Nadine stars in finals day with double win
Two titles taken in great day out for Averkiou family TENNIS
RELIABLE David Cooper scored a brace as Eastcote Hockey Club won their final preseason match against Henley.
Kevin Haigh, Sam Forster, Alex Stobbart, Stan Le Guezec, Will Alderton, Richard Ripper and Chris Akhurst all got on the score sheet as Eastcote romped to a 9-3 win.
Kushal Sohal’s goal was not enough as the third team lost 2-1 against Milton Keynes,
Averkiou defeated Valerie Copenhagen 6-2 6-0 in the former, before teaming up with George Stera to beat Susan Willard and Methmal Hewage 6-2 7-6 in the latter.
In what proved to be a busy day for the Averkiou family, Nadine also finished runner-up, alongside Willard, in the ladies doubles, missing out to Kate Moyse and Alex Hanlon.
In the men’s singles, Anthony Stevenson beat Preshant Lele, while in the doubles Matt Araujo although the sixth team earned a goalless draw against the same opposition.
The Past Masters won their London League game 5-1 against Tulse Hill and Dulwich with a Lloyd Wood hat trick and a goal each from Raj Bhadresa and Tim Moore, while the colts lost 6-2 against Ramgarhia Slough, despite goals from Michael Forsyth and Harry Woodland.
Captain Lucy Carter scored as the Ladies third team beat BA Hayes 3-1, with the other two goals coming from Laura Hindle, but the fourth team drew 1-1 with Ashford, with Sophie Norman scoring just before the final whistle.
The first team fell to a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Marlow in their second league match, with goals from Claire Devereux and Marisa Gresophon not enough, while the seconds lost 1-0 to Teddington thirds and the fifths went down 7-0 to Winchmore Hill & Enfield thirds.
The U12 As beat Southgate and Amersham & Chalfont on their way to winning a minitournament at Brunel, while the U12 Bs earned a drew with Wycombe and lost to Harrow, while the U14 boys beat Wycombe 13-0. and Hewage joined forces to earn victory over Tom Green and Graham Willard, winning straight sets 6-4 6-3.
Olivia Roberts overturned an early deficit to emerge victorious in the Plate Tournament, winning the ladies singles against Talin Asianian 0-6 6-3 10-8.
Copenhagen finished runnerup for a second time when, alongside Ruth Wyatt, she was beaten by Norinne Walsh and Kathy Taylor in the Ladies Double Plate.
The Men’s Singles Plate finished with a Neal Ford victory, defeating Justin Bearman in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
Bearman bounced back, however, with doubles victory in the Plate Tournament, defeating Stuart Hynes and Rob McDonald 6-1 6-4.
In the mixed doubles, Gemma Cole and Rob Best saw off Claire Barton and Kevin Budd 6-1, 6-3 to claim victory.
In the junior tournament, Joe Averkiou and Rebecca Hynes were victorious in their U18s singles finals, beating Liam Hanly and Ashley Hey respectively.
The two male finalists then joined forces to beat Robbie Lovitt and Dan Ross Smith in the doubles final, while Hey and Olivia Roberts won the girls doubles.
Hanly and Roberts beat Averkiou and Talin Asianian in the mixed doubles as the duo both added to their collection of victories.
Olly Spyrou and Bethany Miller both won the U14s singles, before the latter joined with Hey to win the U14s doubles.
Zak Mirza and Ryan Kirwan won in consecutive sets in the boys doubles final, before Harrish Illankovan beat Harry Burnham 6-3 6-3 in the U12 singles.
Averkiou was also awarded the John Wrathall Cup by the coaches as their most impressive junior. TABLE tennis classes costing just £1 per session will be taking place for the next eight weeks, every Monday from 7pm to 9pm, starting on October 6.
Aimed at 19 to 25 year olds, the sessions will be based in the old sports hall at Swakeleys School For Girls, in Hillingdon. UXBRIDGE gymnast Charlotte Mitchell took silver at Hertfordshire Gymnastics Association’s annual Championships in Stevenage.
Mitchell came second in the Level Three 13-plus age group and guaranteed herself a place in the regional finals which to be held later this month.
■ VICTORIOUS: Joe Averkiou in action at Eastcote Lawn Tennis Club finals day