Congratulations to our Girls’ Tennis Team who became winners of the National Schools’ Senior Students Tennis Competition 2018. The journey to victory began back in the Michaelmas Term 2017 when we won the group stage qualifying us for the knockout draw in the Lent Term 2018.
The journey to victory began back in the Michaelmas term 2017 when we won the group stage qualifying us for the knockout draw in the Lent Term 2018.
In the first round of the knockout, we found ourselves back at Rugby School against the B team. Having beaten their A team in the previous round, expectations were high and we were not disappointed as we won the match five sets to one. More wins against Cheltenham Ladies secured our place at the finals in Bolton.
On Thursday 8 March the team travelled up to Bolton for the finals. This coincided with Exeat weekend and a friend’s 18th birthday party but the girls gave up everything without hesitation saying “Now we have made the finals, we are going to win it!”
The weekend started well and by the end of Friday’s play we were the only school in our group to have won matches, however there was still a lot to do. Throughout the finals Kira and Vicky were unbeaten in doubles and Yasmin went through the whole weekend without losing a singles match. The confidence and self-belief the team now had, carried them to victory in the finals against Framlington.
In closing I have to say this has been a journey that I am proud to be associated with and I could not have asked for anything more from the team, they gave it their all.
The winning team were; Kira Evans (Upper Sixth, Nugent) (Captain), Vicky Beglin (Upper Sixth, Nugent), Yasmin Mama (Upper Sixth, Nugent), Elisabeth Pran (Lower Sixth, West)
John Skinner, Head of Tennis