National Schools Handicap Doubles Championship 2015

02 Mar 2015

Congratulations to Portsmouth Grammar School (Huw Thomas and George Charlton) who beat Magdalen College School, Oxford, to win the Senior Handicap. Also to Canford 2 (James Fountain and Nick Newton) who won the Junior Handicap.

Handicap Doubles 1st March 2015

Radley (Senior)

The strongest pair on handicap (Ramjane & Ramjane) found the handicaps just a little too much, and just failed to register any wins, while 3 pairs finished with only one defeat – Portsmouth (George Charlton & Huw Thomas), MCS (Vincent Graham & Walter Thompson) and Harrow (O’Shea & Heywood) who just failed to reach the final by a couple of games.

Radley (Barker & Carr), with much less experience, played with great gusto but narrowly failed in close sets against both Portsmouth and Harrow (5/6).

The final saw Portsmouth avenge their group defeat by MCS, winning 8/3.

Oratory (Junior)

Initial groups were won by Canford 2 (Fountain and Newton), Radley 2 (Daly & Egerton-Warburton) and a new entrant to the event, the girls of Wycombe Abbey (Taylor and Farron). Moulsford (Wetton & Breach) were extremely unlucky not to qualify (by one game, in a very tight group), as did Canford 1 (Dix & Hollywood) who were but one game adrift, but found the handicap just a tad too much.

Oratory 1 won the 3rd final group for 7th place with a triumphant final win over the high handicappers of Moulsford 1, while Canford 1 won the 2nd group, beating Radley 3 (Marshall & Redmayne) and Moulsford 2 with comfort.

Canford 2 won the leaders group with some ease, though the final battle for 2nd place in the top group was won by Wycombe Abbey over Radley 2 in a tense encounter, with the boys unable to quite give the handicap required.

Many thanks to Mick Dean, the Schools' Tennis supremo, and all the supporters who travelled to both venues.

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