Team Challenge Regional Round

Very well done to our Under 13s!  They have made it to the Final and their manager, Elizabeth Alam writes as follows:A largely inexperienced & depleted U13 team (George Moran, Ben Mathewson, Anthony Lai, Ashraf Alam, Lexie Howard & Asmita Chaudhari) travelled to York knowing they would have to concede one game in every match, as we only had the two girls.  They drew Yorkshire in the first round, against whom only Ashraf could claim victory.  Undaunted, they faced Notts who chose to keep their strongest players for doubles, only to find we had won the match by the end of the singles, with relatively easy wins for Ashraf and Asmita and hard fought victories for both Anthony and Lexie (Lexie finally clinching the vital fourth point in a long three set game).  So, on to Isle Of Man, knowing that victory would seal 2nd place and qualification for the Team Challenge finals later in the year.  Three singles wins meant that everything hinged on George and Ben in the doubles.  These two young players had been steadily improving through the day, and they secured the match win by taking the 2nd end convincingly in an otherwise very tight game.  Congratulations to the whole team – EVERYONE played their part!  And many thanks to Tom and Alison for their coaching and support through the day.

Unfortunately, the Under 15s could not quite match the performance of their juniors, although they did face more competing teams. They fought hard but could only manage 3rd in their group.

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