The Veterans Tournament final this year was contested by Streett Marburg and John Lawton.
Streett came in as the defending champion to face John, a serial winner of doubles titles, but strangely almost invisible on the singles titles boards.
John got off to a fast start and established a lead he never relinquished, although the second game went down to the wire. With just a suspicion that John had been deliberately exploiting the age difference, the third and final game was never really in doubt, with John closing out the game to win the title.
In the Super-Vintage Tournament final, Brian Hunt was sadly unable to defend the title he has held for the past three years due to illness, so the stage was set for the return of a previous champion against a first-time finalist, as Richard Hillier, who won 5 years ago, took on Brian Binskin.
Things looked to be going well for Richard, with a routine of a short drop followed by a lob to the back of the court making Brian work hard. However, after going two games down, it was Brian who came back in the third to make Richard dig deep close it out in four games.
Rollo Bramwell filled in for Chairman Mark Groves Gidney and tournament organiser Brian Hunt to award the trophies, and also to thank Dave Johnson and Mary Scott Miller for refereeing. These were also the last tournament finals of the year, and marked the end of Brian's role as tournament organiser, so he was appropriately thanked for all his hard work over the past six years in getting the tournaments successfully completed as usual.
Congratulations to our winners John Lawton and Richard Hillier!
Match reports by Rollo Bramwell. Photos by Jezz Speechley