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Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Team Reports

10U Girls County Cup Team, 26-27 May 2018

Captains Luke Pettit & Lucy Sanders
Team Maya Hart, Izzy Pioli, Oliwia Sztorc
Venue Shrewsbury

We were split into two boxes of 3 teams. Our first match we came up against Staffordshire, usually a very strong team and this year was no exception.  Oliwia produced a really solid display in her 4-1 4-1 victory. Izzy and Maya put up a strong fight but ultimately the opposition were too strong. So into the doubles 2-1 down. After putting up a strong performance the girls came up second best losing 2-4 1-4 meaning a 3-1 loss.

Our second match was against North Wales.  Maya produced a better display but the opposition was really solid, so Maya came out 2-4 2-4 down. Izzy played some great attacking tennis in a 4-0 4-1 win and Oliwia kept up her singles record with a 4-0 4-0 win. Into the doubles 2-1 up we put in a disappointing display losing the match 0-4 3-5.  So into a shootout and again we came out second best meaning we finished bottom of our group. 

On our second day we only had one match as we were playing in the 5/6th place match. Some bad weather delayed the day so they shortened our format to one set.  The girls came up against Shropshire and we came out playing some top tennis in a 4-0 team win. A much more composed performance.
Final placing  - 5th.

Many thanks to the parents who came to support and Lucy as assistant captain.

H&W 10U Girls County Cup Team

 

10U Boys County Cup Team, 26-27 May 2018

Captain Tony Ravenscroft
Team Toby Ward, Ollie Dieppe, Alfie Mills & Theo Houston
Venue Stourbridge Lawn Tennis & Squash club


Our first match was against a strong Staffordshire team. Toby, Alfie and Theo had a difficult start and lost out in the first 3 singles
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The boys weren’t disheartened by the early defeat and were determined to beat North Wales for a spot in the semi final. Toby and Alfie both won their singles against the North Wales brothers Thomas and Adam Jacques respectively whilst Theo lost out to number 3 Marco Frulloni. We needed the doubles to secure the victory. Toby and Alfie paired up against the North Wales brothers. The H&W pair were solid from the back of the court and got themselves in good positions at the net to defeat the brothers 4-1, 4-1 and secure their spot in the semi finals against South Wales.

Sunday brought thunder, lightening and heavy rain but we managed to play on the astro courts once the rain stopped. South Wales were strong and we had tough matches with Toby and Alfie losing out in straight sets against their no. 1 & 2. Theo had a battle on his hands and worked hard to cause trouble against South Wales number 3. Theo won the first set in a tie break, lost the 2nd set 4-1 and lost the match tie break 10-7.

3rd place was now up for grabs against Warwickshire which made for an exciting finish to the weekend. We got off to a good start with Toby playing some solid tennis from the back of the court to beat Warks no.1 Ed Morrison 4-1, 4-2. Alfie played their no.2 Billy Moxon winning the first set 4-0 and losing the 2nd set 0-4. Alfie did really well mixing up the play and the variety helped him secure the victory 10-8 in the match tie break. Theo had some close games and lost out 4-2, 4-1 to Warks no.3.

Toby and Alfie paired up once again to try and secure the victory with a 2-1 lead after the singles. The boys had an emotional match and played some great doubles just losing out 5-3, 4-5, 5-10. With the tie at 2-2 it was down to one match tie break to secure the tie. After a short break and a refocus Toby and Alfie got off to a positive start with some bullet proof groundstrokes from the back and good hands at the net they secured 3rd place winning 10-7.

It was a great weekend of competition. The boys did themselves and their county proud. They improved as a team throughout the weekend and it showed in the last tie. Unfortunately Ollie couldn’t play all weekend due to recently having stitches near his ankle but supported the team on the sidelines.

Well done to all the players for their commitment over the weekend and thanks to all the parents for their support.

10U Boys County Cup Team

 

 

14U Girls County Cup Team, 5-7 May 2018

Captain Tony Ravenscroft (Captain) and Lucy Sanders
Team Paulina Jurkowska, Latesha Grant, Josie Ward and Caoimhe Guppy.
Venue Manor Park, Malvern

The 14U Girls County Cup team sponsored by Karndean Designflooring battled it out on home soil against Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Middlesex.

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We played Middlesex on the first day. We knew it would be tough with 4 of their players ranked top 20 in Britain. The girls fought hard but lost in both singles and doubles.

Day 2 was against Warwickshire. Paulina and Caoimhe had tough matches losing out to Warks no.1 & no.4 respectively. Josie beat their no.3 Jenna Ward 6-2, 6-1 and Latesha beat their no.2 Lois Porter 6-4, 6-3 to make it 2-2 after the singles. The doubles was tough with Warwickshire showing their strength to win both doubles and the tie 4-2.

We were competing for 3rd place on the final day against Staffordshire. The first round was very close with 3s and 4s competing first. Josie Ward battled through some tricky games in the first set against Anna Coghlan. Once Josie was in a Rhythm she took charge of the match showing excellent tactical awareness and precision to execute the win 6-4, 6-1.

Caoimhe Guppy played Heidi Cirncan in a 2 hour, 3 set match. Caoimhe won the first set before Heidi fought back to win the 2nd set. At 1 set all Caoimhe wasn’t letting Heidi get the better of her. She dug deep and showed great determination to secure the victory 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

At 2-0 to the good after 2 singles matches it was up to Paulina & Latesha to continue the momentum  and secure the win before the doubles. Paulina was up against their no.1 Samantha Tsvamuno. Paulina didn’t want to spend too much time on court in the 26 degree heat. She traded rallies at the start of the first set to stay ahead in the games. Samantha then picked up the pace and started to attack but Paulina was having none of it and her first strike tennis gave her a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 victory in less than 45 minutes.

Latesha was up against Staffs no.2 Alice Jayne Dudley in a match which needed tremendous mental focus. With an eye on the prize Latesha was determined to play aggressively. Latesha combined this with consistency from the baseline to win the match 6-2, 6-2 and securing the 4-0 lead in the tie.

With the tie won it was a great chance for us to improve our doubles before heading home. The girls did really well at closing the net cutting out the cross court rally which was really good to see and will help them in future events. They secured the 6-0 victory. Paulina & Latesha won 6-2, 6-2 and Josie & Caoimhe won 6-0, 6-4.

It was a pressure for myself and Lucy Sanders to captain the 14u girls team. The girls were amazing all weekend. They worked really hard on court and were excellent on the side lines supporting each other.

A wonderful team spirit. Well done girls!!

14u county cup team

 

 

 

County Friendly vs Shropshire, 24 - 25 March 2018

It was an amazing weekend for our County Juniors in their friendly with Shropshire, with every age group winning in style!

9u team won 18-3
10u team won 9-0
12u team won 6-3
14u team won 8-1

Well done to all the players, coaches, parents, sponsors and supporters.

9u Team: Captain Natalie Obrien. Boys: Theo Houston, Felix Shennan & Oliver Badger. Girls: Izzy Pioli, Evie McDougall & Daisy Williams.

10u Team. Boys: Toby Ward, Alfie Mills, George Kirkham & Jack Bulbulia. Girls: Oliwia Sztorc, Izzy Pioli & Evie McDougall.

12u Team. Girls captain Luke Pettit. Boys captain Steve Barnett. Girls: Bethany Pye, Sophia Jenkins Howard, Lois Burgess & Lilia Mico
(not pictured). Boys: Harley Jones, Sam Laidler & Sam Cassidy.

14u Team. Girls: Latesha Grant, Paulina Jurkowska & Caoimhe Guppy. Boys: Joe Hart, James Stanford & Scott Mortimer.

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14U Boys & Girls County Cup Team, 10 March 2018

Captain Tony Ravenscroft (Captain) and Lucy Sanders
Team Asena Pavlova, Latesha Grant, Paulina Jurkowska and Sally Lewin, Stuart Shannon, Joe Hart, Scott Mortimer and James Stanford
Venue Corby


Herefordshire & Worcestershire took to the courts for the final time this winter in the the 12 Counties event in Corby.

The 14u team sponsored by Karndean Designflooring battled it out against Leicestershire, Bedfordshire and Nottinghamshire.

 


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