Cobbetts Open Doubles 2015

Sunday, April 26th

Another full-house of 32 teams at Burridge on Sunday, April 26th with several other teams unfortunately having to be turned away. A cold, grey day but no sign of the rain that had been forecast. As well as 18 players from the home club, there were several teams that had travelled a considerable distance. These included two teams that had come across from the Isle of Wight and players from the new clubs at Cody and Parley.

After the morning leagues, 16 teams qualified for the main competition with the remaining 16 in the plate. Amazingly from the 8 leagues only 3 teams won all of their morning games, Dave & Richard and Dave & Dani both from the home club and the ‘Young Tigers’ from Sandown & Shanklin. These 3 teams continued their good form in the afternoon to progress through the last 16 and quarter-finals stages. They were joined in the semi-finals by another home pairing, David Cruz and Steve Lombard. David and Steve quickly fell behind but fought back to beat Dave and Richard 13-11. In the other semi-final Dave and Dani overcame Alan and Mike from the island. A hard fought final saw Steve and David win 13-7 leaving Dani as runner-up for the second successive year. 

There were eight qualifiers for the final of ‘Shoot the egg’ and Tony Kidd (Handcross) managed to hit it for a second time to claim the cash prize.

Main Winners                    Steve Lombard and David Cruz (Cobbetts)

Runners-up                      Dani Soriano and Dave Plumhoff (Cobbetts)

Semi-finalists                   Alan Whitehouse and Mike Renouf (Sandown & Shanklin)

                                         Dave Stubbs and Richard Greeves (Cobbetts)

Quarter-finalists               Steve Love and Sue Sandy (Cobbetts)

                                         Paul and Sheila Hayward (Fareham)

                                         Tony Kidd and Jane Sibbring (Handcross)

                                         Bob Thomas and Rick Antill (Shedfield)

Main Consolage Winners Karen Lombard (Hampshire Rose), Graham Galton (Southampton City)

Runners-up                      Harrison Ash (Bordon), Dave Lucas (Ship)

Semi-finalists                   Steve Daykin (Cobbetts), Matt Blackall (Farmhouse)

                                         Alan Routledge and John Buckingham (Sandown & Shanklin)

Plate Winners                  Allan Paice (Cody), Bernie Miles (Southampton City)

Runners-up                      Tony Giordano and Steve Leitch (Hamworthy)

Semi-finalists                   Robert Wyles and Paula Fauvel (Cobbetts)

                                         Ali Stubbs and Mike Porter (Cobbetts)

Plate Consolage Winners Mike and Mary Sheppard (Fareham)

Runners-up                      Kath Knight (Arundel), Derek Coates (Worthing)