The 2016 Channel Island under 9 county cup team travelled to Taunton for a day full of competition against counties of the south west. The team was comprised of 6 players (3 boys and 3 girls) who each played a singles and a doubles/mixed doubles against Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, and Devon. This meant 9 matches (in davis cup terms, rubbers) were to be played against each county, to decide overall standings.
After a short walk from the hotel, the boys and girls were ready to get on court. First up was Cornwall and after a tough start, team CI came back strongly with Finley Thompson and Jemima Baldwin the stand out performers, claiming both singles and doubles victories. Unfortunately, CI came up just short however, getting edged out 5-4 overall, including the loss of 3 final set tie break deciders.
With the schedule being very tight, the team were straight back on court, this time against Somerset. Alistair Webster and Eddie Rothwell produced a good win in their doubles, whilst their were two wins a piece for Finley Thomson, Giulia Rihoy and Jemima Baldwin. This resulted in a fantastic 6-3 victory against the hosts, a great comeback after a tough loss to Cornwall
After an hour off for lunch the team were back on court, this time against favourites Dorset. Giulia Rihoy got edged out 7-4 in the deciding set against a very strong Dorset number one, whilst Erin Gouge competed very well against a strong number two player. The only win to come from CI in the encounter was a nail biting 3 set victory for Ali Webster and Eddie Rothwell in their doubles.
With the tennis centre having to close at 6pm for insurance purposes, it was an extremely quick change around heading into the final encounter against Devon. Both Eddie Rothwell and Ali Webster put up commendable displays, before being defeated 7-5 and 8-6 in the deciding sets respectively. Finley Thomson continued his strong from with a straight sets win, whilst Erin Gouge played fantastically, despite losing in 3 sets to the Devon second seed. In the end Devon proved too strong however, taking the overall tie 7-2.
This wrapped up a brilliant day of tennis for all involved, with CI finishing in fourth position overall, just ahead of Cornwall. Each player got 8 competitive matches, and proved they could compete at county level.