British Over 60 Amateur Doubles Real Tennis Championships
Shaw-Hamilton/Dean bt Craik/Adair 8/0
Shaw-Hamilton/Dean bt Stefanowicz/Bebb 8/4
Stefanowicz/Bebb bt Craik/Adair 8/0
Weatherill/Moore bt Compton/Mason 8/2
Weatherill/Moore bt Fisher/Newby 8/4
Fisher/Newby bt Compton/Mason 8/2
Shaw-Hamilton/Dean bt Fisher/Newby 8/2
Weatherill/Moore bt Stefanowicz/Bebb 8/4
Shaw-Hamilton/Dean bt Weatherill/Moore 8/3
Craik/Adair bt Compton/Mason 8/2
A slightly smaller entry than usual still produced an excellent competition at Radley this year. Ian Craik and Allan Adair found the going tough in their group, but found some blistering form against the rankings to defeat Bob Compton and Peter Mason 8/2 in the Plate Final. Bob and Peter had fought hard in their group, losing very respectable matches to both Bernard Weatherill/Richard Moore and Jonathan Fisher/Jill Newby.
Weatherill/Moore then beat Jonathan Fisher and Jill Newby by a hard fought 8/4. Philip Shaw-Hamilton and Mick Dean won the other group, defeating Jamie Bebb and Marek Stefanowicz 8/4 after falling 1-3 and 3-4 down in possibly the tightest match of the day.
Weatherill/Moore managed to beat Bebb/Stefanovicz in their semi-final by a tight 8/4, which did not fully reflect the closeness while Shaw-Hamilton/Dean managed to raise their game to see off Fisher/Newby 8/2.
The final brought some very pleasing and also aggressive Tennis, watched by a full dedans, including several local members which really helped the atmosphere. After a tight start (3-2), Shaw-Hamilton and Dean managed to win the important points, tending to dominate the service end despite some heroic volleying from both Moore and Weatherill and eventually won by the deceptively decisive score of 8/3.
Bernard Weatherill, Mick Dean, Philip-Shaw-Hamilton, Richard Moore