On Sunday 6 Junior members drove up to Leicester for the Regional Closed tournament. The regional closed cover 5 counties, Derby, Notts, Lincs, Leics and Northants.
Having never been before we were not quite sure what to expect or what the standard would be like.
All the children who took part entered into the spirit of the day playing and marking. The matched were played with great attitude..
Having never competed at this level it was all new. Yes there were some very one sided matches, but all the juniors gained points and never gave up despite some players being much better than them. They will return to competition with the experience and knowing where they need to improve.
We had two girls in the U15s category and this was by far the closest fought group in the tournament, 3 of the girls being from Northamptonshire. In the end Anna Ridgeway (Lings) pipped Emma to the title. Emma's games were noteable for her determined win coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2, the first 4 games going to 10-10 and the last an 11-9 win from 9-7 down. Exhausting, especially for her parent.
Congrats to all who took part you should be proud of your achievements.
So, the roll of honour
Alice Jones - U13 Girls 3rd
Thomas Donahue - U13 Boys 7th
Emma Hall - U15 Girls 2nd
Lauren Jones - U15 Girls 4th
Caitlin Donahoe - U17 Girls 6th
Oliver Hall - U19 Boys 8th