Men’s Over 70s and Over 75s Report
Venue: Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, Dublin Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd May 2014
Over 70s Team: Ken Reid, Vincent Taylor, Bill Kennedy, Andrew Rugg-Gunn, Angus Mackay
Over 75s team: Vincent Taylor, Bill Kennedy, Andy Jack
For the first time ever, in the Home Internationals, there was an Over 75s category, which was a great occasion, but did pose a few logistical problems with match scheduling, since two of the Over 75s team were also members of the Over 70s team.
On the Friday night, the Over 70s first match was v the host country, Ireland. Andrew Rugg-Gunn recorded an exciting 3/2 win over the Irish number 4, after being match ball down in the third game. Vinnie Taylor looked like a winner when 2 games up against the Irish number 2, but eventually narrowly lost 2/3 (a tough match, especially as Vinnie had already played in an Over 75s match earlier that same evening!). Ken Reid and Bill Kennedy, at 1 and 3, both managed to win just 1 game each, and Angus Mackay, lacking much mobility, due to a problem with his knee, lost 0-3 at 5. Thus, we lost 1-4 to Ireland.
The first match on the Saturday morning was v Wales, and although Ken Reid (3-0) and Vinnie Taylor (3-0) won, at 1 and 2, we were unfortunately unable to pick up any more games at 3, 4 and 5, so a 2-3 loss, to Wales, was recorded. The second match on Saturday was v England, by far the strongest team in the group and led by the current Over 70s World Champion Adrian Wright, so, not too surprisingly, we went down 0-5, to England.
Although Scotland finished 4th, more points were gained overall (13) than in any of last three years, and the match v Wales (who finished in 2nd position, after England) was very close.
The Over 75s team, of three players, had two matches (Wales did not enter a team), the first match v Ireland, on the Friday night, was lost 0-3. However, Vinnie Taylor put in a sterling performance, going 2 games up, but then eventually losing 2-3 to the very strong Irish number 1,Mike Collins. Bill Kennedy was unlucky to lose 0-3, with each game being extremely close, and decided by I or 2, crucial, points. Andy Jack, the oldest member in the Scottish team, at 83, put in a good performance, but lost 0-3 to the Irish number 3. On the Saturday afternoon, the team played and lost (0-3) to an exceptionally strong England side, the overall winners.
Special mention must be made of Vinnie Taylor’s and Bill Kennedy’s contributions over the weekend, since playing in both the Over 70s and Over 75s matches, they each clocked up 5 matches in around 24 hours. That, along with Andy, at 83, playing in the team, is an excellent example of the great spirit shown by the Scottish team, in these first ever Over 75s Home International matches.
The weekend was nicely rounded off, on the Saturday night, by an excellent dinner, held at the Fitzwilliam Club, where all the Scottish players could celebrate the fact that the Scottish Women’s Over 50s team had a very exciting narrow victory over the English team, to become overall winners, and that the Scottish Men’s Over 50s came a good second, behind England, in their age groups. Thus the old men hope that they will be able to match the youngsters’ performances, at next year’s Home Internationals, to be held at Nottingham on 8-9 May 2015.
Scotland Over 70s v Ireland Over 70s
1. Ken Reid v Frank Fahey 1-3 (5/9 5/9 9/1 1/9)
2.Vincent Taylor v Noel Murphy 2-3 (10/8 9/4 9/2 97/9/6)
3.Bill Kennedy v Myron Evans 1-3 (9/3 1/9 7/9 5/9)
4.Andrew Rugg-Gunn v Trevor Murphy 3-2 (3/9 8/10 10/9 9/3 9/1)
5. Angus Mackay v Derek Patterson 0-3 (9/1 9/1 9/0)
Result : Scotland 7 Ireland 17
Scotland Over 70s v Wales Over 70s
1.Ken Reid v Brian Phillips 3-0 (9/3 10/8 9/3)
2.Vincent Taylor v Gary Williams 3-0 (9/1 9/2 9/4)
3.Bill Kennedy v David Hughes 0-3(2/9 8/10 6/9)
4.Andrew Rugg-Gunn v Harry Barnard 0-3(5/9 3/9 4/9)
5. Angus Mackay v Eric Robinson 0-3 (1/9 2/9 0/9)
Result : Scotland 6 Wales 12
Scotland Over 70s v England Over 70s
1. Ken Reid v Adrian Wright 0-3 (4/9 3/9 6/9)
2.Vincent Taylor v Mike Clemsen 0-3 (5/9 2/9 0/9)
3.Bill Kennedy v Graham Fisher 0-3 (0/9 2/9 3/9)
4.Andrew Rugg-Gunn v Brian Hardcastle 0-3 (1/9 3/9 6/9)
5. Angus Mackay v Nigel Belle 0-3 ( 0/9 0/9 0/9)
Result : Scotland 7 England 18
Overall Over 70s: 1.England (54) 2.Wales (29) 3. Ireland (28) 4. Scotland (13)
Scotland Over 75s v Ireland Over 75s
1.Vincent Taylor v Mossie Collins 2-3 (10/8 9/7 3/9 2/9 3/9)
2.Bill Kennedy v Alex Richardson 0-3 (6/9 8/9 7/9)
3.Andy Jack v Derek Patterson 0-3 (1/9 1/9 2/9)
Result : Scotland 2 Ireland 12
Scotland Over 75s v England Over 75s
1.Vincent Taylor v Pat Kirton 1-3 (1/9 9/4 9/10 1/9)
2.Bill Kennedy v John Woodcliffe 0-3 (4/9 29/0/9)
3.Andy Jack v Lance Kinder 0-3 ( 3/9 1/9 2/9)
Result: Scotland 1 England 12
Overall Over 75s: 1. England (24) 2. Ireland (15) 3. Scotland (3)