Fallows Cup win for Carisbrooke’s juniors!
Pride for Carisbrooke…pictured above, from left, Daniel Carnegie-Wilson, Daniel Tarokh, Lilia Boukikova and Anna Galeva (not pictured, team member Thomas Maye-Banbury).
Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 22.20
A RARE mixed-doubles milestone has been earned by Carisbrooke Tennis Club after our under-18s juniors’ side won the prestigious Fallows Cup title at the weekend.
The superb 2-0 win over cross-town rivals The Leicestershire on Saturday (December 12) at the newly-refurbished Loughborough University Indoor Tennis Centre means Carisbrooke now simultaneously holds both of the major mixed-doubles trophies on offer in the county in the same calendar year.
The Fallows Cup triumph replicates their senior counterparts’ success in the Mercury Cup, which Carisbrooke won back in June after a tightly-fought contest against Hamilton Tennis Club.
This exceptional twin-success has not been achieved by the club in recent memory.
Carisbrooke’s Fallows Cup-winning squad was made up of Daniel Carnegie-Wilson, Daniel Tarokh, Lilia Boukikova, Anna Galeva and Thomas Maye-Banbury.
The club’s Head Coach Jack Simpson said: “This excellent victory was a real team effort and it was nice for the final to be wrapped up before the mixed-doubles leg was even needed as we had some really, really close ties throughout.
“It means Carisbrooke now holds both the Mercury Cup and the Fallows Cup in 2015, a great achievement.”
The Fallows Cup, which has a rich history in Leicestershire dating back many decades, is an under-18s knock-out cup competition comprising of a boys’ doubles, a girls’ doubles and – if the match is still level – a winner-takes-all mixed doubles leg to decide the fixture.
Carisbrooke beat Market Bosworth 2-1 in a closely-contested first-round tie.
Then, The Brooke beat Leicester Forest East 2-1 in a crunch semi-final which was decided by virtue of a nail-biting mixed doubles battle.
In the final, Lilia and Anna beat The Leicestershire girls’ pair 6-0, 6-3, while the two Daniels kept their nerve in a nip-and-tuck boys’ doubles leg to win 6-4, 7-5 to register the glory for Carisbrooke and earn the team a place in the club’s history books.
It is is the first time Carisbrooke has won the Fallows Cup in eight years, an impressive feat in its own right.
Dans-the-mans…from left, Daniel Tarokh and Daniel Carnegie-Wilson, who won a tight boys’ leg for Carisbrooke in the Fallows Cup final 6-4, 7-5.
Serving up victory…Anna Galeva delivering one of her trademark powerful serves in the Fallows Cup final against The Leicestershire at Loughborough University Indoor Tennis Centre on Saturday.