24 May 2016
Great Day of Tennis at National Prep Schools Tennis Competition at Repton

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U11 Runners up Stone and Ford

Tennis is a very popular sport at Aysgarth and we sent our largest number of boys down to the Repton Prep Schools tennis tournament on Sunday which was their largest competition ever. 180 players battled out their various competitions and this was another year where the standard of play was remarkable. One parent who had never been to the competition before commented how amazed he was with the superb standard of play, the energy and commitment of the players and the size of the competition. We had pairs representing us in three different classes.

Our Under 13's were Timmy Clarkson Webb, Henry Elmhirst, Oliver Stone and Michael O'Callaghan all of whom played well, dropping very few games between them and only losing one group match each, but that sadly sent them out of the competition. The Under 12's pairing of Harry Page and Elliot Ainscough were unfortunate to be in the same group as the eventual winners, Prestfelde. They played some super tennis striking the ball cleanly and vollying with accuracy but the eventual winners were worthy champions.

Our Under 11's, Caspar Stone, Marcus Ford, Flynn Lowther and Alexander Sizer also had a fantastic competition and played some highly impressive tennis. The pairing of Caspar and Marcus had us all on tender-hooks as they steamed through to the Under 11 final without dropping a game in any match, having played some superb tennis. Birchfield were our opponents and a titanic match ensued with the lead going from one school to the other throughout the set. All spectators were enthralled and mightily impressed. At 6 games a piece we had the tie break which also saw the lead change on many occasions. Both schools had the chance to win the set but sadly for us we lost 10-8 in a tense and thrilling encounter. Both players are to be congratulated on being runners up and for having played their part in an excellent final.

A huge congratulations to all the boys who took part, this was a really tough competition and had our groups been slightly different who knows what might have happened, but that is sport and the luck of the draw!