National Girls Team Championships
Saturday, June 09
Peter Davey writes:
The National Girls' Team Championship was held again this year in the beautifully grounds of Claremont Fan Court School. The format of the event was teams of 4 in 4 age groups: U18, U14, U11, and U9. There was also an event for parents/boys. Just over 100 turned up to play. most in the younger age group. There were 3 teams in the U18, 2 in the U14 and one parent/boys team. The 6 teams were merged into one section, All Play All.
I had entered a team in the U14 section: Angelica Ynojosa (1½), Rachel Davey(2), Holly Carter (from Wiltshire, 2½) and Florence Mitchell (3). Scoring a total of 9 out of 20. The total looks small, especially as we had 3 after the 1st round. Putting us in equal second place. The second round was against the parents/boys team. We picked up two points from the boys. The third round was against the other under 14 team. Looked to be a good 4 points to us, but both Angelica and Rachel managed to turn wins into losses. Both very annoyed with themselves. This still left us in 3rd place and 1½ points ahead of the other u14 team. We had two rounds to play, but they were against the two top U18 teams. The first was against the final winning team who had been winning most matches 4-0. With us it was 3½ to ½. Angelica, having lost all her games so for managed a good draw against the number 1 under 18 player. At this point I realised that the last two rounds for the other U14 team was also against the same top teams as us. Hope was still alive. In the final round Angelica played at her best. Not only winning her game, but also winning the prize for the best game of the tournament.
In the end we came 3rd, and were the top Under 14 team. A very enjoyable day was had by all. Winning the trophy was a bonus. As Rachel, Holly, and Florence are all under 12, they are already planning to play in the event for the next two years.