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14U Girls County Cup, 4-6 May 2019

Captains Tony Ravenscroft (Captain) and Lucy Sanders (Assistant Captain)
Team Paulina Jurkowska, Josie Ward, Sophia Jenkins-Howard, Caoimhe Guppy, Bethany Pye and Emma McKay
Venue Stourbridge

The first match was against Warwickshire and was always going to be the one to win if we wanted to progress to the final. Caoimhe & Beth lost to Warks 2nd pair in the first doubles match. Paulina and Josie took on their 1st pair Lois Porter and Lucia Cassidy. They went a set down 3-6 but found their form, winning the sideline battles to take the 2nd set 6-4. They continued their form into the match tie break winning 10-7. Paulina and Josie also won their singles against Louis Porter and Lucia Cassidy respectively. Sophie lost to Marina Beckinsale and Caoimhe lost to Jenna Ward 7-6, 2-6, 10-4. The tie was 3-3 and it was down to a deciding match tie break. Paulina and Caoimhe teamed up and fought back from 9-6 down, never giving up and sealed the victory 11-9.

The girls knew the tough part was done in the group stages but were focused on the Shropshire tie which followed. Paulina, Josie, Sophia & Caoimhe all took care of business giving us a 4-0 lead. Emma & Beth worked hard on improving their doubles play and also taking the victory to extend the lead to 5-0. Josie and Caoimhe teamed up for the final doubles to seal the 6-0 win.

The last day was against South Wales in the final. Paulina and Sophia were first to play singles. Sophia lost to Laila Mai Savage but did really well controlling her emotions in a tough match. Paulina was up against the Welsh number one Mingge Xu. Paulina got off to a great start and showed great discipline and composure during some tough situations to take the tie to 1-1 winning 6-1, 6-2. Josie was up next on the show court against Sofia Chivers. Josie lost the first couple of games but found her confidence combined with ruthless groundstrokes to win the first set 6-2. Josie continued her form against a determined opponent and wrapped up the victory winning the 2nd set 6-4. Caoimhe tried hard to take time away from the hard hitting Rebecca Dow but lost out 6-4, 6-3.

We found ourselves in another tie that came down to the doubles with the score being 2-2 after the singles. Paulina and Josie lost out to the South Wales 1st pair. Caoimhe and Beth paired up to try and level the tie. They went 6-2 down in the first set. They did amazing to battle through the 2nd set to take it 7-5 with some excellent doubles play commanding the net. They carried this through to the championship tie break but just needed an extra few points loosing out 13-15. It was great to see how much they improved  from the beginning of the match to the end of the match.

We had an amazing three days. The girls should be very proud of them themselves. They worked really well as a team on and off the court, improved over the three days and fought hard to the very end.

It was a pleasure once again to captain this group of players who challenged themselves during many tough situations. Thank you to all the players for their hard work and thanks to parents for their support at the event. A special thanks to Helen Pye who did a great job with the girls power platts over the three days!!

H&W 14U Girls County Cup

Tony Ravenscroft
14U Girls County Cup Captain

 

14U Boys County Cup, 4-6 May 2019

Captains Chris Marlow (Captain) and James Attwood (Assistant Captain)
Team James Stanford, Harley Jones, Tom Round, Ryan Price, Sam Laidler and Owen Perry
Venue Wrexham

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire 14U Boys Team played teams representing West of Scotland and Staffordshire in the preliminary stage and North Wales in the secondary stage at Wrexham Tennis Centre between Saturday 4th May and Monday 6th May 2019 as part of The County Cup Championship 2019 Group G.

Saturday Day 1:
The team arrived at the hotel in good spirit looking forward to a good weekend. Well done to the parents for getting the players safely there and on time! With only the doubles to play on the first day we headed to Wrexham Tennis Centre in plenty of time to hit and prepare for the West of Scotland. Play started at 15:00. The West of Scotland had comfortably beaten Staffordshire earlier in the day so were already in the grove. The conditions we sunny but cold and windy.

West of Scotland Day 1 Doubles:
James and Harley at 1 and Tom and Ryan at 2. The boys took to the court and got off to a slow start losing the first sets, the sudden death deuce points were not going our way especially for James and Harley with 4 deuce points going to West of Scotland. The boys got into the second sets and started competing well but lost the matches 6-1 6-3 and 6-1 6-4 respectively…. Work to be done in the singles and a big day of tennis tomorrow!

Sunday Day 2:
A good meal at Nando’s and a couple of games of pool got the team mixing together well the previous night. We were missing Ryan who had a football final but would be back for Mondays matches. We arrived at the Tennis centre with plenty on sunshine, less wind and mild temperature. After a team knock up the referee called up the players.

West of Scotland Singles:
Harley, Tom and Sam and then James took to the courts first with all West of Scotland’s players ranked significantly above H&W’s. Owen was supporting from the side lines. Sam’s opponent Liam was hitting great length and dominating with his forehand. Sam battled hard but lost 6-0 6-2. Tom’s and Harley played well but both opponents were strong. Harley was involved in a very tight second set with lots of close games but in the end his opponent Kyle took the match 6-1 6-4. Tom lost 6-3 6-2. James played Jack a player ranked 23 in the country and a very good match player offering few unforced errors and good depth and spin. James lost 6-1 6-3.
A deserved 6-0 rubbers win for West of Scotland, a very solid team!

Staffordshire Singles:
After some tough losses the boys tried to get themselves up for the next round. With James suffering a bit with hay-fever the boys went on. Owen played at 4 and developed points well but was struggling to put the ball away against a very consistent opponent and was disappointed with the loss. Tom played Joshua who was a very determined player. Tom created lots of chances in a tight match but struggled to finish off the points and his opponents dogged defence unfortunately meant he ended up losing 6-4 6-4. Harley had a great first set winning in the tie-break 7-6(5). This took the wind out Toby’s, his opponents, sails and Harley comfortably closed out the second set 6-1. H&W are on the board! James struggled to get into the match against a very strong opponent who got a comfortable win. 3-1 down in rubbers going into the doubles!

Staffordshire Doubles:
Needing to win both doubles matches to force a shootout James and Harley, and Tom and Sam went on. James and Harley had a difficult first set with the opponents taking it 6-1 while Tom and Sam on the other court took their first set. With the coaches encouraging Harley and James the boys started to improve their play and started playing some very good doubles points and gave their opponents a tough game. 5-4 down and then the opposition scraped over the line on a sudden death deuce. Tom on Sam lost the second set but were 9-2 up in the match tie-break. Things got very tight as the opposition won the next 6 points to make it 9-8. A solid volley from Tom and a put away from Sam won the match to their relief!
A 4-2 win for Staffordshire and a tale of what could have been!

Monday Day 3:
The team spirt was good and everyone was bonding really well after dinner and bowling the night before. The team really wanted to get things going on the court. With Ryan back our playoff match was against North Wales.

North Wales Singles:
Ryan went on and was playing well. He had comfortable lead of 5-2 but his opponent fought back to force a tie-break. Ryan lost the tie-break only winning 1 point and was clearly frustrated. 3-1 down in the second set Ryan let his shots go and started to dominate again. He won the set and played a solid match tie break to win 10-6. Tom, Harley and James won their matches looking a lot more relaxed. James found some big serves and was played better. Harley played some very stylish points including some nice drop shots and single-handed backhands. Tom played a solid match to win 6-3 6-2. 4-0 up going into the doubles.

North Wales Doubles:
The tie already won the pairings of Tom and Ryan, and Sam and Owen went on. Tom and Ryan using their big serves and closing the net better on their volleys won comfortably 6-3 6-2. Sam and Owen demonstrated great doubles movement and understanding to see off the opposition 6-2 6-1.
A 6-0 win for H&W finishing on a high.

Summary:
A great team of boys who mixed well and supported each other. The comradery and banter through the weekend was great. A great experience and learning opportunity for players and coaches.
As Staffordshire finished 3rd beating Durham and Cleveland 6-0 H&W had an opportunity to finish higher in the group had we beaten Staffordshire – the one that got away from us! The boys will learn and, for a lot of the players, be back next year still 14U.

All results available at:
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H&W 14U BOys County Cup

Chris Marlow
14U Boys County Cup Captain

 

18U Girls County Cup, 1-3 March 2019

Captains Steve Barnett and Lucy Sanders (Assistant Captain)
Team Latesha Grant, Kate Horsburgh, Paulina Jurkowska, Katy Lewin, Sally Lewin, Lucie Palmer, Imogen Sinclair and  Josie Ward
Venue Tipton

Friday 1st March 2019

Our first match of the weekend was against Northamptonshire and the girls were keen to get going with an early morning start. With Kate Horsburgh not available Friday, all the girls had to play up one position and they didn’t disappoint! Players 4, 5 and 6 started; Josie Ward played at 6 and won in straight sets 6-0, 6-0; Sally Lewin played at 5 with some great tennis but unfortunately lost in a third set thriller and Latesha Grant at 4, won her match with a strong performance in the third set.  Paulina Jurkowska played at 3 and won in straight sets 6-0, 6-2; Katy Lewin played at 2 and won comfortably in straight sets and Imogen Sinclair at 1, fought hard to win 7-5, 7-5 in her opening match!  With all the singles played and being 5-1 up, the pressure was off in the doubles. Lucie Palmer and Sally Lewin at 3rd pair beat their opponents in a third set tiebreak; Latesha Grant and Paulina Jurkowska won in straight sets in their match but unfortunately Katy Lewin and Imogen Sinclair couldn’t match the result and lost 6-3, 6-2.

7-2 victory for day 1 and a great start to the weekend.

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Day 2 saw the return of Kate ready for our fixture against Devon, who lost to West of Scotland the day before.  With only 2 courts available Josie Ward at 6 and Latesha Grant at 5, played and both got us off to a winning start. Paulina then followed with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 win at number 4 and then with Katy Lewin who won 6-3, 6-2 we had a 4-0 lead.  Imogen Sinclair had a tough match at 2 but pulled through to win her singles in the third set.  Kate took on Jessica Hill, the highest ranked played at the competition and despite getting ahead with the first set lost in the third set. After all the singles a 5-1 result again meant less pressure in the doubles. Sally and Lucie continued their winning combination with 6-2, 6-2 win at third pair. Latesha and Imogen Sinclair played at 2 but had a tough match and lost in straight sets as did Katy and Kate, with an epic 2hour 10minute match ending 7-6, 7-6.

6-3 overall after day 2 meaning a final head to head against West of Scotland on day 3.

Sunday 3rd March 2019

Our final fixture was against West of Scotland and was to confirm 1st and 2nd place. Josie and Sally started off, with Josie winning in straight sets but unfortunately Sally lost in a hard-fought match. Paulina and Latesha then played some epic tennis to win in straight sets and put us 3-1 up.  Katy and Kate played some great tennis but struggled to get the win and we ended with a 3-3 tie after the singles.  Lucie Palmer and Sally Lewin played at 3rd pair in the doubles but lost in straight sets after some great tennis.  Katy Lewin and Latesha played at 2nd pair in the doubles and played some excellent tennis to come back from 1 set down to win the 2nd set in a tie break but despite best efforts lost 10-7 in the tiebreak.  Kate and Paulina played at 1st pair and came back from a set down to win in the 3rd set tiebreak.

5-4 loss meaning a 2nd place finish.

Overall a fantastic result and unfortunate not to gain promotion.  Well done to all the girls who played and thank you to all the parents for your support.

handw u18 girls

Steve Barnett (Captain)

 

 

18U Boys County Cup, 1-3 March 2019

Captains Mike Langston and James Attwood
Team Felix Gill, Matt Sime, Antony Fordhan, Joe Hart, Stuart Shannon, Max Hingley, Jim Round and Sean Randle
Venue Prestwick

Day 1: vs Buckinghamshire, 5-4 win

Singles:

Up first for h&w was Joe Hart at no.6 with one of the matches of the weekend, after going a set and 4-2 down with a break, he made a huge comeback to win the second set 6-4, then backing it up with a fantastic effort to seal victory 6-1 in the third. 

Antony Fordham at no.5 had a tough fought contest, losing in 2 sets, with some really competitive games. The score not reflecting the dynamic of the match. 

Matt Sime at 4, completed his maiden singles win at 18U county cup to beat a good Bucks player and to take the team into the lead. 

Stuart Shannon and Max Hingley at 2 & 3 singles both had two competitive matches, but unfortunately lost out in 2 sets to make the score to 2-3 to Bucks. 

Next up was key player Felix Gill, who showcased his level early by dispatching of a strong Bucks no.1 player with relative ease. 

Doubles:

Going into the doubles, the job needed from the lads was two rubbers out of three to secure the win.

Antony and Stuart had a difficult rubber against two good doubles players to take the score to 3-4. 

Next Felix and Max played well to beat the Bucks no.1 pair in two sets. 4-4.

Finally was Matt Sime and Joe Hart.. the boys were a set and 5-1 down with a double break of serve. With the biggest show of heart and grit of the weekend the boys managed to win 6 games in a row to take the second set 7-5. Carrying their momentum from the second set, they managed to seal the victory with an 11-9 win in the champ tie break!


Day 2: vs Durham & Cleveland, 2-7 loss

Singles:

As we named an unchanged team Joe kicked the day off again at no 6. He carried his good form from day 1 into his singles match with a convincing 6-1 6-3 win to put us up 1-0. 

Antony had a tough match against a very strong opponent. Despite fighting hard, Durham took the win to equal the score at 1-1. 

Next round we had Matt and Stuart play in 2 very competitive matches, with both players showing great energy. The pair broke serve early and were unable to stay ahead losing 4-6 1-6 and 5-7 5-7 respectively. 

Max stayed at no 2 and got off to a fast start with some good attacking play but unfortunately fell to a 2 set loss to make it 4-1 to Durham. 

Felix again was playing some great tennis winning with ease in straight sets which kept us in with a shout of winning the tie. 

Doubles: 

Needing to win all 3 doubles we changed up the pairing to give us the most chance to do so. At no 1 were Felix/Antony no2 Max/Matt and no3 Stuart/Joe. 

Felix/Antony and Stuart/Joe both lost in a 3rd set match tiebreak after both pairs had chances throughout their matches. Max/Matt also had a very close match but lost in 2 sets. 

As all 3 doubles matches were so close we could have easily won 5-4 however we ended up losing 7-2. 

Day 3: vs North of Scotland, 2-7 loss

Day three was all to play for, with a win giving us potential promotion, and a loss meaning the potential for relegation or to stay in the division. 

Singles: 

Jim Round stepped in for singles on day three at no.6. 

After a slow start, Jim was able to make a close match of it.. with a tight first set and an even closer second set with multiple breaks of serve. The Scottish player finished strong to put his team 1-0 up. 

No.5 singles was Joe Hart, against a very strong number 5 player for north of Scotland. Joe fought hard right to the end, but lost out in 2 sets. 

Matt at 4, Stuart at 3 and Max at 2 all fought hard and had very competitive matches. Max having the performance of his weekend. 

The Scottish players on this occasion were too strong and the boys lost out on the 3 rubbers to take us to 0-5. 

Felix stepped up once more to the plate - getting better with each match.. had his final and very decisive win 6-0 6-1 to get us on the board going into the doubles.

Doubles:

The doubles were all fought hard but only Matt and Felix came away with the win at no.1 pair with some skilful play from both of the boys.

At the end of day three after the 7-2 loss to North of Scotland (the division winners) we were in the relegation zone. 

We needed Durham & Cleveland to beat Bucks to stay in the division.. 

it was right to the line - going into their final doubles match the score was 4-4 in rubbers.

Durham & Cleveland went 5-1 down in the first set of their final doubles match.. looking like we were going down, we were slightly despondent..

THEN, D&C pair stepped it up and went on to win 12 games out of their next 14 to win the match and save our weekend!

We stayed in the division, ready to come back and go again next year! 

Credit to the boys (6 out of 8 of which were debuting 18U team members) who played some great tennis over the weekend and represented the county to the best of their ability. 

A very enjoyable weekend all round, on and off the court. 

 

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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