Junior Cup Final

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2013 11:38am
Bidford-on-Avon, Stratford-on-Avon
By Corin Bishop
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HDA Redditch Crowned As South Warwickshire Summer Tennis League Junior Champions

Junior Cup - The Final

HDA Tennis Club, Redditch won the South Warwickshire Summer Tennis League Junior Cup Final for the first time when they met last year's champions Henley-in-Arden. Champions Felix Gill & Joseph Morris celebrated their success while commiserating with a brave performance by Bradley Smith and Max Beishon for Henley in this 12 years and under competition.

Their journey began last March playing along with 24 other teams in Regional Pool matches once per month over the months of March to June. At the end of which Henley A topped Pool A while HDA A led Pool F. They then, along with the four teams that topped the other Pools, met in a play-off Pool. At the end these two teams finished in the top two positions to qualify for the Final.

The Final, played at HDA Tennis Club, Redditch, was a full best of three set match and was played in front of spectators with the Cup at stake. Henley had previously reached the final three times, winning in 2008 and 2012 but losing in 2009. This was the HDA team's third consecutive appearance in the final, losing the previous two including to Henley last year in a re-run of this year's final.

Under blue skies the match was well fought and while Henley looked strong and began as favourites the Redditch based HDA lads were determined to gain revenge. After a very close battle the HDA lads Felix Gill & Joseph Morris triumphed over Henley pair Max Beishon and Bradley Smith eventually running out 6-4, 7-5 winners to lift the trophy at last.

Both teams were presented by the League Chairman Tony Eskew with individual trophies and of course HDA with the Cup as 2013 Junior Champions. The Secretary and Junior Organiser of the league Corin Bishop also presented the winners HDA with a cheque to the value of £50 from the league to be used to further develop their club's junior section.


Photo of HDA Redditch Junior Pair L to R Felix Gill and Joseph Morris





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