England junior Adam Corcoran has retained his Winchester title, overcoming club coach Gary Hinton in a thrilling final in front of a packed Bereweeke Road crowd.
Corcoran looked to be coasting to victory as he cruised into a 2-0 lead, but Hinton’s recent enhanced training regime showed its worth as he clawed his way back to 2-2 with some astonishing retrieving and audacious winners.
But the England U19 no.2 wasn’t to be denied, running out a comfortable winner in the deciding game.
Hannah Sinclair edged out Yvette Ashman to win the Ladies title 3-2.
Ashman won the Ladies O35 crown, beating Georgina Newham in straight games.
In the Men’s age category events, Phil Ashman completed the O35 and O45 double with victories over Jon Day and club captain Paul Thomas respectively.
George Kousseff regained the O55 ‘Super-Vets’ title from club legend Chris Wilson.
Longest match of the night was the racketball final with Phill Bull overcoming Wes Cusick in a two hour marathon, clinching the final game 11-9.
Other awards went to Mike Catlin for winning the Men’s ‘B’ Final, and 13-year-old Joe Sutton-Welch who edged out Hannah Sinclair in the ‘C’ final before beating veteran Craig Mascall in the Racketball ‘B’ final.
Club Chairman Phil Ashman handed out the awards at the Mexican-themed annual club dinner, with the overall Player of the Year award going to Paul Jones.
The latter returned to team action after a year out with a snapped achilles, played for a total of five different teams, and lost only two matches during the entire season.
Both Ladies teams topped their respective divisions, the Men’s first team finished runners-up in the Hampshire Premier, and the Veterans first team retained their Hampshire title by over 40 points.
The Men’s 4th team stayed up on the last day of the season thanks to skipper Tom Oldroyd turning round a 0-2 deficit to triumph 10-9 in the fifth against Totton’s club coach.