The Season 1967-8 was a very successful one. Sixty-four teams from Schools and Technical
Colleges took part in the Middlesex Inter-Schools Competition (under 19s). We again reached
the County Semi Final only to lose by a finger-tip - that of S. O'Malley who jammed his finger
in a railway carriage two days beforehand.
Our Senior Team was S. O'Malley, D. Dury and P. Tora. In the Middlesex Inter-Schools Junior Competition (under 15s) our First and Second teams met in the zone-final. The First team of C. Green, G. McCourt and D. Brendish went on to beat William Ellis school 6-3 in the County Final and received individual trophies.
The Junior (under 15s) Competition won by our 1st team of C. Green, D. Brendish and G. McCourt who received a certificate and medals. Our 2nd team finished second and was represented by M. Ryan, A. Coburn, S. Hennessey, N. Rossiter and T. Geary.
In the Wembley and Harrow Schools Knockout Competition we entered three teams. The competition was won by our 1st team of D. Dury, S. O'Malley, and P. Tora who beat Merchant Taylors 6-3 in the Final stages at Kodak.
Many schools players entered the Junior Singles of the Wembley and Harrow Closed Tournament held
at Kodak. All did well, especially G. McCourt before succumbing to older more experienced
players. It is high time, however, that we reached the Semi-Finals at least in this event!
In the Men's Doubles M. Ryan and G. McCourt were playing strongly until confronted by the
wiles of T. Prebble and Fr. Raymond.
1967 - 1968
L to R. D.Brendish;
Perhaps the most consistent form was shown by S. O'Malley, C. Green and G. McCourt, though when occasion warranted it, important vital games were won by D. Dury and P. Tora. Promise for the future is being shown by the progress of many junior players among whom should be mentioned: N. Russell, G. Tripp, Duffy, P. Fitzgerald, C. Wismayer, P. O'Rourke, A. Walton-Smith, S. Walton-Smith, M. O'Rourke and N. Devery.
In the Junior Championship (under 15s) there were 71 entries. In the Semi Finals G. Trigg beat
C. Wismayer 21-12 and 21-13 and P. Fitzgerald beat the early favourite N. Russell 21-15 and
21-17. The Final was well supported especially by the 2nd and 4th years, cheering on their
representatives. In a very evenly contested match fortunes see-sawed backwards and forwards.
P. Fitzgerald won the first game 21-18, G. Trigg the second 24-22, Fitzgerald the third 21-11.
Trigg took the fourth very closely 21-19 and finally managed to emerge the victor 21-13 in the
last game. Play was of a good standard generally with attack dominating and drawing frequent
bursts of applause from spectators. Congratulations to the winner and special mention to P.
Fitzgerald not yet 13 yrs. old who showed admirable temperament, determination and control.
Finally a deep vote of sincere thanks to Mr. Hartin who so often in the past, despite inconvenience and expense, arranged transport to away-matches on innumerable occasions, encouraged hopes and played a not inconsiderable part in each team 5 success.