On Saturday night we hosted the annual Awards Evening. This follows our 2019 Junior Tournament but also recognises coaches nominations and the adult team awards.
Dinner was served first as we all had a drink, something to eat and chatted about....well.... tennis!!
First up was the Junior Tournament awards. Patrice's introduction contained highlights of our successes over the last year, it was lovely to hear everything we have achieved and those mentioned deservedly got some extra plaudits. Next was the silverware, all our winners get a shield with their name engraved, the shield contains previous winners and they get to keep it was the next year. Runners up get an engraved keyring to keep, it's great to recognise that achievement and I know, with the youngers ones particularly, they are a popular prize!
Mini Tennis age categories were as follows...
Elijah Cuddy - winner
Gabriel Okeke - runner up
Gabriel Okeke - winner
Elijah Cuddy - runner up
Joseph Cuddy - winner
Andrew Stephenson - runner up
Now the juniors...
James Stephenson - winner
Olivier Chateauneuf - runner up
Isabella (Izzy) Yates - winner
Caitlin Murphy - runner up
Finalists Olivier Chateauneuf and Joe Finn - still to be played
Esomchi Iruloh - winner
Leah Manders-Ratcliff - runner up
Barney Cowan - winner
Lukasz Wilton - runner up
Next up were the Coaches Nominated Awards, these are chosen by the coaches and are based on effort, enthusiasm, respect, attitude and improvement over the previous 12 months. These are a great addition to the evening and were warmly received by everyone. Trophies and certificates were awarded to the following:
Frank Langley (mini red)
Jacob Bodey (mini red)
Oli Bodey (mini green)
Joe Finn (U14s)
Barney Cowan (U14s)
Finally the adults get a look in, before awards we heard about the Winter League promotions for both 1st and 2nd teams, NE Cheshire Ladies team's promotion and the SW Manchester Men A & C gaining promotion too. Awards are for one member of each team, voted for by the players in the Summer League teams.
NE Cheshire Men - Alex Southall
NE Cheshire Ladies - Grace Terry
SW Manchester Men A - Charlie Harrison
SW Manchester Men B - Shadab Khan
SW Manchester Men C - Andrew Woodhouse.
SW Manchester Men D - Alec Morrow
SW Manchester Ladies A - Georgie McCarthy
SW Manchester Ladies B - Nicola Bodey
That just about wrapped everything up. Massive thanks to Patrice for his organisation of the Junior Tournament and to all our Team Captains, we couldn't do what we do without you!