In our annual away match against Bedford School the U18 IV and the U16 IV both recorded heavy wins. The U18 team, consisting of Rob Christie, Craig Baxter, John Halligan and Tom Corpe, won all four singles matches and then all eight doubles games, including an exciting 16-15, to record a victory by 165-70.
In the adjoining courts Bally Singh, Sam Johnson, Lewis Keates and Adam Ali racked up a similar victory by 157-55.
A memorable day for Tom and Adam, playing their first competitive match against another school, and for Craig – it was his 17th birthday!
A DMF VI consisting of Stuart & Anthony, Rob Christie & Brian, David Johnson & Jai Singh beat their Cambridge counterparts by 176-165.
After a full set of Doubles, with each pair playing each other opposong pair, Derby Moor led by 12 points, Stuart & Anthony having won all their matches at 1st pair, Rob & Brian having held their own in 3 out of 4 matches, and David & Jai contributing 41 points to the cause.
In the three games of Singles, played after the Doubles, Rob Christie scored a resounding win, while Stuart and Anthony recorded honourable losses against the Cambridge captain, Jack Malde, and the British Number 8, Ed Kay, respectively. Cambridge clawed back just one point in the process.
Also played for Cambridge: Lawrence Cook, Olly Layton, James Pinder and Aurelien Gueroult.
Playing as the RFA, Brian Kirk, Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie and Rob Christie played Stuart Endersby, Mark Kitely, Phil Atkinson and Chris Ryan and won 104 - 86 at Bedford Modern.
Bob Dolby took John Halligan, Jai Singh and Bally Singh, to the Eastern Region National Singles Qualifying tournament to get experience of playing adults on the new Cambridge University courts. After they had played their first match (with John Halligan playing the British Number 8) all three were put into the Plate competition for first round losers, where John and Jai beat all the adults and ended up playing each other in the final. John Halligan won 15-13 after a dour battle. Both are now playing the best fives they have ever played.
Six players from Derby Moor Juniors competed at Winchester: Jai Singh, Craig Baxter, Matt Blunden, John Halligan, Rob Christie and Rob Whitehorn. Rob and Rob reached the semi-final of the main competition, losing to the runners-up from St. Paul's School. Craig and Matt narrowly missed reaching the plate final by one point.
John (U16) and Jai (U17) won the Plate competition for 1st and 2nd round losers. In the process they beat Winchester II, Radley II, Marlborough I and in the final Radley I. The final was a high quality affair, with a ten-minute tussle at 7-7, then again at 8-8, until John and Jai broke the deadlock to win 15-9. All their opponents were older than them. Jai is developing into a very solid partner to John, who has something of Max Frost's power about him; they work well together.
Lewis Keates, Sam Johnson, Richard Christie, Chris Davey and Emily O'Mally entered this competition at Repton. Richard and Chris won the Festival Plate.
Anthony Goodwin, Max Frost, Jimmy Goodwin and Rob Christie won the Plate at the Owers Competition. Anthony, Max and Jimmy are all old boys of Derby Moor Community Sports College and Rob is currently in the upper sixth form.
Stuart Kirby, Lewis Keates, John Halligan and Rob Whitehorn travelled to Cambridge University to play on their new courts. They had the honour of being the first to use the three courts and played four games of doubles and four of singles in order to judge if the courts were acceptable. There had been concerns over the flatness and grip of the floors and roughness of the walls but after some remedial work and checks they were judged to be excellent and "very handsome".
Bob Sandie from the White Rose Club and Anthony Goodwin won the annual Derby Moor Invitation Doubles. It was played at Denstone this year during the closure of the Derby courts for demolition of adjacent buildings.
Alec Taylor-Durant, Callum Boyle, Sam Johnson and Lewis Keates were set to play Denstone but last minute illness meant that Denstone were two players down and the Denstone coach (Anthony Goodwin) and the DMF coach (Stuart Kirby) were drafted in to fill the gaps and Lewis played for Denstone. DMF narrowly won.
Robert Whitehorn also won the National U16 Singles title the same day, beating the West of England Schools champion from Winchester College 11-8, 11-9.
Jai Singh and Craig Baxter were runners-up in the U16 Plate Doubles competition. Craig was also runner-up last year (a year young) with Matt Blunden.
Bally Singh did very well a year young, reaching the semi-final of the U16 Singles 2nd Plate. Bally and his partner John Halligan had some good results in the pool section, in both singles and doubles.
Rob Christie played, singles only, in the U18 section - getting experience for next year when he will have a doubles partner in his age group.
...... at Malvern
Robert Whitehorn won the U18 Singles, beating the Bedford School Number One in the final. Robert is actually under 16. Robert & Rob Christie (U17) teamed up to win the Doubles, which was played against Bedford II.
In the U15 competitions John Halligan was runner-up in both the Singles (losing to the Rugby School Number One) and the Doubles, where he was partnered by Bally Singh. The winners were Rugby I.
Sam Johnson & Lewis Keates (Derby Moor II) won the U15 Doubles Plate.
Other competitors were Craig Baxter (semi-finalist in the Singles), Jai Singh, Matt Blunden and David Johnson in the U18s. Hasan Rehman and Adam Ali played in the U15s, their first experience of tournament play.
....at Merchant Taylors'. Anthony says he is now addicted to the game, after he and Mike were runners-up in the U21 Doubles!
In the main competition Max and Anthony won their first round match against Peter Woods and Tim Lewis, then lost their quarter-final to the eventual winners Ellison & Minta.
They went into the Plate, which they won comfortably, beating Sedbergh 1st pair, Lowry & Thompson, 11-2, 11-2 in the final.
...beating Winchester I in the semi-final and St. Paul's I in the final. John Halligan & Bally Singh won the Plate.