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Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Team Reports

10U, 12 Counties Competition, 9th December 2018

Captains Tony Ravenscroft & Lucy Sanders
Team Jack Bulbulia, George Hadley, Felix Shennan, William Billings, Daisy Williams, Evie McDougall, Maya Hart and Gina Obrey
Venue Corby

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire 10u Boys and Girls County Team took to the courts against Hertfordshire, Cheshire and Norfolk at Corby Tennis Centre on Sunday 9th December. 

The first tie was against a strong Hertfordshire team whose depth of quality showed throughout their team. We lost 4-0 in both the boys and girls.

The team didn’t let the result dampen the mood and were determined to get some wins on the board.

We had a close tie against Cheshire, with three of the matches going to a match tie break. Maya, George and Felix all levelled their score to 1-1 in sets after going a set down. Maya won 4-5, 4-2, 10-4, Felix won 0-4, 4-1, 10-0 and George lost out in an epic match 3-5, 5-4, 11-13. William Billings made it 2-2 in the tie after beating the Cheshire number four 4-1, 4-2 and the girls finished 1-3.

The final tie against Norfolk was our best result of the day. Daisy had a battle on her hands against Norfolk’s number one Anghela Sionosa. She fought through some difficult situations, never giving up and lost out 3-5, 1-4. Evie, who was struggling with an ankle injury from the 1st match but was adamant to carry on and lost out 2-4, 3-5. 

Maya and Gina were up against Norfolk’s number 3 & 4 respectively. Maya took care of business in 25 minutes winning 4-0, 4-0 and Gina followed suit shortly after also winning 4-0, 4-0 to secure a 2-2 draw in the tie.

The boys got off to a great start with Jack commanding the points against Norfolk’s number one to secure the win 4-0, 4-0. Felix continued with another win beating their number three 4-0, 4-1 and William beat their number four 4-2, 4-2. George was last to go on due his long match against Cheshire. Our team showed great support and practised their chanting from the sidelines helping George to secure the 4-0 victory, winning his match 4-1, 4-0.

10U Corby Team

The day was a great success. The boys came joint 2nd and the girls came 3rd. The support from the team and parents was excellent. The players did the county proud, never giving up and always willing to learn from their previous match.

Well done everyone!


12U, 12 Counties Competition, 24th November 2018

Captains Steve Barnett & Lucy Sanders
Team James Stanford, Harley Jones, Sam Laidler, Sam Cassidy, Josie Ward, Caoimhe Guppy, Bethany Pye
and Macy Denny-Richards
Venue Corby

Our first fixture was against Hertfordshire, for the boys the order was James Stanford, Harley Jones, Sam Laidler and Sam Cassidy. The girls were Josie Ward, Caoimhe Guppy, Bethany Pye and Macy Denny-Richards. The boys had a tough start with only James winning his match, but with the 4 players from the Hertfordshire boys within the top 50 in the country, the boys played well. The girls suffered a similar fate, with all losing in straight sets and again despite the result they all put up a good fight. After the first round of matches we had a loss of 3-1 for the boys and 4-0 for the girls.

The second match was against Cheshire and with the team wanting to improve their results, they got off to a good start, with James and Harley winning their matches comfortable and in straight sets. Sam L, and Sam C had some tough matches and lost despite some close scores. Sam C did extremely well to hold his cool during his match with his opponent very emotional after losing the first set. The girls also started playing well and on this occasion all won their respective matches in straight sets. Some very promising tennis by all for the summer season. The boys finished the second match 2-2 and the girls 4-0.

The final fixture was against Norfolk and we needed good results from all players to help us to a second place finish. The boys again started well with James and Harley winning in straight sets, Sam L had another tough match and narrowly missed out on winning but a win from Sam C helped us to victory. The girls also started well with Josie and Caoimhe winning in straight sets, Beth played some fantastic tennis to win her match with a solid performance. Macy also won her match, playing some awesome tennis after coming back from losing the first set and to win 10-5 in the championship tie break. Boys finished with a 3-1 win and girls another 4-0 win.

Overall great tennis by all and a brilliant result from both boys and girls. A second-place finish helps secure 3 points to the county table for the 12u age group.

12U Corby Championships

Thanks to team sponsors Karndean Designflooring, all the parents and players for their support and to Lucy Sanders the assistant captain for her help on the day.

16U, 12 Counties Competition, 3rd November 2018

Captains Steve Barnett & Lucy Sanders
Team Stuart Shannon, Max Hingley, Joe Hart, Harvey Ravenscroft, Paulina Jurkowska, Latesha Grant, Sally Lewin and Kiyyah Grant
Venue Corby

The first match of the day was against a strong Hertfordshire team. Stuart Shannon and Max Hingley were the first two from the boys, with Stuart up against a player ranked in the top 10 in the country and despite best efforts lost in straight sets. Max put up a great performance to beat his opponent 10-7 in the third set tiebreak. Next up was Joe Hart and Harvey Ravenscroft both had a great battle, with Joe narrowly missed out in the third set tiebreak and Harvey causing his opponent difficulty despite a straight sets loss. Paulina Jurkowska was up first for the girls, putting up a superb performance to beat her opponent 10-8 in a thrilling match. Latesha Grant, Sally Lewin and Kiyyah Grant all played some great tennis but unfortunately lost their matches. A tough defeat for both boys and girls in their opening matches to lose 3-1 against Hertfordshire.

The second opponents were Cheshire and the team were keen to improve on their first round. Stuart again had a tough match and lost in straight sets but played some excellent tennis, especially in the first set. Max played some solid tennis and continued his winning form to beat this opponent in straight sets at number 2. Joe put in a great effort but just lost out to the opposition at 3. Harvey struggled against his opponent and unfortunately lost in straight sets. Paulina started for the girls but didn’t find the outcome she wanted this time and lost in straight sets. Latesha played some awesome tennis to beat her opponent and keep the head to head alive. Sally struggled through injury to finish her match lost despite best efforts and unfortunately Kiyyah’s fate ending the same losing in straight sets. Again, a tough match up and the result a 3-1 for both boys and girls.

The final match for the day was against Norfolk and with a win needed to secure a 3rd place group finish. Stuart started at number 1 seed, but again lost in a tough match against a formidable opponent. Max again went to a third set but unfortunately lost this time to end his winning streak for the day. Joe also had a tough match going to a third set tiebreak but suffered the same result as Max narrowly missing out. Harvey kept the energy alive on court but also lost out to his opponent at number 4.  Paulina some great tennis at number 1 and again took her opponent to a third set tiebreak, but this time lost out. Latesha also went to a deciding tiebreak and put in a strong performance to beat her opponent 10-2. Sally played even better this round and took her opponent to a third tie break but just lost. Kiyyah played well but also struggled to close out the match at number 4. Another 3-1 defeat for team.

12 Counties tennis

Overall some great tennis by all the players and some promising tennis ready for 18U County Cup in February. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for the team this year but with so many close matches it could have easily gone in our favour. Well done to all the players and parents for such great support throughout the day and keeping spirits high even in loss.

Steve Barnett
Team Captain


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