On Friday 26th April 2019, the Merton School Sport Partnership (MSSP) hosted the Year 5 & 6 Mini Orange Tennis Borough Competition at WJTI facilities. Sixteen teams entered the competition, which took place using the Mini Orange Tennis format. The sixteen teams were entered into four groups of four and upon arrival; each school seeded their players 1 and 2.

Group 1 made their way to court one. First up on court one was Dundonald against St John Fisher. Both teams got off to a flying start, having some brilliant rallies but it was Dundonald who sneaked ahead with the match ending 3-1. Hatfeild were up against Wimbledon Park next and nothing could split them as the match ended in an exhilarating 2-2 draw. The group continued to be well matched but Dundonald continued their good form to secure first place in the group. Wimbledon Park claimed second spot after a hard fought victory against St John Fisher.

In group 2, games were very evenly matched, with all teams taking points of each other. Wimbledon Chase played some brilliant tennis losing only one game through the group matches. Poplar came out victorious against a resilient Hillcross team that meant they took the coveted second spot. Links were performing well and all their games were close but they could not quite see out the games to claim much needed points.    

Group 3 consisted of Bishop Gilpin, Merton Park, Hollymount and Aragon. With the matches being so close, it was very difficult to tell who would come out on top. However Bishop Gilpin managed to secure top place in the group in fine fashion, playing precise tennis at speed. Hollymount managed to pip Aragon to second place while merton park scored valuable points but it was just not enough to climb the table.

Pelham, West Wimbledon, Sacred Heart and an All Star team were within group 4. West Wimbledon came out as the overall winners of this group, with a win against every school. They played in a great manner with commitment and determination. Sacred Heart played outstanding tennis and were only a point behind West Wimbledon in the final standings.

With the group stages complete, it was time for a quick lunch break to rest up and rehydrate before the afternoon’s eagerly anticipated finals stages. Each team was then informed who they would play against in the afternoon’s fixtures. The teams that finished first in their group and the teams who finished second would compete for positions 1-8 and the teams finishing third fourth would play for positions 9-16.

The quality of the tennis on show got better and better as the day went on. The match which would determine who finished in first and second place was between Bishop Gilpin and West Wimbledon. The quality on show in this match was of the highest quality. This match was played in a great spirit with all players competing for every single point. Despite the final score being 2-2 Bishop Gilpin came out on top winning by one point. Congratulations to Bishop Gilpin.

The Final Standings are Below:

  1. Bishop Gilpin
  2. West Wimbledon
  3. Wimbledon Chase
  4. Dundonald
  5. Poplar
  6. Wimbledon Park
  7. Hollymount
  8. Sacred Heart
  9. Pelham
  10. All Stars
  11. Hatfeild
  12. St John Fisher
  13. Aragon
  14. Merton Park
  15. Hillcross
  16. Links

Huge congratulations to Bishop Gilpin for becoming Merton Champions for 2019. They will now go on and represent Merton at the London Youth Games. Also well done to Poplar for being REFSPECT winners. The games were all played in a great spirit and everyone was onboard with the REFSPECT campaign which made it more enjoyable for everyone involved. The MSSP would like to thank the Ricards Lodge High School Leaders who officiated each match superbly! We would also like to thank AELTC for hosting. Finally, a big thank you to the teachers and staff for bringing each school to the event.

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