Monday was the start of the October Autumn Winter Holidays and on this beautiful sunny day it also witnessed the junior club tournaments.
There was a good turnout for the Under 12 event which opened at 9-30am. Players were required to play one short set best of four with a sudden death deuce. There were various standards on show but no one could fault the effort of all our youngsters. Finally after 2 ½ hours of sweat and toil there was ultimately a clear winner with George Brown proving a class above wining all six of his games. There was some great tennis on show and hopefully the youngsters will continue to play and improve as they progress in their tennis development.
George Brown receives his medal and tube of balls following his U12 success alongside coach Paul Archer.
Some of the youngsters in the Under 12 event are pictured above.
There were six competitors in the Under 14 section which commenced following the conclusion of the U12 event. Participants this time played sets of 4 but a best of three with the final set a tiebreak to 10 if scores were level. Henry Brown, bother of George, was favourite for this event and looking to emulate his younger brothers earlier success. During his first game with Cameron Pickervance it was easy to see why as he produced some tremendous tennis with great passing ability and court coverage. Pickervance is a solid player himself and was strong from the baseline but Brown came through 4-2,4-3.
Bradley Triffitt looked to be Browns main rival and after an opening success over Nathan Spencer he faced Brown in what looked an early title decider. Brown was too strong in the opener winning 4-1 but Triffitt was far more aggressive in the second and served at 3-3. However with the set poised at deuce and the next point crucial he found the net to lose 4-1,4-3.
Brown was able to maintain his winning form and was unbeaten recording five victories. Triffitt was indeed runner up and was perhaps left to rue a slow start against Brown in the big one. All the players were a credit however and many a good rally was witnessed throughout the morning.
A beaming Henry Brown collects the U14 title.
From left to right – Thomas Spencer, Samuel Spencer, Nathan Spencer, Cameron Pickervance, Bradley Triffitt and Henry Brown who competed in the U14 Event.
The Under 18 event attracted Ollie Newsome and Charlie Dixon who played out the final which was full sets, best of three. Newsome is a very promising player who will surely be well sought after by many of the team captains next term. He is a big serving baseliner who is also very accomplished at the net with great court coverage. Nixon was the mainstay of the Wetherby U14 team last year and is a solid player who dominates many games from the baseline. The opening set was a real thriller with Dixon opening up a 4-2 lead and threatening a shock. However regular U16 star Newsome showed his class to reel off 4 games to win a close affair 6-4. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of young Dixon who couldn’t live with Newsome in the second set finally losing 6-1. This final certainly witnessed some very entertaining tennis and hopefully both players will continue to flourish on the court.
Ollie Newsome and Charlie Dixon pose before the U18 final.
U18 winner Ollie Newsome with coach Paul Archer.
A great day of tennis with the final ball hit around 3pm meant a long session for coach and organiser Paul Archer who did an excellent job keeping the youngsters entertained and focused. He has a great rapport with the juniors and it was nice to see the respect shown towards their coach throughout.
A big thanks to all our players today and the watching parents who supported too.