On Friday 11th May 2018, MSSP ran its annual Year 3/4 Mini Tennis Red Competition at AELTC Community Sports Ground. Fourteen schools from the borough entered the competition with two bringing ‘B’ teams. All the children enjoyed themselves especially as the weather conditions were perfect. 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. Sacred Heart, Hollymount, Dundonald and Pelham 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

Sacred Heart

2nd

Poplar ‘A’

3rd

Wimbledon Park

4th

Links

 

Group 2

School

1st

Hollymount

2nd

Bishop Gilpin ‘A’

3rd

Poplar ‘B’

4th

Wimbledon Chase

 

Group 3

School

1st

Dundonald

2nd

West Wimbledon

3rd

Hatfeild

4th

The Priory

 

Group 4

School

1st

Pelham

2nd

Bishop Gilpin ‘B’

3rd

Hillcross

4th

St John Fisher

 

After breaking for a short lunch break, teachers and pupils gathered round the fixture sheet 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. Games were becoming extremely close and having to be decided on goal difference, such as Hollymount v Poplar ‘A’ and Hollymount again in their semi-final against Dundonald. The battle for 1st, 2nd and 3rd was played between Dundonald and West Wimbledon for 3rd place and the final saw defending champions Bishop Gilpin play Hollymount.

Congratulations to all teams for competing with such high spirits showing an outstanding competitive attitude in all games played.

The results were as follows:

Final Position

School

1st

Hollymount

2nd

Bishop Gilpin ‘A’

3rd

Dundonald

4th

West Wimbledon

5th

Poplar ‘A’

6th

Sacred Heart

7th

Pelham

8th

Bishop Gilpin ‘B’

9th

Poplar ‘B’

10th

Wimbledon Chase

11th

Hillcross

12th

Hatfeild

13th

Wimbledon Park

14th

St John Fisher

15th

The Priory

16th

Links

 

We would like to say a big thank you to AELTC and the WJTI for allowing us to use their fantastic facilities for the day. Additionally thank you to the Ricards leaders for umpiring the matches showing strong leadership, enthusiasm and knowledge of the rules.

The school nominated for the most the REFSPECT award was Links, they were nominated for shaking hands, congratulating other teams and being positive throughout- well done.

Congratulations to Hollymount, we wish you the best of luck at the London Youth Games in July 2018.

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