Coen Trophy 2018 Results

Sunday 30th September was a chilly, overcast morning but this did not deter seven intrepid mixed doubles pairs who arrived at the Queens tennis courts, each hopeful that this may be the year to get their name on the Coen Trophy.

This is an annual handicapped competition arranged by club coach Simon “Spud” Taylor, so everyone has a chance of winning – suitable for all ages and abilities.

Every pair played each other in the round robin matches to arrive at four top seeds for the semi finals.

The Simon Suthers/Amanda Flanagan and John Simon/Ginny Oche pairs emerged as top seeds, but pre tournament favourites Suthers and Flanagan suffered a shock defeat to Ian Christie & Janette Thripland who went through to the final to play Simon & Oche.

Christie & Thripland had won the round robin encounter but the highly motivated Simon/Oche pair jumped out to an early lead in the final and could not be pulled back.

Then it was up to the bar for a drink and the trophy presentation where new member Ginny Oche, who had never played doubles tennis previously, received several compliments for her matchplay and for putting up with her demanding partner.

Sensing too much carrot and not enough stick, her tough taskmaster partner said, “Don’t praise her too much, she’s got a long way to go!” which brought a wince to Spud’s face.

Over drinks in the bar, the group mainly talked about bats and how they always turn left when flying out of a cave.  This has subsequently been exposed as an urban myth so the person who said that obviously doesn’t know what he’s talking about!

Thanks to all competing pairs and especially to Spud for organising a fun competition.

I love the people in the gym and it is great fun. We have a lot of banter. I have made special friends. Birthday breakfasts help the group bond.
Barrie Lewis