On Friday 22nd April 2022, the Merton School Sport Partnership (MSSP) hosted the Year 5 & 6 Mini Orange Tennis Borough Competition at the AELTC Community Sports Ground in Raynes Park. 18 teams entered the competition, which took place using the Mini Orange Tennis format. The 18 teams were entered into groups of four or five 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 St John Fisher who sneaked ahead with the match ending 3-1. Hatfeild were up against Wimbledon Park next and although the games were all incredibly close, Wimbledon Park took the advantage to win 3-1. The group continued to be well matched but St John Fisher continued their good form to secure first place in the group. Wimbledon Park claimed second spot with Dundonald third, Hatfeild fourth and St Peter and St Paul taking fith spot.

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 to take the top spot. Poplar came out victorious against a resilient Morden team and were neck and neck with Hillcross, with the placings coming down to points scored in their head to head match. Hillcross had scored 2 more points that meant they took the coveted second spot. Morden 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, St Teresas, Links and Park Academy. 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. Park managed to pip Merton Park to second place while St Teresasa and Links picked up valuable points but it was just not enough to climb the table.

Pelham, West Wimbledon, Sacred Heart and Hollymount 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. Hollymount played outstanding tennis and were only a point behind West Wimbledon in the final standings. Pelham were playing superbly well and kept all of their games extremely close but just struggled to pick up enough games to secure the points against the other top teams. Sacred Heart had some fine players and showed the skills that get them selected for their school, although they came up just short in a very competitive group.

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 finishing position in their group detremined who they would go into a semi final and final matches against. This allowed schools to compete gainast teams of a similar standard and meant the matches were getting even tighter than the morning session.

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 Wimbledon Chase 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. The final score was 3-1 with Wimbledon Chase coming out on top. Congratulations to Wimbledon Chase. With West Wimbledon taking the silver medals, the fight for third place was a great battle between Bishop gilpin and St John Fisher, with Bishop Gilpin coming out victorious.

The Final Standings are Below:

  1. Wimbledon Chase
  2. West Wimbledon
  3. Bishop Gilpin
  4. St John Fisher
  5. Hollymount
  6. Wimbledon Park
  7. Hillcross
  8. Park
  9. Pelham/Poplar
  10. Dundonald
  11. Merton Park
  12. St Teresas
  13. Hatfeild
  14. Morden
  15. Sacred Heart
  16. St Peter & St Paul
  17. Links

Huge congratulations to Wimbledon Chase for becoming Merton Champions for 2022. Also well done to Links 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 AELTC for hosting. Finally, a big thank you to the teachers and staff for bringing each school to the event.

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