10u county cup was on the weekend of the 26th/27th May, the Norfolk girls were at Easton Tennis Centre, so for once did not have far to travel, which was a novelty for us – yet a shock for Middlesex! The team consisted of Anghela Sionosa, Charlotte James, and Matilda Cabrera – Burns. After an extra team training session during the week the girls were ready to compete.
In Norfolk’s group was Middlesex, and Suffolk. The other group consisted of Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Each tie is 3 singles and 1 doubles. First up for Norfolk was a very strong Middlesex team, the girls fought really hard however whatever our girls did the ball came back stronger. This was a tough start for them but it got them nicely warm and used to some hard hitting. Norfolk lost all 3 singles against Middlesex. They then played Suffolk, the girls looking more confident as a team. Matilda was up first, she had a close match but managed to stay in front all of the way through and getting Norfolk’s first win. Charlotte battled well however Erin from Suffolk was just more consistent, making the score 1-1. Anghela was too good for her opponent on the day and took the score to 2-1 in Norfolk’s favour. Matilda and Charlotte went on and played the doubles against Middlesex, the outcome was very much like the singles – Middlesex finishing on top. Matilda and Anghela played the very important doubles against Suffolk, they got off to a great start to go 3-1 up however the Suffolk team made a come back. Norfolk won the first set in a tie-break. They then took the second set more convincingly to mean Norfolk had beaten Suffolk 3-1, a great result which meant they finished second in their box.
Day two started with a tough semi final against Essex, all of the Norfolk girls played some of their best tennis, however Essex were too strong and won all of the singles, and the doubles to win 4-0. This meant that Middlesex and Essex were in the final, and Norfolk would play Cambridgeshire for 3rd and 4th place. Anghela and Charlotte were on first, both worked hard but couldn’t convert their matches so we went 2-0 down. Matilda then played the match of the weekend for us, and won in 3 sets The final set was 11-9 in the match tie-break. After this long match Matilda was too tired for the doubles, so Charlotte and Anghela played the doubles to try and make the score 2-2. They played well as a team however Cambridgeshire got the win to make it 3-1to Cambridgeshire.
Norfolk finished 4th over the weekend with Middlesex being the eventual winners. The girls fought hard all weekend and learnt a lot about working and supporting each other as a team. A very positive weekend was had by all. Thanks to the players and parents for their effort and support.