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14U, 12 Counties Competition, 12th January 2019

Captains Chris Marlow & Lucy Sanders
Team Joe hart, James Stanford, Tom Round, Harley Jones, Latesha Grant, Josie Ward, Caoimhe Guppy, Bethany Pye
Venue Corby


H&W LTA 14U County Team, Corby 12 counties

Round 1 v Hertfordshire:

Boys: Joe got the team off to a great start with a win in the first match. James had a bit of a slow start but then got into the match unfortunately losing 8-6 in the 2nd set tie break. Tom and Harley gave a great showing of themselves against tough opposition but lost 4-2 4-2 and 4-0 4-1 respectively.

Girls: Knowing Hertfordshire was a strong team the girls went in and fought hard. Josie had a close match losing 5-3 5-3 and Caoimhe was unlucky not to get the 2nd set against her opponent losing in a tie-break. Latesha and Beth played strong opponents, they worked hard but lost 4-2 4-0 and 4-1 4-1.

Round 2 v Cheshire
Boys: It was great to see James getting into his stride and increase his intensity levels. There was some great determination shown but his opponent was too strong on the day and he 4-2 4-1.  Joe had a difficult match but was positive throughout and even though he suffered a loss was straight back on the side line supporting the team. Tom played some good tennis and was in the match however the score line did not reflect the play. Harley had a very competitive first set, full of emotion and he overcame a tricky situation to play some great tennis, unfortunately losing 5-4 4-0.

Girls: Josie had close first set against the Cheshire number 2 losing in a tie-break, but after that the match did not go her way. Latesha’s opponent was very consistent and difficult to break down. She got into the match in the 2nd set but unfortunately lost 4-1 4-2. Caoimhe had a battle but lost 10-7 in the match tie-break but Beth did well to win H&W’s only tie-break of the day and beat her opponent to get the girls first match on the board.

Round 3 v Norfolk
Boys: A win was needed here for H&W not to finish 4th – Tom had confidently told me that wouldn’t happen!  Joe was back to winning ways with a very strong performance winning 4-1 4-2. James was involved in another competitive match. After winning the first set comfortably, losing the second set in a tie-break the match tie-break was close but a 10-8 loss. Clearly disappointed James still stayed on to support the team to the end. Tom had a competitive match but lost in the match tie-break 10-3. It came down to Harley to get something out of the day, he beat his opponent 4-1 4-1 securing H&W 3rd place.

Girls: Just like the boys a win was needed here to get something from the day. The girls put in assured and confident performances after having found the previous rounds challenging.  All the girls came away with comfortable wins securing 3rd place. After the girl’s match was over it was very pleasing to see all the girls going to support Harley as he finished the final match of the day.

In short:

  • Great team spirt – all players and parents stayed until the end (in Corby’s freezing conditions!)
  • 3rd Place
  • Great tennis throughout, but a tough day on court for some of the players- great to learn from
  • Some of the close matches could have changed the day (out of the 7 tie-breaks played throughout the day H&W only won 1)

Well done everyone!


Worcestershire Visually Impaired Tennis Group

The Worcestershire Visually Impaired tennis group held its latest session at David Lloyd in Worcester last Saturday.

The group were delighted to welcome Simon Lancaster from Edgbaston Priory. Simon has been running the visually impaired set up at Edgbaston for a while and brought some great ideas to the group, supporting the work already being carried out by our own Tina Manning who has been working with the VI players since the summer.

Many of the players are now working towards their first VI tournament in March next year which is really exciting for all concerned.

Huge thanks to Simon for coming along and to David Lloyd Worcester for allowing us to use their indoor facilities.


You cannot be serious! Ed Bradford scoops top referee award

Many congratulations to Ed Bradford who has recently been awarded the 2018 ABTO Referee of the Year!

The award was given out ‘For an outstanding contribution to tennis in the current year in any capacity’. 

Ed was presented with a silver salver and certificate at the ABTO AGM as part of the LTA National Officiating Conference by the Chair, Ray Lovell.

Ed Bradford referee of the year 2018In 2017 Ed completed over 85 days of officiating at all levels in on and off court roles and was invited to join the National Referee Development Group. Ed completed nearly 60 days as a referee and undertook his first British Tour and control desk assignments, as well as evaluating other referees. 

This is a massive commitement around his day job, and 2018 has continued in a similar vein. In addition to his work as an umpire he'd managed to work a similar number of days as a referee. Some of Ed's personal highlights have included a control desk assignment at a wheelchair event in Bolton in February before running a British Tour at the Connaught Club in Essex. 

In June Ed was given a further control desk duty at the pre-Wimbledon combined ATP/ITF Ilkley Trophy. This was his biggest refereeing assignment to date and was particularly testing given that Ilkley was a venue that he had no previous experience of and that he was working alongside international referees and a tournament team.

In July Ed had a great opportunity to referee a professional ITF Wheelchair Futures Series in Nottingham under the watch of an international referee, who was running the British Open, before assisting on the control desk at Junior Nationals in August for a few days. 

Ed has remained a member of the National Referee Development Group and throughout the year has continued to enjoy refereeing tournaments such as the National Deaf Championships, Winter National and Regional Tour competitions and County Cup events around the country. 

Ed commented, 'I'm proud that I've managed to maintain my commitment to where it all began. I've continued to run week long Grade 3 tournaments within Herefordshire and Worcestershire, including the Knight Frank Malvern Open and the County Championships, both of which I've refereed for over 10 years and where I've been able to help encourage others to start out on their officiating journey. I always seek to improve the experience year on year for everyone who comes to Malvern and I'm proud that the tournaments get consistently positive feedback by creating an atmosphere that is fun yet firm.'


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!


She Rallies smashes it in Herefordshire

Wonderful to see so much enthusiasm and energy at the recent Herefordshire SheRallies event. 

She RalliesA great group of ladies from Hereford, Ombersley, Goodrich, Ross and Boughton Tennis Clubs were put through their paces by Tina Manning, our She Rallies Ambassador.

Congratulations to the ‘youngsters’ who were victorious in the circuit challenge

Many thanks to Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School for hosting the event, to everyone who made it and Tina for doing such a top job!

Watch out Judy Murray as the Herefordshire ladies are pumped and ready to get cracking 

Stay tuned for more She Rallies news.






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.

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