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.
THE NORFOLK CLOSED TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
- Some incredible finals and a 6 time winner
The summer tournament season concluded last week with the inaugural county closed championships held at the East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club at Lime Tree Road.
Despite weeks of warm weather and sunshine, Tournament Referee Derek Perry had some cooler conditions to deal with when scheduling matches for players aged between 7-70!
The draws were full of players who train on the county coaching programme but it was great to see some other competitors who performed with great skill and some success.
The age group events were staggered throughout the week allowing for some competitors to take part in multiple events if they choose to. Emily Barrett, who early in the summer had represented the Ladies County Cup team in Division 1, had entered 6 events. If that wasn’t enough of a challenge, she remained undefeated throughout the week to claim 3 singles and 3 doubles titles. She was pushed to the limit in the Ladies Final, recovering from a set down against fellow Ladies County player Rosie Pooley before winning 2-6, 7-6, 10-8.
Another multiple winner in the week was Matilda Cabrera Burns who won both the U/9 and U/10 Girls events.
Hannah Wilson Kemsley competed in 3 singles finals, twice losing to Emily in u/16. u/18 age group, however she became u/14 champion after beating Mia Bartram 7-6, 6-3 in the u/14 category.
There were 3 fantastically close finals in the male categories. In the U/18 event Alex Watkinson edged out Fred Withers 6-3, 4-6, 10-6. Kris Jenkins, coach to some of the competing junior players outlasted fellow Men’s county player Alex Mcnaughton 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 in a tense finish.
It was great to see so many senior players competing. The Over 35 final between Robert Hall and Mark Eglington also went the distance with Robert eventually winning 6-3, 1-6, 10-5.
Rufus Snelling beat George Head 10-3
Jack Bradshaw beat Nathan Collins 7-5, 7-2
Matilda Cabrera Burns beat Ellis Greenlees 7-0, 7-3
Blyth Hammonds beat James Henery 4-2, 4-1
Matilda Cabrera Burns beat Anghela Sianosa 5-3
Isabella Taylor beat Ruby Syer 6-3, 6-1
Oli Buckingham Green beat Jayden Durham 6-1, 6-2
Hannah Wilson Kemsley beat Mia Bartram 7-6, 6-3
Joe Henden beat Will Stoppani 7-5, 6-3
Emily Barrett beat Hannah Wilson Kemsley 6-0, 6-2
Scott Whiting beat Will Stoppani 6-2, 6-1
Emily Barrett beat Hannah Wilson Kemsley 6-2, 6-2
Alex Watkinson beat Fred Withers 6-3, 4-6, 10-6
Emily Barrett beat Rosie Pooley 2-6, 7-6, 10-8
Kris Jenkins beat Alex Mcnaughton 6-3, 3-6, 10-8
Neil Henery beat Robert Ollman 6-0, 6-1
David Youngs beat Robert Hall 6-1, 6-1
Robert Hall beat Mark Eglington 6-3, 1-6, 10-5
9u county cup – Ipswich David Lloyd, 18/8/18
Norfolk boys and girls teams travelled to Ipswich to play 9u county cup. The teams were made up of Jack Bradshaw, Thomas Lloyd, Nathan Collins, Matilda Cabrera – Burns, Ellis Greenlees, and Olivia Marjarom. The other Counties Norfolk had to compete against were Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Norfolk’s first match was against Suffolk. Up first was Nathan and Tom, both looking a little nervous and quickly going 1 set down. Nathan managed to dig in deep and win his second set, unfortunately he didn’t manage to convert the final set. Up next was Jack Olivia, Jack had two very close sets but lost both narrowly. Olivia’s opponent played a great match and was too good on this occasion. Then it was Ellis and Matilda’s turn, both played good matches however neither managed to convert them. So after the singles we were 6-0 down and had therefore lost the tie, however there was still the doubles to play and the team were excited about playing together. Nathan and Tom played the boys doubles, Olivia and Ellis played the girls doubles and Matilda and jack played the mixed doubles. All of the team worked hard with Jack and Matilda winning, to get the only win of the tie.
Next was Cambridgeshire, Nathan and Tom up first playing two very strong players. They both started much more positively than their first match’s, Nathan really stepped his game up winning 7-5 7-4. Tom was slightly out powered by a much bigger boy, but worked hard to try and do the things we had talked about. Jack and Olivia were next on, Jack played well but was outplayed by his opponent. Olivia played much better in this match and narrowly missed out on winning the second set 10-8. Ellis had a fantastic match losing in 3 sets. Then Matilda tried really hard but couldn’t quite convert the second set losing it 8-6. We kept the doubles pairings the same for this round, and each pair improved on their first doubles match’s, all working more like a team. All doubles were very close but they each narrowly missed out.
Lastly was Bedfordshire, both counties had lost their first two matches with Bedfordshire winning 2 more matches than Norfolk in the lead up to their tie. The boys started again, both Tom and Nathan having long 3 set matches with only a couple of points separating both boys and their opponents. Tom narrowly missed out on converting his match, but Nathan managed to convert the win. Jack also had a close match but managed to win his in 2 sets making the score 2-1 to Norfolk after the boys had played their singles. Next up was the girls turn, Olivia’s opponent played very well and made very few mistakes. Ellis had a very long 3 set match, after losing the first set easily she managed to come back and win the second 2 sets with great determination. Matilda also had a long 3 set match and also managed to get the win for Norfolk. After the singles the score was 4-2 to Norfolk. The team needed to win at least one doubles to win the tie for their county. With this in mind we kept the doubles pairings the same as they were improving each round. Tom and Nathan had an extremely close 3 set doubles match which they narrowly lost. The girls doubles also went against Norfolk so the score was now 4-4 with just the mixed to play. Jack and Matilda took this match in their stride winning in a straight forward 2 set and winning the tie for Norfolk.
The eventually winners if the event were Cambridgeshire, second was Suffolk, then Norfolk third, and Bedfordshire forth. Well done to all who took part and worked really hard throughout the day. A huge thank you to all of the parents for supporting all day.
Report by County Captain Kim Burgess
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.