National u10-13’s National Championships
Bishop Auckland youngsters Peter Smallcombe, Leo and Luca Pontone and Anya Milne all though there high national ranking were invited to play at the Under 10-13’s national Championships in Preston on the 25th of July.
Luca and Peter both competing in the under 13’s events started the day off. Luca the lowest ranked player on duty but in some great performance’s against much higher ranked players but went out at the group stage. Peter who was seeded 7th for the event had to face Shae Thakker who despite his lower ranking Peter had never beaten, However Peter was up for the challenge and came out winner and was into the last 16 where he had to play 21st Seed Frasier Kent with peter coming out 3-1 winner to reach the last 8. In the Quarter finals Peter had to face England number 1 Amirul Hussain. Amirul was too good for Peter but not before a tight 4 sets, Peter taking the first end and narrowly lost the final end 12-10.
Luca and Peter also were in the u13’s doubles events. Luca teaming up with Luke Nimmo from Lincolnshire and Peter with Durham team mate Tom Rayner, and though luck of the draw they ended up playing each other in the first round with Peter and Tom coming out on top before going on to reach the quarter finals.
Anya competing in the u11 had a tough draw. Anya’s first match saw her go down in the 5th set before having to play number one seed and the England number 1 next. However, a great achievement to reach the national championships.
Leo Pontone was also competing in the u11’s and was drawn in group 12 as the lowest ranked player however, Leo hadn’t read the programme and went on to win the group beating 3 players ranked above him to reach the last 32 where he then went down.