12U Boys County Cup Report

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Venue: Chiswick
Date: 29-30 June 2019

The weekend didn’t get off to the best start with Ignas ruled out injured the day before.

That left the following team:

Jack Veal
Django Thompson
Ollie Veal

After arriving at 9am to get a good warmup, the boys had a long wait for their first match as we were second round on, eventually getting on court at 12.15! First up was Middlesex in 33° heat! All three boys found it very tough – not managing to win a game. Django playing a no. 2 improved during his match, becoming more comfortable and sticking to his game plan.

Next up were Dorset, a more manageable opponent. Django showed lots of energy and made a solid start before his opponent retired injured, giving us our first win! Ollie played much more aggressively which was great to see. He competed better against a tricky opponent -a big improvement on his first match. It wasn’t quite enough so Oxfordshire ended the singles 2-1 down after Jack was outplayed by a quality opponent.

In the doubles Django & Jack managed to win a couple of games against Middlesex. Ollie & Jack played Dorset in the other doubles, starting very well and winning the first set 4-0 before running out of steam and losing on a match tie break. A long tough day eventually finished at 18:45.

Sunday

First up were singles matches against Hampshire & IOW who won both matches on Saturday. Jack improved during his match to get to set point in the second set but was not quite able to cross the line. We lost the other two singles comfortably. In the doubles Jack & Django played very well together, putting in the best performance of the weekend. After missing match points in the second set tie break they regrouped and won the match tie-break with some really attacking net play.

Finally against Sussex (who had lost their previous three matches) all four matches were close with more solid performances all round from Oxfordshire, with Ollie managing to get to a match tie-break. Although we didn’t quite get the wins, the team felt we ended the weekend better than we started and made progress which was one of the main goals.

Ollie Carr
Team Captain