Whiteman shines in Olve

Posted by Rob Short at 12:04 on 23 April 2014

Olve 2014

Aimee Whiteman was the success story in a very demanding few days at the Easter Olve Tournament in Belgium. Aimee entered three U11 events and got to the final in all three, Sadly it was silver in all three for the youngster joining with sister Lucy in the doubles and with Alex Green in the mixed doubles.

To reach three final though is an outstanding achievement.

Also doing well was Lowri Hart who reached the semi-finals of the singles and quarter finals of the mixed with Daniel Clarke losing in three sets to the eventual winners. 

As always it was a mixed bag for some of the players with Tsung Fong Mo and Matthew Pritchard reaching the quarter finals of the doubles with Mo getting to the last 16 of the singles at U17 level. Andrew Oates played well and could easily have progressed to the latter stages but lost out in two close games to the eventual winner. However Andrew has improved since last year and will now be looking forward to the U15 Quadrangular in Cardiff next week. Other U15 players found the competition demanding and will want to reflect and improve during the summer, for some of the younger players it was a first look at the level of play which is commonplace in Europe and they will need to also make plans for adding to skills if they are to compete.

At U13 with an entry of 64 Oliver Stansfield produced some sparkling moments to reach the semi-finals where he lost in three to William Jones of England. Oliver is a real prospect and will get some good feedback for his coaches from the weekend.

Eddie O Neill commented

"From memory I think this is our best showing at Olve and it’s great to see the very young ones show such great spirit and determination. For others, as it always is, it was a fiery baptism comparing the standard at home to a hall full of talented players. I hope for all of them that the experience will spur them on to greater things and a desire to do better next time. Top sport now at very young ages is harder than ever but success is possible as Aimee showed over the weekend. My thanks to the hard working coaches who "endured" 12 hour days for three days, it's not for the faint of heart." 

All the results can be seen here.

Coaching Team

Annette O Neill (Manager and coach)

Neil Cottrill (U15 and U17 players)

Eddie O Neill (U15 and U17 players)

Alyson Oates (U11 and U13 players)

Gary Clarke (U11 and U13 players)