Four pupils from Year 4 took on all-comers in a Red Ball Tennis Competition at Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club. Read below for a full report about this event.
On Wednesday 8th May 2019, four children from Year 4 competed along with 15 local primary schools in the red ball Borough tennis competition. The event was held on the outdoor courts of Surbiton Tennis Club. Following several lunchtime practices and an after-school training session, the team were excited to participate. This enthusiasm was certainly not dampened despite the unfortunate shower interruptions during the afternoon.
In the group stage the O.L.I. squad played their counterparts from Christ Church New Malden, St Paul’s and Malden Manor. The team showcased great energy and skill as they tried their best to score winners in attack and to return all shots back in court in defence. While this was a singles competition, all schools were collecting results as a team. O.L.I. performed wonderfully winning a total of 9 matches from 12. The squad of four were incredibly unfortunate not to progress to the semi-final stage; this was due to CCNM, who also recorded 9 wins, going through by virtue of a better points difference. Although O.L.I. did not reach the final four, the team members played with a combination of passion and skill, having a very enjoyable experience.
This can be shown in what they had to say regarding the event:
• Caitriona: ‘It was really fun and I won all my matches. I was happy to work as a team and thought we did well. Hooray for tennis!’
• Jonathan: ‘I enjoyed the tennis and I think we did well individually and worked as hard as we could. We had lots of fun!’
• Charlotte: ‘I really enjoyed it. I loved it. I was happy to be chosen and to work together as part of a team. The rain was refreshing.’
• Daniel: Even though we didn’t get to the finals, I loved the tennis! I particularly enjoyed by match against Christ Church. I’m proud of the girls.’
As a school we would like to congratulate the team (see above) on their superb performances. Mrs Waller (team manager) commented on how supportive and encouraging to each other. Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to Mrs Waller for kindly leading the children at this event. Also, many thanks to Mrs Zempleni and Mr Kay for supporting the team in travelling to and from the venue.
Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School
Our Lady Immaculate, located in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, is a welcoming two-form entry Catholic primary school.