Thursday brought us a mishmash of weather, mostly cloudy, the occasional sunshine, lots of sprinkles, and a bit of rain. However, it did not stop the fun! The initial round robins saw 8 A division teams and 8 B division teams square off in two pools of four. When the dust settled around 1 pm, and with the help of a slight shower, the scores were all tallied from each pool and the playoff brackets were listed.
The play was exciting to watch as teams did their best to outdo each other. One of the biggest surprises in the first round in the play-off was the low scoring team defeating the highest scoring team in the first round of the finals. It was a hard fought match, with lots of fast volleys back and forth over the net at the no volley zone. Gwen R. and Mike D. emerged victorious in a very close game over Art and Dale.
In the B division final, Pat B. and Ray worked there way through the field to find themselves in the final match and going for the trophy. They were unable to unseat Carol & Fred M. who emerged from the round robins in top position and managed to stay there.
The A Division saw a final match between Jurgen K and Ken P. (seated 2nd in the round robins), against Mike and Judy M. (seated 5th in the earlier round robins) The match ended with the court wet and Mike and Judy victorious.
There were lots of spot prizes, donations by members as well as a few businesses. The Summerland Pickleball Club would like to Thank Pickleball Depot for their generous donation of paddles and racquet bags. Ruby Blues Winery offered up the perfect bottle of wine for the club. The wine celebrates their tenth anniversary and was called “Forever Young” The wine label was created by well-known artist Jennifer Garrant of California.
True Grains also sent us a wonderful offering of pretzels and cookies. They were a Club favorite. Maple Roch also sent us a couple of jars of Maple Mustard. They worked amazingly well with the pretzels.
Every time I looked at the concession, there seemed to be more food. I noticed grapes, watermelon, and popcorn that magically appeared out of nowhere. Carol J and Monica somehow managed to run the concession as well as play in the tournament. As things got cooler after a bit of rain, Lionel also came to the rescue with a coffee run. He brought three boxes of coffee, which was very well received!
The fundraising tournament raised $469.00 for the clubs reserve fund which we hope will eventually go toward more courts. Thank you, everyone, for donating, attending and making it happen!