TENNIS: QEGS battle bravely in national tennis final

Pupils from QEGS who reached the finals of a national tennis tournament - Dona Kennealley-Forrester, Sophie Walsh, Harriet Jones and Tori Needham.
Pupils from QEGS who reached the finals of a national tennis tournament - Dona Kennealley-Forrester, Sophie Walsh, Harriet Jones and Tori Needham.

A girls tennis team from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Horncastle served up a smashing performance to finish fourth in a national competition.

Year 11 pupils Tori Needham and Harriet Jones - and Dona Kenneally-Forrester and Sophie Walsh from Year 10 - hit top form to qualify for the finals of the AEGON Schools National Tennis Championship.

The team recently won the regional final, beating strong line-ups from Repton and Telford in the process.

The majority of matches were close and nerve racking, but the QEGS quartet stayed calm and were delighted to reach the national final held at Bolton.

The first morning brought strong competition as QEGS had to play second seeds Culford, who were representing the South-East.

QEGS were defeated in both the doubles and the singles, but the matches were desperately close and featured some very high quality tennis.

The afternoon brought even stronger competition from top-seeds Talbot Heath Academy, representing the South West.

The QEGS girls were beaten by tougher opposition, but fought hard, and the effort they put in was not reflected by the scores.

The girls had the evening to reflect on the day’s events and were ready to fight hard on Sunday.

In the morning, the team played their last match, against Holmfirth who were representing the North.

It was the closest contest the girls had during the weekend.

Unfortunately, they were not able to convert some tight scores into wins and the more aggressive play of their opponents paid off.

The girls finished fourth from 2,746 initial entries for the whole competition.

Talbot Heath Academy went on to win the title for the second year running and their Year 8 team also took their age group.

The event was a great experience for the QEGS girls and they competed at a very high level.

The tennis was of a fantastic standard and the girls learnt a lot as they enjoyed the brilliant atmosphere at Bolton.