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Cary Park’s juniors pushed their adult opponents to the very limits in the showpiece singles finals on Sunday.

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Fresh from his straight sets win in the Junior Singles, Kieran Bailey came within a whisker of beating Kevin Mowbray – one of the club’s top players in the Men’s Final.

After losing the first set 4-6, the teenager stormed the second set 6-1 before losing the championship tie-break 10-6.

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Kevin paid tribute to Kieran and said he needed to summon up all his experience to beat ‘a very talented player’


The ladies final also ‘went to the wire’ with Rosanna Castillo Palmer finally beating Sam Knapman 11-9 in the tie break after sharing the first two sets 4-6 6-1 – meaning both finals had almost identical scores.

Sam, too, congratulated her younger opponent on a brilliant game.  ‘She hits the ball so hard and so accurately’, said Sam.

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In the first final of the day, Kieran beat Myles Begley 6-0 6-0, although Myles put up a very creditable performance against his older, more experienced opponent.

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TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Junior singles runner up Myles Begley receives his trophy from one of the Cary Park coaching team, Keith Johnson. Photo by Paul Levie.

Junior singles runner up Myles Begley receives his trophy from one of the Cary Park coaching team, Keith Johnson.

Coach Rob Short, who presented the trophies afterwards, said:  ‘Both senior matches went right to the wire, and it is very encouraging for the future that the junior members put up such a good show.’

Club chairman Pat Ward thanked committee members Sam Garner and Paula Hill for laying on a super spread of cream scones and various cakes, baked by members in honour of the occasion.

‘Everyone worked so hard.  It’s been a great tournament and a very enjoyable Finals Day’.

Two other finals, the men’s and the women’s doubles had been won earlier this month by Mike Laukannen and Dominic Bryant and Suzy Eeckelaers and Sheila Barrington.

TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Cary Park Tennis Club's office manager Letitia Lane (centre) presents the trophies for the Ladies Doubles tournament won by Suzy Eekelaers and Sheila Barrington. Pictured with her from left to right are: Jacky Kennett, Suzy, Sheila and the other runner-up Paula Murphy. Photo by Paul Levie.

TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Men's doubles finalists after their epic two hour battle. From left to right: Paul Lomas 9runner-up), Mike Laukkanen and Dominic Bryant (winneers) and Colin Briggs (runner up). Photo by Paul Levie.

And the last final of the season, the mixed, will be taking place as soon as club captain Chris Clarke has recovered from a car crash.  (Not his fault!)

That will involve Kevin Mowbray and Joan Lightowlers playing Chris and Gina Dockree.

Hopefully the cream scones will still be edible!