FUN Mixed Doubles Tournament

Round Robin Phase

We had a total of 17 teams enter into our FUN Mixed Doubles tournament. Ultimately, there were five teams in our Advanced division and 12 teams in our Intermediate division for the event.

For the advanced level, we ran a 5 round, four games each, round-round robin. The round-robin determined the two bottom teams who would play each other for the fourth spot in the Single elimination round. So at the end of that competition, it ended up being Judy M and Mike M and Monika W and Marcel playing for that seat.

In the Intermediate section, we ran a four-game round-robin which seeded an eight-team single-elimination round. The bottom four teams went to a single-elimination consolation round.

Consolation Round

We saw Novice Barb D and Ray B battle it out with Linda C and Mike D and Stuart G and Lorna C take on Fred M and Novice Kate C in the consolation round. However, Linda C and Mike D won the gold medals in the final consolation round, leaving the silver to Lorna C and Stuart G.

Top Eight Round

The top eight part of the single-elimination round had powerful teams fighting hard for the coveted top spots. John S and Helga S, unknowns to the other players and new to our club, defeated Ken P and Laurie A to reach the semi-finals. John T and Carol J defeated our president Sue S and husband Lionel S to play Helga S and John S.

On the other side, Mike H and Shirley P lost to Sheila S and John (BJ) S, and early favorites Blaire B and Diane B fell to Dennis B and Joanne S.

In the two semi-final rounds, John T and Carol J emerged victorious over Helga S and John S. (There were a lot of John’s in the semis). On the other hand, Dennis B and Joanne S lost their match with Sheila S and John (BJ) S.

That left us with John T and Carol J against Sheila S and John (BJ) S for the gold and silver final match. This game went to 15 and was hard-fought on both sides. John T and Carol J took the early lead, but Sheila S and John (BJ) S refused to give up and soon overtook them. The game then became a battle of unforced errors because both teams played exceptionally well. Sheila S and John (BJ) S emerged as the eventual winners with a 15 – 13 victory on an unforced error from their opponents.

Advanced Matches

The final four teams squared off against each other, with Dale M and Leslie J winning over Monka W and Marcel B. Randy J and Karen J had a narrow win over Art F and Ali S. (Art F had an appointment at 1.30 – so he claims that he “let them win”).

The final match started and ended pretty quickly. Randy J and Karen J versus Leslie J and Dale M looked like a fun match to watch. Unfortunately, the weather had failed to hold, and it started to rain a little bit. This rain made the courts a bit slippery – even though the rain was quite spotty. Both teams were just getting warmed up and hitting their stride when Leslie slipped and lost her footing. Team Randy J and Karen J were immediately on the other side of the net, along with Dale M, to make sure she was all right.

Although shaken up, Leslie was fine, and both teams decided to call it a day and a tie. The silver medals went to the men Randy J and Dale M and gold medals to Karen J and Leslie J.

Door Prizes

Many thanks to Linda Curle, who supplied two home-baked apple pies as door prizes. Jeane Owens donated the apples.

Also, thanks to Maple Roch for supplying some delicious treats for the door prizes as well.

Bloopers

Did we catch someone checking his cell phone in the middle of a photoshoot?

Women’s Fun Tournament

Court Maintenance Team

We have to shout out to the Court Maintenace team, who outdid themselves in getting the courts ready for a 9 AM start. These gentlemen (and you know who you are!) started clean-up Thursday evening already after the downpour ceased. They followed that up with their blowers at 7 AM, trying to get the courts dry enough to play on. Suffice it to say that thanks to their hard work, the Ladies were able to play today.

Four Round Round-Robin

Twenty-four women arrived at the Peach Orchard courts on Friday, October 1st, 2021, to play and have fun. The competition was fierce on all levels as everyone played their best and gained experience in the process. After four rounds, when the dust settled, tournament directors divided the women into three groups according to their wins and losses. Which division the ladies ended up in depended entirely on the luck of the draw and the opponents they faced during this round-robin phase.

Group 3

Group three consisted of 4 teams, some of them entering a tournament for the first time. Even though they ended up in the bottom four of the twelve teams, they all wore bright smiles and learned a lot. These game ladies will soon be giving the more experienced tournament players a run for their money. Kudos to Patti L & Jenny L, Gerlinda H & Tracy O, Monica C & Margaret W, and Barb D & Maria Z.

Patti L and Jenny L were the winners in the third level.

Group 2

Rounding out this group of 4 were Carol J & Linda C, Donna E & Terri M, Shirley P & Lorna C, Sheila S & Corrine M. The games were hard-fought and tightly contested. However, Corrine and Sheila emerged in the final round to take home the gold in this division.

Group 1

Four teams that finished in the top spots of the round-robin were: Diane B and Laurie A, Carol H and Gwen R, Monica W and Leslie J, and finally Karen J and Judy M. In the final round, which went to 15 Monica W and Leslie J defeated Karen J and Judy M in a well-played match. Both Monica and Leslie were consistent with their third shot drops, which minimized the damage from the powerhouse team of Karen and Judy. Both teams are strong contenders, but the patience and persistence of team Monica W and Leslie J won the tournament.

Men’s Fun Tournament

Randy J and Mike M Sweep

The morning of September 30th proved to be a bit on the windy side, overcast, and perfect pickleball weather for the Men’s Fun Tournament. We set up the event as a five-game round-robin in which each of the teams played each other once. Organizers Mark S and Carol H tallied the wins and losses, and we moved on to the five-team single-elimination round. Kudos to the ten men who gathered to duel it out. There were lots of hard shots that somehow made it back to the sender and lots of dinking.

Mike M. and Randy J. each sporting the gold medals that Dawn E made.

When the dust settled, Randy J and Mike M emerged victorious, winning all of their rounds. Silver went to the team of Mike H and Dennis B. While Blair and Kip, Pat and Ray and Frank M, and Bill C all played well and gave each other a run for the medals.

Ali S. donated some fun prizes in the form of painted Pickleball Rocks. Pictured below are the four winners of the Draw.

Tomorrow will be the Women’s tournament, which means that there will be some court drying to do after this afternoon’s downpour. There are twelve teams entered for the day’s events.

Fun Fall Tournaments

Announcing

SPC Fall FUN Mixed Doubles Tournament October 6th, 2021

There will be three levels of play NoviceIntermediate and Advanced.

The cost will be FREE. No Concession, so bring your own goodies.

The location will be Peach Orchard Courts, 11 AM to 4 PM on each day.

You are responsible for finding your own partner. You can request which division you would like to play in. Some of you may want to challenge yourselves and move up a level.

You must be a member to participate.

Email your entries to the Tournament Chair Carol Hermesh

This event will commence with a four-game round-robin and then followed by a single knock-out tournament. You are guaranteed at least five games.

Only written/email entries will be accepted so that we will forget no one accidentally. You will also receive an email confirmation of your entry.

There will be four entries required in a level for it to run.

The cut-off for entries is Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 12 Noon

😁😊 This tournament is meant to be FUN, so bring your smile! 🤣😂

In preparation for the Indoor Season, an SPC Director will be on hand at the courts to scan your Covid Vaccine Passports and complete the documentation necessary for indoor play at Harold Simpson, Unisus, and the Badminton Hall.

Six Pickleball Courts Now Available at Peach Orchard

 

Put away those portable nets, we now have six permanent pickleball courts at the Peach Orchard Campground.  Our club has expanded its summer program to take advantage of additional court time and for the first time ever, we can run two different programs in parallel.  This will help get people with different skills to come together, learn from each other and socialize.

Many thanks to Mayor and Council for providing the necessary funds in addition to the $5,000 provided by the club.  There are still some finishing touches required and the Club has some funds available for possible enhancements such as seating, Big O pipes along the new fences and perhaps a ball machine for practising.

Left to right: Councillor Doug Holmes, SPC President Henry Sielmann, SPC Membership Director Terri Martinello, SPC Vice-President Sue Simpson, Lionel Simpson, SPC Treasurer Carol Johnson, Mayor Toni Boot, Councillor Richard Barkwill

Read about the official inauguration here.  Photo credits SPC and District of Summerland.

Getting Ready for Organized Play

As we are approaching a return to organized outdoor pickleball our maintenance director Dale and his volunteer crew spent a few hours getting the courts ready.  Nothing is more fun than splashing water and pulling weeds in the rain.  Thanks guys!

According to the District of Summerland Recreation Department the conversion of the remaining tennis court to four new pickleball courts will happen in August.  All courts may be closed during this period.  We will keep our members informed as work progresses.

We will start organized play as soon as the requirement for COVID ambassadors has been lifted, hopefully at the beginning of July.  We are in the process of signing a use agreement with the District that will give us exclusive access to the courts for a number of hours per week.  Sign-Up Genius reservations will be introduced again for both group and individual play by skill level.  While things may remain a bit unorganized until the court construction is complete, we will return to programming similar to what we offered two years ago once all six courts become available.

Stay tuned!

SPC Suspends all Organized Play due to new COVID-19 Regulations

On December 2nd, 2020 BC’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a directive suspending all organized adult sports.  This order affects both indoor and outdoor pickleball.  Therefore, effective December 3rd, the Summerland Pickleball Club has suspended all its programs until further notice.

We would like to thank our members for their collaboration in following COVID-19 protocols implemented by our Club.  The 6-player pod system worked very well and we anticipate to commence our indoor programs following these same principles as soon as we are authorized to pick up our paddles again.

Enjoy the Festive Season, stay healthy and join us again soon!

2020/21 SPC Winter Program Up and Running

We are now two weeks into our 2020/21 winter program.  Our COVID-19 protocols have been ironed out at all three venues: the Summerland Badminton Hall, the Harold Simpson Memorial Hall and the UNISUS International School.

Establishing a system of 4-6 member pods has proven to be very effective.  Pod Leaders are empowered to ensure COVID-19 protocols are followed and are charged with booking times for their pods.  Our Sign-Up Genius booking application does double duty by also providing COVID-19 traceability reporting.

We currently have 20 pods playing regularly.  Most pods have formed on their own by players recruiting each other based on skill level and compatibility.  In some cases members of the SPC board help newer players find a suitable “home” for the season.

Thank you to everyone who continues to play by the rules while having fun and enjoying each other’s company.

Paddles up and stay safe!

Henry Sielmann – President, Summerland Pickleball Club

SPC Newsletter Sep 28 - Part 2