County Press Junior Tournament 2016
Juniors shine at the County Press Junior Tournament even if the sun didn’t!
Two days of mixed weather greeted the 35 entrants in this year’s County Press sponsored event at Ryde Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club but that didn’t stop them from producing some great tennis.
The strongest entry was in the mini tennis groups, suggesting the Island clubs have a good future with healthy numbers participating and competing. The opening event of the tournament for players aged 5-8 (mini red) saw 10 players competing in two ability groups. In a closely fought all girls group, Niamh Reed took the winners trophy, Evie Haward coming a close runner-up. In the mixed group for more experienced players Toby Trotman made amends for his defeat in last year’s final and pushed Ryde Lawn clubmate Euan St John Biggs into this year’s runner-up position.
In a closely contested mini orange event winner Joel Smith overcame Ryde Lawn clubmate Charlie Haward . Charlie had raced to a 3-0 lead before Joel took the next four in a row to secure the trophy.
Joseph Purvey (Ryde Lawn) surrendered very few games in winning the mini green round robin event. The best tennis in the event being between him and runner up Callum Green (Ryde Lawn)
The Under 12 final was also an all Ryde Lawn affair. Having dominated their respective groups Arthur Attrill and Adam Todd produced high quality baseline groundstrokes in their match. Arthur, playing in an event two levels above his age, running out a worthy winner 6-2 in the final.
The Under 14’s was won comfortably by mainland player Finn Tellwright with the runner up position being contested by four Ryde Lawn juniors. At close of play Tom Lovell won his final match to secure the runner up trophy.
In the Under 16’s Jevon Dry went one step further than in 2015 and secured the round robin group. Mainland player Lucas Harrison played solidly and deserved the runner up position.
Well done to all the competitors and thanks to David and the rest of the team for organising another great tournament.