THERE is a new name on the Pengilly Cup this year after St Nicholas & St Laurence recorded their first ever win in the Weymouth primary schools’ mini tennis team competition, putting to an end the 10-year domination of Radipole and St Andrews.
Brothers Tom and Joe Kinsey joined forces with classmates Hedley Richardson and Jaiden Squib to see off a strong challenge from St Andrews in the final.
It was 1-1 after the doubles but then St Nicholas claimed three of the four singles matches to run out 4-2 winners.
Besides mini matches, there were agility circuits and a ‘beat-the-coach’ competition, as well as a tennis quiz to keep the youngsters on their toes collecting points for their school.
As well as the team prizes, there were individual awards for Katie Stone and Taya Legg from St Andrews who impressed the coaches with their determination, and there was a special prize for Abigail Pearson of Chickerell for her exceptional performance.
Junior co-ordinator Chris Penny was pleased with the day’s tennis and grateful for the support from Weymouth Tennis Club’s coaches, parents and older juniors who helped out on court.
She said: “I would like to thank Pengillys Solicitors for their ongoing sponsorship which enables the competition to take place and for coming along to present the prizes.
“It was great to see so many children enjoying the game of tennis, some playing in their first competition and rapidly learning new skills.”
To get involved, contact Chris Penny on 835131 for more information, or visit weymouthtennisclub.org.uk