Tennace at GXLTC Inter Schools Tournament 5th July 2015
Celebrating its 11th year with 126 children aged from 4 (Reception) to 11 (year 6) from many local Schools Gayhurst, Gerrards Cross C of E, Chalfont St Peter Academy and Infant Schools, Denham Village, St Mary’s, Maltmans Green, Thorpe House, Seer Green, St Joseph’s Catholic and Stoke Poges.
Each School entered four players per team in age-groups at Year1, year 2, year 3, year 4 and year 5 & 6 combined. The players were ranked in order of merit and the format was a knock-out draw with losing teams going into bonus draws.
Tennace Director and Head Professional Andy Scholfield organised and ran the event with the help of Tennace coaches Dan Shepherd and Peter Bresnen and many GXLTC Academy players (ex-competitiors in this event).
The year 1 competition saw a mixed School team of Maisie Seedel (Stoke Poges), Freya Spinks (St Joseph’s) archie Shawcross (Thorpe House) and Edgi Atori (Gayhurst) beat Gayhurst B team 3-1. They then beat Maltmans Green A ; Alessia McCormick beat Maisie 10-9 to score Maltmans only win in 3-1 loss. In the other half Gerrards Cross Cof E gave Gayhurst A a close match in the semi-final with Jack Viner and Matthew Pannett giving Josh Waldegrave and Zac Peters very close matches. However Josh Fienberg at number 1 and Zac Watson at number 4 also won to give 4-0 score. In the final Gayhurst proved too strong for the Mixed Team winning 4-0.
The year 2 competition had several players missing but proved very exciting with the teams playing a round robin event to find out the finalists. Chalfont St Peter and Thorpe House Tom Buckland Ben Carby Elijah Harter Jessica Pratap beat Gerrards Cross CofE Slane McGuire, Claudia Weston, Theo MaCann, and Lauren Peters 32-28 in the 3rd / 4th place play off after 2-2 draw in matches. Gerrards Cross CofE A Team regained their crown from last year as they defeated Gayhurst 4-0 (Gabriel Strutton-Smith, George Wise, Ilaria Artemieva and Lissie Dighe).
A very strong Maltmans Green A team won the year 3 competition. They beat Gayhurst in a very close final. Emma Servaes lost to George Beddoe 5-10, Helena Ullyatt beat Johnnie O’Neil 10-6 and Felix Butler beat Hugo Dighe 10-8; at number 1 Izzy Goutkin-Smith lost to Finley Connolley 7-10. The shoot-out to decide the champions was won by Felix against Finley 3-1.
There was a huge upset in the year 4 competition; previously dominated by Gayhurst ! Unseeded Chalfont St Peter Academy beat Gerrards Cross CofE A 4-0 in the first round and upset strong favourites and number 2 seeds Thorpe House A in a shoot-out after a 2-2 draw. Brothers Luca and Jack Mailey played at number 1 and 2 with Henry Dickson and Harry Gibb at 3 and 4. The Mailey’s won against Olsen Tewes and Tom Line but Will Diver and Fred Plant won to take the match into the shoot out which Luca won. In the final against top seeds Maltmans Green A Harry beat Matilda Davis; Henry beat Evie Easterbrook and Zoe Holligan lost to Jack Mailey before Ella Carby pulled one back for Maltmans Green by beating Luca 10-8 however a jubilant Academy celebrated in style.
The Year 5 and 6 event had eight teams competing including a resurgent St Mary’s School. Chalfont St Peter Academy fielded another strong team headed up by twins Seb and Marcus Los with Annalise Greenway, James Gibb and Dominic Hobson making up the team. In round 1 they beat Maltmans Green Y6 4-1, Gayhurst B 4-1 in the semi final and 3-1 against Gayhurst (Alex lee, Milo Connolly, Ovo Atori, Max Hetherington) in the final. There was a great match in the first round where St Mary’s lead by Cara McCully beat Maltmans green Y5 team 5-3 in a doubles play-off.
TENNACE Summer Holiday Camps start from Monday July 13th for seven weeks of the School Holidays. Camps are divided by age and standard with 4 to 5 years old attending 9am to 10.30am; 6 and 7 years old from 10am to 1pm; 8 to 15 years old from 10am to 1pm or 10am to 3pm. There is also the opportunity for Mini-Murrays to have High Intensity training. These Camps have been running very successfully for the last 29 years and have given thousands of children the ‘gift of tennis for life’. To find out more and to apply for a Camp see www.Tennace.com or email Andy@Tennace.com.