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Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Team Reports

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.

The first tie against Bedfordshire saw Stuart Shannon, Joe Hart, Scott Mortimer and James Stanford all get off to an excellent start only dropping 4 games in 4 matches beating the Beds boys 4-0.

The girls team of Asena Pavlova, Latesha Grant, Paulina Jurkowska and Sally Lewin also didn’t take any prisoners beating Beds girls 4-0 and only dropping 3 games in 4 matches.

The competition was going to get tougher in the next two ties. Number 1s and 2s were up first against Nottinghamshire. Stuart worked hard to secure a 4-2, 4-0 against Notts no.1 and Joe Hart had to fight off a come back to beat Notts no.2 5-3, 5-4.

The girls continued the strong start against Notts with Asena mixing up the play and defeating their no.1 5-4, 4-2 whilst Latesha went to the wire against their no.2 clinching victory 14-12 in the match tie break.

Scott Mortimer and James Stanford had tough opponents at 3 & 4. Scott lost out in a closely fought match that ended 10-7 against Notts no.3 and James Stanford had a battle losing out 4-2, 4-2 to their no.4 which meant the tie finished 2-2 for the boys.
Paulina and Sally continued the success for the girls swiftly taking care of business against Notts 3&4 with Paulina winning 4-0, 4-0 and Sally winning 4-1, 4-1 securing a 4-0 win for the team.

The final tie was against a strong Leicestershire team and the winners would take top spot.

The boys competed well against players ranked higher. Joe beat their no.2 5-3, 4-1. James lost out in a match tie break, Stuart and Scott lost in straight sets after tough matches which placed the boys in joint 2nd with Notts.

The girls were in a similar situation competing against higher ranked players. Latesha beat their no.2 4-2, 4-1 and Paulina just lost out 10-8 in a match tie break to Leics no.3. Asena and Sally had tough matches losing out to no.1 & no.4 respectively leaving the girls with a 2nd place finish.

The players showed great commitment to the team throughout the day whilst competing as well as supporting each other from the sidelines. It was a pleasure to captain this team and they did the county proud.

Thanks to Lucy Sanders for helping captain the 14U team as well as all the age groups this winter and thanks to all the parents for their support.

 

14U County TEam

League Table

 

18U Boys County Cup Team, 23-25 February 2018

Captain Mike Langston (Captain) and Jamie Marks
Team Alex Maggs, Billy Wright, Alex Pavel, Alfie Cook, George Cook, Herbie Mckenna, Joe Wherry and Matt Sime
Venue Cambridge

Day 1 – Vs Notts
On the first day against Notts County we felt we were the favourites going in. After 2 wins from George Cook and Herbie Mckenna at no.5 & no.6, at the start of the day, everyone was feeling positive and keen to capitalise on the opportunity.
Next up was our no.4 Alfie cook and no.3 Alex Pavel. Alfie had a tough match against one of the players of the weekend narrowly losing out in 2 sets. Alex did well to get through his match in 2 sets, beating a cagey opponent 7-6 in the second.
Last on to the singles was no.2 Billy Wright and no.1 Alex Maggs. Alex got through a relatively comfortable match against Notts no.1 6-4 6-4 & Billy battled to the end but ultimately fell short against a difficult opponent.

At 4-2 up after the singles, the victory was in sight with only 1 rubber needed to win the day.
First pair on for H&W was Alex Pavel and Herbie Mckenna who faced Notts no.3 pair. After winning the first set the boys couldn’t quite hold up and proceeded to lose the second set and then a nail-biting champ tie break 9-11.
Billy & George were next up at second pair to get an almost comfortable win, after winning the first set 6-0 they then won the following set 7-5.
Final pair Alex Maggs and Alfie Cook were favourites going into the match, after a rocky start losing the first set, they came back to win a convincing 6-0 10-3.

Day 2 – Vs Cumbria
After winning on the first day the tone was set & there were high expectations heading into day 2!
Things started ok with George and Joe getting us to 1-1 after the first two singles heading into the second round of matches.
Alfie and Alex P were on next and kept us level at 2-2.
Finally Billy and Alex M went on, to leave us 3-3, with nothing to choose between the two teams!
A mention to Alex Maggs who after going a set down finished up with a 6-0 final set against a quality Cumbria no.1 player.

Going into the doubles we knew it would be a battle to secure a win.
Matt Sime and Joe wherry got off to a great start by winning the first set against Cumbria’s no.3 pair. They then went on to lose the second narrowly after recovering from a double break down.
It wasn’t to be in the champ tie break either as they just lost out 12-10, very close indeed!
Our Second Pair Billy and George got off to a good start by getting the first set in the doubles, unfortunately they went on to lose the second set. After battling back from 5 points down in the championship tiebreak they eventually lost 10-7 in the third set.
Alex M and Alfie had a close fought battle in their doubles as well, but that wasn’t to be either.
After 3 champ tie breaks we finished the day 6-3 down – but a good effort from all the players.

Day 3 – Vs Norfolk
Day 3 was up in the air, promotion and relegation were both still on the cards for the team at the start of the day.
Norfolk had looked strong over the other two days, winning both of their matches.
They proved too solid for us in 5 out of 6 of the singles, with only Alex M coming away with the win. A similar story in the doubles really showed Norfolk’s strength in depth.
The H&W players still fought until the last ball and managed to get an extra rubber from the doubles to save some pride!

18U boys county cup team

The few days we spent over at Cambridge as a whole were very successful on the tennis court but also off court as well.
With great team support on the side lines of every match that took place during each of the days.
Good team bonding in the evenings also made the trip a really worthwhile experience for everyone involved.

A particular mention must also go to all of the players making their 18U county cup playing debut:

Billy Wright (Singles/ doubles)
Herbie Mckenna (Singles/ doubles)
Alex Pavel (Singles/ doubles)
Matt Sime (doubles)
Joe Wherry (doubles)

 

 

 

18U Girls County Cup Team, 23-25 February 2018

Captain Steve Barnett (Captain) and Lucy Sanders
Team Kate Horsbrugh, Katy Lewin, Imogen Sinclair, Lucie Palmer, Imogen Looker, Paulina Jurkowska and Latesha Grant
Venue Barnstable

Day 1 –
The first match was against Bedfordshire and all the girls were keen to do well and get off to a good start.  After the first three singles Paulina (6), Lucie (5) and Latesha (4) all won in straight sets to get us off to a flying lead. The second round of singles saw some tougher opposition and despite best efforts Katy (3), Imogen Sinclair (2) and Kate (1) all lost in straight sets. The doubles pairs were Imogen Looker and Lucie (3), Latesha and Paulina (2) and Kate and Katy (1). Kate and Katy had a tough match at 1 and lost 6-3, 6-1 but Latesha and Paulina at 2 worked well together to win 7-6, 6-3. Imogen and Lucie played some great tennis and put up a huge fight but narrowly missed out in the 3rd set tie break. The end result for the day was 5-4 loss to Bedfordshire.

Day 2 –
The second fixture for the weekend was against Cornwall, who had a close win against Northumberland on day 1. Our singles line up stayed the same as day 1 and the girls started well with both Paulina and Lucie having great wins against their opponents at 5 and 6.  Latesha had a tough match at 4 and lost 6-2, 6-1. Our top 3 were keen to improve on their singles result from day 1 and didn’t disappoint. Katy beat her opponent 6-2, 6-4 and Kate proved too strong for her opponent beating her 6-2, 6-1. Imogen Sinclair had a notably great result at 2, after losing the first set she came back to win 6-3 in the second and then came from 4-1 down in the third to win 6-4, in a thrilling match.  5-1 in the singles and into the doubles the girls had great wins at 1 and 3. Katy and Kate won 6-2, 6-3 and Latesha and Paulina won 6-2, 6-2. Imogen Looker and Lucie had a close third set tiebreak at 2 and just lost out 11-9. A well deserved 7-2 result against Cornwall set us up well in the table for day 3.

Day 3 –
Our final fixture for the weekend was against Northumberland, who were currently bottom of the table. In the absence of Imogen Sinclair, most of the girls had to play up in the singles order. With continued dominance Paulina won her singles in straight sets and without dropping a game. Imogen Looker played her first singles match of the weekend and won 6-3, 6-4 to put the team 2-0 up. Lucie had a tough match and despite coming back in the second set lost 6-4 in the final set. Latesha and Katy had some strong opponents and unfortunately missed out on victory. Kate remained strong at number 1 and won 6-0, 6-0.  After singles complete the girls were 3-3 and needed a good result from the doubles. Confident to secure a win all pairs played well to win in straight sets and confirm our final position in the table.

Overall a strong second place was well earned and with only 1 rubber holding back promotion the girls did great. A special well done to our youngest team member Paulina at only 12, who won all her matches in straight sets over the weekend and provided a massive boost to the team. Well done to all those who played and supported throughout.

18U Girls County Cup

 

10U County Cup Team, 18th February 2018

Captain Tony Ravenscroft with Lucy Sanders (Assistant Captain)
Team Toby Ward, Ollie Dieppe, Alfie Mills & George Kirkham, Lilia Mico, Maya Hart, Oliwia Sztorc & Evie Dorise
Venue Corby

The 10&U team performed well and the day brought lots of close matches with 11 out of 24 matches going to a match tie break. 

The first tie against Bedfordshire was tough for the boys, Toby missed out on a match tie break to Bedfordshire’s number 1. They had one player that wasn’t eligible which gave us a rubber in the 3-1 loss. The girls had the reverse score line winning 3-1 with Oliwia beating their number three 12-10 in a match tie break whilst Lilia and Maya both battled through close matches winning in straight sets. 

The 2nd tie against Nottinghamshire proved to be another challenging tie for the boys with three of the four matches going to a match tie break. George showed some positive attacking play but lost in 2 sets to their strong number 4. Toby, Ollie & Alfie all went to one set all but Notts were the stronger players in the match tie breaks and took the tie 4-0.
The girls also had close matches with two being decided with match tie breaks. Oliwia went one set down but came back to beat their number three 10-6 in the match tie break. Evie secured the first set against Notts number 4, the 2nd set was tougher with the match levelling at one set all. Evie had a battle until the end securing the match with a 10-8 win. Lilia had a great match against their strong number one losing out in 2 close sets. Maya was dominant in her match against their number 2 winning in two sets and only dropping one game.

The last tie against top of the table Leicestershire was the toughest tie of the day for the girls. Lilia ran every ball down all day and nothing was different in this match winning 4-2, 4-0 against their number one. Maya had a close match losing out in a match tie break. We lost the tie 3-1.

The boys had a turn around on the match tie breaks in this tie, winning 2 out of 3. Ollie came back from one set down and lost out in his match tie break. Toby fought back from one set down against Leics number one. Toby remained focused and positive throughout the decider to secure the win 10-7. Alfie was the last man standing and played some great tennis against Leics number 3. He won the first set 5-4(3) and had a battle in the 2nd losing 4-5(7). This didn’t dampen his spirits and with support on the sidelines from the team he never gave up and won the match 11-9 to secure a 2-2 draw. 

The boys finished 4th on the day and the girls finished 2nd which leaves us 3rd in the overall leaderboard just 2 points off  Notts in 2nd place.

It was a great day and the team should be proud of themselves for all the hard work through the day. Thanks to all the team for their great performances throughout the day and to all the parents for their support until the end. 

10U H7w County Team

 

 

9U County Cup Team, 3rd February 2018

Captain Natalie O'Brien with Mark Smout
Team Jack Bulbulia, Theo Houston, Felix Shennan and Maya Hart
Venue Corby

A great effort from the H&W 9U team over the weekend.

We were up against some strong opposition but H&W’s attitude and determination on court was fantastic to see.
We had a great start beating the Yorkshire team 3-1.

Theo Houston beat their number 2 player Lloyd in an exciting match, winning 7-6, 7-6.
Jack Bulbulia beat their number 1 player in another entertaining match 7-6, 7-6 and Felix Shennan beat their number 3 player Elizabeth 7-2, 7-6.

Some of the other highlights for H&W were Jack’s win over the Buckinghamshire’s number 1 Ashton 7-3, 7-4.
Theo’s win against Essex’s number 2 Peter 7-3, 7-6 and also his win against North Hants ’number 2 Charlie 7-4, 7-5.
Felix’s win against North Hants’ number 3, 7 -6, 7-4 and Mayas win against North Hants’ number 4 Henna in 3 sets winning 5-7, 7-4, 7-5.

Cambridgeshire were the overall winners of the day and we finished 7th.

A big thank you to the team for their behaviour both on and off court and the way they supported each other was lovely to see.

Thanks to the parents for their support and to Mark Smout for scoring and supporting the team.

9u county team

 

18U County Cup Team, January 2018

Captain Mike Langston and Lucy Sanders (Assistant Captain)
Venue Corby

Boys:

An excellent set of performances from all the boys secured them second place at Corby cup this year.
Alex Maggs playing at no.1 cruised through the first 2 matches of the day. He then stayed solid to get over the line in a tough third match against Leicester’s top player, to put the team in a good position.

Alfie Cook, Alex Pavel & Herbie Mckenna Morgan H&W’s no.2, 3 & 4 respectively all played some great quality matches over the day as well, with Alex P picking up a couple of good wins and Herbie also picking up a win. A tough set of matches for Alfie playing at no.2 saw him compete well against some high quality opponents.

Girls:

Setting out at the start of the day with 3 players instead of 4, the girls knew it was going to be a difficult one.

That being said, all of the girls put in great performances throughout the day and lost out on a potential first place by only 1 rubber, with the two teams ahead of them in first and second place drawing on rubbers. 

Imogen Sinclair chalked up 3 wins out of 3 at no.2 with some really solid tennis throughout the day. Kate Horsburgh (playing at no.1) got two wins - one of which being a very gritty performance, in a heated match, against a tough opponent from Notts county. Katie Lewin, playing at no.3, battled every step of the way to get 2 important wins for the girls after originally thinking she’d be playing at no.4!

All in all a great day of team bonding and good quality tennis.

18U County Cup Team

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire team carried themselves well and did the county proud!

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12U County Cup Team, 25th November 2017

Captain Steve Barnett
Team James STANFORD, Harley JONES, Isaac BRIDGE, Sam LAIDLER, Paulina JURKOWSKA  , Josie WARD 
Sophie JENKINS HOWARD, Caoimhe GUPPY 
Venue Corby

Our first match was against Bedfordshire and the team were keen to get off to a good start. The boys got off to a good start with a 3-1 win, with James Stanford narrowly losing 10-8 in the third set match tie break.  The girls played well to win 4-0 with all the girls winning in straight sets.

The second match was against Nottinghamshire and the boys had some tougher matches, although best efforts led to a 2-2 draw. Notably Harley Jones played well to win 10-1 in the third set match tie break. The girls continued their winning ways to beat Notts 3-1 and confirm a deciding match against Leicestershire.

The final match of the day was against a strong Leicestershire team for both boys and girls. Despite the best effort from the boys they lost 4-0 but again James went all the way to a 3rd set match tie break and again narrowly lost 10-8. The girls unfortunately had a similar fate and lost all 4 rubbers against some tough opposition.

Overall the boys finished in 3rd place only just missing out by 1 rubber against Nottinghamshire and the girls finished in a strong 2nd place only losing to Leicestershire. A great effort from all the players on the day and an excellent team spirit throughout, with all everyone supporting until the final match. 

12u Corby

Many thanks to the sponsors of our 12U County teams, Karndean Designflooring

Well done to all!

Steve Barnett (Team Captain)

 


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