The Todd King Future Presidents Cup 2015
This year for the first time we decided to host Todd’s tournament in April, rather than later in the summer as in previous years. This was in the first instance to fit better in the KLTC calendar, August/September is a busy time for members with the build up to finals day and it was difficult to find a date when we could start at 12 noon and use all 4 courts exclusively for the whole day. April seemed the obvious choice to coincide with his anniversary. With the annual trip to Okehampton and an Argon match to compete we were still unsure that playing numbers would be viable. But 15 pairs signed up very quickly and we were all set to go ahead.
Matt (Bomber) Thompson had kindly arranged 3 boxes of 5 pairs and such was the playing standards of those competing, that we had two seeded pairs in each box. With the, as always, wonderful support of Nic Clark in orchestrating play, all matches were soon underway with some really close match ups on all courts. One box even ended in a draw and so a tie break was played to find our 4th semifinalists, with Pete Wayborn and Lydia Newman just beating Rob Tucker and Hayley Spragg.
So our semi final lineup was: Dean Newman & Sam Russé v Dan Bond & Vicky Sims and Tom Blaber & Hannah Martin v Pete and Lydia. Dan and Vicky triumphed in the other semi to face Hannah and Tom and everyone was commenting on Bondy’s return to the courts and being straight back to his winning ways! Todd would have loved that! Would he add his name to this trophy yet again?
It was a great final and very close but the eventual victors were Tom and Hannah, who had been really strong all day. Well done to them both!
Once again this was a really enjoyable day for us, as Todd’s family, and also for the KLTC family as a whole. It was wonderful to see the growing ‘next generation’ of club and family children all playing together and adding to the lovely spirit of the day. The April slot proved a success, and we will look to hold it then again next year. Once again my thanks to Vicky Sims and Jenna King for the gorgeous cakes, Nic Clark for her organisational skills and Matt Thompson for compiling the boxes, even though he couldn’t take part himself.
Sandra, Andrew, Jenna, Jorgie and all the family.