A successful move to midweek!

 

Boys County Schools Doubles, 26th April 2017, Welwyn Tennis Club

Nine pairs were contesting this year's U18 competition and twelve in the U14 competition at Welwyn Tennis Club.  Several teams that had joined us for the first time the year prior, were back in force and with some real challengers for the trophies.  The U18 played three preliminary pools and then based on their performance in those, entered into another pool to play for their final place.  St. Albans boys first pair didn't drop a game in their preliminary round making themselves the hot favourites.  Playing for first, second and third were the top pairs from Haberdashers, St. Albans Boys and Monks walk.  Not one of the final matches was a walk over, but Monks Walk managed to clinch victory over Haberdashers in a tense tie break.  Well done to all nine pairs for playing so fairly, but also with great aggression and effort!

In the U14, we saw a return to a standard knock out and plate competition. On paper, Sandringham's first pair looked to be favourites and cruised through their first match comfortably against their fourth pair. Elsewhere, St. Albans second pair were narrowly defeated by Sandringham's third pair in a very close tie break, who eventually went on to meet Sandringhams forst pair in the final. The thirds salvaged two games, but the first pair were just too strong and left with the title.

Thank you to all the players, teachers and Welwyn Tennis Club for the use of their courts and we look forward to another close competition next year.