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Young Hallam edged out in Andover TC finals
1:32am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Other Sport
Andover Tennis Club held their 40th Annual Club Championships, sponsored by Merityre Properties, recently on a cool, wet day, which affected some of the play in the morning.
The Men’s Singles Finals featured young Hallam Doney, who has improved his rating greatly this year, against the experienced tournament player and newcomer to the club championships, Andrew Moraghan.
This was a very high quality game with the full range of shots on display, and despite the rain interruption, both coped well and produced an excellent final.
The final score does not do justice to the closeness of some of the games, but the spectators felt that Moraghan was always in control, emerging as the deserving winner 6-2; 6-1.
The Ladies Singles between defending champion Liz Smith and ladies captain Claire Reid was a good quality game and in the end Reid’s depth of shot and more penetrating serve saw her win 6-0; 6-1.
The Men’s Veterans final was a walk over to Martyn Isherwood as, sadly, Shaun McDonald had to retire injured.
In the Ladies Doubles Claire Reid and Fay Fradgley played Stephanie Higgs and Jennie Pope.
Controlled serving and accurate driving by Reid and Fradgley against the penetrating lobs and great mid court pick-ups by Higgs and Pope made an entertaining match. Reid and Fradgley won 6-2; 6-3.
The Men’s Doubles saw Doney and Moraghan on court again on opposite sides, with Doney partnering coach Martyn Isherwood and Moraghan partnering first teamer Anthony Brown.
This was another match of high quality, emphasising why the men’s first team have been promoted to the top division of Hampshire tennis.
The spectators were treated to a feast of excellent rallies with Brown and Moraghan taking the match 6-3; 6-0.
The mixed doubles saw the very Claire Coomer and Andrew Winnett trying to win their 14th title against Claire Reid and Martyn Isherwood.
Coomer had just returned from a Hampshire county match in the morning, so found her range and form quickly and with Winnett’s accurate volleys they soon established their rhythm.
Reid and Isherwood threatened briefly but Coomer and Winnett ran out the winners 6-3; 6-2.
The trophies were presented by guest of honour Jolyon Pope, company director of Merityre Properties and the umpires, catering staff and competitors were thanke