Windsor juniors celebrate tournament success

JUNIOR PLAYERS: More than 60 youngsters took part in the Penarth Windsor Tennis Club's eagerly-anticipated annual junior championships.

FINALISTS: A group of finalists in the Penarth Windsor Lawn Tennis Club annual junior championships.

First published in Penarth sport

MORE than 60 youngsters took part in the eagerly-anticipated Penarth Windsor Tennis Club's annual junior championships. Held in a week of glorious weather, the juniors were treated to off-court activities such as a FIFA tournament, table tennis and five-a-side football supervised by the club coaches, committee and tennis leaders.

As well as the competition returning to the first week of the school holidays, there was also a return of the famous club water fight - 13 years after then club coach Liz James took a soaking from junior member Robert Wedlake. With his return as coach, the roles were reversed and vengeance was served.

The club would like to congratulate all entrants for their performances and thank the parents and older juniors who helped to make the event such a success.

Friday's closing presentations featured three special awards - July player of the month (Carter Staples for his improvement, performances and transition into competitive tennis) and most improved player awards (Jack Pritchard for his continued development and contribution to club life) and (Holly Ritchie for reaching Red 1 rating and performance at the Tennis Wales Talent ID Day).

The following tournament winners all received trophies, with Zac Essenhigh and Niamh Sweeney scooping the honour of a 'clean sweep' of singles and two doubles events in an age group.

8&U Mini Red - Singles, boys, Neirin Gilani; girls, Holly Ritchie.

9&U Mini Orange - Singles, boys, Zac Essenhigh; girls, Bella McIntyre. Doubles, boys, Rohan Rayani and Z Essenhigh; girls, Amelia Mitchell & Charlotte Ray.

10&U Mini Green - Singles, boys, Zac Essenhigh; girls, Ella Davies. Doubles, boys, Addy Bradley Glinister and Z Essenhigh; girls, Mili Hartland and E Davies; mixed, E Davies and Z Essenhigh.

12&U - Singles, boys, Lucas French; girls, Ella Davies. Doubles, boys, Jack Ritchie and L French; girls, E Davies and Mili Hartland; mixed, L French and Lily Ireland.

14&U - Singles, boys, Joe Williams; girls, Niamh Sweeney. Doubles boys, J Williams and Tom Griffiths; girls, N Sweeney and Caitlin Duggan; mixed, N Sweeney and Jack Ritchie.

16&U - Singles, boys, Rhys Fford; girls, Niamh Sweeney. Doubles, boys, Joe Williams and Will Marsh; girls, Seren Marsh and Grace Samuel; mixed, S Marsh and Tom Marsh.

18&U - Singles, boys, Will Marsh. Doubles, boys, W Marsh and Tom Marsh.

The club also celebrated several other junior successes this season including two teams finishing second in South Wales, three division winning teams, six players attending county Talent ID days, 12 players attending South Wales development camps, three Grade 4 tournament wins and the success of Addy Bradley Glinister who helped South Wales finish third in this year's Mini Orange County Cup group.

Now in its 100th year, Penarth Windsor has a range of tennis programmes running during the summer holidays including Tots Tennis (Tuesdays, 2pm), Tennis Camps (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am-3pm) and Teen and Adult drop-in sessions every Tuesday. For more details visit www.tennissquad.net.

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