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Culford Success in National Tennis Finals

Published Tuesday 20th of December 2016 08:53:22 AM

Culford School U13 girls’ tennis team have taken 2nd place at the AEGON Team Tennis Schools National Championships, with the U13 boys’ team placing 4th. The year-end competition took place on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December 2016 and is the culmination of eight months training starting in April and sees 1200 school teams compete from across Great Britain. Culford’s 13 & Under Girls’ team were number one seeds and played Trent College from Nottinghamshire in the first match, winning comfortably 6-0. The girls then defeated Manchester Grammar School 7-6 in a tight match, after winning a tie-break shoot-out. This set up a final match against Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth, to decide the title. Unfortunately the girls were defeated 5-1 after some close matches, but a 2nd place finish overall in Great Britain is one to be very proud of. Many congratulations should go to Millie-Mae Matthews (F4), Jana Higazy (F4), Justice Hall (L3) and Ella Wood (F4) for this fantastic achievement. Laurie Cruickshank (F4) was unable to travel due to illness but she played an integral part in the team qualifying for the National Championships. The 15 & Under Boys’ team played Millfield School in their first match, which ended in a tense tie-break shoot after finishing 6-6. Unfortunately, the team narrowly missed out, losing 10-8. The second match against the number one seeds from Merchiston Castle School was a tough match for the boys and they lost 6-0. Their final match was against Repton School and finished with a tie-break shoot out after a 6-6 finish resulted in a loss. Due to this, the boys finished 4th overall. Many congratulations to Harry Wendelken (L5), Noah Cutting (U5), Tom Turner (U5), Warok Rai (L5) and Gordon Loo (L5). David Hall, Director of Tennis said: “All the players were magnificent this weekend and should be very proud of their achievement of finishing in the top four in Great Britain. These National Championship events are what the players train for all year and it is so pleasing to see them rise to the occasion and perform so well.” Many thanks to Culford staff Sarah Schofield, Andrew Richardson and John Trehearn for all their support across the weekend.
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