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Abbey View Tennis Club stage the Richard Edwards memorial tournament

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 11, 2014

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ABBEY View Tennis Club staged the Richard Edwards memorial tournament at the weekend. Richard played tennis both socially and competitively at the club many years before his untimely death in September 2010.

Colin Kinshott and Nick Wood beat Frank Clark and Frank Murray in a close final.

In the City and Suburban League, the men's B team are in the running for the Division Three championship

Nine teams are in this division and the next two matches will see Abbey View playing two of the other contenders for the title – Westlands B and Florence D.

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Abbey View team had two convincing wins against Stone C – firstly in the City and Suburban League, when both pairs won their matches, then in the County League on Saturday. The team comprised Dave Bennett and Colin, who won three out of four of their matches.

Sam Bostock partnered 15-year-old Cai Markham. They are proving to be a strong force, having won all four of their matches.

The men's A team, who were relegated last summer, are finding life a bit easier in division two. The team comprising Martin Pigott, Julian Keene, Ian Sales and Ben Peake won 4-0 at home to Stone

The men's C team are struggling in division three and suffered a 4-0 defeat against Westlands B. Dave Cartwright partnered 17 year old Sam Wheeldon, while newcomers to league tennis Dave Randle partnered Patrick Barks.

The ladies had a good win against local rivals Endon. Ann Gould stepped into the team at the last minute and partnered regular Janet Hardern, winning one match and losing the other. The regular pairing of Rachel Finney and Jane Beswick won both their matches, giving the team a 3-1 win. Club tournaments are running through June and the first of these was the 100+ mixed doubles, an event where the combined ages of the two players must be at least 100 years!

A round robin is played and the top two pairs go through to play a best of three-sets final on finals day in September.

This year sees 2012 champions Jane Beswick and Colin Kinshott facing Janet Hardern and Dave Bennett.

The next event is the men's doubles this Friday (6pm).

Coaching continues on Monday evenings from 4pm, when juniors from as young as five years can be coached by LTA coach Matt Chandler.

Nine to 14-year-olds can attend at 4.45pm or on Wednesdays from 5pm. Adult coaching takes place at 6.45pm on Mondays. For more details, phone 01538 383467, or visit the club's website at www.abbeyviewtennisclub.org.uk.

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