The Friendly League Finals were held on Saturday 8th September and, once again, proved to be an entertaining event. Although there were fewer entries, due mainly to the Colchester Lawn Ladies' elevation to the First Division, all the matches were keenly fought.
In the Junior Boys' Singles, William Chatters of West Mersea prevailed over Rowan Clarke of Wivenhoe 6-3 6-3 but both boys played at a very high standard.
In the Men's Singles it was a case of youth overcoming experience as Tom Salmon of Colchester Lawn beat Gerry Borley of Little Clacton 6-3 6-3. Gerry was also runner- up last year.
There was a surprise in the Ladies' Doubles when Frances Shaw and Melanie Woods of Phoenix Rising (the improvers arm of Phoenix) beat established Phoenix members Yvonne Rann and Patti Williams in another 6-3 6-3 scoreline.
The Mixed Doubles produced the only 3-setter of the day. Gerry Borley and his daughter, Debbie Mitchell, secured the first set before last year's winners, Mike and Audry Cura of Colchester Lawn, came back to take the second set. In the decider the Little Clacton pair prevailed, to win 6-4 3-6 6-3.
Tom Salmon secured his second title of the day when he teamed up with his brother Adam in the Men's Doubles and they managed to beat fellow Colchester Lawn clubmates Andrew Berrecloth and his son Edward 6-1 6-2.
The final match was the veteran Men's Doubles. Andrew Simpson and Bob Salmon of Colchester Lawn won the first set in a tie-break and then went on to win the second set 6-4, overcoming the valiant Gerry Borley and his partner John Russel, also of Little Clacton, and thus regaining the title they lost last year.
John Sambrook, Chairman, presented the trophies and particularly thanked Gerry Owens, the Tournament Organiser, and Christine Clark and Bob Salmon, who umpired along with Gerry and himself. He also presented the shields to Colchester Lawn who had won both the Men's League and the Mixed League and to Little Clacton who won the Ladies' League for the fourth consecutive time.
Boys singles finalists
William Chatters (West Mersea) (winner) and
Rowan Clarke (Wivenhoe)
Mens singles finalists
Tom Salmon (Colchester LTC ) (winner) and
Gerry Borley (Little Clacton)
Ladies doubles finalists
Frances Shaw & Melanie Woods (Phoenix Rising) (winners);
Yvonne Rann & Patti Williams (Phoenix)
Mens doubles finalists
Tom & Adam Salmon (Colchester LTC) (winners);
Edward & Andrew Berrecloth (Colchester LTC)
Mixed doubles finalists
Mike & Audrey Cura (Colchester LTC);
Debbie Mitchell & Gerry Borley (Little Clacton) (winners)
Veteran mens doubles finalists
Andrew Simpson & Bob Salmon (Colchester LTC) (winners);
John Russel & Gerry Borley (Little Clacton)
Colchester LTC have made an excellent start in the Men's Division of the Friendly League with four wins out of four. Their first match resulted in a 49-29 win at Wivenhoe and then they had an even better score, 62-16, at home to Phoenix. However, the return match at Phoenix was much closer at 40-38. Finally they beat Maldon 58-20, again on their home grass courts.
In the Ladies' Division, Little Clacton beat Phoenix 47-31 at home and then beat them again at Phoenix 50-28. However, Phoenix had more luck at Colchester LTC with a 46-32 win.
In the Mixed Division, a close match resulted in a 61-56 win for Colchester LTC over Phoenix.
The AGM was held on Monday 2nd April 2007. The following clubs have affiliated to the Friendly League for the 2007 season and have entered the following teams:
|Colchester LTC:  ||Ladies Team (2-pair), Mens Team (2-pair), Mixed Team|
|Little Clacton:  ||Ladies Team (2-pair)|
|Maldon:  ||Mens Team (2-pair)|
|Phoenix:  ||Ladies Team (2-pair), Mens Team (2-pair), Mixed Team|
|Wivenhoe:  ||Mens Team (2-pair)|
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