Jesmond Dene Cup 2019
It was great to see a young strong gathering for this year’s premier singles competition.
Guests included: 2 former Durham University students Charles-Antoyne Hurstel a past winner in 2017; and Charlie Harries-Jones a past club champion. We had 2 pro’s who happened to be both first timers. Jack Clifton assistant pro at Lords and Jez Brodie head pro at Hyde. The home-grown brigade were: Felix White a current student, with great potential; Duncan Edwards, the second oldest player in the tournament and another member with great potential who is improving all the time; Paul Hetherington, the elder statesman and current holder; and Alex Dyter, last years runner-up with the determination to go one better.
Discussion beforehand centred around how close each group could potentially be with such strong players. Duncan commenced play on the Friday evening, with some very competitive games resulting in a very unfair score-line, losing against Jez 0-8 and Alex 1-8. Jack arrived after his trek from London and proceeded to beat Felix 8-3.
Saturday started with some very good and competitive tennis. Felix took on Paul but just didn’t have the experience to win the final 2 games 6-8.
Charlie H-Jones played some hard fought tennis but just couldn’t finish loosing to Paul 5-8 and Jack 4-8.
There was some very impressive games to follow with Charlie A-Hurstel taking on Duncan in a very close match, until 5-5 when Charlie A-Hurstel went onto win 8-5. Jez was up next against Charlie A-Hurstel with some very good rest’s and tight points. Charlie managed to hit all the winning point’s 8-4.
It was then Alex’s turn to take on Jez Brodie and was 7-3 down but came back to win 8-7. Alex seemed very determined and nothing Jez did managed to beat Alex.
Semi Final 1
Charlie A-Hurstel v Jack Clifton
Charlie was playing beautiful, classical tennis and his accuracy and consistency was too much for Jack, and from 4-4 Charlie won the next four games.
Semi Final 2
Paul Hetherington v Alex Dyter
Paul took an early lead 3-1 with the third game taking at least 10 minutes. However, it didn’t mean a lot once Alex got into his stride, seemingly hitting everything he aimed at and not allowing Paul a chance to use a forcing game. Paul’s quote ‘he wasn’t helped by playing 50 games in a day but he’s not sure he could have beaten Alex if he was fresh’.
Alex Dyter v Charlie A-Hurstel
The final looked like it could be a belter with the dedans experts expecting a three setter. The set started well with some excellent tennis, fantastic retrieving and killer winning shots. But Alex won every important point leaving Charlie looking a little bemused and despondent. Charlie won his first game, in the first game of the second set and also won the second, but after that Alex took control again retrieving very well but putting pressure on all the time with fine lengths and aggression. Charlie was unlucky to lose the second set 6-2 but Alex was dominant and is a well-deserved first time winner of the Jesmond Dene Cup.
There was also a handicap doubles tournament going on. Jack Clifton and John Taylor were the whipping boys of the league and we all thought Scott and Gordon Reed were to be the same but it took time to play as partners, but going onto have two fine wins on Sunday to lift their gloom. Alex Dyter and Simon Johnston, after his fine win in the USA, were nearly there but lost in the final game.
Handicap Doubles Final
Jack Brodie & Felix White v Richard MacAlister & Duncan Edwards
Jez Brodie and Felix White unbeatable pair from the day against the reigning champions Richard MacAlister and Duncan Edwards. Jez and Felix played harder and made fewer mistake and took an early 5-1 lead. Richard and Duncan fought back to 5-4 but always seemed to be second best. Felix started being a little more aggressive and hitting his targets consistently, forcing the errors out of the opposition and taking the last three games for a well-deserved win.
JDRTC would like to thank the visitors for travelling from afar and I think its safe to say that everyone involved had a fantastic weekend.