June 13, 2016 by Jo Pike
Off to York again for the U13’s for the Cerryg Davies memorial trophy where teams compete in mixed pairs. After a good year as team manager for the U13s it was to be Jon Allen’s last job before standing down.
The Team Leics pairs were Luke Hoult and Tamsin Betts, Jess Allen and Tom Paterson-Watts, Sophie Watson and Danny Beynon and Tilly Dale and Owen King.
With 9 counties and 4 pairs per county, teams were split in to groups and after some good games, 3 of our pairs went through into top half for the next stage of play. While Sophie and Danny came 3rd in their group, Luke and Tamsin and Tom and Jess met each other in the deciding game of their group; after a hard fought contest Luke and Tamsin won 21-20. Meanwhile in group B, Tilly and Owen won all their matches.
Players then split again into groups of 3 to decide the final positions. Luke and Tamsin had the top 2 Warwickshire mixed pairs in their group and after a hard fought game with the Warwks #1 pair, they just lost out, coming 3rd overall – a great achievement!
Next up were Jess and Tom who won one and lost one so finishing 5th overall and Sophie and Danny the same, coming in 8th place. Then, after a hard fought last game Tilly and Owen came second in the B group. A great day for all players was rounded off by winning team silver overall, especially for the U12’s in the team, Luke, Tilly and Sophie, who now had a silver medal to go with the gold and bronze won at the other York team events earlier in the year.
A special award was then given for most sporting girl and boy over the whole day, voted for by all the counties managers. After a few nominations for Leics, Sophie Watson was awarded the title of Most Sporting Girl! Well done to all the players!