The Friendly League Finals, held on Saturday 9th September, were played in very good spirits throughout and produced matches of a very high standard.
In the Mens Doubles, father and son David and Peter Hall, of Little Clacton, overcame another father and son team in Sam and David Ersapah, of Colchester, to take the title by two sets to nil, 6-3 6-2. David Hall then teamed with clubmate Gerry Borley in the Veteran Mens Doubles, beating last year's winners Andrew Simpson and Bob Salmon of Colchester 6-2 6-2. David Hall then had to face his doubles partner Gerry Borley, a previous winner, in the Mens Singles final. David won the first set 6-3 before Gerry came back to take the second set 7-5. In the decider, David prevailed to take the set 6-2 and win his third title of the day.
On the ladies side, Janet Davies of Colchester once again had a successful day. In the Veteran Mixed Doubles, in a repeat of last year's final, Janet and clubmate Vic Little lost the first set 2-6 but came back to take the next two sets 7-5 6-3, thus beating four times champions Kathy and Bob Salmon, also of Colchester. In doing so, they became the first winners of the Don Rampling Cup, which was given to the Friendly League by Don's family in memory of his 40 years service as League Treasurer.
Janet then teamed up with Ann Dunnell of Phoenix in the Veteran Ladies Doubles. They played Colchester's Angela Pawsey and Kathy Salmon and won 6-1 6-4. Finally, Janet had to play newcomer Serena Farrow of Phoenix in the Ladies Singles. Experience prevailed and she managed to retain her Ladies Singles title with a 6-3 6-3 win.
Kathy Salmon of Colchester finally achieved victory in her third match of the day, the Ladies Doubles. Teamed with clubmate Gerry Owens, they played Serena Farrow and Ann Dunnell and came through 6-4 6-1.
In the Mixed Doubles final, Audrey and Mike Cura of Colchester took the title with a 6-3 6-2 win over Dovercourt's Carolyn Simpson and Davy Wildbore.
The Boys Singles was a close encounter between Robert Gilmore of Kirby and Edward Berrecloth of Colchester. Robert took the first set on a tie-break and then clinched the title by taking the second set 6-4.
Chairman, John Sambrook, presented the trophies and thanked all those who had helped make it such an enjoyable day. Shields for the league winners went to Little Clacton for the Ladies Division, to Kirby for the Mens Division and to Wivenhoe for the Mixed Division.
Boys singles finalists
Robert Gilmore (Kirby) (winner) and
Edward Berrecloth (Colchester LTC)
Mens singles finalists
Gerry Borley and David Hall (winner)
(both Little Clacton)
Ladies singles finalists
Serena Farrow (Phoenix) and
Janet Davies (winner) (Colchester LTC)
Ladies doubles finalists
Ann Dunnell & Serena Farrow (Phoenix);
Kathy Salmon & Gerry Owens (winners) (Colchester LTC)
Mens doubles finalists
Peter & David Hall (winners) (Little Clacton);
David & Sam Ersapah (Colchester LTC)
Mixed doubles finalists
Davy Wildbore & Carolyn Simpson (Dovercourt);
Audrey & Mike Cura (winers) (Colchester LTC)
Veteran ladies doubles finalists
Angela Pawsey & Kathy Salmon (Colchester LTC);
Janet Davies (Colchester LTC) & Ann Dunnell (Phoenix) (winners)
Veteran mens doubles finalists
Bob Salmon & Andrew Simpson (Colchester LTC)
with umpire Roger Payne;
Gerry Borley & David Hall (winners) (Little Clacton)
Veteran mixed doubles finalists
Bob & Kathy Salmon (Colchester LTC);
Janet Davies & Vic Little (winners) (Colchester LTC)
Kirby are storming ahead in the Mens Division of the Colchester Friendly League with three straight wins so far. In the first match, they beat Phoenix 78-39 and followed this with a 70-8 defeat of Dedham. Their third win was closer, beating Colchester LTC 45-33. Dedham were also beaten by Little Clacton 53-25 but managed a win 41-37 at Colchester LTC. Colchester's first win was 44-34 over newcomers to the league Prested Hall, Feering. Feering then managed a draw against Phoenix 39-39. Phoenix won two further points when Maldon conceded a match.
In the Mixed Division, Wivenhoe won 68-49 at Phoenix. Phoenix once again won two points when West Mersea conceded.
In the Ladies Division, Phoenix have won both matches played, 49-29 against Little Clacton and 41-37 against Colchester LTC.
The AGM was held on Monday 27th March 2006. The following clubs have affiliated to the Friendly League for the 2006 season and have entered the following teams:
|Colchester LTC:  ||Ladies Team (2-pair), Mens Team (2-pair), Mixed Team|
|Dedham:  ||Mens Team (2-pair)|
|Feering:  ||Ladies Team (2-pair), Mens Team (2-pair), Mixed Team|
|Kirby:  ||Mens Team|
|Little Clacton:  ||Ladies Team (2-pair), Mens Team|
|Maldon:  ||Mens Team (2-pair)|
|Phoenix:  ||Ladies Team, Mens Team, Mixed Team|
|West Mersea:  ||Mixed Team|
|Wivenhoe:  ||Mixed Team|
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