Wilkinson’s triple crown at Seaton Tennis Club Finals Day

PUBLISHED: 09:50 28 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:50 28 July 2018

Seaton Tennis Club member Kathy Wilkinson with the three rophies she won at the recent Finals Day.

Seaton Tennis Club member Kathy Wilkinson with the three rophies she won at the recent Finals Day.

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Seaton Tennis Club’s annual tournament Finals Day was a huge success and there was personal glory for Kathy Wilkinson, who picked up no fewer than three trophies.

Seaton Tennis Club men's doubles champions Simon Prior and Chris RoseSeaton Tennis Club men's doubles champions Simon Prior and Chris Rose

he first action of the day was the ladies’ singles final featuring first-time finalists Kathy Wilkinson and Jenny Moroz. Both ladies played superbly in front of an appreciative crowd, almost every point hard fought with long baseline rallies. Everyone agreed the match was closer than the final score of 6-2, 6-2 suggested, but in the end Kathy prevailed to take her first title.

Next up was the men’s singles final and again there were two ‘first time’ finalists. The more experienced, 59-year-old Barry Follett took the first set 6-2, but 32-year-old Richard Warrick hit back, winning the second set 6-2.

The championship tie-break decider was a battle of wills in the intense heat before Follett edged it 10-6 to lift the trophy for the first time.

The ladies’ doubles was between last year’s champions, Julie Hopkinson and Jen Rose, and new finalists Kathy Wilkinson and Carol Hurst.

Searton Tennis Club mixed doubles winners Peter Moroz and Kathy WilkinsonSearton Tennis Club mixed doubles winners Peter Moroz and Kathy Wilkinson

In what was a terrific contest, Wilkinson and Hurst broke serve to take the first set 6-3. It was looking all over in second set as they held points for a 5-2 lead, only for Hopkinson and Rose to battle back like true champions to 4-all. But the challenge this year proved too much, and it was Wilkinson and Hurst who landed a 6-4 win to net the title.

The men’s doubles was contested by Barry Follett and Peter Moroz (59) and Simon Prior (63) and Chris Rose (39). All four finalists make up the Seaton A team that won promotion to Division Two of the Exeter Tennis League last season.

In a high octane display of big hitting and serve volley which had the crowd gasping, Prior and Rose overcame an early break of serve to roar back with five games in a row and take the first set. The second set began evenly as both pairs sought to dominate the net, but scorching backhand returns from Prior and crunching forehands from Rose (son of well- respected veteran and former club captain Den, 74) rought up two further breaks of serve and a deserved 6-3, 6-3 victory.

The day was concluded with the mixed doubles between Peter Moroz and Kathy Wilkinson and Barry Follett and former singles champ Jo Little. Moroz and Wilkinson were ruthless in a first set that they took 6-2. However, Follett and Little powered back to take the second set to a tie-break. In that tie-break, Moroz and an exhausted, but clearly elated Wilkinson, found enough strength and quality to edge over the line with a 7-6 success.

The Seaton tennis Club ladies doubles champions finalists Kathy Wilkinson and Carol Hurst.The Seaton tennis Club ladies doubles champions finalists Kathy Wilkinson and Carol Hurst.

The Plate finals were held simultaneously for first round losers in the main draw.

In the men’s singles, youngster James Turton defeated Devon County veteran Dave Pillinger 13-11 while, in the ladies’ singles, Susan Green was given a walkover.

In the men’s doubles, new pair John Lockwood and Ray Hunt just edged out Vic Pelaou and Vas Vassilious 11-9, and, in the ladies’ doubles, Sarah Bedwell and Jo Head beat Teri Murphy and Carolyn Adkin.

Last, but not least, in the mixed doubles, Kevin Tratt and Donna Moss defeated mother and son pairing Jane and Owen Barribal.

The Seaton Tennis Club ladies doubles finalists (left to right) Julie Hopkinson and Jen Rose and the new champions Kathy Wilkinson and Carol Hurst.The Seaton Tennis Club ladies doubles finalists (left to right) Julie Hopkinson and Jen Rose and the new champions Kathy Wilkinson and Carol Hurst.

Seaton Tennis Club welcomes new members of all standards and all ages. If this has inspired you and you want to give it a go, get in touch with the membership secretary at seatontennis@gmail.com.

We currently have generous deals for adult beginners or rusty rackets with a term’s worth of free coaching in your first year to get you started. Head coach Dave Taylor and his team also offer a full programme of coaching for juniors, who can join the club for as little as £13 a year.

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