Cobbetts Open Doubles 2012

Sunday, April 29th 2012

There were 30 teams booked in on the Friday but a few teams dropped out when they heard the weather forecast and one failed to turn-up on the day. In view of the heavy rain and winds we were very grateful to the 26 teams that did brave the elements. Perhaps it was the thought of Lyn’s Soup, Chilli and puddings (and of course cake!) that helped them keep going through the atrocious conditions until lunchtime!

After the morning leagues the top 8 teams went through to the main competition, the next 8 to the plate, the next 8 to the wooden spoon and the last 2 to the ODNM (Oh Dear Never Mind!). Fortunately the rain eased and the afternoon was for the most part played in the dry (overhead if not underfoot!)

The final results were very similar to last year’s with Paul and Sheila Hayward successfully defending the trophy and again beating Richard Greeves in the final (this time playing with Dave Stubbs).

The Plate trophy was also successfully defended by Nigel Sibbring with a new partner, Martin Gordon.

WIth 21 players entered from the home club it was inevitable that they would take home some of the prizes! The 16 prizewinning teams were as follows:

Main Winners                      Paul Hayward & Sheila Hayward (Limesdowne)

         Runners-up                Richard Greeves & Dave Stubbs (Cobbetts)

         Semi-finalists             Harrison Ash & Jenny Peerman (Bordon)

                                            Bernie Miles & Dave Plumhoff (Southampton City)

Main Consolage Winners   Tony Kidd & Jane Sibbring (Handcross)     

                      Runners-up   Karen Lombard (Hamphire Rose) & Mike Tull (Bordon)                     

Plate Winners                     Nigel Sibbring & Martin Gordon (Handcross)

         Runners-up                Nick Hall & Wendy Hall (Portchester)                                     

         Semi-finalists             John Limburn & Bob Bish (Shedfield)

                                            Tim Greeves & Simon Greeves (Cobbetts)

Plate Consolage Winners   Brian Shakespeare & Gordon Shakespeare (Cobbetts)

                      Runners-up   Ken Chapman (Cobbetts) & Doreen Turner (Portchester)            

Wooden Spoon Winners     Frank Charlesworth & Christine Peat (Oxshott)   

                      Runners-up   Paula Fauvel & Marilyn Wyles (Cobbetts)

Spoon Consolage Winners Danny Corp & Tony Jones (Limesdowne)     

ODNM Winners                   Robert Wyles & Lyn Porter (Cobbetts)