Charlotte and Harry star turns

Charlotte Groves and Harry Weeds dominated the newly-sponsored Pilch Intersport Junior Parks Tennis Tournament. They respectively won five and four titles, which is run by Norfolk LTA's Norwich section and attracted entries from many local players and other parts of the country including Durham, Essex, Lincolnshire and Cambridge.

Charlotte Groves and Harry Weeds dominated the newly-sponsored Pilch Intersport Junior Parks Tennis Tournament. They respectively won five and four titles, which is run by Norfolk LTA's Norwich section and attracted entries from many local players and other parts of the country including Durham, Essex, Lincolnshire and Cambridge. Charlotte won the under-14, 16 and 18 singles titles, the 18/u girls doubles (with partner Samantha Noble) and the 14/u mixed doubles, with Dominic Eley. Harry won the under-12 and 14 singles titles, the 12/u doubles (with Sam Archer from Durham) and the 14/u doubles, with Piers Goodwin.

Other notable performances came from Josh Trett, who won the 10/u singles and doubles (with Jack Long-Martinez); Megan Grainger, who won the 12/u singles and doubles (with Annie Bradley-Watson); Megan Wright, who won the 10/u singles and doubles (with Georgia Moyes); and Rosie Cross/Josh Weeds, who won the 18/u mixed doubles for the third year in a row.

This tournament is an ideal event for beginners and experienced players alike, providing Grade 4 ranking points on the LTA Ranking System.

Most matches were played at the Pinebanks Sports Club in Norwich, but after battling with poor weather all week, tournament referee David Weeds' luck finally ran out and all finals had to be played indoors at the Lakenham Sport & Leisure Centre, for the use of which he is extremely grateful.


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Norfolk Over-35 Ladies competed in Group 3B of the Veteran's Tennis GB 35s Inter-County Championships at Eastbourne.

The team of Caroline Blincoe, Lesley Cooper, Patricia Peal, Sue Rich, Karen Woodrow (captain) and newcomer Alison Wenman battled it out over three days with matches against Middlesex, Buckinghamshire and Cheshire.

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Leading Middlesex 2-1 after the first round, following singles wins for Karen Woodrow and Alison Wenman, Norfolk clinched the match when Patricia Peal and Sue Rich combined well to win an all-important second round doubles, the final match score being 3-2.

Without Peal and Rich against Buckinghamshire, Norfolk found themselves 3-0 down after the first round and any hopes of winning the match gone.

However, the doubles combinations of Cooper and Blincoe, and Woodrow and Wenman, both won to make the match score 3-2 to Bucks.

Norfolk trailed Cheshire by two rubbers after the singles, but Blincoe and Cooper kept Norfolk in the match by winning their doubles 11-9 in a final set tie-break.

Rich and Woodrow then combined to win another vital rubber and, although Norfolk again lost by a 3-2 margin, the total rubber count over the three days was greater than that of Buckinghamshire, who lost 7-0 on the final day to Middlesex, the overall group winners.

Captain Karen Woodrow praised the efforts of all the team who, despite having lost the match, never gave up hope, fought to the end and received their reward by retaining their status to play in Group 3B again next year.

The West Norfolk Open Junior Tournament is on Wednesday, A|ugust 30 at North Runcton Lawn Tennis Club, and is open to boys and girls aged 7-16. For more information, call Mike Hadfield on 01553 631430.

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