Parksville Qualicum Beach pickleball clubs meet in friendly tournament

Jeff Gifford makes a backhand shot while Linda Witzke keeps her eyes on the ball. They finished third in the D Division. (Michael Briones photo)Jeff Gifford makes a backhand shot while Linda Witzke keeps her eyes on the ball. They finished third in the D Division. (Michael Briones photo)
Marilyn Oldfield reaches for a shot with Jim Watson watching the ball sail over. They ended up winning the A Division. (Michael Briones photo)Marilyn Oldfield reaches for a shot with Jim Watson watching the ball sail over. They ended up winning the A Division. (Michael Briones photo)
Carl Murphy returns a serve with Jennifer Fleming looking on. They finished in third place in the C Division. (Michael Briones photo)Carl Murphy returns a serve with Jennifer Fleming looking on. They finished in third place in the C Division. (Michael Briones photo)

The Parksville Oceanside Pickleball Society recently hosted the Oceanside Pickleball Club for a fun and friendly tournament held at Oceanside Place Howie Meeker Arena.

The tournament was held in partnership with the Regional District of Nanaimo Parks and Recreation. It was open to all members of both clubs with the goal of fostering friendships through fellowship.

Close to 50 players took part.

Finishing first in the A Division was the tandem of Marilyn Oldfield and Jim Watson who beat Ross Mathews and Sandra Ozero in the final. Rounding up third place was the pair of Len and Sam Doumont.

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In the B Division, Sandra Soon and Rick Brunt bested Terry Saigle and Craig Oliver in the final to clinch top spot. Ending up in third place was Patti Rogers and Maryanne Walisser.

The husband and wife pairing of Ernie and Linda Pallot topped the C Division after beating Yida and Jim Scott in the finals. Landing in third place was Jennifer Flemming and Carl Murphy.

In the D Division, Janice Wilson and Jerry Smith finished first with Jonathan Winner and Linda Derksen coming in second. Linda Witzke and Jeff Gifford took third place.

— NEWS Staff

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