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Burton Shield Review

Review of Burton Shield 2017

The decision to hold the 2017 club mixed doubles tournament - also known as the Burton Shield - in October was a risk but we were rewarded with lovely autumnal weather for the event 
24 players in 12 pairs entered the event and were drawn into three groups with each pair handicapped to try and even out the competition .
The handicapping worked well which led to some long sets in the preliminary phase of the competition 
The three group winners were Ruth Barton and Simon Darmon , Karen Podmore and Ian Graham and Helen Dyson and Martin Wilson. Best runners up Di Dyson and Phil Lawton completed the semi final line up. 
In the semi finals Ruth and Simon defeated Di and Phil , whilst Karen and Ian edged out Helen and Martin 
An entertaining and competitive final saw Ruth and Simon come from behind to narrowly defeat Karen and Ian 
This was the third win in the three stagings of the Burton Shield for Ruth and Simon and as they had won the last staging of the tournament in its previous incarnation their 2017 success made it four titles in a row for them 
Thanks went to all those who took part and to Marion Doe for organising the refreshments 
Chairman John Doe presented the shield to the winners and bottles of wine to all of the finalists

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