2010 Mixed: No debate as Pete and Kerry get the Mixed vote
Dom Redmond reports:
The Mixed Championships took place at Eton on Sunday May 2nd with 24 pairs enjoying a great day's Fives. The final was a repeat of last year's but with a different result this time round as Peter Cohen and Kerry White recovered from one game down to defeat defending champions Seb and Charlotta Cooley 6-12, 12-10, 12-6 in a high quality final.
This year the Mixed Championships had a high entry of 24 pairs. With the traditional “Wiseman Rule” in place, the pairs were divided into four pools of six pairs. All pool matches were one game to 12 points with the top two pairs moving forward into the main section and the remaining pairs moving backwards into the festival. The increased strength in depth of the Ladies game in particular was evident from the number of close group matches, with all of the seeds tested along the way.
The main quarter-final matches were all played over one game to 15 with the exception of one match which was played as a best of three due to some confusion on the rules. The matches were all closely contested, with George Campbell and Michaela Galperti on course at one stage to complete a major upset by taking a massive 10-5 lead over third seeds Dom Redmond and Ryan Perrie, who eventually managed to rally and close out the game 15-11. The best of three match was won by Ashley Lumbard and Ant Theodossi, who won a nail-biting first game 15-14 against Peter White and Anita Ganguly, before securing their semi-final slot with a 12-5 win in the second. Top seeds and defending champions Seb and Charlotta Cooley beat Cambridge pair Laurie Brock and Lucie Bishop whilst second seeds Kerry White and Peter Cohen defeated Emily Scoones and Gareth Hoskins.
The semi-finals saw the Cooleys take on Ant and Ashley and win in straight games 12-5, 12-8. The other semi-final saw seeds two and three battle it out in a three game thriller. Kerry and Peter took the first game with ease 12-5. The second then saw Dom and Ryan get an early lead and remain in front until Kerry and Peter levelled at 10-10. Foot at four was chosen and Dom and Ryan came through 15-11 to level the match at one apiece. The third game was more of the same with many long rallies and some fantastic shots. Again it went to 10-10 and again foot at four was chosen. At 13-13 Peter then won a crucial point that that took them to match point and then a 15-13 win.
In the final, Seb and Charlotta got off to a fantastic start and established a strong lead, which Peter and Kerry could not claw back. The second game was completely different. Peter and Kerry were revitalised and took a tense game 12-10. In the third, Kerry’s accurate and powerful cutting came into its own and with Peter offering plenty of power of his own as well as some considerable finesse at times, the Cooleys were unable to maintain their grip on the trophy.
The Festival featured the 16 non-qualifying pairs from the group stages playing in a straight knockout event, which featured some terrific Fives with many matches going to the wire. Salopian father and daughter pairing David and Hannah Blofield made it to the semi-finals, beating the Cambridge pair of Ralph Morgan and Charlie Farquharson-Roberts in a close match winning 15-10, whilst on the other side of the draw Berkhamstedians Andrew Joyce and Marguerite Boyle snatched victory to secure a semi final place beating Alun Meredith and his partner Kate 15-13.
The semi-finals saw two very close games with the Blofields beating Nick Bunyan and Mandie Clemmett, whilst Eli Hullis and Simon Cass secured a place in the final by beating Andrew and Marguerite. The final itself was played over one game to 15 and turned out to be a fantastic match to finish off the tournament with Hannah and David victorious 15-12.
A further plate competition featured the four losing quarter-finalists playing each other in a round robin format, with Peter White and Anita Ganguly deservedly coming out on top.
I would like to thank all players who took part: it was fantastic to see you all there for such a great day of Fives. I would also like to thank Gareth Hoskins for all his help on the day. I do hope to see all of you and more at next year’s event.
C Cooley & S Cooley beat L Bishop & L Brock 15-11
A Lumbard & A Theodossi beat A Ganguly & P White 15-14, 12-5
D Redmond & R Perrie beat M Galperti & G Campbell 15-11
K White & P Cohen beat E Scoones & G Hoskins 15-7
C Cooley & S Cooley beat A Lumbard & A Theodossi 2-0 (12-5, 12-8)
K White & P Cohen beat D Redmond & R Perrie 2-1 (12-5, 11-15, 15-13)
K White & P Cohen beat C Cooley & S Cooley 2-1 (6-12, 12-10, 12-6)
H Blofield & D Blofield beat E Hullis & S Cass 15-10
Losing Quarter-Finalists Plate Winners: A.Ganguly & P.White