Saturday 26th November
Nine players and three coaches travelled to the Ulster Open to test ourselves against different opposition. Friday evening, we contested in a friendly match against Ulster/Ireland with 32 singles matches being played (men’s and women’s separately). Wales won the match 21-11 and give us some valuable match practice going into the tournament itself.
On Saturday, the first events were the under 21 and under 15 singles. Lowri Hurd and Harri Docherty were on top form taking the gold medal, whilst ruby took the silver. Toby Harwood was unlucky not to make it through his group but found fine form winning the gold in the consolation event. In the under 15 singles Darcey Taylor was edged out in the final and had to settle for a silver medal whilst Lily Walters played a great 3rd and 4th pay off to win the bronze. Toby added another medal to his tally by winning a bronze in the under 15 boys.
In the afternoon, it moved on to the men’s and women’s singles events, with a prize of £500 for first place and £250 runner-up. Lowri Hurd played out of her skin and was two match points but had to settle for silver. Harri made it through a tough draw and in the final at 1-1 it looked promising. Unfortunately, the final didn’t quite go to plan and Harri took a silver medal. Both players received a cheque for £250. Ruby Elliot lost to Lowri Hurd in the semi-final which meant taking the bronze medal, whilst Darcey took silver in the women’s consolation event.
Full results below:
Saturday 26th November – three GOLD medals
Lowri Hurd – Gold in the under 21 singles, Silver in the women’s singles
Harri Docherty – Gold in the under 21 singles, Silver in the men’s singles
Toby Harwood – Gold in the under 21 consolation singles, Bronze in the under 15 singles
Ruby Elliot – Silver in the under 21 singles, Bronze in the women’s singles
Darcey Taylor – Silver in the under 15 singles, Silver in the women’s consolation
Lily Walters – Bronze in the under 15 singles
Sunday 27th November
Another good day in the office for our team. Lowri Hurd made it three gold out of four by winning the u17 and u19 singles events. Ruby won the 3rd and 4th play off match against Darcey to take the bronze medal in the u17s. Evan O’connel took the bronze medal in the u19 consolation events. Notable performances from Harry Docherty who finished 4th in the u19 singles, whilst Rhys Hetherton finished 5th. This took our overall tally to 14 medals for the tournament.
Lowri Hurd 3 Gold, 1 Silver
Ruby 1 Silver 2 bronze
Darcey 2 Silvers
Lily 1 Bronze
Harri 1 Gold, 1 Silver
Toby 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
Evan 1 Bronze