On Friday 10th May 2019, MSSP ran its annual Year 3/4 Mini Tennis Red Competition at AELTC Community Sports Ground. Sixteen schools from the borough entered the competition all hoping to become crowned Merton Borough Champions. All the children enjoyed themselves especially as they got to play in the Aerodome. 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

Poplar

2nd

Sacred Heart

3rd

Wimbledon Park

4th

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Group 2

School

1st

Bishop Gilpin

2nd

Garfield

3rd

SS Peter & Paul

4th

Malmesbury

 

Group 3

School

1st

Hollymount

2nd

West Wimbledon

3rd

Dundonald

4th

Hatfeild

 

Group 4

School

1st

Pelham

2nd

Wimbledon Chase

3rd

St John Fisher

4th

Hillcross

 

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 Sacred Heart v Wimbledon Chase to see who got into the final. The battle for the top four places was played between Wimbledon Chase and Poplar for 3rd place which again could only be separated by points difference with Wimbledon Chase sneaking home in 3rd place and taking the bronze medal position. The final saw Sacred Heart play Pelham in a titanic battle with both teams playing some outstanding tennis and showing a tremendous amount of skill and determination. After the games finished 2-2 it was down to points difference with the eventual winners, Sacred Heart, winning by only a 2 point advantage.  

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

Sacred Heart

2nd

Pelham

3rd

Wimbledon Chase

4th

Poplar

5th

Hollymount

6th

West Wimbledon

7th

Bishop Gilpin

8th

Garfield

9th

Dundonald

10th

Hatfeild

11th

Wimbledon Park

12th

SS Peter & Paul

13th

St John Fisher

14th

Hillcross

15th

Malmesbury

16th

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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 Raynes Park High School leaders for umpiring the matches showing strong leadership, enthusiasm and knowledge of the rules.

The winner of our REFSPECT award was Malmesbury, they were nominated for shaking hands, congratulating other teams and being positive throughout- well done.

Congratulations to Sacred Heart, we wish you the best of luck at the London Youth Games in July 2019.

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