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The Under 14 team are captained by Chris Brookes, who has developed a good partnership with Thomas Jackson. Both play outside of school and are developing their style of play. Other regular players include Elliot King, Alfie Celella, Cameron Leighton, Will Houston, Ali Sadik, Charlie Sturdy, Alexander Wickes and Oliver Leach. There is good competition
It has been fantastic this season to see so many boys represent the school. Sixteen boys have played Tennis for the school, led ably by Jonty Smyth and Matthew Alex, with many representing the school at sport for
the first time. We have enjoyed a very busy fixture list, with the whole squad playing against South Hunsley and Wolfreton (twice!), winning these fixtures. We also played in the AEGON League, facing fierce opposition at Pocklington, only to turn the performance round towards the end of the season and win against a much changed Pocklington side. Our first pair also travelled to the ISTA tournament at Eton towards the end of term
It is always great to work with the Under 12s, who always have unbounded energy and enthusiasm. There is a great deal of competition for places, especially when the cricketers who also play tennis are included and there is certainly potential for the future amongst this group of players. The first pair of Will Watson
and Matthew Wild had the honour of representing
the Under 13 squad at the ISTA Championships and gained vital experience for next year. Other players
who represented this squad include Christopher Chi, Lawrence Day, Max Donnelly George Birch, Harrison Mann, Makesi David, James Grundy, Mathew Crossland, Archie Seed and Enis Ozer. The team finished sixth
in the Hymers’ invitational Mixed Doubles and were competitive in all of their fixtures. Coaching has been
Every Wednesday lunchtime, many pupils spanning
all different year groups assemble to play competitive and friendly badminton matches in the sports hall. Badminton club is open for all abilities and gives pupils a chance to socialise and to practise badminton for the annual National Schools’ Badminton Championships, in which Hymers enters four teams to compete. The Championships give players a chance to demonstrate their skills, which they have developed at the club,
in spirited matches against other schools. The
for places in the regular Saturday team and when one considers that there are also players such as Michael Kopac-Pickering , Robert Thomlinson and Charlie Phillips in this year group, there is certainly strength in depth. The team finished fourth in the Hymers’ Invitational Tournament and sixth in the Hymers’ Invitational Mixed Doubles
and this was a valuable learning experience to see the quality of opposition out there nationally.
Over the course of the season we have fought each point aggressively, improved the power and accuracy of our serve and returned the ball over the net in more challenging places for our opponents. Next season, we need to ensure that we attend the lunchtime and make the most of the opportunities the school provides us with, as this season we have shown potential.
Mr C J Setterington & J Smyth, Year 8
provided by Dave Kitchen from Nuffield Health Tennis Club and has been much enjoyed by all concerned. For some boys, tennis is their sole representative sport and, with practice, tennis is a sport that much improvement can be achieved in a short amount of time. I would
like to thank Dr Denton (Under 15) Mr Setterington (Under 13) and Mr Tapley (Under 12) for running the junior teams. All have heavy teaching commitments, but willingly give of their time to organise the teams and run the matches. A final vote of thanks goes to the parents who provide support for our players as well as transport. The tennis programme in the school could not operate without you.
Mr SJ Walmsley
Hymers teams always show strong determination and sportsmanship. Sana Naiman, from Year 10, described the club as “a great weekly session for building up badminton skills, in order to trial for the competitive teams, or simply for fun!” All of the School’s badminton players are extremely grateful to Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Wylde for giving up their Wednesday lunchtimes to run the club and for accompanying us to the tournament.
Lucy Maliakal, Year 10 I 137

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