After a 2-year absence the annual Rougham Club Tournament returned with competitive matches from Under 11’s to Veteran’s. Ultimately the family Melero took home the majority of the trophy’s but they were challenged all the way.
Events in the order they were played:
Wednesday 8th June
Under 13’s Mixed Singles
This was the first event of the evening and early nerves were evident. Sebastian Gilmore was the exception and won through without dropping a game including the final against top seed Ruby Melero.
Under 11’s Mixed Singles
A field of 7 under 11’s produced some great entertainment. In the group stages Sky Brafield upset the seeding to take a place in the semi-finals where she lost out to Sebastian Gilmore. Ruby Melero needed a deciding set to over-come Ashkan Talebpour in the other semi-final. The final was a re-run of the U13 final with Ruby this time coming out top in 3 close games.
This included all Bury St Edmunds League players except for division 1 team members. Probably the match of the night saw Sebastian Melero overcome George Stolworthy in a deciding game in which George lead for the most part. Seb’s consistency then proved the difference in the final against Ben Downey.
This followed the script with Dominic Melero relatively untroubled throughout and defeating Paul McGerty in the final.
Matches were played through to the quarter final stage with some notable upsets a 3 matches decided by a sudden death point at 20 all.
Wednesday 15th June
Under 15’s Mixed Singles
Sebastian Melero and George Stolworthy were clear favourites to make the final. However, George had the more difficult passage requiring final sets to beat both Ruby Melero in the quarters and Sebastian Gilmore in the semi-final. In the final it was Seb who again took the honours but in a much closer match than the previous week.
Tula Boughton enjoyed a fantastic run through to the final from the junior half of the draw winning 5 matches along the way by mostly more than her starting advantage. In the semi-final she beat Heston Caunter who had enjoyed a good run of his own. George Stolworthy would be her final opponent after triumphing against Ben Downey in the other semi-final from a level handicap. The final looked to be going straightforwardly to Tula but George gathered himself to make it a nervy finish but to the biggest round of applause of the evening, Tula held her nerve to win.
The headline event of the evening lived up to its billing with some entertaining matches especially in the later stages. Isobel McGerty needed a deciding game to overcome Simon Cole in one semi-final. An all McGerty final looked likely when Paul McGerty led the deciding game 9-4 against top seed Dominic Melero, but that was as good as it got for Paul as Dominic powered back to win 9-11.
The final was another see-saw encounter with Isobel flying ahead with strong backhands to get to within 2 points of victory. But again, Dominic fought back, bringing his forehand more into play and eventually took the deciding game convincingly.
With so many matches going the distance we ran out time to hold either the Doubles or complete the Junior singles and we’ll pick these up again next time and add to this posting.
Lastly a big thank you to everyone to took part and parents who supported and to those who stayed on to watch the finals and helped with clearing up at the end.