Here is the report from Andy Hancock who ran the Junior Tournament for us:
The Junior Tournament for the U18and U14s was held on Sunday 15 March at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre, and the watching parents were in for a treat. Corona Virus precautions were taken, with elbow bumping replacing handshakes – a difficult task over a net! The morning session was the usual high calibre games we have come to expect from our U18s, and was well attended by boys, but sadly not many girls.
U18 Boys/Girls Singles
6 boys entered the competition, but only 1 girl, so Grace took on the boys in a round robin competition to 15 points. The boys winner was the player with the best record, and that became a two horse race between Tom Bentley and Jake Hartley. Tom was just too strong in the game between them and took the trophy with Jake a worthy runner up. Grace performed strongly against the boys, winning 3 games and deservedly was awarded the Girls trophy.
U18 Boys/Girls Doubles
3 boys pairs took on the only girls pair in a round robin competition to 21 points, all the games were well fought.Tom Bentley and Dom Watkins were only paired on the day and together were just too strong and were unbeaten to take the trophy. Jake Hartley and Anthony Garwood were strong runners up, only losing to the winners. Whilst Grace and her sister Georgia Litherland-Clews performed strongly and won 1 game and were awarded the Girls Doubles trophy.
U18 Mixed Doubles
3 pairs took part, with 1 pair only deciding to enter as the competition was about to begin, and that pair won! Tom Bentley completed his hat-trick of trophies with Georgia Litherland-Clews as his partner, with Jake Hartley and Grace Litherland-Clews as worthy runners-up. There was a good turnout for all categories in the afternoon session, with 8 boys and 4 girls competing
U14 Boys Singles
7 boys took part in a round robin competition to 15 points with all players acquitting themselves well. The winner was the player with the best record, and Henry Molloy-Sherratt was unbeaten to take the trophy. Edward Higton was runner-up, only losing to Henry in the first game.
U14 Girls Singles
4 girls took part in a closely fought round robin competition of 2 games to 21 points. The winner was the player with the best record, and this was too close to call after the first round, with 3 players on the same record but Holly Hillesdon went unbeaten in the second round to take the trophy, with Kaiya Matharu, a strong runner-up.
U14 Boys Doubles
4 pairs competed in the Boys Doubles, and they played a round robin competition to 21 points, all the games were very close. It came down to the final game between Isaac Bentley/ Edward Higton, who had only paired on the day, and Henry Molloy-Sherratt/ Jack Shaw – and it was a very close game of top quality. Isaac and Edward edged it 21-19 to take the trophy, and Henry and Jack were the strong runners up.
U14 Girls Doubles
2 pairs took part in a best of 3 competition to 21 points and although the games were close, Holly Hillesdon and Kaiya Matharu were just too strong and were unbeaten to take the trophy, with Tamsin Potts and Monica Polisetty worthy runners up.