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Under 16 Anglo Scottish Inter Area - Ashington - Results - 23-24/02/13

Under16 Ashington 2013

Team Photo:


Back row: Ross McLeod, Fraser Walker, Darren Reid, Alex Dunn, Alistair Orr, Jordan Philip, Jordan Shannon, Colin Philip
Front Row: Laura Shaw, Olivia Quinn, Erin Addison, Rebecca Dobbin, Meghan Hughes, Hannah Lappin

On 23 and 24 February, the Lanarkshire Under 16 Team took part in the Anglo Scottish Inter-Area Competition that was held in the Ashington Leisure Centre.

Yet again, the event was hit by the withdrawal of the Yorkshire Team.  Rumour has it that they don’t play unless they think they can win!  Anyway, with them out of the way (as they are usually very strong), we were left with 7 teams competing: Lanarkshire, Northumberland; Cumbria, Borders, Cheshire, Lothian (which includes players from Edinburgh and the West, Mid and East Lothian areas) and the Rest West of Scotland.

Our first match on the Saturday was against the West of Scotland who, as usual had brought a formidable Team (made up by anyone not already picked by another Scottish team!) - and who proved a bit too strong, especially for our girls who were younger and less than our boys.  A loss to start off with.  Not a good start!

Our next matches was against the Borders who we easily beat which helped us prepare for our next match which against the Lothians.  As we knew that Lothian had very strong girls and reasonably strong boys, the coaches had to pick their team tactically, hoping to anticipate the team Lothian would field.  Anyway, when we saw Lothian’s team sheet, we knew we had out foxed them.  The match then panned out generally as we expected, winning a few and losing a few.  With the last game on court and the overall match sitting all square, it was down to our number 1 boys doubles pair to win (or lose) the match for us.  After a hiccup at the start of the first game, the Lanarkshire boys came roaring through and won reasonably easily.

 

As that was our last match of the day, we left the hall only to see the Lothian boys still getting a grilling from their coach for losing their match.  If only she had selected her team better, Lothian would have won.  Perhaps that was why she had a face on her like a meltied wellie!  Instead, it was another Lanarkshire victory.

On the Sunday, we notched up a victory against Cumbria, quickly followed by another win, this time over our hosts Northumberland.  Our last match was against Cheshire.  Unfortunately, we didn’t seem to get the ‘rub of the green’ and lost a couple of matches in extremely close third ends.  Its not often you hear a coach so desperate for a win that they openly admitted that they were even hoping for a horrible mishit - as long as it was a winning mishit!  After a really close battle Cheshire emerged victorious, through no lack of effort by the Lanarkshire team

In the end, we finished in a very respectable 3rd place.

This was also the first time the team had stayed in the Premier Inn in Ashington instead of a hotel in Whitley Bay.  This proved a real success with the restaurant being attached to the Inn.  Everyone agreed that, in future, this is definitely where we should be staying as, apart from anything, it saved us having to drive 30 minutes to our hotel and then a walk from there to the restaurant.

Intermediate Inter County - Cockburn Centre - Results - 17/11/12


U16 IA Nov12
Team Photo:


Front (left to right): Erin Addison, Olivia Quinn, Lauren Flynn and Hannah Lappin
Back (left to right): Colin Philip; Jordan Philip, Darren Reid, Alistair Orr, Alex Dunn
and Ross MacLeod

Report from Colin Philip

VICTORY!!!!!

On Saturday, 17 November, the Lanarkshire Under 16 Team won the Scottish Intermediate Inter Area Championships, held in the Cockburn Centre, Glasgow.

Teams from various areas of Scotland including the Borders, Edinburgh and Glasgow entered. After a reasonably easy win over the Borders, Lanarkshire then proceeded to win all of their matches. There were, however, some very closely hard fought matches, with Lanarkshire only winning 3-2 in a couple of cases.

Credit must go to the Team who all played exceptionally well throughout the day. While the boys were all highly ranked in their Age Group, the pressure was always on them to pull out victories in the singles and level doubles. Meanwhile, each of the girls in the Team, while perhaps not being as highly ranked as the boys, played out of their skins and pulled off a couple of very welcome, wins, which then took the pressure off the mixed doubles.

Mention should also go to the Ross and Colin who tactically got the Team’s playing order correct, especially in the nail biting 3-2 victory over Mid and East Lothian. This was an especially sweet victory in their eyes, as Mid and East Lothian are usually the strongest team - and whose coach always seems to take great delight in beating Lanarkshire. Not this time though!

This was the first time Lanarkshire has won the event since 2002. Mid and East Lothian were runners up with Edinburgh finishing in 3rd place.

Intermediate Inter County - Ashington - Results - 20/02/12

Team Photo:

Boys (from left to right):
Alex Dunn
Jordan Philip
John Clifford
Darren Reid
Thomas Darling
Euan Watson

Girls (from left to right):
Laura Shaw
 Olivia Quinn
Erin Addison
Hannah Lappin
Toni Woods
Rachel King

Report from Colin Philip

    "On Saturday and Sunday, the Lanarkshire Under 16 Team took part in the Anglo Scottish Inter-Area Competition that was held in the Ashington Leisure Centre.

Apart from the fact we had a later then anticipated start on the Saturday morning because of the late withdrawal of the Yorkshire Team, I think we smiled most because Yorkshire were traditionally a very strong team. Getting rid of one of the favourites could only be a good thing. So, we were left with 6 teams competing: Lanarkshire, Northumberland; Cumbria, Borders - and the teams from the West of Scotland and Lothian (both of which seem to be continually increasing their catchment areas!).

Our Team selection was hit by the withdrawal of 5 or 6 of our top girls. Nevertheless, we managed to get an enthusiastic Team of 6 girls and 6 boys together, all of whom played exceptionally well throughout the weekend.

Our first match was against the West of Scotland who had brought a formidable Team - and who proved far to strong, especially for our younger less experienced players - and we went down 12-3. Not a great start!

Our next two matches against the Borders and Cumbria quickly brought the smiles back to our players’ faces. We easily beat the Borders 12-3 and then finished the day off with a hard fought match, finally beating Cumbria 9-6.

Pizza was basically the order of the day for the Team’s evening meal at our usual Italian restaurant. That ‘healthy’ dinner must have worked a treat, as we destroyed Northumberland 13-2 on the Sunday morning.

With only Lothian left to play, it was time for the Team Managers to try to pick out team tactically, as Lothian had exceptionally strong girls. Even though the Team, parents and managers (and even some of the West of Scotland players) were vocally encouraging the players throughout this close encounter, the chances of victory eventually slipped away and we ended up losing 9-6. A couple of the games we lost were very close. Oh for a bit of luck when you need it!

We ended up in a very respectable 3rd place, with the team being presented with lovely souvenir key rings."

Intermediate Inter County - Ashington - Results - 20/02/12

Team Photo:

Boys (from left to right):
Alex Dunn
Jordan Philip
John Clifford
Darren Reid
Thomas Darling
Euan Watson

Girls (from left to right):
Laura Shaw
 Olivia Quinn
Erin Addison
Hannah Lappin
Toni Woods
Rachel King

Report from Colin Philip

    "On Saturday and Sunday, the Lanarkshire Under 16 Team took part in the Anglo Scottish Inter-Area Competition that was held in the Ashington Leisure Centre.

Apart from the fact we had a later then anticipated start on the Saturday morning because of the late withdrawal of the Yorkshire Team, I think we smiled most because Yorkshire were traditionally a very strong team. Getting rid of one of the favourites could only be a good thing. So, we were left with 6 teams competing: Lanarkshire, Northumberland; Cumbria, Borders - and the teams from the West of Scotland and Lothian (both of which seem to be continually increasing their catchment areas!).

Our Team selection was hit by the withdrawal of 5 or 6 of our top girls. Nevertheless, we managed to get an enthusiastic Team of 6 girls and 6 boys together, all of whom played exceptionally well throughout the weekend.

Our first match was against the West of Scotland who had brought a formidable Team - and who proved far to strong, especially for our younger less experienced players - and we went down 12-3. Not a great start!

Our next two matches against the Borders and Cumbria quickly brought the smiles back to our players’ faces. We easily beat the Borders 12-3 and then finished the day off with a hard fought match, finally beating Cumbria 9-6.

Pizza was basically the order of the day for the Team’s evening meal at our usual Italian restaurant. That ‘healthy’ dinner must have worked a treat, as we destroyed Northumberland 13-2 on the Sunday morning.

With only Lothian left to play, it was time for the Team Managers to try to pick out team tactically, as Lothian had exceptionally strong girls. Even though the Team, parents and managers (and even some of the West of Scotland players) were vocally encouraging the players throughout this close encounter, the chances of victory eventually slipped away and we ended up losing 9-6. A couple of the games we lost were very close. Oh for a bit of luck when you need it!

We ended up in a very respectable 3rd place, with the team being presented with lovely souvenir key rings."

Intermediate Inter Area - Cockburn Centre - Results - 18/12/11

Girls (from right to left): 

Olivia Quinn
Lauren Flynn
Olivia Jackson
Laura Shaw
 



Boys (from right to left):

Alex Dunn
Darren Reid
Jordan Philip
Alistair Orr


(and then Colin !)

Report from Colin Philip

    "The six teams that entered were Glasgow & North Strathclyde, Lothian, Midlands, North East, the West and Lanarkshire.
    Initially, having four of the top nine boys in Scotland at that age group, we thought we would have a pretty good chance in this competition. However, following our two higher ranked girls withdrawing due to prior commitments, we brought in another two girls who were a bit younger.
    Although not nearly as experienced and highly ranked as the boys, the girls quickly showed they could make up for that through real determination and a huge amount of enthusiasm.
    In our first match we easily beat the North East 6-1 and followed that with a pleasing 5-2 win over Glasgow & North Strathclyde. Our next match against the West proved a very tense affair when we ended up sitting at 3-3 with only the mixed to play. Unfortunately we narrowly lost it with the overall match finishing 3-2 to the West. Our first loss! The next match against Lothian turned out just as nail biting as again we went into the mixed at 3-3. Again, after a great effort, we disappointingly went down 3-2.
    Our final match was against Midlands - who had pulled in players all the way from Falkirk to Dundee. Determined to finish on a high, the team fought hard and came away with a 3-2 victory.
    Overall, we finished in 3rd position which in my opinion, bearing in mind the huge catchment areas every other Team seemed to command, was a fantastic result. After the result were announced, the smiles on all the players were made even wider when they were all given a Christmas Selection Box, courtesy of LASBA.
    A special mention must also be given to the all parents who travelled with us. We definitely had the biggest travelling support and they all gave the players tremendous support and encouragement throughout the day."

Intermediate Inter Area - Cockburn Centre - Results - 19/11/11

Girls (from right to left): 

Rebecca Fraser
Lauren Colley
Rachel King
Rebecca Dobbin



Boys (from right to left):

Alistair Orr
Darren Reid
Alex Dunn
Jordan Philip

(and then Colin !)

 

Report from Colin Philip

"There were 5 teams competing: Edinburgh, West Lothian, North East, Borders and Lanarkshire. 

We had a young, but very enthusiastic, team made up of 3 Under 16s, 4 Under 15s and 1 Under 14.  Nevertheless, the players were all up for the challenge of competing against the other Areas.

In the first match we beat West Lothian 3-2.  We followed that up with a 4-1 win against the Borders and then another 4-1 win against the North East.  That result particularly was an excellent performance, given their strength in depth, particularly among their boys.

That left us with one match to go - against Edinburgh, who had also won all of their matches.  Since Edinburgh had basically kept exactly the same team all day, we were all pretty certain what order their team would be.  We actually started to think deep down that we had a good chance of a victory. 

However, when their Manager and I swopped teams sheets, I saw that they had swopped their 2nd strongest girl to play singles instead of mixed.  That now would make it difficult for us!  Nevertheless, the team all dug in well and pulled out a couple of great results and managed to level the score at 2 games all.  Unfortunately the final match proved just too much for Lanarkshire and we lost 3-2 overall, albeit one of the matches we lost went to three games. 

The Edinburgh team manager told me after the match that she had thought long and hard about which way to play her team as she had been very worried about losing to us.  That’s testament to our team and how they were playing that day.

Nevertheless, considering the high ranking players some Areas had brought, coming in 2nd place was, in my opinion, a tremendous result from such a young team."