Totally Tennis mini performance player Aaron Dawson was an important part of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight 10U Boys County Cup team who played in the National Finals in Bolton. The boys competed in Group B along with South Wales, North of Scotland and Hertfordshire and of who were tough opponents. The first match was against South Wales, Daniel Prickett lost to Hogo Russell 4-2, 4-2, Dawson made a thrilling comeback win to beat Jethro Dela Vega 4-5(4), 4-2, 10-6. With the match level, Louis Bowden defeated Zac Essenhigh 5-4(4), 4-2 and with Pricket and Dawson winning the doubles the team won overall 3-1.
Day two saw the team up against Hertfordshire and North of Scotland. Prickett kicked off off play beating Hertfordshire’s Sean Neveling in three sets 2-4, 4-1, 10-6 and Dawson made short work of his match beating Ivan Raath 4-0, 4-1 and Bowden won in two tiebreak sets against Matthew Sands. Dawson and Prickett won the doubles to give Hampshire a 4-0 victory.
After lunch, the team faced North of Scotland who had also won both of their previous matches. Prickett kept his cool to beat Euan McKenzie 5-3, 4-0. Dawson remained solid to beat Marcus Mclaren 5-3, 4-2. The big win of the day was Bowden taking down Ben Hudson 1-4, 4-2, 11-9 to give the team an important 3-0 lead. Dawson and Prickett dominated the doubles beating the Scottish pair 4-0, 4-2 to win the match and the group to progress to the final.
On the third day Hampshire’s opponents in the final were Warwickshire who had won their group beating Middlesex, Yorkshire and Avon. Prickett was beaten 4-2, 1-4, 10-3 by Luca Pow but Dawson and Bowden rose to the pressure winning their singles matches against Daniel Agronovsky and Dylan Pillinger 4-2, 5-4(2) respectively. The Hampshire boys won a tough first set 5-3 in the doubles but the Warwickshire boys won the second and leveled the match at one set all. Then came the dreaded shootout to decide the event winners which even though the Hampshire boys fought for every point but the Warwickshire team won 10-7.
Hampshire team manager Andy Sheridan “After six and a half hours and coming so close it was a hard result to take but the Hampshire Team were gracious in defeat and proud to finish second in the country.” he added “This was a really enjoyable, well-organised tournament. Well done to Aaron, Louis, Daniel for their conduct, hard work and some truly memorable tennis; our patient reserve Toby Blackwell for all his support; and many thanks to all the Hampshire parents who supported (and suffered) and helped us get so close this year.”
Thank you Andy Sheridan for the original match report.