Old Pauline Season 2016-2017 review

In the last few years we have become accustomed to a small group of our players dominating at tournaments, which was true to some extent this season, with Dan Tristao regaining the National Singles crown and Charlie Brooks defending the National Doubles. But perhaps more notable were the breakout successes of younger OPs, with debut titles for Arnold & Parker in Yorkshire, and then Shaw (with Kay) at the North West.

The Club’s season kicked off with the Cunis Cup – our singles handicap tournament. Brooks emerged as champion in a field of nine, making use of an extra hand against Tristao in the final and gaining his first victory at this event. For the Owers Trophy we fielded two teams. Though one side failed to progress beyond the group stages, losing close matches against the Old Bradfieldians and the AOBs, the Cambridge trio of Kay, Beltrami and Shaw were undeterred, marching on to secure us a seventh successive title in this event. At the Wood Cup we fielded one team, though several OPs played for other clubs. In the semis the team overcame a tough-looking West of England, which set up a repeat of the 2016 final versus Wessex. This time, however, the OP IV (Tristao, Brooks, Aquilina, and Tilston) emerged triumphant, reclaiming the title in emphatic fashion.

Finally we came together for our President’s Cup in May. Just four pairs took to the courts, including three top schoolboys who have become club night regulars. Tom Dean and Matthew Cheveley prevailed in all six of their games to lift the trophy, capping off another enjoyable year for the club.

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