23 matches were played in total and there were some excellent displays from all pupils with some really close and exciting games, several of which resulted in tie breaks.
In the junior event, the four semi-finalists, (Sam Fenn, Daniel Grant, Daniel Bramah and Jonathan Becker) were pupils who have recently returned from the tennis tour to Vale do Lobo.
Both semi-final matches went to tie breaks; Sam beat Daniel Bramah and Daniel Grant beat Jonathan, but it was eventually Sam who took the junior title with a powerful and consistent performance.
Charlotte Kilbourn and Louis Zenios (left) and Jonathan Becker (right) in action
In the senior event, the group winners were Ed Goode, Will Kilbourn, Liam Kelly and Charlie Becker (who qualified on the best game average). Will and Charlie had a superb game with several of the points reaching rallies of over 20 shots. However, it was Will who eventually won, and he met Ed Goode in the final after he had put on a powerful performance in the other semi-final against Tennis Captain, Liam Kelly.
Senior Winner Ed Goode and Senior Finalist Will Kilbourn with Tim Phillips (left) and Junior Winner Sam Fenn and Junior Finalist Daniel Grant with Tim Phillips (right)
Both Will and Ed (junior winner, 2014) battled through tough windy conditions, but again displayed some superb skill both at the back of the court and at net. It was Ed though who rose best to the challenge to become senior winner of the Tim Phillips Shield 2015.
We were delighted to have OM Tim Phillips attend the event to present the Shield and trophies to the winners. He was extremely impressed to watch the boys and girls compete and he enjoyed reminiscing on his time at Mill Hill.
Tim Phillips with junior competitors
Mrs Ward, Mistress i/c Tennis
Thank you to those who came down to support the event and to those who assisted in the preparation. It was certainly a talking point for prospective parents from the Open Morning who came to watch our tennis pupils in action.