Nine-year-old Elizabeth stars on her debut

Collingwood Tennis Club’s girls’ 12 and under team performed well above themselves last weekend against a strong Cramlington team boasting the Northumberland number one and Durham number five.

Eleanor King and Lucy Robinson performed well against older and taller opposition and got some good games towards the team’s total.

Evie Cottrell showed improvement in her singles and provided experience in the doubles, but it was nine-year-old Elizabeth Graham, playing her first full 12 and under, game who starred for the home team, coming off court after a three-set singles thriller lasting well over and hour and a half.

Although losing the tie, she showed she is a talent for the future with a gutsy debut.

Collingwood girls’ 16s were unable to overcome an older Yarm team with Clara Loughlin and Mia Wallace both showing consistency in winning their singles in straight sets, despite giving away three years in age.

Loughlin and Wallace teamed up with Laura Day and Esmai Jonczy-Brown respectively but were unable to take anything from both doubles games, going down to an overall 4-2 defeat.

Collingwood boys’ 18s were more successful on Sunday at Cramlington with Olly Drake and Gabe Allonby taking their singles and doubles comfortably in straight sets.

With Tom Ridley and Alex Jay also winning three rubbers in straight sets, Collingwood enjoyed an opening 6-0 win to top the Aegon Northeast League.