silverware during social tennis, along with some of those who played in the league sides. Club, and Mixed A team captain, Chris Clarke said ‘Coming out top of all three leagues that we entered has been a great achievement this year – congratulations to all our players.’
For full details of our summer league matches click HERE
To see what’s happening in our own Cary Park Singles Box Leagues, click here
Results of the Cary Park Tennis Club Summer Tournament
From our news page :-
10th September 2017
CARY PARK HOLDS ITS FINALS DAY – PART ONE!
Cary Park Tennis Club held the first of its two Finals Days on Sunday when the Men’s Doubles and Ladies Doubles titles were decided.
Mike Laukannen and Dominic Bryant overturned a 6-7 first set setback against Chris Clarke and Joe While to take the second set 6-1 and the championship tie-break 10-3. In doing so they retained their 2016 title and put the icing on a great year when they both played a large part in Cary Park’s triple league success.
In the Ladies Doubles, Gina Dockree and Claire Palmer ran out 6-1 6-2 winners against last year’s winner Suzy Eeckelaers and her partner Nicki Scaife, to ensure new names on the trophy.
The trophies were presented by former British number one senior and world number 12-ranked senior Gary Payton, who is the club’s performance coach.
He congratulated both sets of winners and said: ‘There was some very high standard tennis played out there in difficult windy conditions.
‘The matches were played in a great spirit and everyone watching thoroughly enjoyed them.’
Club chairman Nick Sealey paid tribute to all the finalists and all the club members who turned out to support them.
‘I’d also like to thank all those members – both male and female – who polished up their baking skills to turn the whole day into a Cake Fest. It was like something out of the Great British Bake Off’.
The second part of the Finals Days – brought about because four players ended up in two finals each – will be held next Sunday at 11am when a similar turn out is expected.
Tournament committee members Paula Hill and Samantha Garner said: ‘We hope the weather is a bit kinder for the mixed doubles and the men’s and ladies singles finals.
‘At least the rain held off today and we were able to get through the finals without interruption’.
17th September 2017
PAUL AND NICKI TAKE THE SINGLES TITLES FROM YOUNGER OPPONENTS
Paul Lomas and Nicki Scaife became Cary Park’s singles champions in two blistering matches watched by a large crowd of supporters.
Paul turned back the years once again to beat Mike Laukkanen 2-6 7-5 10-7 in a championship tie break after beating a string of younger opponents to get to the final. At the age of 68 he turned in a typically tenacious display, fighting for every point and wearing down his opponent. Watched by his son Chris, his daughter Courtney and his two year old granddaughter Indie Rose, Paul took his first Cary Park winner’s trophy after a runner’s up medal two years ago.
He said: ‘Mike went off like a train and took the first set 6-2. But I just dug deep and kept knocking at the door. And at the end it paid off and I managed to take the tie break. ‘I’m very proud to have won, but pay tribute to Mike who is every inch a great player.
Nicki beat last year’s winner Rosanna Castillo-Palmer 4-6 6-4 10-5 in another hard-fought battle that had the crowd cheering.
Afterwards she said: ‘I’m very proud and delighted to have beaten Rosanna. I can honestly say that I’ve never seen her play better.
‘Singles isn’t really my game, so it made it especially satisfying to lift the trophy.’
She said it went some way to make up for the disappointment of defeat in the ladies doubles final last week. ‘It was certainly nice to come away with a winner’s and a runners-up trophy in a week to go with the ladies doubles title I won two years ago with Carole King’.
Nicki had her whole family cheering her on including husband, mum, dad, son and daughter.‘That made it extra special,’ she said.
Chairman Nick Sealey paid tribute to all the competitors in this year’s tournament and especially to the winners.
He said: ‘It’s been a great tournament played in great Cary Park spirit.
‘A lot of hard work has gone into the organising of not one, but two Finals days, and we have another one – the Mixed Doubles – to look forward to.’
The trophies were presented by head coach Rob Short.
23rd September 2017
CHRIS AND ALEYA WIN THE LAST FINAL OF THE SEASON
Chris Clarke and Aleya Al Holo won the last final of the season after yet another exciting championship tie-break. Their 6-2 4-6 10-4 win over Kevin Mowbray and Suzy Eeckelaers made sure that the third of our three Final Days lived up to expectations and matched the others for quality.
Afterwards club captain Chris said: ‘Kevin and Suzy fought back well in the second set but we stuck to our game plan and it proved a winner.
‘The whole club tournament has been a great success this year and I’m very happy that the last match didn’t disappoint’.
He added: ‘I’m also very proud of Aleya. The overall quality of her play and her ability to hold up in the tough points bodes well for the future of the club.
‘It comes after a season when she played a big part in the league campaign, playing more matches than anyone else in the Mixed B team’.
Her mum, club vice-chairman Sam Garner said:
‘It’s always nerve-wracking watching your child play competitively, but I’m so proud of her performance. ‘In a match where all four players were producing some excellent tennis, Aleya demonstrated today that she was worthy of competing in the finals’