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Cromarty tennis tournament honours late Black Isle resident Peter Tilbrook


By Hector MacKenzie

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Winners Luke and Sarah Henderson presented with the trophy by Fran Tilbrook.
Winners Luke and Sarah Henderson presented with the trophy by Fran Tilbrook.

THE memory of a much-loved Black Isle resident was again honoured with an eagerly contested tennis tournament on a court he loved.

The second year of the Tilbrook Trophy tennis tournament in Cromarty was blessed with glorious weather.

Cromarty’s Mary and Tristan in action.
Cromarty’s Mary and Tristan in action.

It is in memory of Cromarty resident, Peter Tilbrook, and is organised by the Cromarty Tennis Club and one of his daughters, Georgia Macleod.

Peter passed away in July 2022 aged 83 but was playing competitive tennis at both Cromarty and Inverness Squash & Tennis Club right up to his 80th year.

Vicky Benjamin and Richard Fea were runners-up.
Vicky Benjamin and Richard Fea were runners-up.

This year’s event saw eight doubles pitted against each other in a random draw.

Spectacular tennis ensued with the small crowd of spectators enjoying some long rallies and deadly drop shots.

Yvonne and Matthew from Inverness in action.
Yvonne and Matthew from Inverness in action.

Last year’s champs, Kay Henderson and David Milne, were knocked out by mother/son pairing from Bellfield Park Tennis Centre, Sarah and Luke Henderson who then went on to become the 2024 champs.

The finalists line up for a souvenir shot.
The finalists line up for a souvenir shot.

Vicky Benjamin from Cromarty and Richard Fea of Rosemarkie, played a cracking few games but had to settle for runners-up after a closely fought final.

The sun shone on Cromarty for the tennis competition.
The sun shone on Cromarty for the tennis competition.

Sibling pairings of Kelsey and Cody Benjamin and Lindy and Jane Cameron all played brilliantly.

Traditional strawberries, lemon barley water and Pimms was gratefully consumed as Peter’s widow, Fran, presented the trophy at the end of another successful day.

Yvonne and Matthew from Inverness in action.
Yvonne and Matthew from Inverness in action.

If you enjoy playing tennis, you might want to consider taking part in the Tilbrook Trophy next year? It’s open to all players. Pairs can be all-female or mixed and you can enter as a pair or singly and be put into pairs by organisers.

Peter Tilbrook inspired the competition held in his memory.
Peter Tilbrook inspired the competition held in his memory.
Siblings Lindy and Jane Cameron fight hard.
Siblings Lindy and Jane Cameron fight hard.

It’s described by organisers as a fun day out, whatever the score!



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