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Simonstone Tennis club was host for the Hyndburn section of the tennis competitions. It was a bright sunny day perfect for an outdoor competition, 13 teams took part to try and win the Hyndburn champions crown as well as a place in the Lancashire School Games finals for 2015 on 30th June at Blackpool Sports Centre.

The schools chose 4 players (2 boys and 2 girls) to represent their school, each player would be seeded Boy1, Boy 2, Girl 1, and Girl 2. Each player would face the same ranked player from the other team e.g. Boy 1 vs. Boy 1. The scores from all 4 games would make an overall score for the match and determine the result.

The teams were split into 4 groups with the top team progressing to the semi final stage of the competition. Group A featured Benjamin Hargreaves A, Peel Park, Simonstone A and Read St John’s B. It would be Read St John’s B who progressed out of this group winning all 3 of their group games 3-1. They would face the winner of Group B which would be out of St Mary Magdalene, St Mary’s Oswaldtwistle A or Simonstone B. This would prove to be a very tight group with the top 2 being separated on points scored against each other, this meant that Simonstone B narrowly beat St Marys Oswaldtwistle A 33-30 to progress to the semi finals stage.

Onto group C which was made up of Green Haworth, Moorend and St Marys Oswaldtwistle B, once again this was done on count back of points won in the game between Moorend and St Marys Oswaldtwistle B after they both won 1 and drew 1 on the count back it was Moorend who made it to the finals beating St Marys Oswaldtwistle 31-28. Moorend awaited the winners of Group D in the semi final which was made up of Benjamin Hargreaves B, West End and Read St John’s A. West End progressed from this group winning both of their games 4-0 and 3-1 respectively.

Onto the semi finals which had a local rivalry feel to it with Simonstone B vs. Read St John’s B and Moorend vs. West End. In the first semi final Simonstone B progressed beating Read St John’s 3-1 and they would meet the winner of semi final 2 which was Moorend winning there semi final against West End 3-1 as well. The final saw 2 teams in red compete for the gold school games medals which would be awarded to the winners. This would be Simonstone B who won 3-1 against Moorend who won silver medals and Read St John’s B won Bronze medals beating West End in the 3rd/4th Place playoff match.

Thank you to Simonstone Tennis Club for hosting the competition and also to the Accrington Academy young leaders who umpired the games throughout the afternoon.

Simonstone B progress to the Lancashire School Games Finals in Blackpool. Congratulations and Good Luck!!!!

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