Harston & Newton continue to dominate tennis finals

harston winners

Harston & Newton Primary School dominated the South Cambs School Sport Partnership Year 3/4 mini tennis event held at Melbourn Village College earlier this week winning both the ‘Cup’ and ‘Plate’ competitions for the third year running!

With an entry of 16 teams from Gt Abington, Linton Heights, Steeple Morden, Melbourn, Meldreth, Harston & Newton & Bassingbourn the event the competition was split into a separate Cup and Plate competition with matches played over 8 mini courts and umpired by tennis leaders from Melbourn Village College.

A player from Gt Abington in action
A player from Gt Abington in action

In both competitions schools played each other in a round robin format before competing in a play-off match to determine their finishing position.

Qualifying into the final of the ‘Cup’ competition were the teams of 2 boys and 2 girls from Harston & Newton and Linton Heights. Both teams qualified from their groups having only dropped 1 singles game in 4 matches so the stage was set for some good tennis. The final didn’t disappoint and was a competitive affair with some close matches and long points. Linton took the first singles game but that was the best they could do as the Harston team went on to win the remaining 3 games to claim a 3-1 victory and the winners medals.

All smiles for the Linton team.
All smiles for the Linton team.

Both schools now go through to the SSP Finals on Monday 11th June where they will take on the top 2 teams from the competition held at Comberton Village College on Weds 16th May, to determine the overall SSP Year 3/4 Mini Red Tennis Champions for 2018. The top two teams from the SSP Finals will then qualify to represent South Cambs SSP at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough School Games Summer Finals on Thursday 28th June in St Ives.

Tennis in the sun at Melbourn Village College
Tennis in the sun at Melbourn Village College

In the Plate final it was an all Harston & Newton affair with their B & C teams taking to the same court in what was an extremely closely contested match. The score in games finished 2 a piece but the B team edged on points count back.

Claire McDonnell, Partnership Manager and organiser of the event said; “It was great to see so many children getting their first taste of competitive tennis, there were some really close and exciting matches that were all played in a lovely, friendly spirit.

It was hot in the sun but the players and leaders all did great and it was lovely to see so many parents out supporting their children. Hopefully some of these youngsters will now be inspired to go on and play more tennis and will perhaps go along to a local club.”




 Cup Competition Plate Competition
1st Harston & Newton 1stHarston & Newton B
2ndLinton Heights2ndHarston & Newton C
3rdLinton Heights B3rdLinton Heights B
4thBassingbourn 4thGt Abington B
5thGt Abington5th Steeple Morden C
6thSteeple Morden6thSteeple Morden B
7thMeldreth7thBassingbourn C
8thMelbourn8thBassingbourn B

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