2013 Tennis

Ted Tops Tennis Revival

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Eye on winning: Ted Sandbach

Tournament was a triumph for its organiser

IT WAS no great surprise when an outstanding all-round sportsman from Allhallows won the 2013 OH tennis tournament. Ted Sandbach (St 67-71), who was a triple colour as well as being head of school, shared victory with his doubles partner, Nikki Humphries, another OH.

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Nikki, Justin James (St 66-71), Myf, Ted and Peter Sloan (B 66-71)in the gorgeous grounds of Leweston School

The runners-up were Myf Adams (M 69-71) and Yvonne Henderson, who is Myf’s sister-in-law.
The May 11th tournament was organised by energetic Myf, who managed to make everything run like clockwork, despite a low temperature, a keen wind and a shower.

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Our blazers still fit! OH Club top brass Giles Blomfield and Roddy Long

The 10am-4pm event – with strawberries, cream and every lavish delight laid on – brought the return of tennis to the OH Club after an absence of many years. It is hoped tennis will continue as a regular fixture.

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Players and spectstors shelter from a morning shower

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The comprehensive scoreboard was a masterpice of organisation and design

Tournament manager Patrick Musters (St 66-70) kept all matches running strictly to a 25-minute duration, as well as providing humour.
One of the most amusing incidents came in the first round, when Patrick bent down to do his shoe lace and accidentally zeroed the stop watch that was in his pocket. He had to guess how long people had been playing. One competitor later harangued him, complaining that her match lasted so long she was exhausted.

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Providing a background to the tennis was the 18th century Palladian villa which is the heart of Leweston School

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It's up there somewhere: Diana Davis (St 69-71)

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Half-time treat: Patrick Musters

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Wham! Oh Club president Roddy Long

The venue was a complex of six outdoor tennis courts set among the 46 stately acres of Leweston School, near Sherborne in Dorset.
There were about 20 competitors, including club president Roddy Long. A similar number of spectators included former second master Derek Blooman. One report said Aunt Agatha was spotted lurking in the background.

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By the end of the day, the dog had seen enough tennis for a lifetime

G.D.H.

 

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