On a freezing bank holiday weekend in May, the Cambs U9, U10 and U12 Boys and Girls played in the annual Lionel Cox trophy at Queenswood School.
On the Saturday, the U10’s started very well with the Boys team of Herbie, Leo and Jianzhou beating Oxfordshire convincingly 3-0 and the girls beating Suffolk 2-1, with wins from Sophie and Bibiana. The U12’s had a tough start with the boys losing a competitive match with Hertfordshire, Jonny and Sam both pushing their opponents all the way and the girls losing to a very strong Oxfordshire team. In the second round, the U10’s then both lost very close matches, the boys to Hertfordshire despite a good win for Herbie and Leo coming very close in a 3rd set and the girls lost to Essex, with Bibiana just losing 12-10 in a match tiebreak and playing extremely well!
The U9 girls played their entire tournament on the Saturday and the team of Oliva, Olivia and May played superbly beating Northants, Bucks and Oxfordshire and only losing narrowly to Essex 2-1 with both losses coming in close 3 set matches. They went into the playoff for 3rd / 4th against Suffolk and won convincingly 3-0 so a great result!
Sunday started superbly for the U12’s, with wins for Jonny and Ryan to help the boys beat Suffolk followed by a 3-0 win against Norfolk. The U12 girls then beat Berkshire 2-1 with good wins from Florence and Millie. Rezi, Daisy and Millie then beat Bedfordshire. The U10 boys had a tough match with Suffolk, Herbie won at number 1 again and Leo again came very close in a great 3 set match but Cambs unfortunately lost 2-1. The U10 girls played superbly to beat Northants then Sophie came back from a set down to help secure a win against Buckinghamshire after another win from Bibiana.
The U9 boys played their entire event on the Sunday, with the team of Harry, Arnas and Mason winning their group, beating Essex and Suffolk along the way and playing some excellent tennis. The final was incredibly close, with Harry losing 8-6 in the 3rd set and Mason winning which meant the boys came an excellent 2nd.
In the playoffs then, the U12 boys started and beat Berkshire 3-0 to come an excellent 3rd overall. The U10 boys lost their 5th / 6th playoff to Essex to come 6th. The U10 girls played a superb playoff, with Bibiana, Sophie and Thomasina all winning to beat Berkshire 3-0 and come 3rd overall. The U12 girls finished very strongly with Daisy and Florence winning their matches to give Cambs a deserved 5th place overall.
All the final positions are then totalled up between the 10 counties and Cambridgeshire came joint 2nd with Essex, with Hertfordshire the winners! The last time we won the 2nd place trophy was 30 years ago, so a great achievement by all the teams!