On a pretty awful night with intermittent rain and an early floodlight failure, favourite Craig Naylor survived a late fight back to win the Final of Bicester Box League Series 2.
Thorsten Moll came second, winning the Silver Medal, Karen Nelson won Bronze and Best Placed Lady and Tom Hodges was the fourth finalist taking away a consolation award of a tube of Wilson ATP balls.
The first two sets were a little one sided with Craig and Thorsten cruising to a 6-0 victory in the first and Tom/Thorsten picking up just two games in the second.
The real action though was in set 3. The rain had stopped by then giving the players better footing and more confidence to make some shots that would have been unreachable earlier on.
Congratulations to our junior players who have been awarded Most Improved Players of the season. These players have impressed the coaching team this season for their individual reasons as you will read below.
Tamin has showed an ability to adapt to a variety of situations on court. She has great hand-eye coordination and can rally with anyone despite different abilities in the class. Well done Tamin!
Sam has showed great talent with his tennis abilities in the small amount of time he has played for. His hand skills and technique are advanced, which is a unique skill set given how often he plays. Well done Sam!
Four up-and-coming players from our club were presented with top accolades at this year’s TennisOxfordshire Junior Awards. The ceremony, which took place at Abingdon and Witney College on Friday 3rd November, recognised outstanding sporting talent from across the county.
Esme Paddick (12), Callum West (14), Lucy Willoughby (9) and Ronan Goss (15) each took home gold in their respective categories; Club Coach’s Player (girl), Club Coach’s Player (boy), Most Improved Junior Player (girl) and Most Improved Junior Player (boy). With more than 50 entries, taking home gold awards clearly demonstrated each player’s passion, commitment and development.
As the only club in the county taking home gold awards in each category, I’m so proud of Esme, Callum, Lucy and Ronan. Each player clearly demonstrated their passion, enthusiasm, commitment and talent to the judges. The results not only showcase individual performance, but also demonstrate BLTC as one of the county’s leading clubs.
A quick update on the recent end of season get together. Despite the cold we had 10 players and 5 watchers. It was cold but fine and the chat and food was plentiful.A total of £65.54 was collected/donated on the day, so many thanks to all.
The two top players nominated the charities for the receipt of the monies collected:
Sue - Neuroblastoma UKPaul - The Hummingbird CentreWe have made the amount up to £40 for each charity from Veterans funds (so total to be donated is £80).We hope to run another such event at the start of the season, either at the end of April or the beginning of May.
Thanks to all for the support of this event.
Pam, Alan, and Nick
I would like to start off by saying a massive thank you to Grant Munday and Nick Adams, for organising a fantastic club tournament. They put in a tremendous amount of effort to keep everyone informed of events and updated on matches to play.
The tournament could not have been so successful without the hard work of each and every player that entered. Let's hope we can do the same next year!
Finally, thank you to everyone who came down to support the finals day, despite it being a bit damp and chilly!