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Boys are U16 Northern Schools Tennis Champions

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Bolton School Boys’ Division are the U16 Northern Schools’ Tennis Champions, after beating Manchester Grammar School (MGS) 10-3 in the final!

The annual tournament was hosted at Bolton School’s Leverhulme Pavillion. Despite heavy rainfall, pairs at U16 and U19 age groups from a host of top northern schools began the competition, and by mid afternoon both of Bolton’s U16 pairs found themselves in the semi finals, beating the likes of Sedbergh, Bradford Grammar School, Woodhouse Grove and Yarm on the way.

Unfortunately, Abhinav Kumar and Richard Humphrey lost out, but Year 10 pair Oliver Harford and Tom Wright overcame MGS 10-3 in the final, taking the title for the first time since 1980. This adds to their U14 victory in the plate competition last year. They were presented with the trophy by the organiser, former Bolton School Chemistry teacher Alan Prince. This was a fitting tribute to the ex-Bolton man who is stepping down this year after 43 years of organising the competition!

Oliver and Tom also make up half of this year’s U15 Tennis squad, and along with Elliot Turnbull and Zack Weir, remain unbeaten and are on course to win the Lancashire title. The Year 7 and 8 team have also been in action, beating Broughton School in a tense tie break decider last week. Next week, sixteen Bolton School Tennis players will take on Crompton House School in the largest fixture of the season. Good luck boys!

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Oliver and Tom receive their trophy from Alan Price

Oliver and Tom receive their trophy from Alan Price

Oliver in action