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.
This is now the second year we have run this match. The final result ended in a 21-3 win to Norfolk in the Girls and a 15 – 9 win for the boys so all round a very successful day.
All players gave their all, behaved impeccably and were a credit to the County
Girls L – R
Hannah Mann, Darcie Jarmy, Isabella Taylor, Anghela Sionosa, Daisy Waddison, Chloe Youngs, Ruby Syer, Evie Williams.
Boys L – R
Jayden Durham, Stanley Birchill, Charlie Jones, Luie Valentine, Remi Pilgrim, Joseph Philpott, Jacob Gandy, Gabriel Overton.
Over the weekend of 24/25th November both the County Mens and Ladies teams were competing in the Winter County Cup.
The Men were playing away in Gratham in Group 2 whilst the Ladies were at Easton & Otley College Tennis Centre also competing in Group 2.
Both teams seem to be in a transitional phase and it is encouraging to see so many of the county juniors now making the progression into the senior teams. With this is mind, it was going to be a big ask to maintain there status in these divisions, playing against some of the best players across the country.
The Men got off to a great start against South Wales. Having drawn the singles rubbers 3-3, the doubles took on added significance. The rubber was eventually decided in the final match, with skipper Nicky Crawley and partner Alex Mcnaughton winning 6-4/6-4. On Saturday the Men were always a rubber behind and could not turn things around in the doubles, therefore suffering a 3-6 defeat to Berkshire. On the final day, Norfolk were in the comfortable position of only needing a couple of wins to avoid relegation. This they managed with ease despite losing 4-5 to Lincolnshire.
Captain Nicky Crawley was pleased with the teams efforts: “I am proud of the boys. This team always surprises me. We seem to play our best tennis in these competitions and to be in such a comfortable position on the last day is testament to a great togetherness amongst the team”.
The Ladies were up against some county tennis heavyweights including Lancashire, Surrey. On day 1 singles wins for Sam Noble, Rosie Pooley and Maria Andrews (playing her first singles match for 3 years) gave Norfolk a great platform. A win for Emily Barrett and Rosie meant the team were one win away from an unlikely victory. Unfortunately the pairings of Vianne Palffy and Frances Evans and Sam and Marie both ended up losing 7-10 in a championship tie-break. So close!
On day 2 it was always going to be difficult playing against a very strong Surrey team who had already won 9-0 on day 1. Norfolk gave there all but again were defeated 0-9.
Going into the final day, the girls needed to win against Sussex to avoid relegation. Player of the weekend Rosie Pooley was the only singles winner, meaning the tie was decided before playing the doubles.
All in all some valuable experience gained. Moving forward Caroline Blincoe will now be supporting Sam Nobile with the Ladies team and will add a great wealth of experience and knowledge to the set up.