Busy month for Woodland Tennis Club juniors

PUBLISHED: 17:38 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:38 22 August 2017

Summer coaching course at Woodland.

Summer coaching course at Woodland.


Junior players at Woodland Tennis Club have been busy, with its annual doubles and singles tournaments.

Woodland Lawn Tennis Club’s juniors have had an extremely busy August.

The month began with the annual junior doubles tournament. After a series of close matches, the main final was between Stephie Buckingham partnered by Josh Deverson and Warren Gifford partnered by Tom Deverson.

Tom and Warren took an early lead, but Stephie and Josh’s energy and determination brought them back to within one game. In the end, Tom’s strength and experience proved the decisive factor and Warren and Tom took the title.

The secondary final was made up of four younger juniors. Amy Pallot and Holly Eastwood competed against Olivia Bloxham and Daniel Johannsen. Amy and Holly played well to take the lead and although Olivia and Daniel hit some lovely shots, they could not quite match the consistency of Amy and Holly.

A couple of weeks later, the juniors were back on court with the summer coaching course. Forty juniors took part, honing their ground strokes, serves and developing match play.

The latter proved particularly useful as the junior singles tournament was held at the end of the week. To begin with, everyone took part in a series of round robin matches.

The leading four boys played in the semi-finals: Josh Deverson against Alex Price in the first and Jonathan Evans against Warren Gifford in the second.

Alex and Jonathan had a nail-biting contest and it was difficult to predict who would be victorious, but it was Jonathan who managed to break serve and win.

Josh and Warren’s match was a little more one-sided as Josh, older and more experienced, put Warren under pressure from the outset. Warren battled hard but Josh maintained his hold on the match to win.

The final between Jonathan and Josh will be held alongside the seniors’ matches on club finals day.

The younger girls got to play their singles final. Amelia Briffitt and Scarlett Johannsen both displayed determination and the match was characterised by long rallies and energetic running. Scarlett’s good length of shot often forced Amelia to be on the back foot and it was this that gave her the edge and the title.

To round off the day, there was a consolation knockout tournament. Joe O’Neil and Charlie Beal took part in a close final, with shots that covered the whole court meaning that there was a lot of running. Joe’s slightly more consistent play allowed him to get ahead and claim the trophy.

Club secretary, Annie Buckingham, said: “The juniors have been marvellous in all the events held at Woodland. Their energy, enthusiasm and good will on court has never failed, not to mention the excellent tennis that has been on show.”

For more information on the club and its activities, visit the website at www.woodlandtennisclub.co.uk or contact Annie at annieb@woodlandtennisclub.co.uk

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