The Warwickshire County Trials took place on Sunday 1st September 2013 at Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby. The event attracted lots of players from different clubs all over the county.
Under 13 Girls:
Ella Morrow was undefeated in this event, beating Sophie Rinnhofer who is still only 9, and Milly Green, who is 10, both 3-0. Sophie beat Milly 3-1 to finish in runners up position.
Under 13 Boys:
This event attracted 11 boys; with the top four players Jack Green, Robbie Fitchford, Sam Cafearo and Oscar Dalrymple progressing to fight it out for positions 1-4. Jack, Sam and Oscar were all successful against Robbie (although two of the matches went to the deciding set); however, they had a closer three way battle by all beating each other. This resulted in a count back on sets difference, which left Jack Green in the top spot, Sam Cafearo in 2nd, pushing Oscar Dalrymple into 3rd.
Unfortunately the Cadet trials were without Timmy Cooper – the counties leader cadet player. However, this did not prevent some great matches between the remaining 15 players involved. George Allison (who has only just returned from 3 months out with injury) successful progressed as winner in his group, as did Callum Anthrobus, James Morrow and Adam Cofler. Consequently the four players battled it out against one another for positions 1-4. Callum Anthrobus was on top form beating James and Adam 3-0 and George 3-1, to finish in 1st position. Adam proved the sharper player against George winning 3-1, and came out on top against James 11-5 in the 5th set to finish as runner up. James beat George 3-0 to gain the 3rd place, with George finishing 4th.Despite several battles in the initial group stages, Tom Fletcher progressed to finish 5th, with Josh Wyatt-Smith 6th, and the under 13 winner Jack Green in 7th, and Lewis Singleton in 8th.
Cadet and Junior Girls:
It is pleasing that Warwickshire have lots of girls playing who are all still eligible for the Cadets. The 7 girls played in a round robin, all playing each other. Similarly to the boys, there were also numerous close matches decided in the 5th set. Unfortunately, Emma Kilpatrick had to withdraw due to injury in the middle of her 5th match against Lisa Rinnhofer, despite being 2-0 up. She was unable to play her remaining match against Olivia Fletcher – who had successfully remained unbeaten leading into the match. Olivia had a nail biting match against Milly Bradshaw winning 12-10 in the 5th, and a 3-1 win against Lisa, enabling her to finish in 1st position. Lisa finished second, with Emma finishing 3rd. Katie Singleton had a great wins against Millyand Eve Briscoe 3-0, but a few matches later lost 2-3 to Jenny Singleton, who also had a 10-12 in the 5th loss to Eve. With several positions decided by countback, Katie finished 4th, Milly 5th, Eve 6th and Jenny 7th.
There were 11 junior boys battling it out, which included three of the four top Cadets. The currently highest ranked Warwickshire junior is Rugby’s Jesse Kendrick-Hill, who prevailed into 1st position, having won his 5 initial group matches with ease, along with a 3-0 win against club-mate Anshul Satsangi. His only battle was at the very end of the day against Colebridge’s Sam Henderson where he recovered from 1-2 down to win 11-3 in the 5th set. Sam demonstrated how much he had improved, finishing top in his group with a 3-1 win against Anshul, and a 3-0 win against Sam Coombes to gain the runners up position. Anshul then went on to beat Sam Coombes to gain 3rd position, leaving Sam in 4th. With several cadets proving themselves on the junior scene, Callum Anthrobus finished 5th, Sam Weaving 6th, Adam Cofler 7th and George Allison 8th. Timmy Cooper and Lee Dorning were also absent from the Junior Boys event.
A massive thank you must go to Jo Outhwaite for her hard work in organising the county trials, as well as the support from parents and coaches on the day.