On Wednesday 17th May 2017, MSSP ran its annual Year 3/4 Mini Tennis Red Competition at Raynes Park Residents Lawn Tennis Club. Fifteen schools from the borough entered the competition and despite the rainy conditions, all the children enjoyed themselves and did not let the weather dampen their spirits. The competition began with the group stages with every school playing each other within their pool.

The opening matches got off to a fantastic start. It was wonderful to see such genuine sportsmanship on some of the courts with children shaking hands after the matches and congratulating one another on their wins and losses. Poplar, Sacred Heart, Bishop Gilpin and Dundonald got off to a fantastic start winning their group stages. At the end of the group stages, the results were as follows:

Group 1

School

1st

Bishop Gilpin

2nd

Hillcross ‘B’

3rd

The Priory

4th

Hatfeild

 

Group 2

School

1st

Dundonald

2nd

Hollymount

3rd

West Wimbledon

4th

Hillcross ‘A’

 

Group 3

School

1st

Poplar

2nd

St John Fisher

3rd

Links

4th

Joseph Hood

 

Group 4

School

1st

Sacred Heart

2nd

Holy Trinity

3rd

Wimbledon Park

4th

Joseph Hood

 

After breaking for a short lunch break (luckily as the rain became torrential), teachers gathered in the clubhouse to find out where they had finished in their group and to see who they would be playing the second half of the tournament. All teams had to play a quarter final, semi-final and final to determine their finishing positions. Schools that finished in the top two of their group were playing for position 1-8, and those who finished in the bottom two, were playing for positions 9-15.

During the final rounds, some teams really came into their element. The standard of tennis played throughout the tournament had been very impressive, but it was clear to see that teams were determined to make sure they were going to secure themselves a top spot for the final. There was some extremely close games, such as Poplar  v Holy Trinity and West Wimbledon v Hatfeild, which saw both teams scoring 2 points each, after which it then came down to the total number of points that had been won in their team. 

Congratulations to all teams for competing with such high spirits in the terrible weather conditions.  

The results were as follows:

Final Position

School

1st

Bishop Gilpin

2nd

Dundonald

3rd

Holy Trinity

4th

Sacred Heart

5th

Poplar

6th

Hollymount

7th

St John Fisher

8th

Hillcross ‘B’

9th

West Wimbledon

10th

Wimbledon Park

11th

Links

12th

Priory

13th

Hillcross ‘A’

14th

Hatfeild

15th

Merton Abbey

16th

Joseph Hood

 

We would like to say a big thank you to Raynes Park Residents Lawn Tennis Club for allowing us to use their fantastic facilities for the day. Additionally thank you to the Ursuline leaders for umpiring the matches showing strong leadership, enthusiasm and knowledge of the rules.

The school nominated for the REFSPECT award was Wimbledon Park, they were nominated for shaking hands, congratulating other teams and being positive throughout- well done. However, a special mention must go to Louie from Hillcross, he received the individual REFSEPCT award this was nominated by our Ursuline leaders as he shook their hands at the start and end of every match and always congratulated the opponent in a gracious manner – congratulations.

Congratulations to Bishop Gilpin, we wish you the best of luck at the London Youth Games in July 2017.

 

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