from left: jack Louth, Moke Warburton, Ashley Hodgson (coach) Sam Lowe, Isaac Grunwell
Darlington Two Star Tournament - 5th December 2015
Great news! Moke Warburton had a fabulous day and Scarborough Boys put in some fine performances.
Under 11 Girls Moke was runner up in her first 2* Event. Against tournament regular Amy Marriott she lost to the England no.10 under 13 ranked player 10-12 in the fifth set! It was a Round Robin Event and Moke finished with a record of 4/1 She had a close five set win over Lola McGhee who finished third. ( Quoted as England prospect by tt supremo Alan Ransome !)
In the Under 13's Girls Moke qualified for the semi's topping her group 2-0 and not dropping a set. (one player scratched) In the semi she played Rebecca Rigg England no.41 under 13 and won 3-0 with a solid all-round game in which Rebecca was unable to cause Moke many problems.
In the Final she played Lola McGhee England no 31 who had Alan Ransome in her corner, Mokes coach, Ashley Hodgson spent time on the tactics to counter problems Lola was causing in their previous meeting earlier in the day and this proved very effective as she won 3/0 with a disciplined aggressive performance. So Moke won the event without dropping a game!
Under 11 Boys A player who is improving very quickly and showing great potential is Sam Lowe. He played really well to win his group by beating two players he had lost to earlier in the year. He lost in the semi-final to a player with a bit more tournament experience. Unfortunately Sam had his bat taken by someone at the tournament which did not help!
Sam’s elder brothers Ethan (17) and Matthew (14) also competed in the tournament. Ethan showed that he can compete at this level winning two out of four matches and ultimately going down to Lewis Palmer of Halifax in a competitive match. Matthew started slowly in the morning losing in the Cadet singles for under 15’s. In the Juniors (under 18’s) in the afternoon he played much better. He won a match in his group but did not qualify for the main draw. He entered the plate competition and played well to reach the final before losing in 3 sets.
Jack Louth played in both under 11 and 13 events. In this his first 2 star tournament . In the under 11's he played three matches, with his stand out game being against the eventual finalist losing three sets to one. In the under 13's he had his game of the day winning a round robin match playing some fabulous winning forehands. In his group he had the England Boys no 16 who proved to be way too strong as expected. Despite not qualifying Jack can be proud of his performance.
Isaac Grunwell had a tough under 11 group with Sam Lowe and two boys ranked in the low 100's.
Despite some fantastic offensive play in all the games Isaac was unable to play consistently enough throughout the matches to come out victorious, however a lot of positives came from his performances