Three cheers for Samantha

Samantha Noble, from Bradwell near Yarmouth, was the star of the Junior Cromer Tennis Tournament. She won three events in the popular grass court competition for eastern and Midland counties.

Samantha Noble, from Bradwell near Yarmouth, was the star of the Junior Cromer Tennis Tournament. She won three events in the popular grass court competition for eastern and Midland counties. Nick Bradley-Watson, Alex Moyes, Jessica Harris and Steffi Burt were all winners of two events, while the boys' singles events were dominated by the Esporta Club contingent from Warwickshire. The Colin Palmer Trophy, awarded to a Cromer LT&SA member who has contributed the most to the tournament, went to Alexander Oliver. Persistent rain forced referee Derek Perry to reduce many matches either to one set or short sets just to get everything played in time for the finals.

With the help of assistant referee Linda Wynne, secretary Linda Gosling-Belfield and court supervisor Carol Wright, this was something he managed to achieve.

Boys' singles: (21 and under) Johnny Wynne beat Hugo Hutchison; (18 and under) David O'Leary beat Jack Howe; (16/u) David O'Leary beat James Povah; (14/u) Alasdair Owers-Bradley beat Neil O'Grady; (14/u, restricted) Callum Spencer beat Michael Pandya; (12/u) Simon Howson beat Joshua Ward-Hibbert; (10/u) Giles Waterson beat Tom Hands; (I9/u): Johnnie Carmichael-Plester beat Will Davies.

Girls' singles: (21 and under) Samantha Noble beat Kimberley Burgess; (18/u) Samantha Noble beat Rebecca Scrivins; (16/u) Jessica Harris beat Ciara Haggarty; (14/u) Ciara Haggarty beat Charlotte Groves; (14/u, restricted) Hannah Pollard beat Elyse Gallacher; (12/u) Olivia Nicholls beat Megan Grainger; (10/u) Megan Wright beat Dayna Rice; (9/u) Georgia Moyes beat Eve Whitwell.


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Boys' doubles: (18 and under) Nick Bradley-Watson/Dan Bewick beat Shane Spaans/Thomas Raines; (16/u) Sam Parfitt/Alex Moyes beat Michael Emery/James Povah; (14/u) Nick Bradley-Watson/Alex Moyes beat Richard Ayling/Alasdair Owers-Bradley; (12/u) Harry Weeds/Charlie Horn beat Sachin Govind/Jordan Parker.

Girls' doubles: (21 and under) Helen Povah/Joanna Purkiss beat Claire Bush/Hollie Robinson; (18/u) Jessica Harris/Laura Oates beat Joanna Taylor/Katie Taylor; (14/u) Juliet Broster/Steffi Burt beat Amy Partridge/Olivia Nicholls; (12/u) Rebecca Thomas/Elyse Gallacher beat Victoria Amos/Sarah-Kate O'Grady.

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Mixed doubles: (18/u) Samantha Noble/Michael Emery beat Laura Oates/Jack Howe; (14/u) Stephanie Burt/Joshua Lightowler beat Olivia Nicholls/Harry Weeds.

t Only two Norfolk players competed in the Bury & West Suffolk Tournament at the Victory Ground. but with some considerable success.

Holly Fleming and Grace Hughes, from East Lopham and Harleston respectively, both reached three finals.

Holly won the 12/u doubles with Anita Todd (Essex), but lost to her partner in the 12/u singles. However, they beat Grace and her partner, Hayley Rixon, in the 14/u doubles in a thrilling three-setter.

Grace beat Hayley in the 14/u singles, but lost to Hannah Thompson in the 16/u singles.

t Six Norfolk girls travelled to Queenswood, Hertfordshire, for the qualifying tournament for the 18/u Nationals.

Claire Palmer, Lottie Cumby and Emma Brook played in the 16/u event, and Hollie Robinson, Samantha Noble, Kimberley Burgess in the 18/u event.

All lost in the first round except Claire, who was beaten at the next stage of this knock-out competition, which represents the highest standard of player the country has to offer.

Just to qualify for the qualifying event is an achievement in itself.

Claire, Lottie, Emma and Jessica Harris will be competing in the 16/u Qualifying event this week.

Tom Lamming travelled to Bournemouth for the 18/u National qualifiers, but lost in the third set of his first round match.

He will have another try in the 16/u event this week.

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