On Wednesday 6th May, the Year 2 ‘red ball’ tennis competition was held at the Tarka Tennis Centre where 21 teams came to compete from across 8 North Devon schools.
The year 2 children were extremely excited and the turn-out from pupils to try out for the
competition was high! Southmead were fortunate to take 3 teams of 4 pupils, with the majority of children dedicated to attending tennis clubs outside of school.
The morning saw all teams play 5 matches per person with the winner being the first to score 5
points. The children were extremely focused on improving their games and winning as many points for their team as possible. The standard of tennis displayed was high and it was a hugely motivational experience for the teams.
Team C had the least tennis experience of all those attending from Southmead but the improvement they showed as a team was inspiring, with them progressing from winning 50% of the available points to 85% and 100%! A special mention goes to Finn Drake who only dropped 2 points out of all 5 matches.
Teams B and A both had a superb morning and made it through to the quarter-finals. The draws were tough and Southmead A faced Woolacombe B whilst Southmead B had to play West Buckland A. Team B played very well against West Buckland but unfortunately lost 11 vs 19. Another special mention needs to go to Luke who didn’t drop a single point in his quarter-final match! Team A and Woolacombe B both played fantastic tennis and were equally matched in capability. The quarter-final result saw an equal scoring of 17 points per team with Lani and Ella not dropping any. The umpire decided that a re-match would be held, with the first player to 3 points. Team A was nervous and gathered for a chat to relieve the pressure and concentrate on winning one point at a time. The children focused and were supported by their team mates and parents. It was close but Southmead unfortunately lost 7 points to 10 with Woolacombe B going on to play in the final.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and grandparents that helped transport,
support and motivate children on the day and especially to Sarah Nicholls and Matt Cardew who were our parent co-ordinators for the day and, without which, we would not have been able to have attended the event.