Just before half term a small, yet very talented team of tennis players from Years 3 and 4 comprising of Jago Beardshall (Year 4), Ben Johnson-Carter (Year 4), Amelie Ballentyne (Year 3) and Reuben Wood (Year 4) represented Southmead at the first Mini-Red tennis tournament of the year, at The Tarka Tennis Centre, attended by primary schools from across the North Devon area. During the earlier rounds, each pupil played individual games against their respective opponents to accumulate points towards an overall team score, with the first person to score 5 points being the winner. Out of 24 games played altogether, the fabulous foursome won 18 of them, with Jago and Ben each winning all of their matches!
This fantastic display took the team through to the quarter-finals, where they faced a team from West Buckland. During this round, they played both as individuals and as pairs. Amelie and Reuben proved to be a formidable partnership, winning both of their games, 5 – 2 and 5 – 3 respectively! Unfortunately, despite Jago and Ben displaying a determined attitude to win their first game 5 – 0, they were unable to repeat their success in the second match. In the singles games, each player gave a valiant effort however their opponents were just too strong for them, meaning that West Buckland went through to the semi-finals. Matt Cardew, who led the event on behalf of Southmead said, “All four children were amazing, with great attitudes, excellent sportsmanship and bags of talent! They represented Southmead very well and should be very proud of themselves.” We are unable to attend these sporting events without the continued support of parents and would like to therefore convey huge thanks to Matt, for taking charge on the day and to the parents who transported children to the venue and stayed to help. Thank you very much! Finally, though, let’s not forget the stars of the day; Jago, Ben, Amelie and Reuben. Well done, you were amazing and should feel very proud of yourselves.