Six College pupils competed in the Ladies’ British Open Doubles Rackets Tournament played at Malvern College, with one pair, India Blake (U6, Q) and Rose Jones (L6, Q), winning the Plate Final!
All three pairs had a tough first round that unfortunately saw College eliminated from the main draw. The tournament was eventually won by Lea Van der Zwalmen, the current world champion who visited College in March, and her partner Isabelle Duncan.
However, it was an all Cheltenham College Plate Final won by India and Rose who defeated Millie Broom (U6, W) and India Deakin (5th, W) in the semi-final and beat Martha Elliott (L6, W) and Georgie Baillie-Hamilton (L6, Q) in the final.
India commented, “Rose and I were very surprised to win the Plate and as it ended up being a College v College final, the pressure was high. It was a fun event and we are very much looking forward to competing at Queen’s again in December at the National Schools Tournament.”
Their coach, Mr Mark Briers, added, “The performance in this tournament demonstrated once again the tremendous progress the girls have made in a relatively short time and they should be very proud of their efforts.”
Girls’ rackets is a comparatively recent initiative and those co-educational schools with rackets courts have got the girls playing what has been for 150 years a boys' game. Cheltenham College is proud to be at the forefront of this, with two girls winning the first national U16 doubles match in December 2015.