National Championships Tennis Finals
The National Championships Finals sees the top 16 girls and top 16 boys schools in Great Britain compete over 4 days. Each team finish with a final placing between 1st and 16th and earn ranking points towards the year end AEGON Team Tennis Schools rankings.
From July 9th to the 12th, 16 Boys teams and 16 girls from across Great Britain took to the courts to battle for the National Championships crown.
Early in the tournament, the heavy rain that has blighted the British summer threatened to cause major disruption to the very busy match schedule over the four days. However, Graves Tennis Centre in Sheffield – the new host of the Finals -allowed the tournament team the luxury of 6 indoor courts on site which were extremely valuable to the tournament team in order to help keep on schedule.
The Girls team consisting of Team Captain Rosie Morgan (EL U6) Charlotte Wilson (EL L6), Clemmie Haxby (EL Hu) and Clemmie Keyes (MO Re) started day one with a match against the number one seed, Queenswood School, defending champions and eventual 2012 winners losing 8-0.
On day two against Sevenoakes the result was disappointing, although higher ranked than Marlborough we failed to turn points into games and games into sets, eventually losing 8-0 after some marathon matches.
Day three saw Marlborough play the Scottish Champions – Strathallen School. A much more positive performance saw tight games go our way and put us in a commanding lead after the singles. This allowed us to relax and put in a dominating performance in the doubles matches eventually beating the opposition 12-0.
Day four, our final match would see Marlborough have to play the 2nd seeded Stroud High School, who had narrowly lost on day one to the eventual finalists. Struggling to get into the match and showing some fatigue, Marlborough lost 8-0.
Overall result 14th Position.
The Boys team consisting of Team Captain, Willet Haxby (BH U6), Charlie McKelvey (BH L6), Will Addison (B1 U6) and Finn Connor (C1 Re) started with a tough match against Reed’s School ‘B’ losing 10-0. The highlight taking the doubles matches to a three set tie break.
Day two saw Marlborough beat St. Bede’s School of Sussex 8-4 in a thrilling and very long match, again Marlborough playing at times exhilarating doubles to seal the result.
Day three Marlborough College eventually lost to Culford School, 10-2 with a close match at number two for Charlie McKelvey.
Day four, the final match saw Marlborough back to winning ways beating Exmouth Community College in another high tempo and long match 6-2.
Overall Result 11th Place.