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ETON TENNIS TOUR
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  Twenty four students and three staff set off from the Humber Bridge for our annual trip south for the Independent Schools’ Tennis Championships help at Eton College. Spirits were high on the coach down to Eton with East Yorkshire supplying our favourite coach with tables and favourite driver Jake. We stopped at Leicester Forest Services where Mr Walmsley told us that the last thing he wanted us to do was lose any valuables. Unfortunately Ananya did just that and the last thing she did was leave her phone. Thankfully some good citizen had handed it in and a very grateful Ananya was reunited with her phone.
When we reached Eton, we were immediately hit by the “wow” factor of their new tennis pavilion and double astro, giving them 46 courts on site. The pavilion has a balcony giving a panoramic view of the whole area and Mr Tapley set up an observation point in his
“child’s deck chair”.
First on court were the senior boys, who by virtue of the draw had been given a bye into the second round of the draw. Sam King, Tom Sergeant, Chris Thompson and James Douglass have been ever present on the tennis courts for the last six years and fight for every point, but found that St Albans took things to a whole new level. We won games in both matches, but not sets and we were dispatched to the plate. We were drawn
against Tonbridge in the plate who had lost their first round match to one of the tournament favourites and despite valiant efforts, both pairs were again defeated.
Next on court were the Under 15 boys. Ben Douglass and James Godber have probably been our most improved pair this season and they had a good win against St Peter’s 2, but lost to seeded New Hall, Tonbridge and Yarm, taking them into the plate. Our second pair of Tim Willis and Rithvik Narendrenath played admirably, but lost against very strong opposition in Eton, Ridley, Warwick and Yarm, again qualifying for the plate.
In the plate, pair 1 played a great game against Ampleforth, losing 5-6, having got to 30 all in the deciding game, but also lost to Bradfield and St
Peter’s 1. Pair 2 played Rugby, St Peter’s 2 and Epsom, improving in every game, but failing to register a win. Next to play were the Under 15 girls in the Asbury- Bailey Cup. Gemma Wood and Victoria Mowforth
were full of hope and ready to take on some tough opposition in Culford, Cokethorpe, St. Peter’s & St Helen’s. Despite their efforts they only managed to secure games and not sets, which meant they qualified for the Plate. Our second pair of Sana Naiman & Zala Korosec again had some well-fought matches against Framlingham, New Hall and came within one game of beating local rivals Queen Margaret’s, which meant that
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