Silver medalists!!! Report here.....
Wow! What a day! Nate, Ollie, Lois and Fleur were ready for action early on Wednesday, catching the coach at 7.15am ready to set off for the Devon Schools tennis finals.
They arrived in Plymouth, where they participated in the Opening Ceremony of the games, witnessing a Haka, and meeting Pilgrim Pete, the Plymouth Argyle mascot!
Then onto the Plymouth Life Centre, where Tom Daley trains, and down to business.
There were 14 teams from across Devon competing. First for the round robin stage of games. St Peter’s faced Boringdon, Ilsham, and Blackpool schools. The standard was high, but St Peter’s only lost one of their 12 matches!
So, we were through to the knock out stage, and in the quarter finals we played Ermington. The standard got higher, and there were some tough, close matches. The end score being 32 points to 30! St Peter’s victorious again!
Into the Semi’s. Only to meet our old rivals Bassetts Farm who had beaten us in both the qualifying events so the pressure was on. Lois and Fleur had to up their game as they were facing the Bassett’s equivalent to the William’s sisters, and they did just that with two very close matches. Ollie won his match soundly, and then Nate had to face his nemesis, another boy called Nathaniel! Nate delivered a masterclass on chipping and lobbing and was also victorious. St Peter’s were through to the FINAL!!!
In the final we faced Pilton School, a foursome of great quality. Sadly St Peter’s did not quite do enough to clinch victory, but were very worthy runners up! Being the second best school in the County isn’t so bad! Nate and Ollie remained undefeated, and Lois and Fleur played by far their best tennis improving in each round.
Then came the announcement for the “spirit of the games” medal. The icing on the cake came when this was awarded to Ollie for great gamesmanship.
What a day! Nate, Ollie, Lois and Fleur all conducted themselves beautifully. They competed hard, played wonderfully, had lots of fun, and represented the school perfectly.
Many thanks as well to Miss Cordwell for all the encouragement and keeping the athletes fed and hydrated!
Roll on next year!
A big thanks to our roving reporters in the Roper family, Amanda for being with the kids all day, all of the other families that watched – and Miss Caldwell for doing a great job.