8u Boys County event at Redbridge
The boy’s event kicked off at 2pm, the team consisting of Rico Kalli, Jacob Green, James Howard, Daniel Farrant, Nathan Collins, and Thomas Lloyd. Xavi Brae-Holmes should have been in the team but was unfortunately poorly so Thomas Lloyd luckily could fill in on the morning, which we were hugely grateful to him and his mum for. There were 10 counties competing which were Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, and Bedfordshire.
Norfolk were in a box with Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Norfolk’s first match was against Northamptonshire. Thomas and Nathan played first both had close matches with Thomas winning 10-9 and Nathan losing 10-9. James and Daniel both lost 10-7, again they were close matches Jacob fought hard but lost 10-6 and Rico got off to a great start winning 10-4. Norfolk v Northampton final score was 4-2 to Northampton.
Next up was Oxfordshire, again there were some close matches however this match most of them went Norfolk’s way with the score finishing up 4-2 to Norfolk. Most of the boys had had a win for their county now that 2 ties had been played. Which meant Charlotte and I had some very excited boys to keep controlled and concentrating!
Then Norfolk had to play Hertfordshire, the boys had already decided this was going to be a tough match as they kept saying ‘those orange boys look impossible’. Hertfordshire did prove too tough for Norfolk however Daniel and Jacob having narrow losses and really good matches. The final score against Hertfordshire was 6-0 to Hertfordshire.
Finally Norfolk played Buckinghamshire which was a very close tie and all of the boys playing some really good tennis for their county. The final result against Buckinghamshire was a draw with each county winning 3 matches.
Norfolk finished fourth in their box as Buckinghamshire had won more rubbers than Norfolk had. This meant they played the team who finished third in the other box which was Essex. Essex just a little too strong for Norfolk on the day with only Nathan managing to get a win, Norfolk losing 5-1, again some close matches played.
Lastly Norfolk had to play Buckinghamshire again for 7th and 8th place. Having just had a close match against the same county the boys were keen to try and get the win this time. Unfortunately this was not to be and with some hard fought matches the Norfolk boys lost 4-2. This meant the Norfolk boys finished in 8th place.
I would like to say well done to all of the boys for trying their best all day. A big thank you to all of the parents and supporters, and especially to Thomas Lloyd and his mum for changing their plans and stepping in on the day. The boys played some good tennis and will have learnt lots from the experience.