All four of the tennis playing Brownlee’s picked up silverware in the opening two tournaments of 2009.
The Fathers and Sons, playing for the Gordon Bennett Trophy, was a fantastic two days of tennis, which saw a total of 13 pairs taking part. Fergus and Daniel Brownlee disposed of the Marmoy’s in the semi-final by 6 games to 2, while the other finalists were the deminuent pair of Simon and Ben Nickson, who defeated the Fox’s by the same score line. The final was a tight match which went down to the final game, although the Nickson’s had been winning all the way through, they couldn’t win the vital last game which gave the honours to the Brownlee’s.
Pictured : Daniel and Fergus Brownlee Gordon Bennett Trophy Winners 2009-01-14
The following weekend saw the Club Handicap Doubles take place from Friday to Sunday. Some great matches and close groups saw a semi-final line up of Glyn and Thornton versus Jamie and Sarah Brownlee. It was as close as close can be with the Brownlee’s edging the final point at 5/5, 40 all, a great first semi, could the second live up to it? Club Captain Colin Butler and partner “Penthouse” Peter Harding found themselves 5/2 down in no time against the pairing of Fergus Brownlee and Ian Whittaker, who have an amazing record together. The fighting spirit of Butler/Harding saw them peg it back to 5/5, but their efforts were in vain as the missed out 6/5. After two epic semis, the final was always going to be an anti-climax, but some great play by Jamie and Sarah, helped by the handicap, seen them edge through 6/4. It was a great way to end the tournament, which is defiantly the best tennis and excitement I have seen in a club tournament in my time at the club.
Pictured : Jamie Brownlee and mum Sarah, Club Handicap Doubles Winners 2009, along with Club Captain Colin Butler.