Gladstone closed tennis titles on this weekend

THE PEACHEYS and Sons Gladstone Closed Championships will be on this weekend with good nominations in most events.

The 2005 event is free to members and nominations will be taken until 8am tomorrow. So members if you have forgotten to nominate please call the clubhouse today to ensure you get a game.

The feature events in the 2005 Closed Championships are the gents and ladies open singles.

The gents open singles favourite will be six times winner Stanley Tummon who will have to fight off his main rivals Peter Kammholz and 18-year-old Brendan Warwick.

Both players believe they have a chance after wins over Tummon during the 2005 night fixture program.

The ladies open singles will be a battle between perennial champion Leilany Fallon and Veterans campaigner Ann Leinster. The junior singles will feature Brendan Warwick fighting off rising stars Noah Marsh and Ryan Mitchell. The 16/u, 14/u and 12/u boys and girls singles will be well fought out with good nominations.

The division 1 doubles will be one of the hardest events to pick winners with several great combinations chasing the prize. Stanley Tummon will combine with Mark Patton, Peter Kammholz with Nathan Peachey, Mick Fallon with Russell Williams, and Brendan Warwick with Noah Marsh.

Rob McBean and Steve Kirkman will be the main chances with several other combinations keeping them honest.

Peggy Gibson who is now well past 70 is still having a go at the C grade ladies singles which she has won on many occasions. It is great to see Peggy still enjoying her tennis and she will keep her opposition on their toes if they are to take out the C grade crown.

All the grade events with be hotly contested with a blend of youth and experience and I hope everyone enjoys some good tennis throughout the championships.

At the end of day one the GDTA will be hosting a trivia night at the clubhouse with teams of six players at $10 per player including pizza dinner.

The night will get underway at 7pm so please get your teams together. A major prize draw will be at the conclusion of the evening.

The Emerald Open will be next weekend and Gladstone will be sending out a bus for any players wishing to attend the event.

Nominations close this weekend. For more details phone Ken Hick at Gladstone Tennis 4972 2772.

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