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2005 Season

Finals Day

The finals of the Colchester & District Friendly Tennis League produced a new Ladies Singles champion when Janet Davies, of Colchester LTC, beat clubmate Gerry Owens 6-3 6-2. Janet was also successful in the Veteran Ladies Doubles teamed with Jenny Price. The Colchester LTC pair beat Yvonne Rann and Patti Williams of Phoenix 6-2 6-3. Jenny Price was also successful in the Ladies Doubles when teamed with Chris Fuller. They beat Pam Harvey and Chris Jones of Phoenix 6-4 6-3. Janet Davies also competed in the Veteran Mixed Doubles partneredwith Vic Little but they were unable to overcome the experienced pair Kathy and Bob Salmon, also of Colchester LTC. In a repeat of last year's final, the Salmons took the first set easily 6-2 and were well up in the second before the challengers came back to force a tie-break. However, the Salmons held on to win the tie-break to retain their title.

In the Boys Singles, Daniel Lane, of West End, had to fight hard to retain his title against Andy Gibbons of West Mersea. The first set was a hard fought one, going 7-5 to Daniel. The second set contained many long rallies which the 6-0 outcome did not reflect.

Tom Salmon, of Colchester LTC, retained his Mens Singles title, overcoming his older brother Neil 6-3 6-1. The brothers teamed up in the Mens Doubles against Phil Bingham and Steve Codling of Wivenhoe. This proved to be a very close match which the Colchester pair won 7-5 7-6.

Steve Codling had more luck in the Mixed Doubles partnered with Sara Panizza. The Wivenhoe pair won the first set 6-2 before Maureen Chapman and Graeme Silburn of Dovercourt came back to force a tie-break. However, they persevered to take the set and the title.

In the Veteran Mens Doubles previous winners Andrew Simpson and Bob Salmon of Colchester LTR beat clubmates David Ford and Colin Price 7-6 6-1 to take the title once more.

The Ladies Doubles league was won by Little Clacton; the Mens Doubles by Dedham; the Mixed Doubles by Colchester A. Full League results can be seen on the Team Leagues page.

Boys singles finalists
Daniel Lane (West End) (winner) and Andy Gibbons (West Mersea)

Mens singles finalists
Tom Salmon (winner) and Neil Salmon (both Colchester LTC)

Ladies singles finalists
Janet Davies (winner) and Gerry Owens (both Colchester LTC)

Ladies doubles finalists
Jenny Price & Chris Fuller (winners) (Colchester LTC); Pam Harvey & Chris Jones (Phoenix)

Mens doubles finalists
Tom Salmon & Neil Salmon (winners) (Colchester LTC); Phil Bingham & Steve Codling (Wivenhoe)

Mixed doubles finalists
Sara Panizza & Steve Codling (winners) (Wivenhoe); Maureen Chapman & Graeme Silburn (Dovercourt)

Veteran ladies doubles finalists
Jenny Price & Janet Davies (winners) (Colchester LTC); Yvonne Rann & Patti Williams (Phoenix)

Veteran mens doubles finalists
Andrew Simpson & Bob Salmon (winners) (Colchester LTC); David Ford & Colin Price (Colchester LTC)

Veteran mixed doubles finalists
Bob & Kathy Salmon (winners) (Colchester LTC); Vic Little & Janet Davies (Colchester LTC)

1st August 2005

Things are hotting up in the Mixed Division of the Friendly Tennis League. Colchester A started the season by beating their B team 67-50 and have since achieved wins over Phoenix 68-49, over Wivenhoe 84-33 and over Dovercourt 97-20. Colchester B have now completed their matches by winning all remaining matches except that against Wivenhoe, who narrowly beat them 59-58. Dovercourt have beaten Little Clacton 63-54 and Wivenhoe 66-57 but Little Clacton won 95-22 against West Mersea and 85-32 against Phoenix.

In the Mens Division, Colchester have completed their fixtures with 4 wins from 5 matches. They beat Little Clacton 73-44, Maldon 53-25, Phoenix 79-38 and Wivenhoe 82-55, but were beaten by Dedham 42-36. Dedham have a 100% record so far, beating Wivenhoe 55-23 and Phoenix 53-25. Little Clacton also remain in contention with 3 wins so far, overcoming Wivenhoe 33-19, Phoenix 60-57 and Maldon 46-32. Phoenix achieved their only points so far with a win over Wivenhoe 63-54, and Wivenhoe have just one win over Maldon 40-38.

In the Ladies Division, with less than half the matches played, any team could win the title. Colchester started the season with a 67-50 win over Wivenhoe before being beaten by Phoenix 77-40. However, they beat Phoenix 73-44 in the return match. Phoenix achieved a second win 72-45 over Wivenhoe but went down 63-15 to Little Clacton.

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