March 15, 2017 by Jo Pike
U14 Team Leics competitors Tilly Dale, Evie Pike and Grace Sherwin continue their travels around the tournament circuit, adding to their medal tallies as they go!
On Saturday 4th March, Tilly and Grace made the short trip to the U15 Warwickshire bronze. Although both girls were unlucky to not progress in their singles group, they had more luck in the mixed. After an excellent silver medal the week before in the U15 Lancashire Silver, Grace was playing today with a new partner, Joe, and continued a great run of form, beating the #2 seeds to win the group. Tilly and her partner Ryan did the same in their group to set up a semi final, with Grace & Joe winning through to the final. Unfortunately they were unable to overcome the very strong #1 seeded home pair of Kirk & Scott but came home with a silver medal nonetheless.
The following week it was Evie and Grace’s turn to make the much longer journey south for the U15 Herefordshire Bronze. Paired up with Joe once more, Grace walked through her mixed group with Evie and partner Jacob also winning their group. In the semis, Evie & Jacob were not able to overcome the strong Welsh 3rd seeds to finish with a bronze medal. Grace and Joe won an easy semi to face the Welsh pair and succeeded for another mixed gold for Grace!
In singles, both girls won their groups easily. With Evie once again facing the Welsh National champion Owen in the semis, it was to be another bronze as she was overpowered by the Welsh competitor. Grace managed to overcome her semi final opponent to also then face Owen in the final but despite a spirited effort, she was also unable to defeat her; a silver medal nonetheless.
With level doubles finishing the day, the Leics girls were determined to come home with the gold medal – and so it was to prove. Despite facing Owen again in their group, Team Gravie used their tried and tested doubles partnership to win a close encounter 21-18 and progress through to the finals where a straightforward win to 14 secured the gold.