30 September 2019 - Robinson caps super first season with 3+ 'Red Ball' Singles tournament win
Perhaps we should not have been surprised, such has been Russell Robinson's meteoric rise through the club ranks, but he stepped up to another class today and still won - taking our 3+ Singles tournament title and the Red Ball trophy.
The decision to postpone this event from the middle of the summer because of player unavailability, was vindicated when a field of 10 (more than double last season's number) lined up this morning.
Showers were endured and, when possible, dodged and a friendly yet competitive air ran through proceedings which got off to an unexpected start when four of the five opening round games were won by the under-dog.
A 'Swiss' format was preferred so as to avoid sit-outs and as a precaution against the forecast weather interruption (which arrived late and after we had finished).
Only Robinson took an unblemished record into Round 3, which was pointer to the closeness of rest of the field, and a third win saw Robinson as 'the man to beat' with a one-win advantage going into lunch.
As the chasers whittled themselves down for the right to be pitted against the leader, his stiffest tests were still to come, but he held his nerve going to the last and penultimate hoops in his last two games to record 7-6 and 7-5 afternoon victories against Raymond Wood and Raghu Iyer.
Robinson ended with a final tally of one game win advantage over the Colin Morgan, with a a 'head to head' victory to boot.
Undefeated Robinson reduced his handicap for a record sixth time down to the 5 mark and the sky is now his limit, which portents well for his and the Club's competitive future.
See the full results here: