Accountants and lawyers hit it off on the court

Competitors take part in the Solent Property Professionals Tennis Tournament, held at Lee-on-the-Solent Tennis, Squash & Fitness Club
Competitors take part in the Solent Property Professionals Tennis Tournament, held at Lee-on-the-Solent Tennis, Squash & Fitness Club

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THEY may not have been up to the world-beating standard of Andy Murray but their tennis prowess still served to impress.

Nearly 30 competitors took part in the annual Solent Property Professionals Tennis Tournament, held at Lee-on-the-Solent Tennis, Squash & Fitness Club, near Gosport.

The doubles event brought together property professionals from regional firms, including lawyers, accountants, commercial property agents, developers, investors and a business coach.

Organised by Fareham independent commercial property consultancy Hughes Ellard, and sponsored by accountancy Wilkins Kennedy and Southampton Property Association, the sporting challenge saw competitors vying for league table points over four hours in sunshine and a biting wind.

Kevin Stansfield, the managing director of ActionCOACH Solent, and Tim Clark, the retail space director at Hughes Ellard, beat Russell Mogridge, a director at Hughes Ellard, and Helen Thorpe from the Winchester office of accountancy Wilkins Kennedy, in the final.

Russell said: ‘It was an excellent event, combining fitness, networking and good-natured rivalry.

‘We held a raffle which raised £165 for Smiles4Wessex, which supports the superb work being carried out at the Wessex Neurological Centre in Southampton.’

The participants were Andrew Archibald, Alex Gauntlett, Alex Harvey-Jones, Andrew Lamb, Andy Gibbs, Angela Meech, Bruce Elkins, Chris Mitchell, David Ferriman, David Greetham, Elise Evans, Gary Hodgson, Guy Jackson, Helen Thorpe, Mary Jackson, James Gleisner, John Mansell, Kevin Marsh, Kevin Stansfield, Lauren Sessions, Lee Beaumont, Sebastian Martin, Richard Stileman, Roger Salvetti, Russell Mogridge, Sean Hogan, Tim Clark and Tom Mitchell.

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