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Launceston Tennis Club

Cornwall, England


It has been a brilliant summer season for Launceston Tennis Club culminating in the county cup finals and club singles finals on Sunday 11th September. For the first time since its inauguration in 1938, the name of Launceston is on the Holman Cup Open - a county competition for one male doubles pairing. In a close final against St. Agnes Kevin and Graham Worth were victorious 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Holman Cup winners - Graham and Kevin Worth

The ladies were also represented in open final of the Morton Nance Cup. Sarah Statton and Shannon Sandy, playing in the place of injured sister Charlotte, had a close match with Truro A but were defeated 4-6 3-6.

The blustery conditions continued for the club finals in the afternoon. Graham was brought back down to earth losing 2-6, 0-6 to the hard hitting and accurate shot making of Jake Horton who retained his singles title.

Graham Worth and Jake Horton

With the defeat of Sarah Statton by Tamsin Sandy in the semi-finals there is to be a new name on the ladies' cup this year and with Charlotte's absence twins Shannon and Tamsin battled it out in both the ladies and junior girls' finals.

In the ladies' Shannon was warmed up by her match in the morning and comfortably took the title. 6-2, 6-0. However, in the junior girls' Tamsin took the second set but Shannon edged through in the match tie-break.
Shannon and Tamsin Sandy

The junior boys' also saw a match tie-break - Luke Roberts comfortably won the first set, Liam Sillifant fought back to take the second but Luke held his nerve to take the title.

Luke Roberts and Liam Sillifant

The mens plate final proved that tennis is for all ages with Chris Stanbury and Brian Donahue battling it out, with the younger Chris taking the honours.

Brian Donahue and Chris Stanbury

In the ladies plate final Emma Stewart's hard hitting and accuracy proved too good for Suzanne Cole and Emma added this title to the mixed doubles she won earlier in the season.

Emma Stewart and Suzanne Cole.

The ladies A team have had an excellent season finishing 2nd in the Cornish Premier Division.

The 2nd best ladies team in the whole county - Launceston Ladies A

Not to be outdone, the mens A team winning 8/10 have gained promotion to the Premier for next season.

Promotion-winning Mens A team.

The remaining teams have had mixed fortunes but the match practice enables reserves to be called on to play in the higher teams.

The end of season tournament for the club juniors was held during the last week of the holidays with nearly 30 youngsters. With good weather and many helpers the afternoons were enjoyed by all. Results:- Mini red winner Adam Howgill, runner up Daniel Howgill;
Mini orange winner James Coombe, runner up Kai Chevennes;
Mini green winner Lewis Halliday, runner up Ross Gorman;
Yellow ball winner Sam Tucker, runner-up Henry Cornish.
Many thanks to Hayley, Suzanne, Jamie and Alexander for their help.