Creative deuces flowing for Ulverston tennis aces
Last updated at 16:06, Thursday, 13 December 2012
FIVE talented tennis playing youngsters have stormed on to the national scene with an impressive campaign in the National Schools Championships.
The boy’s under-14s team from Ulverston Victoria High School reached the last 16 in Britain in the competition after an impressive run of results.
The quintet of Thomas Gregg, Luke Oxenham, Peter Spence, Joseph Wilkinson and reserve player Stephen Herbert have benefited from regular sessions at Lakes Leisure Ulverston.
Under the tutelage of respected local coach Gary Weatherburn, they have honed their talents and taken them on the road to beat the best the North of England has to offer.
From an initial field of more than 3,000 schools across England, Scotland and Wales, UVHS started off by being crowned as Cumbria county champions in the summer term.
They then beat a team from Durham, who had previously conquered the Scottish champions before facing tough opponents in their next tie. Newcastle Royal Grammar School were the side standing in their way at the last-32.
Of the six matches – four singles and two doubles – five went the way of UVHS, including all the singles matches, as they produced a remarkable victory. That set up a play-off for the North of England and Scotland crown against Ilkley Grammar School, in Yorkshire.
This time, the home side were just too good as they triumphed over the Ulverston side, though number two player Spence won his game 6-0, a great feat at this level.
Weatherburn said: “This has never been done before at this age group that we have had lads from this area reaching the last four in the North of England or the last 16 in Great Britain.
“The win against Newcastle was particularly good. I wasn’t that sure how well the lads would do, but fantastically they won all four singles matches – they did phenomenally to do that.”
First published at 16:27, Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Be the first to comment on this article!
Make your comment
- Success brewing as Hardknott signs prestigious high street deal
- £7,500 pledge to help make Millom ‘danger’ park fit for purpose
- Hundreds lap up Millom Infant School summer entertainment
- Millom Post Office will be closed for up to three weeks during revamp
- Residents of flood-risk Millom set to get emergency plan
- Warning to DIY rat killers in South Cumbria
- PHOTOS: Festival atmosphere marks end of busy year for Barrow college
- Call for CCTV cameras to be installed in Dalton
- Families’ plight as Barrow Foodbank sees numbers soar by a third
- Hundreds want to leave cash-strapped Cumbria authority
- Barrow Raiders show true grit to defeat Newcastle Thunder
- Millom CC blow leaders Dalton away
- Barrow CC pro is star with bat and ball
- Barrow Raiders score thrilling win over Newcastle Thunder - with video highlights (3 comments)
- Wins for Askam and Millom in National Conference
- RAIDERS REVIEW: Time for Barrow Raiders to step it up
- RAIDERS REVIEW: Time to silence Thunder
- Barrow Raiders score thrilling win over Newcastle Thunder
- Moffatt's Royal day at Cartmel: with picture gallery
- Barrow Raiders told to steal Newcastle's Thunder
- WEDDING ALBUM: Sharna Forsyth and James Tyson
- TRAVEL REVIEW: Venice
- FOOD REVIEW: Punchbowl, Crosthwaite
- Time to forge better deal within the EU
- FOOD REVIEW: The Crown, North Scale, Walney
- TRAVEL REVIEW: Bali
- Toddler fights back from heart surgery
- Garden no safe place for birds
- WEDDING ALBUM: Gemma Jones and Craig Brown
- Let’s unite and take on fight together