After receiving such an amazing, positive response to our first ever Schools Summer Festival of Tennis, it is with deep regret that we must postpone it for this year. However, I am sure you can appreciate the reason why. We can, however, confirm that because of the brilliant feedback received, our tennis festival will return next year and Norfolk LTA remain totally committed to getting as many new juniors on court as we can, playing our great game of tennis.
We would also like to thank Smith & Pinching for supporting our Festival. It is so gratefully appreciated and we look forward to their continued support next year.
The girls team arrived early and played some fantastic tennis to finish 5th out of 10 counties taking part. Up against some particularly strong teams the girls had good wins over Suffolk and Oxfordshire in the group stages and culminated in a play off for 5th & 6th place with a one point win over Buckinghamshire. The team included Amelia Bednarska, Lucy Mansell, Issy Eves, Jessica Rogers, Letitia Koumi & Isobel Sexton.
In the afternoon the boys were given a tough opening group and found some of their older and stronger opponents from Berkshire & Hertfordshire hard work but good experience. The boys managed to win a tight match against neighbours Suffolk in their play-off match. Well done to Edward Pooley, Oscar Hart, Noah Garner, Arthur Munby, Harry Taylor & James Naylor.
With the combined totals from the Girls and Boys results the Norfolk team finished in joint 5th position.
Well done to all who took part.
This weekend, the U/18 boys were in div 4 county cup action in Sunderland.
The team consisting of Fred Withers, Joe Hendon, Scott Whiting, Ethan Terry, Will Stoppani, Regan Bessey, Barnaby Taylor, Matthew Tink played against Cumbria, East of Scotland and Durham & Cleveland.
On Friday they played Cumbria which as it turns out was the promotion match. It wasnt to be with Norfolk suffering a devastating 0-9 defeat, a result which flattered Cumbria. There were winnable matches in this tie and it was disappointing that Fred as No.1 player had to go on court at 0-5 and 0-8 down.
The team had a good, honest chat in the evening and changes to personnel would enable both Matt Tink and Barnaby Taylor to make singles debuts against East of Scotland on Saturday. Across the board the team showed more grit and character and deservedly won the match 7-2. Taylor and in particular Tink, despite defeat showing a willingness to compete in a 3 hour marathon.
Terry, Whiting and Withers were all commanding in victory and Stopanni and Bessey recovered well to produce some fine tennis in doubles wins.
On Sunday the team needed three rubbers to avoid relegation which they accomplished with ease against Durham & Cleveland. An 8-1 victory was achevied with five singles wins, including a resurgent Joe Hendon.
All in all a decent weekend. Promotion was probably just out of reach, so to win two rubbers in the manner they did was credit to this young team.
Well done to all.
Over the weekend of Feb 22/23rd Norfolk and Bedfordshire played a friendly match at Easton College Tennis Centre.The match provided matchplay opportunities for 128 players aged between 7-14.
Teams were split into age group categories, so each country were represented by players in U/8, U/9, U/10 and U/14.
Nicky Crawley who was captain for the Norfolk Boys teams said “it was a great weekend and great to see so many players out at the same time. Opportunities like this are great for everyone, you cant get enough match practise and this is an important part of any players development”.
For those who are interested, the results were as follows:
Norfolk won the U/8 and U/14 age group matches with Beds winning the U/9 and U/10.
Norfolk and Bedfordshire U/8s
Norfolk and Bedfordshire Boys U/14
The new year started for some of our county juniors with a friendly match against Suffolk, hosted at Easton & Otley College Tennis Centre.
On Saturday 4th, 8 boys and 8 girls from both counties played a series of matches against each other. The format enabled each player to take part in 2 singles and 2 doubles matches.
The action was non stop from 10.30-4.30pm with Suffolk taking the bragging rights in both the boys and girls matches with 15-9 wins in both.
Norfolk U/12 Girls Team
On Sunday, it was the turn of the U/18s. This time, Suffolk won the girls match, again 15-9, with Norfolk boys claiming victory with a 13-9 win.
Norfolk U/18 Girls Team
All in all it proved to be a great event with plenty of court time for all concerned and good preparation ahead of U/18 county cup in february.
On Saturday 17th August the Norfolk 9/Under team of Esme Artherton Howlett, Amy Jackson, Amelia Bednarska, Rufus Snelling, Teddy Curtis and Henry Thomas played County Cup at Hills Road Cambridge supported by County Captain Sam Howlett. The event saw 4 counties Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire compete against each other in ties comprising of 9 individual matches 3 boys singles, 3 girls singles, 1 boys doubles, 1 girls doubles and 1 mixed doubles.
In the opening tie Norfolk played against Suffolk, this was a tough introduction with the team struggling against the experience and fire power of the opponents, the team battled hard but were beaten 9-0.
Next was Bedfordshire, this was a more competitive affair with the Norfolk players beginning to find their feet and get used to the pace of the opponents. Whilst we lost the tie 7-2 the team showed good resilience with notable performances from Teddy claiming a singles win at number 2 and Henry and Amelia winning a hard fought 3 set mixed doubles, all the team though deserve praise for the way they went out about this tie and didn’t give up.
Our final tie was against Cambridgeshire, sadly the team went down 9-0 again, but the way the players competed in this final tie was a stark contrast to the opening fixture, the children all learned from their previous matches and their level improved.
It was a tough day for this comparatively inexperienced team, but hopefully one they can all take positives from and try to work on individual areas to improve. The overall results were 1st Cambridgeshire, 2nd Suffolk, 3rd Bedfordshire and 4th Norfolk.
Report by Captain Sam Howlett