Girls’ South East Regional Fives Tournament
Christ’s Hospital, Horsham
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Ed Hatton reports: Three schools gathered at Christ’s Hospital on Thursday 23rd March for the first ever South East Girls’ Regional Fives Championships. With the success of the National Girls Championships the schools and their players felt that the time was right to extend the girls’ season and there was no better way to do it. There were three categories, U18, U14 and U13.
In the U13s, despite a strong Christ’s Hospital challenge, the Alleyn’s pair of Martha Nugent and Katie Innes proved quick, powerful and unstoppable, and took both Singles and Doubles titles, thus ensuring a clean National sweep for Alleyn’s – the U13 Alleyn’s boys won their titles a few days later at St Paul’s.
At U14 level, the Eastbourne pair of Jenner & Park put up a strong challenge, the former finishing 2nd in the round-robin format. The eventual winner was twice National U13 Singles and Doubles champion Aiysha Alli from Christ’s Hospital, dropping 7 points in 5 games on her ruthless way to victory. She and partner Sophie Lambert won the Doubles.
At U18 level, despite a keen effort from their opponents, Christ’s Hospital veterans Beatrix Crinnion and Phoebe Thornhill were too strong for all concerned. Their singles final was a classic yo-yo encounter, ending with a narrow victory by 11-9 to Thornhill. They also won the Doubles.
The participants considered the tournament a success and enjoyed the ‘elite packed lunches’ provided by the school. We hope to have more competitors from more schools next year.