12U Boys County Cup
Venue: Redditch Tennis Club
Date: 24/25 April 2021
Group F: Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, & Staffordshire.
- Jazzamay Drew (Captain)
- James McDonald (Assistant)
The H&W 12U Boys went to Redditch at the weekend to compete in the County Cup event. The team of Harry Emmett, Henry Foster, Thomas Griffiths, Callum Hooper and Oliver Stevens arrived early to have a good team warm-up.
The boys got off to a flying start on Saturday, first against Shropshire Harry & Oliver won their singles to put H&W 2-0 up, next was Callum and Henry to play. Henry started slowly losing the 1st set 0-4 but after some on court guidance Henry turned the match around and came through 12-10 in the 3rd set match tiebreak, Callum proved too strong for the Shropshire number 1 winning 4-1,4-0 to put H&W 4-0 up.
Next was the doubles where Callum and Henry teamed up and Harry and Thomas teamed up. Callum and Henry dispatched the 1st pair 4-1,4-0 in some tough windy conditions and Harry and Thomas came through a tight match 10-4 in the 3rd Set tiebreak securing the win over Shropshire 6-0.
Next up were Derbyshire where the singles needed to be played Oliver and Harry were 1st to play Oliver fought hard to take the 1st set to a tiebreak but the Derbyshire number 4 proved too strong. Harry played some great tennis to dispatch of Derbyshire number 3 4-0,4-1. It was back to singles number 1 & 2 with both Henry and Callum putting in very strong performances to win both singles matches against Derbyshire with lots of positive support from the sideline and great team spirit all day it was the end of Day 1 with H&W leading the tie 3-1. We couldn’t have asked for stronger performances from the players on day 1.
With a good rest and the boys ready for action on day 2, it was back early for another team warm-up focusing on some doubles tactics. Harry and Oliver played against Derbyshire’s 2nd Pair and put in a strong performance but lost out 13-11 in the 3rd set tiebreak. Callum and Henry took on Derbyshire’s 1st pair and showed great teamwork and energy coming through the match 4-1,4-1 taking advantage of the sudden death deuces meaning H&W won the tie 4-2.
Next up was Staffordshire the boys raced through the singles to go 4-0 up it was just the doubles left to play with Harry & Thomas losing out 11-9 in the 3rd set match tiebreak and Callum & Henry winning 4-1,4-0 meaning H&W beat Staffordshire 5-1 to Win U12 boys group F.
It was an amazing effort from the boys winning 15 out of 18 matches over the weekend.
The boys should be very proud of themselves. They were an amazing team who supported each other throughout the event.
A big thank you to all the players for making this an enjoyable event and to the H&W families for their positive support for the team over the whole weekend.
It’s been a pleasure helping this team improve during training and during the event, I am very proud of them as a captain and on behalf of H&W Tennis.
This experience will stand them in good stead for future matches and County Cups.
Well done boys!!
Jazzamay Drew - 12U H&W boys team captain