Some rare sunshine for Berkswell & Balsall Tennis Club’s 2012 Finals Day

Regular women's finalist Sue Walsh with 13 year old winner Jessica Crawley

Berkswell and Balsall Common Tennis Club held its annual club tournament Final’s Day on Sunday 9th September 2012, with action throughout the day as members battled it out for the Club Championships.


This year’s star performer was Jessica Crawley who, aged just 13, defeated first team player and regular finalist Sue Walsh. Jessica showed determination and enthusiasm as she held her nerve to win 7 – 5, 6 – 4.


Sue – who got through to three finals – was still a double-title winner on the day, partnering Dottie Parkes to win the ’90+’ category (where the combined ages of the players must be 90 years or over) 6 – 4, 6 – 2; before pairing up with Lucie Ray to take the Ladies Doubles by default due to an opponent injury.


The men’s singles final was a close affair between brothers Jack and Harry Malone, with eldest brother Jack coming out on top in a three-set thriller 6 – 3, 4 – 6, 6 – 1.


Mixed doubles finalists (left-to-right): Runners up Chris Rhodes and Chrissie Grafton with winners Dottie Parkers and Colin Grafton

Other winners included Sally Webber and Jo Brattle, Teens and Has Beens; Jon Baber and Ted Bloom, Men’s Doubles; Colin Grafton and Dottie Parkes, Mixed Doubles and David Green and John Walsh Men’s 90+.


2012 Mens 90+ Doubles FInalists (left-to-right): Runners up Phil Dale/Paul Westall and winners John Walsh/Dave Green

The junior championships were also a feature of the day with some truly stunning play from the club’s young stars.


The B&BCTC Annual Dinner and Senior Trophy Presentation takes place at the Lant Community Centre, Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common on Friday 9th November and the Junior Presentation this Saturday (13th October).


2012 Finals Day Title Winners


Ladies Singles – Jessica Crawley
Men’s Singles – Jack Malone
Ladies Doubles – Lucie Ray-Barrett and Sue Walsh
Men’s Doubles – Jon Baber and Ted Bloom
Ladies 90+ – Dottie Parkes and Sue Walsh
Men’s 90+ – Chris Barker and Dave Green
Teens and Has Beens – Sally Webber and Jo Brattle