Junior Finals 2014

16th Sep. 14

Herne Bay Tennis Club’s Junior Tournament took place over the weekend with 40 juniors competing at a very high standard of play. The younger age categories kicked off with a round robin format for the mini reds. The final between John-Paul Mulligan and Casey Judd was a very close match and it was new member Judd who won 7-9, 10-8, 7-5. The Lower Mini Orange group was won by Judd’s older brother, Troy, who comfortably beat Jamie Macrae. The Upper Mini Orange group saw a good standard of play, and in the final Felix Martindale beat Sam Hodge 10-6, 10-5 in a match with long rallies. The last of the mini groups was the green ball, the strongest category of the minis. The final was between last year’s upper orange winner, Robbie Benka, and Owen Spain. Both players showed great consistency and control over their base line shots, however it was Spain who took the mini green title for the first time.
The hard ball groups were very well supported this year. They started with the U14 girls and boys singles. Milly Mileham played her way through to the final to meet Amber-Rose Potter. But it was Potter who proved too consistent on the day clinching the title. The boys standard was very high indeed. Some great first round matches were played, with Robbie Benka edging out Michael Maple in a tie break, and Jos Fielder-Geurts beating Cameron Macrae 6-4. Fielder-Geurts then went on to beat Josh Deverson in a very closely contested match to set up a meeting in the final with last year’s mini green winner, Henry Mileham. This was a very enjoyable and competitive match, with great shot-making and court craft. Henry Mileham did just enough to win 6-4 and secure the title for the first time. Mileham and Macrae then paired up for the second year running to defend their U14 boy’s doubles title. They did by this by beating 6-4 Jos Fielder-Geurts and Maple 6-4, having trailed 4-2. The U18 categories proved to have some surprises along the way. Last year’s winner, David Cooke, went out in the first round to the Arie Fielder-Geurts. Laurence Hoffmeister played his first two round matches without dropping a game or breaking into a sweat to reach a place in the final against Arie. This final was the highlight of the day, with both players playing their best tennis and fighting for every point. It was Hoffmeister who held his nerve to win 6-4, 6-4 and take the title for the first time. There was an upset in the girls singles when 11 year old Milly Mileham knocked out the more senior Kiamarie Fielder-Geurts 6-4 in the first round. Mileham then had the formidable task of playing three times singles champion, Emily Bundock, in the final. Bundock went on to ease her way past Mileham and take her fourth singles title. Bundock then teamed up with Kiamarie to win the girls doubles title and the boys doubles title went to Arie Fielder-Geurts and Cooke. One of the semi-finals of the U18 mixed was a family affair with both pairs being brother and sister partnerships – Arie and Kiamarie Fielder-Geurts against Henry and Milly Mileham. The Fielder-Geurts just beat the Milehams 7-5 in the tie break to go forward to meet Bundock and Cooke in the final. Cooke and Bundock won 6-2 to secure their 2nd and 3rd titles respectively, of the day
The award to the most improved junior boy player was presented to Felix Martindale and the most improved girl player to Kiamarie Fielder-Geurts.

Thank you to all the players and parents who supported over the weekend to the coaches in assisting running the tournamentand to Cloe Maple, our President, for presenting the prizes.