Several Lillington Free Church players took part in the inaugural inter-regional championships at Kettering. The team championships took place on the Saturday with the players representing the West Midlands, and the individual events were staged on the Sunday.
In the under 11 girls Erin Darwen had two good wins in the team event beating Shanai Kalsi and Lucy Lees. In the individual championships Erin finished second in her group after defeating Katie Oaten to qualify for the last 16. There she put up a great performance against eventual semi-finalist Maliha Baig losing a very close tussle in 5.
Ciara Hancox and Emily Beasley competed in the Under 15 competitions. In the team event Hancox enjoyed a good win over Natasha Johnston (Notts) and Beasley was unfortunate to lose 9, 8,-10,-9,-9 to Anais O’Connor, who is ranked 61 in England. In the individuals Beasley chalked up a win against Elizabeth Poyner (Cheshire). Both girls are young enough to re appear next season.
Eduardo Bolanos played in the Under 11s. In the team matches he lost in 5 to Leo Pontone, who won the individuals the following day. He also lost in 5 to Matthew Perry and in 4 to Georgios Gerakios , the other individual finalist. In the individuals he finished 3rd in his group claiming the scalp of Tristan Knight of London. Such performances augur well for the future.
13 year old Ricardo Bolanos played in the Under 15s. Ranked 100 at this level he accounted for Yaj Vashee (37), Robert Pelc (47) and Callum Ashworth (143) in his team matches and took Zaiim Prenji (32) to 5, who was destined to be the losing finalist the following day. He was not quite so successful in the individuals missing out on qualification for the last 16 but recording a useful win over Tom Down.
Online entry for the Lillington Graded Tournament to be held on 14th May 2016 has been closed. Limited places still remain. Please call Jill Weaving on 01789 470975 for details and to discuss your entry.
The Leamington Closed Championships for the 2015/16 season took place on Sunday 17th April, with players competing to play on Finals Night to try and lift a trophy.
Due to clashes with the English Schools Finals, some events were played to a conclusion on the day, which means we have already seen some members crowned Town Champions. A big congratulations to the players who won the following:
Livvy Fletcher (with Tracey Fletcher, St Georges)
Junior Girls Doubles
Livvy Fletcher (with Milly Bradshaw, Rugby)
Emma Kilpatrick (with Lisa Rinnhofer, Colebridge)
Under 13 Boys Singles
Under 13 Girls Singles
Under 11 Boys Singles
Under 11 Girls Singles
Grade 5 Singles
Finals Night will be held on Saturday 23rd April at Kenilworth Wardens, with the first final starting at 15:30. Spectators are welcome and encouraged. The following players will be representing the Club as they try to lift a trophy:
Grade 2 Singles (15:30)
Tom Harris v Jack Green
Grade 4 Singles (15:50)
Ged Kuprys (v Daniel Burgess, Rugby)
Parent/Child Doubnles (16:10)
Jack Green (with Nilton Green, WCC) v Jeff & Tom Harris
Cadet Girls Singles (16:30)
Milly Green v Emily Beasley
Cadet Boys Singles (16:50)
Jack Green v Ricardo Bolanos
Junior Boys Doubles (18:10)
Timmy Cooper & Lee Dorning v Tom Harris & Sam Weaving
Junior Boys Singles (19:10)
Timmy Cooper v Lee Dorning
Youth Singles (20:30)
Lee Dorning (v Laurence Sweeney, St Georges)
Junior Girls Singles (21:10)
Livvy Fletcher (v Lisa Rinnhofer, Colebridge)
Womens Singles (21:50)
Livvy Fletcher (v Kate Hughes, Colebridge)
Please do try and come along and support your club-mates and take advantage of the opportunity to watch some of the top players in the area competing.