The Leigh & Westcliff LTA, in conjunction with the Lawn Tennis Association [East Area], hosted another Junior Tennis Challenge Tournament Event on Sunday 30th September 2018. The event was hosted by Invicta LTC, Leigh Road Baptist LTC & Crowstone LTC on behalf of the Leigh & Westcliff LTA and the LTA East Area. A very large thank you to the above Clubs for allowing the L & W LTA to host the event & using their excellent facilities. It is the ideal location to host this event & is viewed as the ‘Home’ of the Junior Tennis Challenge.
Team Challenge is a team competition for players who are 11 – 14 years of age. Competition Dates for 2019 will be advised to affiliated L & W LTA Clubs once known. There are a maximum of 4 players in each team. The cost is £5 per team entry. You may enter as many teams as you are able.
Entries were received from, Thorpe Bay LTC, Wickford LTC, Westcliff Hardcourts LTC, Rayleigh LTC & Hadleigh Park LTC. The Event started at 1200 hrs & completed at 1500 hrs. In total there were 31 Players that entered the event which was slightly down on the previous event held in April 2018, however it was still very encouraging & still exceeding the national average number of entrants for this type of event which is endorsed by the LTA. Each player received a Player Certificate, Racket Grip & bag of sweets, with medals being presented to the winners. The L & W LTA sponsored the event.
The Event was run using a ‘Whistle Stop’ principle, timed at 8 minutes per match using a ‘Continual Tie-Break’ method of scoring which kept all players involved for the duration of the event with as much play as possible. A full schedule of 8 courts was provided by the hosting Clubs. All the competing players had a great time. The teams were placed into 2 Groups, the winners & runners-up of each group then went forward into a final playoff situation.
The winners of the Group Final Event were the Mixed Girls & Boys Team from Wickford LTC Team 2, represented by Olivia Raby, Charlotte Granger, Brooke Constano, & Sam Backhouse who beat their Club Compatriots Girls Team, Wickford LTC 1, represented Neil Stark, Tom Deeney & Harrison Gee. The event was played in excellent competitive spirit by all Players concerned in a very close fought Final, the Girls winning by just a single point.
The 3rd/4th Place Group Play-Off Event was played, again with close Club rivalry, between the Boys from Westcliff Hardcourts 1, namely Alex Rowe, Kipp Waddy-Smith, Henry Barbar & Conrad Fieldan & the Girls of Westcliff Hardcourts 2, namely Daisy Williams, Ellie Williams, Maria Southam & Imogen O’Neil. Again the Girls Team proved just a little too good for the Boys Team in a very close fought match.
There was considerable support from the Parents of the Players and they provided healthy applause and support for the complete afternoon’s tennis.
The JTC was organised and refereed on the day by Lesley & Ian Pitt, who with their valued experience, are our most experienced local Southend Area Tennis Referees. They ensured a smooth, well run tournament on the day, which is most important when running any tennis tournament of this type.
The L & W LTA were represented by Lynn May who assisted with court supervision and on-court match scoring. Gill & John Tanner & volunteers from Invicta LTC provided well received refreshments & catering on the day. With all this much valued support it made my involvement very easy as the person responsible for the L & W LTA Junior Section. A big thank you to all the Oganisers involved.
The principle of a single afternoon event is now well received by both Players & Parents alike. It was therefore most encouraging that this type of event is received & praised by all concerned.
Dates for your Diary in 2019
The next L & W LTA JTC Event Dates have been provisionally arranged for
Sunday 24th March & Sunday 29th September.
Graham Ray – L & W LTA Junior Secretary