The BNP Paribas 2019 Wheelchair World Team Cup was held in Israel between the 13th-18th May.
Norfolk’s Ruby Bishop and Ben Bartram both represented Great Britain in the junior competition.
Ruby was making her debut, while this was Ben’s 2nd appearance.
The GB junior team was seeded 7th in the competition however after some outstanding performances from all players the team reached the semi final where they defeated Brazil. In the final they played Australia which they lost 2-1 in a very long and close match
Congratulations to Ruby Ben and the other players Dahnon Greg and captain Marc
Report by Derek Perry
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The U14 Girls Norfolk team travelled to Harlow for the 2019 County Cup.
The team of Chloe Youngs, Daisy Waddison, Ruby Syer, Isabella Taylor and Darcie Jarmy. All of which will be eligible to play in the event next year.
The team started the event with a close fought win over Bedfordshire 4-2. The match was tough as conditions continually disrupted play. The girls kept their focus and managed to get the win despite a very late finish.
Day 2 saw the team play against a very strong and experience Middlesex team who went on to win the event. The girls gave everything they had but Middlesex were too strong and prevailed 6-0.
The final day started with a close match against Isle of Man. With good singles wins for Ruby and Chloe it went to the doubles to decide the result. Again despite pushing them all the way Norfolk narrowly lost both doubles meaning a match result of 4-2 to Isle of Man.
The event finished with a final match against Essex who were out to finish second behind Middlesex. Essex having a more experienced and older side proved to strong for Norfolk running out 6-0 winners.
Norfolk ended the event finishing 4th. All the girls should be proud of their efforts and attitude towards every match. With all the team being able to go back next year they have all gained valuable experience for the future.
This year Norfolk boys were competing at Sutton Tennis & Squash Club in south London.
The team of Ethan Terry, Oli Buckingham Green, Ludovic Valentine, Charlie Jones, Jayden Durham were up against strong opposition from Surrey, Hampshire, Cheshire and the Channel Islands.
On Saturday the team faced Surrey, who on paper were the highest ranked team. It proved to be a tough match with the boys losing 0-6. The stand out performance coming from Ethan who pushed a national level opponent all the way, losing 5/7, 5/7.
On Sunday Norfolk played both Hampshire and Cheshire who both could field national level players.
The boys competed hard and despite going down without a win can be proud of there efforts. In particular Oli Buckingham Green who was on court for over 2 hrs, eventually losing the no.2 singles match against Hampshire 8-10 in the deciding tie-break.
On bank holiday Monday it was all to play for against the Channel Islands with both teams determined to get there first win.
Norfolk deserved a comfortable 5-1 victory to finish on a high. It was a difficult weekend for a young Norfolk team who will have learned a great deal from this experience.
Coaches Stuart Silvester and Ashley Swift were very proud of how the boys conducted themselves throughout and look forward to seeing the boys in action very soon.