2004 Under 25 Tournament

James Toop reports:

This year's under 25s championships were held at the Westway Sports Centre on Sunday 21st December. The entry was larger than it has been for some years, attracting 17 pairs from Berkhamsted School, Old Berkhamstedians, Old Cholmeleians, Old Citizens, Old Edwardians, Old Emanuels, Old Etonians, Old Harrovians, Old Ipswichians, Lancing Old Boys Old Olavians, Old Westminsters, as well as two pairs from Westway who had only begun playing the previous September.

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2004 Aldenham Tournament

Graham Pulsford reports:

The eighteenth Heath Tournament took place on a beautifully clear and warm spring morning. The courts were in prime condition and a large supply of new balls was available to suit all tastes. This years entry was as diverse as ever and included Aldenhamians, Berkhamstedians, Carthusians, Cholmeleians, Edwardians, Etonians, Ipswichians, Millhillians, Shiplakeans (?) and Westminsters. Newcomers to our timed fives competition were Chris Cernuschi (Aldenhamian) and David Cooke (Berkhamstedian).

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2004 Veterans Tournament

Graham Pulsford reports:

The twentieth Over 40s Tournament took place on a warm and sunny afternoon with near perfect playing conditions. Everyone was there to enjoy themselves and a wide cross-section of clubs was represented.

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2004 Aberconway Cup

Mike Fenn reports:

The Fourteenth Championship took place at Eton College on a miserable windy and rainy day much to the chagrin of the organiser and few spectators brave enough to combat the elements. That said the inclement weather did not spoil the enjoyment of those on court, all matches being played in excellent spirits and to a very high standard.

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Kinnaird Cup 2004

Foreword

Another Kinnaird and another low entry despite the efforts of several parties to drum up support. This said, we were a third up on last year with 24 pairs and, to be fair, several regulars were known to be on the injured list. At least the evergreen Mike Fenn was there for the 38th consecutive year. He needed to be evergreen as well, for his first round match ended up being a five game marathon that, sadly, failed to have a happy ending.

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2004 Mixed Championships

Howard Wiseman reports:

This event was run along side the Ladies Nationals. Whilst in recent years it has been possible to run these two events through to their conclusion on one day, it now seems appropriate to separate the two events so as to properly recognise the very high standard of the ladies game, and indeed to now provide two separate events that are needed as key competition dates for what is now a large number of players.

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2004 Ladies Championships

Dominique Redmond reports:

The day started bright and early with a total entry of thirteen pairs. The event was split into two pools with roughly 6-7 pairs in each with the top four pairs going through.

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2004 National Schools' Championships

Mark Williams reports:

This year a record 350 pairs were entered for the Championships from a record 32 schools. First timers playing out of Westway included Sion Manning, Fulham Cross, Holland Park, Oxford Gardens, Ealing Tutorial, Selsdon High, St Charles College, Kingston College and Burlington Danes.

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2003/04 Keeling Cup

Richard Tyler reports:

The Individual Tournament was notable this year both for the number of five game matches and for some results which might seem surprising, even to the seasoned observer.

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2004 Prep Schools' Tournament

Gerald Barber reports:

It was particularly sad that we did not have entries from Berkhamsted this year, however 32 keen and enthusiastic pairs took part in the Prep Schools Competition at Harrow. The weather was testing but failed to hamper the enthusiasm of the competitors.

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