Monday, May 21, 2012

Kelowna Pickleball Tournament May 19 - 20, 2012

Grant and Andrew from Abbotsford won Silver medals in Competitive Mens Doubles at Kelowna's tournament. Saturday, May 19: Mens and Womens competitive and Recreational Doubles. Sunday May 20 :Competitive Mixed Doubles - 20 teams, Recreational Mixed Doubles 8 teams. Dave and his Partner Bill Reid won the Recreational Mens Doubles bronze medals. The format was Double Elimination, 2 games out of 3 (games to 11, win by 1) in the Upper bracket and 1 game to 15 in the Lower bracket. Each game is refereed. Winners are supposed to be the referees but there were at least 6 volunteer referees called in including Dave referred a few games. On Saturday, I was getting pretty tired by 5 pm (not used to getting up at 6 am) being the line judge for the last 6 games for Grant and Andrew's semi-final and final Gold medal matches. Grant was so exhausted after playing 17 games to reach the final, lying down on the floor to rest, I was a bit worried because I don't know first aid. I guess it was a lot of pressure to win when the games were so close. On Sunday, the Competitive Mixed doubles were still not finished by 2 pm and we decided to go back to the hotel to rest because it was too tiring standing and waiting for two days. We stayed at the Best Western Plus Wine Country Hotel and the service was marvellous, free breakfast which included everything from bacon and eggs, waffles, cereal, yoghurt, muffins etc. Dave and I attended the Pickleball Canada Annual General Meeting at that hotel on May 18.

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