Junior Tournament 2018

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Please see the report below from Nicola Gardner, Purton Tennis Club’s Junior Coordinator. The club would like to thank Nicola and Theresa for their continued voluntary work on Saturday mornings with the juniors.


The Junior Singles Tournament took place on a lovely sunny day on Saturday, September 1st. There was a very good entry and I was especially delighted to be able to hold a girls’ event for the first time in several years! Rebecca Godwin and Catherine Knights, after much persuasion, agreed to take part and they played out an extremely close first set, Rebecca squeezing through by 6 games to 5. After their exertions they had an hour rest before returning for the second set which proved a lot quicker, Rebecca winning by 6 games to 1 and hence she won the Senior Girl’s competition.
There were also only two competitors in the Senior Boys event, Luke Mitchell retaining his title with a straight sets win over Miles Gunton.
The Junior Boys event saw the biggest entry with eight boys battling it out in two round robin groups for a place in the main event and plate semi-finals. The two boys to make it out of group one were Fin Corcoran and Ethan Miller although both Evan Black and Louis Giles acquitted themselves very well in their very first tournament. Jack Kendall and Harrison Black made it to the main event semi-finals from group two although Harrison was made to battle back from a two game deficit to win 5 -2 against Raif Gunton.
In the plate semi-finals Louis won against cousin Charlie Marshall and Raif just ran out a 4-2 winner against Evan. In the final Louis ran away with the match to secure the title of ‘Plate Winner’.
In the main event semi-finals Fin continued to be ruthless and did not let Harrison get a game. The other semi was very competitive and after some good rallies Jack beat Ethan 6-3.
In the final Fin proved too strong for Jack as he justified his favourite tag going into the tournament winning by 6-0. This meant he had gone the whole day without losing a game, a fantastic testament to his talent and concentration.
I would like to thank Tracey Knights for her help on the day and Teresa Miles for her invaluable assistance at the Saturday morning sessions which have been attended by 24 children this year. All the children appear to enjoy their hour and all are improving.