Young Cromer tennis players make their mark in Easton event

The Cromer Under-8 team who turned on the style at Easton Tennis Centre. Picture: Club

The Cromer Under-8 team who turned on the style at Easton Tennis Centre. Picture: Club - Credit: Archant

Cromer Tennis Club's mini-red Under-8 A team of Matilda Cabrera-Burns, Jack Bradshaw, Leo Malakar and Jude Ellis performed superbly to finish joint top of the Division One competition in the final summer term team event at Easton Tennis Centre.

The club will sadly soon be losing the services of Leo, who is moving to New Zealand semi-permanently.

Three under-14 age level teams visited the same venue and all achieved encouraging results. For the first time the club fielded a girls team (Sian Stoppani and Camilla Morgan-Evans) at this age level and they came away with top honours, beating teams from Easton and Tennis Edge.

Two boys teams also carried off medals with the boys' A team of Oliver O'Malley, Finn Lowe, Oliver Holden and Henry Baker finishing second in Division One and the B team of Will Jones, Jack Seton, Luke Widdowson and James Weston collecting bronze medals.

Although the junior coaching programme is close to finishing for the summer break the club is currently hosting the LTA TennisforKids initiative that has so far attracted over 20,000 new children between the ages 5 and 8 into the sport nationally.

Each child who signs up receives a free six week course of coaching as well as a free tennis racket. The club has an additional course starting in September and there are currently a few spaces remaining. Parents can sign up their child/children by visiting the LTA Clubspark website. Meanwhile Cromer Ladies C team played away at Acle and continued their fine form by winning 39-25.

Nikki Baker, captain of the Cromer D team, played up and partnered Chris Erickson, winning 21 games of their 32 played.

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Alison Wilson and Maggie Tranter won 18 of their games to give the C team the win overall by 14 games.

Cromer A Ladies played Acle A in a very tight encounter in which two rubbers went to a draw, one was lost 7-9 and the other was won 10-6. Overall the team won 33-31 against opponents who battled every inch of the way.

Cromer D Ladies played Reepham on the Cromer courts. On a cloudy, chilly afternoon, the teams had to play on the omni-turf courts as due to rain, the grass courts were not playable.

All the Cromer teams are continuing their attempts at improving division places with nearly half their matches played.