A successful move to midweek!

 

U14 & U18 Boys’ County Schools Championships Welwyn Tennis Club, Wednesday 24th May

With the prospect of rain and a full complement of teams for both the U14 and U18 knockout competitions, we started promptly at 1pm. Once the first round and quarter finals had been played, we were able to establish the Plate competition as well as the main draw semi finalists. 

Throughout the afternoon Welwyn’s 9 courts, including three newly resurfaced with Tiger Turf, were in nearly constant use. The early rounds didn’t produce any major upsets, apart from last year’s U18 winners being knocked out of the main draw in their first match. They did however go on to win the Plate competition without dropping a game. The U18 main draw welcomed the winners of last year’s U14 competition from Sandringham, who despite being in year 10 overcame some tough opposition to win the U18 draw beating St. Albans Boys first pair in the final. 

 In the U14 draw, there was some excellent competition and some tight matches. Chancellors first pair lost to Sandringham’s first pair in the quarter finals, following a bye in the first round. They dropped only one game in the successful pursuit of the Plate. In the main draw Sandringham’s second pair overcame Monks Walk to secure a place in the final in a tight match, decided by a tie break. They met newcomers, Marlborough, who had beaten Monks Walk and Haberdashers en-route to meet Sandringham in the final. The final was well contested and the overall score line didn’t reflect the quality demonstrated by both teams. Marlborough came away as overall winners, without dropping a game in their final match.