With the summer season now well under way, the Thongsbridge youngsters have had a string of stunning successes, and are looking forward to the Open events of the summer holidays.
Rising star, Finn Murgett, was selected for the Yorkshire squad to compete in the prestigious under 10s County Cup, ably captained by Thongsbridge Performance Coach, Tom Sanders. The team dismissed Lancashire, Durham and Cleveland, Derbyshire and Cheshire comfortably in qualifying. They then faced some tough opposition in the National Finals, but Hampshire, East of Scotalnd and Warwickshire proved to be no competition for the Yorkshire squad, who were crowned National champions at the end of a tough weekend, with the talented Finn winning all of his singles and doubles matches.
The under 14s Road to Wimbledon event saw several Thongsbridge players making their mark. This event starts at club level, with club winners progressing to a county competition. Winners from the County event then get the exciting opportunity to compete against the winners from the rest of the counties in the UK, on the hallowed turf of the All England Club at Wimbledon, following in the footsteps of Andy Murray and Yorkshireman, Jonathon Marray. Holly Horsfall was too strong for the opposition and secured her place in the Wimbledon line up comfortably, whilst for the boys, Ben Horner was runner up. As one of the strongest runners up in the event, Ben too is likely to be heading to Wimbledon with Holly at the end of August.
Holly had success too in the National level Scottish Open, where she made quarter finals in the under 14s, and had an impressive 1st round win in the under 16s. Barney Fitzpatrick, in action at the same event in the under 10s, also produced a couple of fine wins.
Oliver Vesely, under 9s, was competing in the same level of National event in Solihull, and from a strong field of 32 of the country’s strongest youngsters, Oliver managed a promising 5th place. Georgia Draper, in the same event, also had some fantastic wins, coming 22nd in this very challenging field.
George Barton has gone from strength to strength, taking a win in the City of Manchester Open, 2 wins in the Chesterfield Open, and 3 wins in the Doncaster Open.
Jake Young played in a lower grade under 10s event in Goole, and his superb form secured him the winner’s medal, whilst Ellie Chawner secured a win in a similar event in Nottingham. Ellie also had 2 excellent wins in a matchplay event in Sheffield, which will be sufficient to increase her rating at the end of the season.
The Margetson sisters have been in action in South Ribble, where Charlotte, under 9s, had a good win, and Lucy, under 10s took 3 solid victories. In Middleton, Lancashire, Charlotte built on her success and had 3 wins, whilst Lucy’s form continued, with another 2 excellent wins.