NC Doubles: Mixed – Results.

The Cardiff Harlequins PC hosted their first National Championship on Sunday 8th June in perfect playing conditions AKA no rain! The Executive would like to thank the club for all their hard work in preparing the venue for the NC Doubles: Mixed.

The most unfortunate element of the competition that there were only 17 entries, which meant there was going to be a bye for some teams during the qualification stage. a four round Swiss Ladder format was used to rank the teams 1 to 17. The top 8 teams went forward to the Main competition while the next 8 teams to the Plate Competition. The 17th team exited the competition.

The final ranking of the teams is detailed below:

Qualifying in the top 8 were two new teams with names of players that are not normally seen, so congratulations to Amanda Jenkins and Claude Le Razavet (Monkstone PC) for their outstanding achievement of winning all their four games and Wendy and David Jones (Cardiff Harlequins PC) sneaking into 8th position.

Main Competition

The draw together with the final results of the Knock-out for the National title, are shown below. All the games were fiercely fought, many of which could have resulted in a different ending. However, the final came down to two old adversaries, Julie Bailey and Len Field, both from SWBRC-PS and the first time paring of Vickie Adshead (Monkstone PC) and Ian Bailey (SWBRC-PS). A very close and tense game developed, which swung back and forth on several occasions, with demonstrations of good pointing and shooting from both sides on a surface that is not commonly encountered.

However, there can only be one winner and the pairing of Julie and Len took the title of 2024 Mixed Doubles Champions.

2024 National Mixed Doubles Champions: Julie Bailey and Len Field.

2024 Runners-Up Ian Bailey and Vickie Adshead with the 2024 Mixed Doubles Champions.

Plate Competition

The Plate competition proceeded as it did in the morning qualifier, with the teams diminishing in 8th (1) Pat McCarthy and Jean-Yves Robic (SWBRC-PS) and 9th (2) Gail Brooksbank and Peter Stahl (Unaffiliated Members) continuing their journey to the final. A special mention must go to Pat McCarthy, who did not expect to play the number of games that she did. Well done, Pat.

The final was again back-and-forth, but ultimately, it swung in favour of Gail and Peter, who were able to take the lead and finish the game with a 13/9 win.

2024 Plate Winners: Peter Stahl and Gail Brooksbank.

2024 Runners-Up Jean-Yves Robic and Pat McCarthy with the 2024 Plate Winners.

Credit: Al Skinner

Credit: Al Skinner

Credit: Al Skinner
Spectators enjoying the evening sunshine whilst watching the National Mixed Doubles final.