Seacourt favourites for inaugural cup

Seacourt's Max Jones
Seacourt's Max Jones
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Seacourt’s real tennis aces are eyeing more silverware after booking their Dedanists Foundation Cup finals day place in style.

Junior quartet Elliott Cotton, William Flynn, Max Jones and Huw Thomas demonstrated their talent by finishing their qualification campaign in top spot with a magnificent 7-1 victory at Radley College.

The Hayling Island outfit now progress to the cup’s inaugural finals day at Prested Hall on July 18 as favourites.

Hampton Court are the team to miss out at the culmination of the five-team group stage, with Seacourt, hosts Prested Hall, Petworth and Radley all advancing to the event in Colchester.

Reflecting on the display that saw the side confirm their status as group winners, spokesman Simon Flynn said: ‘It was a fantastic display of real tennis.

‘Seacourt’s players emerge with great credit for a number of reasons. The first being that Radley College is a different court to the one they practice on at Seacourt.

‘Each court you play on is different – a bit like home and away pitches in football.

‘Three of the four boys had never set foot on that court before but they all went out there and played fantastically well.

‘Seacourt were also disadvantaged in age, conceding a couple of years to their opponents.

‘That translated into height as well – most noticeably in the case of Max Jones, who played superbly well against a far taller opponent.’

Flynn conceded the winning scoreline may have been somewhat flattering for the visitors, but believes Seacourt will now enter next month’s finals day in great form.

He said: ‘The score wasn’t really reflective of the contest as a whole as both sides put up a good fight. It was a bit closer than 7-1 in my eyes.

‘Regardless, it was a fantastic performance from the Seacourt team, who will now carry great confidence heading into finals day.

‘The fundamental goal of what the Dedanists Foundation are trying to do is encourage juniors to play inter-club tennis.

‘And really, the same as anything else, if you tend to play at home all the time you tend to get stale or complacent playing against the same people all the time.

‘Playing against others broadens both the boys’ network of contacts in tennis and strengthens the game at grassroots level, where juniors are the future.

‘To be the first names on the trophy would be absolutely fantastic for the boys.

‘It will be another piece of silverware to add to the trophy shelves which are building quite substantially for these four.’