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Basford ace seals a national spot

TENNIS by Jackie Thorley

Ellis journeys to Wimbledon

BASFORD hot-shot Amy Ellis has secured a dream date at Wimbledon next week in the finals of a national junior competition. The 13-year-old received an 11th hour call-up for the main draw of the Road to Wimbledon championships, where she will take on some of the best under-14 players in Britain. The Newcastle-under-Lyme School student missed out on an automatic entry, after being nudged into the runner-up slot of the Staffordshire section by Katie Woodbine. However, a few spare places came up for grabs and Amy is one of the lucky youngsters to be chosen. "I am really happy and excited. I am looking forward to it, although it will be very tough, so I will just play the best I can," she said.

THE leading City and Suburban League men's teams have come under fire for failing to support both cup competitions. While the majority of Division One sides have entered the Sporting Trophies Cup, only Stone A and Florence B have agreed to take part in the handicap Dale Cup. Both will find the going tough as they play off minus 30. "I am disappointed the big guns are not in the draw," said organiser Jon Copnell. "They do not seem to like the handicap format, but it is a shame, because it provides a chance for younger lads who compete in the lower divisions to come up against better players." Florence A, Basford A, Endon A and Bucknall Park are safely through the opening round of the Sporting Trophies Cup. Basford women have booked a place in the final of the Foundation Cup later this month, when they will take on Abbey View.

Sentinel, 14 August 2007
Courtesy of The Sentinel News & Media

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