Last week was fantastic for the A and the B teams with both teams reaching the Charity Cup Final, only the 2nd time this has happened for the school.
I hope everyone will make a big effort to come to the final. Fishers B will get 166 start.
On Monday Fishers B Tom Hudson, George Asbury and Matthew Lynch had the easier match, beating 2nd Division high flyers Harrogate Racquets E 451-352. An unusual score line for a handicap event, but not for this team who have done it for 4 matches in a row.
George was excellent, finishing with 3 game wins from 6 games, and a +64 overall total.
Matthew despite a tough handicap ended on +20, and Tom, bravely battling on despite a sore eye affecting his vision, on +15.
On Thursday the A Team of Dale and George Gibson and Sammy Kelly, had a much closer match, coming from a -192 handicap to prevail in the final game of the match against Division 5 leaders Sharow B.
In front of a noisy crowd, the big lead was whittled down to 7 points for the final match.
Dale pulled the team clear by 5 points with the final game to play, and the tie was won by 378—363.
Sammy Kelly played the best I have seen him play to end on +22, George on +1 and Dale -8.
English Schools Cup – Last 16 Semi-Final Stage at Grantham
Fishers U16 team interest ended when the team of Sammy Kelly, Matthew Lynch, Tom Hudson and George Asbury did not qualify for the Finals. But were in the last 16 of schools in the country, so a great achievement to get so far.
They lost to Ackworth School, (England Cadet School – England Juniors) by 0-8 who easily won all 3 matches to qualify for the 4 team final.
Against Wellingborough College the team lost 2-6 Sammy winning both of his matches, then 3-5 to St Bede’s Blackburn, Sammy winning both of his matches, and George 1. Matthew and Tom came close to their opening win. A good day was had by all.
The Harrogate Closed Tournament – Rossett High School
This was held on the same day, so none of the above were able to enter. Not all the results were available, but these are the ones:
Theo Kelly retained his Handicap Singles Title, but had to come from 12-18 down in the deciding set.
He also won the 1st Division 5 singles tournament—beating Luke in the Final.
Luke Furlong won the Under 13 and the Under 18 Boys Titles.
Tom Barlow reached the semi-finals of the Handicap Singles and Doubles (with Luke). Looking a fine prospect.
Nick Kelly with Theo, Luke and Tom entered other events as well.
In the junior event for non league players—Gabriel Mead, Brook Sutton and Charlie Lockett entered.
Gabriel and Brook finished as runners up in their groups and had to meet in the 3rd/4th place play off.
Brook took a 2-0 lead, but Gabriel came back to win in 5 games. Charlie just failed to get out of the group stage.