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2013 Worthian Tennis Match Report

2013 Worthian Tennis Match Report

Speech day, Saturday 25th May 2013, saw three Worthians return to their old stomping ground to take on the younger and highly professional Worth 1st tennis team. The Worthian trio – Sean Buckley (G’83), Chris McCourt (B’83) and I – faced the lean and mean Harry Coreth, Tom Hicks, William Shorthall, Connor Thornton-Clark and Alex Yeomans.
First Worthians on court were our dynamic duo – Sean and Chris – playing doubles against Tom and Harry. The Worthians fought a good fight but, being a little rusty and perhaps not quite as fit as their adversaries, they lost this first match 4-6.
Across the way, excitement was building as Alex Yeomans and I banded together as a ‘pseudo’ team to play Will Shorthall and Connor. Winners and aces were spread amazingly evenly across both sides of the court, but it was the pseudo team that triumphed in the end with a score line of 6-4.
Sean and Chris – now fully warmed up and taking the pace fully in their stride – played their second match against Alex and Connor. Once again, points were evenly matched on either side but it was the technical skill and fitness of the School team that prevailed, taking the match to three sets and winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
As the drama unfolded in this second doubles match, Tom Hicks challenged me to singles. Considerable flare was demonstrated by both players (of course!) and our final score line at 6-0, 6-0 to me (up the Worthians!) did not truly
reflect the closeness of our match.
So, overall the day ended in a very admirable draw – quite a triumph for the Worthian trio! Perhaps next year – when our
adversaries are on the same side of the net – the Worthians might finally experience the joy of winning outright and sweep up the championship title in this eternal struggle between young and slightly older!
Will Kan (B’10)