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  • Writer's pictureJulie Finlayson

A Plethora of Pickleball!

March and April have been busy months for members of the Fairfield Harbour Pickleball Club! MANY players have participated in tournaments in Jacksonville and Greenville, a Coastal Plain Senior Pickleball League match in Havelock, and Senior Games in both Craven and Carteret counties!


Competition organizations in Jacksonville, Greenville, and the Senior Games are determined by age brackets. League Play is done by levels: each team plays three matches with different partners playing at A, B, and C levels.


Players not from the FHPC are in italics.


Jacksonville Tournament - March 1-2

Jacksonville Recreation Center


Women's Doubles

Leigh Rosalyn and Julie Finlayson

Karen Powers and Cindy Birdsall (silver)


Men's Doubles

Rick Finlayson and Kevin Anderson (silver)

Roberto DelBusto and Jeff Thiboutot


Mixed Doubles

Raymond Morrone and Doreen Hyet (silver)

Paul Girard and Karen Powers (silver)

Kevin Anderson and Leigh Rosalyn (bronze)


L to R: Karen Powers and Cindy Birdsall L to R: Kevin Anderson and Rick Finlayson


L to R: Kevin Anderson and Leigh Rosalyn

 

Greenville Tournament - March 15-16

Wimbledon Tennis & Recreation Center


Men's Singles

Josh Albright

Lee Sousa


Women's Doubles

Leigh Rosalyn and Julie Finlayson


Men's Doubles

Josh Albright and Lee Sousa

Kevin Anderson and Rick Finlayson


Several FHPC members came to Greenville to cheer on their friends!


 

Coastal Plain Senior Pickleball League - April 20

Havelock Recreation Center

Fairfield Harbour vs. Carolina Colours


A-Team

Phil Hewett and Matt Esmacher

Won: 11-3, 12-10


B-Team

Rick and Julie Finlayson

Won: 11-4, 11-7


C-Team

Lynn McNeil and Mary Swann

Lost: 11-6, 11-6


L to R: Phil Hewett and Matt Esmacher

L to R: Julie Finlayson and Rick Finlayson

L to R: Mary Swann and Lynn McNeil

L to R: Matt Esmacher, Phil Hewett, Rick Finlayson, Julie Finlayson, Mary Swann, Lynn McNeil

 


Senior Games (Carteret County)

Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City


Women's Doubles

Sheila Kahrimanian and Karen Powers (bronze)

Ellen McElree and Mary Peeler (gold)


Mixed Doubles

Matt Esmacher and Lorrie Keith

Mike and Sheila Kahrimanian

Dennis Mitchell and Ellen McElree (silver)


Senior Games (Neuse River)

Creekside Park, New Bern


Women’s Doubles

Julie Finlayson and Leigh Rosalyn (gold)

Ellen McElree and Mary Peeler (gold)

Lynn McNeil and Mary Swann (bronze)

Cindy Birdsall and Luey Shultz (silver)

Leigh Butler and Michelle Esmacher (bronze)

Suzan Scott and Sandy Thinguldstad (silver)

Sue Smith and Doris Marotti (gold)

Doreen Hyet and Jean Herscovici (silver)


Men’s Doubles

Rick Finlayson and Kevin Anderson (gold)

Matt Esmacher and Howard Fein (silver)

Ken Pett and Ed White

Roberto DelBusto and Jeff Thiboutot (gold)

Paul Fenn and Dennis Howard (silver)

Doug Ebeling and Ronald Cousino (gold)


Mixed Doubles

Ray Morrone and Doreen Hyet (gold)

Rick and Julie Finlayson (silver)

Kevin Anderson and Leigh Rosalyn (gold)

Paul Girard and Karen Powers

Matt and Michelle Esmacher

Chris and Leigh Butler

Ken Pett and Patricia Hodgkin

Dennis Howard and Mary Swann

Paul Fenn and Ellen McElree (gold)

Doug Ebeling and Doris Marotti (gold)


Women’s Singles

Leigh Rosalyn (gold)

Doreen Hyet (gold)

Julie Finlayson (gold)


Men’s Singles

Roberto DelBusto

Kevin Anderson (gold)


L to R: Luey Shultz and Cindy Birdsall L to R: Doris Marotti and Sue Smith


L to R: Leigh Rosalyn and Julie Finlayson
L to R: Dennis Howard and Paul Fenn
L to R: Patricia Hodgkin, Suzan Scott, Mary Swann, Lynn McNeil
L to R: Ed White, Rick Finlayson, Mary Swann, Ken Pett
L to R: Paul Fenn, Ellen McElree, Sandy Thinguldstad, Paul Girard

Photos below from the Neuse River Senior Games Facebook page



Fairfield Harbour has an active, robust pickleball club and was well-represented at the Neuse River Senior Games. Anyone who receives a medal also qualifies to compete at the State Senior Games at the Cary Tennis Center in October.


FYI for Beginners


More and more people are joining us at the pickleball courts and having a great time making friends, staying active, and having fun! Beginner groups sometimes play on Wednesdays around 5:00 pm, Fridays around 5:30 pm, and Saturdays around 4:00 pm.


If you are interested in joining in with these small groups, please contact Annie Conley at 207-313-0388 to receive notifications about when groups are getting together to play.






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