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Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Team Reports

12U Girls County Cup Team, National Finals 13-15 July

Captains Luke Pettit & Lucy Sanders
Team Josie Ward, Sophia Jenkins-Howard, Bethany Pye, Caoimhe Guppy
Venue Bolton Arena


We turned up to Nationals with on paper the lowest overall ranked team in the competition. We started out against Wiltshire on the Friday. Bethany started us off in ideal fashion with a commanding 4-0 5-3 win, playing some solid all round tennis. Next up was Caoimhe against the UK ranked 11, and came agonisingly close losing 3-5 3-5 having set points in both. Josie was up against the UK ranked 12U number 2 and for a set was an equal but in the end went down 3-5  0-4.   Into the doubles and Josie and Caoimhe were dominated ending in a 1-3 match loss.

Into Saturday and we took on Leicestershire first the eventual winners of the Nationals. Sophia had a tough 0-4 0-4 loss. Caoimhe managed set points against the UK ranked number 5 but went down 0-4  4-5and Josie lost 1-4 1-4 to the top ranked player in the uk. Bethany and Sophia managed to get closer in doubles to opposition but eventually lose 4-5  2-4.  A heavy loss but considering Leicestershire went on to win the final this was not a surprising result. 

Our last group match was against Yorkshire. After the first two singles we were 2-0 down. This is where the team came alive. Josie started with a match tie-break win in the singles. In the doubles Josie and Caoimhe won 5-4 5-4 the second set tie break 7-0!! We were confident going into the shootout as we were now the shootout team, and the girls didn't disappoint and came out 10-6 winners meaning 3rd in our group. A fantastic result!

Final day we played for 5/6th place. Essex came out pumped and except a 12-10 tie break loss for Caoimhe in the singles, Essex managed to keep us at bay for an 8-0 win.

Overall we came 6th, an unbelievable result for our tiny county with, compared to all other counties playing, a small population. We locked horns with pretty much the top 20 national players for most of our matches, a lesson that the girls will take away to motivate for the coming months!

Support was fantastic from parents and the background noise of the Killers and Little Mix concerts next door at the football ground added to the atmosphere.  The whole weekend was played in good competitive spirits between all girls teams.

Many thanks to sponsor Karndean Designflooring.

Look forward to seeing more of our teams achieving this in the new future.

Go H&W Tennis!

H&W 12U Girls at Nationals 2018

H&W 12U Girls at nationals 2018

 

 

14U Girls County Cup Team, 30 June - 1 July 2018

Captains Steve Barnett
Team Harley Jones, Sam Laider, James Stanford and Sam Clements
Venue Manor Park

Our first match was against a strong Staffordshire team, with Henry Trump ranked number 2 in the country and the number 2 ranked 25. Never the less the boys were keen to put their best efforts into their matches. James lost 4-2, 4-1 against at number 1 player, Harley lost in a close match 5-3, 4-2 at 2nd seed and Sam L putting up a great effort but just lost out in the third set tiebreak. James and Harley played the doubles and lost in straight sets but showed great determination in the second set.

Our second match of the day was against North Wales and the temperature was heating up and the sun in full blast. The singles order was the same and the boys got off to a good start with James, Harley and Sam L all winning in straight sets to secure our 2nd place finish in the group. Sam L and Sam C played the doubles and showed great teamwork to beat their opposition comfortably.

A great effort on day 1 and some promising performances from the boys taking us into the semi finals.

Day 2
Our semi finals match was against South Wales, the winning team from group B. James and Harley started well both winning their matches, James won in straight sets, while Harley came from a set down to put up a great performance and win in the third set championship tiebreak 10-7. Sam L played well to win at 3rd seed giving us an overall win into the finals! Harley and James played the doubles against South Wales and played some excellent doubles to win in straight sets 4-1, 4-1.

The final was against Staffordshire and our boys were more optimistic than the first time playing them. James and Harley started and played some fantastic tennis both narrowly missing out with James losing 5-3, 4-1 and Harley losing 5-3, 4-2. Both played much better than the first time against their opponents and keeping positive throughout the match. Sam L had a tough match against his opponent, who improved his level from the first match and lost in straight sets. James and Harley played the last rubber of the competition in the doubles and despite putting in some great tennis lost in straight sets.

Overall 2nd place was a great result and a true reflection of the team’s efforts well done boys!

Steve Barnett (Captain)

12u county boys team

 

12U Girls County Cup Team, 30 June - 1 July 2018

Captains Luke Pettit & Lucy Sanders
Team Josie ward, Caoimhe Guppy, Bethany Pye, Sophia Jenkins-Howard
Venue Wrexham

We arrived in Wrexham to an unbelievable weekend of weather, high 20's, a rarity from past county cups!

First up was Staffordshire on day one and with the loss of 2 solitary games in 4 matches were brushed aside with the minimum of fuss, and so the same for North Wales who except for a small wobble in the doubles were also taken apart 4-0. Meaning a perfect day with all girls picking up some strong wins. 

Onto day two and this was where our work began. We played Warwickshire in the semi finals. Josie came out a 4-2 4-2 winner against a tough player, Caoimhe rushed through a 4-2 4-1 win to make it 2-0. Sophia came out the wrong side of a match tie break 10-4 meaning 2-1 into the doubles. a nail biting match but Josie and Caoimhe showed great battling qualities and reactions to get the win 5-3 4-2.

We made the Final!!

Up against us was South wales, who had Gb players and grade 2 winners included. At 3 Beth put up a strong fight but fell short, equally the same for Caoimhe. Josie then kept us in the tie with a very hard fought win 5-4 4-2, at points the opposition wanted to pull out with fatigue! Into the doubles and we were fantastic at key areas with a 5-3 5-3 win!!

Shootout time, it went back and forth we had match point, saved match points and then finally converted 12-10 to the delight of Josie and Caoimhe on court and the supporters off court. We had a big clan of plays as Warwickshire all stayed to support us on which made it a fantastic watch!

SO, we made NATIONALS!!!

From one very happy and proud coach, a big thanks to the girls who were amazing in the heat, they were superb throughout and the parental support we had, onto Bolton!

12U County Team H&W

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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.

girls 14u county cup

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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