Aug. 29, 2017

Surrey Pickleball Club regulars will try to repeat their recent Golden Doubles success when they play in the inaugural Grip ‘n Rip Pickleball Tournament Sept. 9-10 at the South Surrey Athletic Park Courts (14601 – 20th Avenue).

Lorraine Subtelny and Eileen Dowell won the 4.0 women’s category at the Pickle in the Park doubles tournament last weekend in Abbotsford. Wendy Sofiak and Jeremy Brine earned the gold medal in 4.5 mixed, and Debbie McRobbie and Sheena Brewer took home gold in the 3.0 women’s division.

These six will be among many Surrey club members scheduled to participate in the Grip ‘n Rip, which is sanctioned by Pickleball Canada. The tournament expects about 140 players on the 12 South Surrey courts, according to Club President Ross Priebe

The  Grip ‘n Rip has expanded from last year’s club tournament to include players from regions outside the White Rock/South Surrey area, making for what promises to be a first-rate event.

Men’s and women’s doubles will be played on Saturday, Sept. 9, and mixed doubles the next day. The tournament will be a double-elimination format. If needed, the rain date will be the following weekend, Sept. 16-17.

About 150 players competed in Abbotsford on a sunny, very warm weekend (Aug. 26-27). Surrey club members also winning gold medals included Janice Sturm, who paired with Patrice Van Nieuwkerk in 3.5 women; Bob Carter, who partnered with Pat Ellis, in 3.5 mixed; and Neville Israel, who played with Barry Mah in 4.5 men. Perennial medalist Marco Jankowiak won gold in 5.0 with partner Steve Deakin, and Irene Mah and Deakin grabbed gold in 5.0 mixed..

Silver medal winners were: brothers Chuck H Jung and Chuck P Jung (4.0 men), Doug Barham and Carter (3.5 men), Ronith Cogswell and Mah (4.5, 5.0 women), Sofiak and Marsi Jacobs (4.5 women), Rick Houghton and Dowell (4.0 mixed) and Vince Falbo and Jayna Mikuse (4.5 mixed).

Bronze medalists included Ryan Doray and Travis Brine (4.0 men), Cogswell and Mark Dana (4.5 mixed), Jankowiak and Elizabeth Peckham (5.0 mixed) and Diane Hill and Mimi Dmyterko (5.0 women).