Champion kids rise to Challenge

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After a slow start 49 children eventually signed up for the 17th Rugby Advertiser Challenge which took place on the Rugby School courts on Sunday.

The event was in aid of the charity Parkinson’s UK local branch and the fabulous sum of £550 was raised during the morning.

With 21 courts in action, 111 matches were completed in rather cold windy weather. It certainly was a spectacular sight to see all the courts in action, with players ranging from six to 17 years of age.

The children were put into groups according to their age and ability. There were five divisions with cups presented to the winners and runners-up.

Winner of the red group for six to eight-year-olds using larger, slower balls, was William Moore. The eight-year-old played so well he was unbeaten all morning. The gallant runner-up was Charlotte Eaton, seven. She gave William an excellent match in the final.

The orange group, using orange low compression balls, was won by Matthew Irish, eight, who played some great tennis to win all his matches.

Joey Green, also eight, put in a superb effort in the final, only just losing out 9-7, 9-7.

The green group winner, using green low compression balls but a full court, was James Irish. The ten-year-old also won all his matches in great style. Lucy Eaton, also ten, gave James a marvellous match but had to settle for the runners-up spot.

Full ball group two was another well-fought final, with Daniel Heathcote, 12, and ten-year-old Ben Stuchbury, both winners of their respective round-robins, battling it out. Daniel prevailed but Ben should be proud of his efforts as runner-up.

Full ball group one had 14 players competing but worthy winner David Heathcote, 17, was just too strong for 13-year-old Zak Johnson. The runner-up was delighted to get a game off David.

The organisers thanked to Rugby School for the use of their courts, the local branch of Parkinson’s UK, for organising the raffle and shop and the many parents who helped with the success of the tournament.

The raffle prizes were donated by Webb Ellis Ltd, Joto, McDonalds, Cineworld, The Big Apple, Barby Shooting Club, Margaret and Paul Baynes, Mrs Durney and Mrs Copson.

n Saturday morning coaching for children at the Rugby School Courts went off very smoothly with many children having a taste of matchplay in readiness for the Rugby Advertiser Tennis Challenge the next day. The mini-tournament went ahead with the following results:-Winner of the singles in the top group was Jacob Pittem with Sam Copson the runner-up. Group 2 singles winner was Harriet Copson, just beating Lydia Roberts who had to settle for the runners-up spot.

These are pay-and-play sessions so just turn up. Rackets are provided.

Next Saturday, (July 14): 9-10am coaching; 10am-12 noon mini-tournament if numbers allow.

Call Pam Bond on 810589.