Game, set and match at school tennis festival

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Line calls and net calls came into play on Friday when 
primary four pupils put their tennis skills to the test at 
Linlithgow Academy.

The annual Primary 4 tennis festival attracted 60 pupils from Low Port, 
Linlithgow Bridge, Springfield, St Joseph’s, and Winchburgh Primary, 
despite the wintry weather conditions.

Organisers, PE specialist Lesley Malone, and LTA coach Michael Fleming, were very pleased with the 
turnout and impressed by the
level of play on court.

They were supported by BenBoatman, active schools 
co-ordinator and parentteacher Sally Bell, who both stepped in to umpire, 
assisted by senior pupils from 
Linlithgow Academy, all tennis experts and successful Linlithgow Tennis Club players.

Lesley Malone said: “The children, who displayed some great skills on court, seemed to be having far too much fun to feel the cold weather but I’m not so sure about the parents!”

Older primary pupils 
also put their athletic skills to the test at the West 
Lothian Council cross country race at the Peel the week before.

After winning the Primary 6 cross country Peel race in May, the St Joseph’s girls team and Linlithgow boys went through to Livingston to represent the Linlithgow primary schools cluster at the West Lothian champ-ionships.

Lesley Malone added: “Pupils in the Linlithgow 
area have been training in their schools since returning in August and the results speak for themselves. So 
well done pupils and teachers - great results!

Results were as follows: St Josephs P7 girls - 1st place/ gold; Linlithgow PS P7 boys - 1st place/gold;

Springfield PS boys’ individual 1st place gold - Arran Staines; Linlithgow PS girls’ individual 2nd place – Kirsten Calder; individual girls P7 - Kirsten Calder 2nd place/silver from Linlithgow Primary; Jessica McKee, 6th place from Linlithgow 

Individual boys P7 - Arran Staines, 1st place/gold from Springfield Primary, and Cameron Stirling, 12th place from Low Port Primary.