Olney serve up schools tennis title

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THE Milton Keynes School Sport Partnership recently organised the Year 3/4 Mini-Red Tennis Finals – and it was Olney Middle who were the big winners.

More than 25 Primary Schools from across Milton Keynes took part in qualifying festivals at the various local tennis clubs in the area, and the top seven schools progressed to the finals held at Milton Keynes Tennis Club at Woughton-on-the-Green.

Schools competition manager Mark Patmore explained: “This is the second year we have run this schools competition, and it was great to see more local clubs running festivals for the schools to help promote the numerous tennis opportunities that exist for young people across Milton Keynes.”

Teams were split into two pools with the top two progressing to the semi-finals. Olney Middle were top of Pool A with 199 points, with Christ the Sower also reaching the semis after scoring 145 point. Two Mile Ash finished ahead of Brooklands in Pool B with 128 and 92 points respectively.

Olney Middle dominated their semi-final against Brooklands Farm and progressed to the grand final thanks to a 59-26 win. The second semi-final was a much closer affair with Two Mile Ash narrowly defeating Christ the Sower 48-45.

The 3rd and 4th play-off game was extremely close, but in the end Christ the Sower just edged out Brooklands Farm with a 55-54 victory.

The boys of Olney Middle opened up a commanding lead in the final as they got the better of their matches, but the girls from Two Mile Ash closed the gap.

It was close right until the end but eventually Olney took the title with a 54-47 overall victory.

Both these schools now progress to the Bucks County Finals taking place at Aylesbury Tennis Club later this month.