Rob Whitehorn reached the quarter-final of the Singles by beating James Smith from Manchester University. Rob then lost to the title-holder and eventual winner, Ed Kay. Rob and his partner Chris Davey also lost in the quarter-final of the doubles but were then eligible for the Plate, which they won against Smith and Julian Hanton from Sheffield University.
Tessa Mills and Kathleen Briedenhann came to Derby Moor to complete their assessment for a Level 2 Coaching qualification under the supervision of Mark Yates. We trust it was successful!
The Derby Moor boys and one girl who were coached by Tessa and Kathleen greatly appreciated their advice and encouragement.
Lewis Keates, Richard Christie, Brian Kirk and Stuart Kirby travelled to Rugby to help coach four of the sixth formers via a match in which each DM player paired with a Rugby School player. A great evening.
Brian Kirk partnered Keith Kennerley in the doubles losing in the first round to Arnold and Beltrami and then had a good time in the plate.
5 members of the club joined Joe Sumner from Bedford Modern School to form a VI to play Cambridge University at Cambridge.
In the Singles Stuart, at 2, and Richard at 3 had comfortable victories, as did Kais playing at 6 against the University Ladies captain. Vishal and AR suffered narrow defeats but gained several points each to contribute to a 25 point lead.
In the Doubles Joe & Richard won all their matches to come out 23 points up. Stuart & Vishal had the closest matches of the day and came out just 5 points to the good, while AR & Kais did their job at 3rd pair by picking up 14 points in the course of four games.
In the end the RFA won by 159-136.
Stuart Kirby took Dean Ali (U16), AR (U15) and Kais Mahmood (U14) to the Colts (U16) competition. In the singles, Dean won his first round convincingly and his second against Pymont of St. Paul's was very tight and difficult but he won 15-8. In the next round he met the first seed (Perceval of Winchester) and took the first game 12-10 with many rallies played on 9-all and 10-all. In the second and third games, Perceval and Dean both played more agressively with Perceval winning 11-8 and 11-7. Dean's excellent serve was a deciding factor early on with Perceval beginning to learn how to get it back as the match went on.
Kais won his first match against an Under-16 from St. Paul's 15-11 and then lost his second 11-5 against Lewis of Tonbridge. Meanwhile, AR won his first match 15-10 and lost his second 15-4 against Fraser from Winchester and ended with a twisted knee - thankfully back to normal for the Doubles Competition the following day.
In the Doubles on the Sunday, AR played with both Dean and Kais as repectively DM1 and DM2. DM1 beat Tonbridge 2 in the first round 15-8 and then lost in the Quarter Finals to Winchester 1, 15-11 15-7 in a very close and hard hitting match.
DM2 lost their first round and went into the plate which was run as a round-robin. They won 2 and lost 2 and came third.
All of the players had a creditable weekend and learned a lot!