From left to right, Max Svensson, Bradley Triffitt, Tom March, Henry Brown, Ethan Knights, Brook Sutton, George Brown and Maddy Patel before play today.
It was the turn of the juniors on Saturday with almost 20 attending the three competitions available. The U18 tournament saw Bradley Triffitt, Henry Brown, Max Svensson and Tom March contest in a round robin format. Triffitt and March played out a good contest to open proceedings with both players hitting well from deep. Bradley managed to exploit the space however and serving well and producing some lovely play at the net he finally prevailed 6-2. Brown and Svensson are both strong players with Max in particularly having a lethal forehand. Brown is very consistent however and in a hard fought affair just managed to hold firm to run out a narrow 6-4 winner. Henry was involved in another titanic clash as he and Tom played out a fascinating battle which went down to the wire. Henry once more used good mental strength to take the tie break for a 7-6 victory. Max , who had replaced Angus Harte, produced his best form of the morning when taking Triffitt all the way in the players second match. Svensson was on fire and unleashing some huge forehands that Bradley had little answer to. However Triffitt is building up plenty of match experience in the adult leagues and he used this to good effect. Sensing a comeback he fought his way back and surviving three match points finally won 7-5 in a thriller which was a testament to both competitors.
Max had used up so much energy the tanks were running on empty as he faced Tom March who was rewarded for a very consistent mornings tennis by taking the finale 6-2 to secure third place. Henry and Bradley were playing what in effect was the final and there was little between the duo throughout. At 4-4 it was all to play for but Triffitt managed to find extra reserves to run out a narrow 6-4 victory in another excellent clash.
Well done Bradley Triffitt who defeated Henry Brown 6-4 in a great final.
The U14 event also saw some top tennis and its great to see some strong players emerging to represent the club in the forthcoming junior league season. George Brown, brother of Henry, was able to ensure the Brown household were celebrating as he fought off Jack Medcalf to take the crown. The crucial clash was George coming from 3-2 down to defeat Jack 6-3 which relegated Medcalf to runner up. All five players managed a win and young Maddy Patel, who was the only girl in either of the top sections, even had the honour of defeating champion Brown 4-2 to earn a well deserved third place finish.
Well done George Brown for securing the crown ahead of Jack Medcalfe in second place and Maddy Patel in third.
The U12 Green Ball also had a decent turnout and some super tennis from the juniors made for good entertainment. Well done to all on show and we look forward to watching their progress as they continue through the age groups.
A big thanks to organiser Josh Bayliss pictured above congratulating U18 winner Bradley Triffitt.
Rupert and Melony Brown are great supporters of the junior game at Wetherby tennis club and enjoyed a sandwich as they watched the action unfold today.