Backwell schoolboys reach national finals

PUBLISHED: 14:16 30 November 2011

Backwell School Under-15s boys.

Backwell School Under-15s boys.

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Backwell SchoolU Under-15s tennis team have recently reach the final of a national competition.

BACKWELL School boys’ Under-15s tennis team travelled to Bath University for the South West regional semi-final and final.

To reach the last 16 in the UK, Backwell had beaten teams from QEH, Clifton College, BGS, Castle School, St Bedes Sports College, Millfield and Burford School, since May when the competition began.

In the semi-final, Backwell took on Newquay Tretherras School, Cornwall. The first matches on court saw Backwell No 4 Ciaran Newman and No 2 Jimmy Hardiman take on their opponents.

Newman got off to a great start, cruising to a 6-1 victory. The other match saw Hardiman break serve at 3-3, going on to win 6-3. Backwell No 1 Fin Bedwell and No 3 Kristian Newman both started well and went onto win comfortably, Newman 6-2 and Bedwell 6-3.

In the doubles, the Newman brothers paired up, leaving Bedwell and Hardiman together. Both pairings won their matches comfortably, resulting in a 6-0 win for Backwell.

In the afternoon, Backwell faced Bournemouth Grammar School in the regional final. Ciaran Newman played some superb tennis against a boy two years older than himself, but eventually went down 6-3.

Meanwhile, Hardiman was also in a close game with the score at 3-3. Then Hardiman won the next 3 games to win the set 6-3. Kristian Newman came out all guns blazing in his singles, crushing his opponent 6-1.

Meanwhile Bedwell cruised to a 6-1 victory, leaving Backwell 3-1 up after the singles. In the doubles, the Newman brothers played together again, but were well beaten 6-0.

This left the score 3-2 and Hardiman and Bedwell took to the court with confidence, but got off to a poor start losing the first service game. This seemed to focus the Backwell boys, and they dominating all rallies and going onto win next six games to win 6-1.

Backwell have now made it to the national finals weekend at Bolton Indoor Arena on December 2-4 and will face off against the three other area finalists.

Paul Stephens, head of PE at Backwell School said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the boys team, it has been a long journey since May in this competition and the boys have been a real credit to themselves and the school.”

Backwell will travel with confidence to Bolton, as three of the four boys played in the Under-13 finals two years ago, so have experience of playing tennis at the highest level.


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