Janet Ruest of Chemainus and Rob Hawkes of Crofton, above, team up at the Fuller Lake 90-minute pickleball tournament. Below, mixed doubles action also features Andy Daniel of Maple Bay and Pauline Davidson of Nanaimo. (Photos by Don Bodger)

Pickleball players dodge the rain clouds

Short delay and it’s back into tournament play for 90-minute tournament buffs

Organizer Ken Holman of the Vancouver Island Pickleball Association kept an eye skyward throughout much of Sunday’s 90-minute pickleball tournament at the Fuller Lake Park pickleball courts.

It was one of those days of constantly changing weather that could have disrupted the tournament at any time. There was a short rain delay at one point, but the clouds parted again and the water was cleared from the court to allow play to continue.

The 90-minute tournaments have become extremely popular, with players from around the Island coming to Fuller Lake.

Last time, the mixed doubles event filled up within five minutes of the registration opening, with a waiting list. The men’s doubles filled up shortly after that.

This time, it took a little longer, especially for the women’s doubles event, but all categories were again jam-packed with enthusiastic players.

Results were as follows:

Women’s Doubles – Gold: Lissy Rauber (Black Creek) & Colleen Crowder (Black Creek); Silver: Claudia McLean (Chemainus) & Pauline Davidson (Nanaimo); Bronze: Mary Orme (Victoria) & Becca Stuve (Victoria).

Men’s Doubles – Gold: Matthew Hirota (Nanaimo) & Colin McCartie (Nanaimo); Silver: Andy Daniel (Maple Bay) & Neil Rich (Victoria); Bronze: Sean Kennedy (Nanaimo) & Wade Dawe (Parksville).

Mixed Doubles – Gold: Colleen Crowder (Black Creek) & Thomas Rauber (Black Creek); Silver: Sue Newell (Nanaimo) & Rana Ullah (Nanaimo); Bronze: Lissy Rauber (Black Creek) & Clay Toresdahl (Comox).


Mixed doubles pickleball 90-minute tournament action features Andy Daniel of Maple Bay and Pauline Davidson of Nanaimo. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Black Creek combo of Colleen Crowder and Thomas Rauber takes on the competition at the Fuller Lake 90-minute pickleball tournament. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Matthew Hirota of Nanaimo goes to the backhand to make a play on the ball during the Fuller Lake 90-minute pickleball tournament. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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