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U17 Gloucester Gold Tournament Report

Saturday 20th October saw the first of many junior tournaments that Glos Pc will be holding throughout the season.  This time is was the turn of the U17 Gold level event that saw players travel from all over the country and include 3 of our own players Ben Kemp, Jacob Weekes and Skye McCrimmond.

The day started with mixed doubles, after Skye’s partner having to withdraw due to injury only left Ben and his partner Charlotte Freer playing.  They won a tight 3 set match in the first round against Ruben Bodman and Cara Collins, setting up a tough game against the ¾ seeds in the second round. Unfortunately they were too strong and that was the end of the road for the mixed doubles today.

Next up was the singles.  Ben playing very well winning both of his group games to earn himself the opportunity to play in the knockout stage.  Then came two tough three setter matches against Daniel Clarke and Oliver Stapleton to set up a semi final place that would take place the following day with a guaranteed medal secured.

Skye started her singles off with a tough match against a close friend Becky Bailey that could go either way but today it didn’t go the right way for Skye.  Unfortunately this loss made it very difficult for her to make it out the group. A better performance in the second match but again a loss so again end of the road for singles for the day.

So the last event of the day was doubles that saw Jacob play with Ben, but having won their first match pretty convincingly their second match was very different.  They ended up losing in 2 sets against a pair that were a bit more organised and had that little more to offer. Skye had a partner wanted and after a late change to the draw saw her play 3 matches.  Things didn’t go her way and after a tough 3 setter to finish the day unfortunately she didn’t make it out of the box stage.

So to the Sunday morning and Ben’s semi final against Arnav Patel. This was a again a tough three set match but Ben came out on top to set up a final against Ethan Hosken who had knocked out the number 1 seed in his semi final match.  Not to break with tradition it was another three set match but unfortunately it was one 3 set match too many .So a very well earned silver medal was the reward for Ben.

 

Bronze for PC Trio

Several players made the journey to Nottingham for the Under 17 Silver over the weekend on the hunt for national success. Skye McCrimmond secured the first medal of the day with Bronze in the girls singles event. Skye squeezed through Group E by virtue of countback on sets won with all 3 girls tied with a win and a loss each. This was followed by a 3 set quarter final win securing the Bronze medal before being stopped in the Semi-Final by eventual tournament winner Tamsin Betts from Leicestershire. 

The mens doubles duo Ben Kemp and Jacob Weekes continued the success in the boys doubles event in the afternoon easing through their group securing their place in the knockout stages. The boys found things a bit tougher here edging through their quarter final before losing out  in 3 sets to the no.2 seeded pair who went on to win the final in straight sets. The boys were unlucky to lose out here and can take pride in the 3 set loss.

Kemp had a busy day also making the quarter finals of the boys singles and taking another bronze medal in the mixed doubles event. Being favourite in the mixed doubles Ben might have hoped for better but lost out in the semi-finals being edged out in 3 sets by a pair from Essex. 

Well done to all the medal winners and everyone who competed over the weekend in Nottingham. 

Performance Players Shine at Restricted.

The Performance Centre was very well represented at the Gloucestershire restricted with players showing off their new Forza t-shirts and picking up some trophies along the way. 

Chinmayi Kirani won the U12/U14 Girls singles whilst also climbing up the age groups to add U16 success also in singles. The singles events being well attended by PC players with Soumiya Arulselvan, Myla Grendall-Watts, Aabha Kurtkoti, Isha Britto and Reethika Jonnada all looking to snatch the trophies away from Chin next year.  Another multiple trophy winner was Ansh Nair who teamed up with fellow performance centre player Sainavaneeth Rajagoapl to win the U14/16 Boys doubles. The boys then split up to compete in the boys singles event where they met in the final after seeing off a host of PC players in Thomas Kerley, Carlo Fossali, Caleb Horne, Kharim Patel and Ben Webb. Its great to see so many PC players competing and Ansh taking his second trophy of the weekend. 

Moving up the age groups the U16/U18 girls doubles was won by Sian Evans and Amy Oakley  whilst Sian teamed up with Raiph Ackroyd to win the U16/U18 mixed doubles. Raiph also doubles up to win both the U18 Boys singles and boys doubles partnering Reece Watts who was an unlucky runner up in the boys singles event. There were a host of other PC players involved in all events and we hope that we will see you all in more junior tournaments soon. 

There was also player and coach representation in the senior events which is great to see the juniors stepping up to really test themselves. In the men’s singles coach Sol Griffiths won his 6th Singles title seeing off the challenges of two of the most successful PC players in Henry Jones and Jamie Pearcy. Jamie won the mixed doubles with partner Kerry Mullen beating off the challenge from Ian Woolway and partner Anna Marie Abdon in the final. The Womens doubles was won by PC player Abigail Jolliffe whilst a big success from the weekend was Sian Evans winning her first senior Womens Singles title winning the gold with a 13-21, 21-14, 21-16 win in the final over Vivi Jennings-Trace.  

Its great to see so much representation from the Performance Centre and please remember to print off your results and get them to Bex. See you all again next year hopefully for more title success. 

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Reminder – No Training on Wednesday 3rd October

Just to remind everyone that there is no training this Wednesday due to an open evening at St Peters so the sports hall is not available. See you next week. 

Parking @ St Peters

There will be limited parking on site on the following dates due to events going on at St Peters:

Wednesday 26th September 2018
Wednesday 16th January 2019
Wednesday 13th March 2019
Wednesday 24th April 2019
Wednesday 3rd July 2019

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