Norfolk Lawn Tennis Association Players of season receive their dues
Norfolk Lawn Tennis Association launched the start of the competition year with their annual Fun Day at East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club.
The day also featured the presentation of county awards and winners' trophies from the Norfolk Closed Championships. Norfolk LTA president Jeremy Cameron presented the County Championship trophies, junior county colours and individual awards.
Harry Weeds, the county's top junior male player, was particularly successful – collecting the 18u Boys' Singles, the 18u Boys' Doubles and the Men's Open Singles silverware from the Closed, while also taking home the award for best 18U Boys' performance at County Cup.
Rosie Pooley achieved a similar haul of awards after a strong showing at the Closed where she won a hat-trick of titles including singles wins in two age groups.
After claiming the 12U and 14U girls' singles, Pooley went on to win the 14U mixed doubles with Alex Watkinson. Her achievements at 12U County Cup were also recognised as she was awarded the best 12U female performance trophy.
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One of Norfolk's most promising talents, 13-year-old Will Davies, won the 14U boy's singles, the 16U boys' singles and the 14U boys' doubles at the closed and for his success throughout the year, won the individual achievement award for boys.
Lorna Magrath had a phenomenal closed tournament, winning the 16U and 18U junior singles titles, the ladies open singles and the 18U girls' doubles with Maddie Brooks.
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Her only defeat on a busy finals day came in the 18U Mixed Doubles where she and partner Jack Long-Martinez finished as runners-up to Annie Bradley-Watson and Tom Hunter.
The presentation also recognised some notable achievements from the past year. Maddie Brooks reached the final of the 16U doubles at the National Championships; Amy Partridge won her first Tier 2 AEGON British Tour event at Frinton and was runner-up at Felixstowe in a Tier 1 tournament while Harry Weeds finished the year 19th in the 18U Boys' National Rankings.
Alfie Hewitt was presented with the Brian Blincoe Trophy for outstanding achievement for his remarkable year in wheelchair tennis. Starting the year by representing GB in the Junior World Team Cup he then went on to win the World Junior Masters singles and doubles and by August gained his first senior titles in Belgium. In September Alfie was Paralympics ambassador for GB wheelchair tennis.
The fun day is held annually by the Norfolk LTA who deliver a County training programme to over 130 players between the ages of 7 and 18 years where, under the guidance of specific age group Captains, the youngsters are prepared for the coming year's inter-county competitions.
With the continued support of the Evelyn Wisdom Trust the programme has expanded, introducing more players to this level of tennis.
Whilst not present for the fun day, there were some familiar names on the winners' lists in the Norfolk Senior Closed events including Robin Chipperfield who won the Men's Over 35 Singles and Over 45 Doubles. Philip Tye took a pair of titles in the Over 55 section after defeating Ivan Winter in the singles final and pairing up with Alan Hudson to win the Doubles. Oliver Hindle was the biggest winner in the restricted events as he beat Sam Kendrick in the singles final and won the doubles with William Foster.
• WINNERS AND AWARDS
Norfolk Closed Championship winners and awards
Boys Singles. 7/u: Ethan Terry, William Humphrey, Alexander Ogden
8/u: Joe Henden, Ethan Terry, Elliot Jones
9/u: Scott Whiting, Joe Henden, Louis Parker
10/u: Jamie Rice, Harry Tallantire
12/u: Laurie Ollerton, Alex Watkinson
14/u: Will Davies, Alex Watkinson
16/u: Will Davies, Tom Fisher
18/u: Harry Weeds, Ollie Hindle
Boys Doubles. 10/u: Danni Long-Martinez, Jamie Rice
12/u: Finlay Rowan, Josh Self; Laurie Ollerton, Alex Watkinson
14/u: Matt Cott, Will Davies; Alex Watkinson, Owen Tudor
18/u: Stephen Harlow, Harry Weeds; Tom Fisher, Tom Hunter
Girls Singles. 8/u: Jasmine Haylett, Hannah Wilson-Kemsley, Emily Collen
9/u: Emily Barrett, Josie Jarvis, Eleanor Widdows
10/u: Monica Raviraj, Josie Jarvis
12/u: Rosie Pooley, Vianne Palffy
14/u: Rosie Pooley, Imogen Osborn
16/u: Lorna Magrath, Maddie Brooks
18/u: Lorna Magrath, Bronte Farrage
14/u: Vianne Palffy, Monica Raviraj; Frankie Field, Imogen Osborn
18/u: Maddie Brooks, Lorna Magrath; Katie McKenna, Dayna Rice
Mixed Doubles. 14/u: Rosie Pooley, Alex Watkinson; Chloe Hunter, Matthew Cott
18/u: Annie Bradley-Watson, Tom Hunter; Lorna Magrath, Jack Long-Martinez
Performance. 12/u – Boys: Laurie Ollerton. Girls: Rosie Pooley
18/u – Boys: Harry Weeds. Girls: Maddie Brooks
Brian Blincoe Cup: Alfie Hewitt
Individual Achievement Awards: Boys: Will Davies. Girls: Maria Andrews
Men's Singles: Harry Weeds, Thom Lavis
Men's Singles Restricted: Oliver Hindle, Sam Kendrick
Men's Doubles: Christopher Evans, Thom Lavis; James Kent, Daniel Wynne
Men's Doubles Restricted: William Foster, Oliver Hindle; James Bradley-Watson, James Kent
Women's Singles: Lorna Magrath, Dayna Rice
Mixed Doubles: David Youngs, Lucy Lynden Marie Brooks; Ryon Martin, Kimberley Sarah Burgess
Mixed Doubles Restricted: Damian Lake, Elizabeth Cubitt; Simon Harrington, Georgia Moyes
Men's 35 Singles: Robin Chipperfield, David Youngs. Men's 45 Doubles: Robin Chipperfield, Derek Perry; Simon Harrington, David Youngs.