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Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:27

Tennis: HeronBridge Tennis Tour

On the 22 of February during the mid-term, the boys and girls first tennis team went on the first ever HeronBridge Tennis tour to Mpumalanga. We stayed in Karula Hotel where we had such a stunning time.

 

hbWe set off on the Friday on a six hour bus trip to arrive excitedly at our destination. After quickly unpacking and taking a look at the Hotel, we all piled back on the bus to go and play Ten Pin Bowling at Riverside Mall. We played in two teams, the Aces, and the Love team. The Aces got shown how real bowling is played. We headed back to the Hotel and were rewarded after a long day with a five course meal. With full stomachs’ and weary eyes, we all met in the games room where we quickly regained some energy for some very competitive games of Table Tennis and Pool. After all being defeated by Tara and Michael, we retreated to our rooms for a very much needed rest.

 

The following morning started bright and early with an amazing breakfast. Arriving at our first opponent’s school, Penryn College, the twelve of us set out for the first day of tennis with sheer determination. We played doubles as well as mixed doubles. The mixed doubles were lots of fun. The girls won by 3 points.

 

The rest of the day was filled with lots more fun. We enjoyed a refreshing swim and headed back to the Mall where the male teachers and boys showed us what they were made of on the go karts. We ate ice cream and spent our money at the arcade. Again we had a delicious five course meal when we returned to the Hotel and spent the evening playing games and having lots of fun.

 

On the last day we woke up early to a rainy grey morning and started packing, unsure if we were going to be able to play tennis. We headed out to Uplands, where we swept the rain off the courts, determined to play our last matches. We played doubles, singles and mixed doubles. The girls won and unfortunately, the boys had very challenging opponents and lost, but with great sportsmanship. After everyone had had a shower and lunch at the Boarding House we returned to the bus, ready for our long trip home. It was filled with lots of sleep and a very good movie!

 

We all had lots of fun on this tour and enjoyed the experience touring as a mixed tennis team. All the boys, girls and teachers shared many funny and memorable moments that all contributed to great team building. We look forward to next years Tennis Tour and would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Braithwaite, and Mr. Jannekar for organizing and sharing this unforgettable tour with all of us.

 

From Katelin & Tara

Sunday, 24 February 2013 19:45

Tennis: St.Mary's Waverly Win Festival

St Mary’s Waverley wins the St Mary’s Kloof Tennis Festival

STMSt Mary’s Waverley competed in the St Mary’s Kloof Tennis Festival from 15 -18 February and emerged victorious for the third year in a row.  Four singles and two doubles matches are played in each tie. St Mary’s Waverley defeated Pretoria High School for Girls(5matches-1), Somerset College(6matches-0) and Menlo Park(5 matches-1) to top their section.  St Mary’s Kloof beat St Andrews and Northcliff to win the other section.  In a hard fought final with tennis of a high standard being played,St Mary’s Waverley had their backs to the wall after the singles and were 3-1 down in matches.  They fought back to win both doubles matches convincingly.Despite the matches being tied at 3-3 St Mary’s,Waverely emerged as victors with a 8 points to 6 margin.

Final positions were

1. St Mary’s Waverley

2. St Mary’s Kloof

3. St Andrew’s

4. Pretoria High School for Girls

5. Northcliff

6. Menlopark Hoerskool

7. Somerset College

On the 16th of Febuary, 2013 some of the country's top tennis players assembled to compete in the B Interhigh Tennis Tournament which was hosted by St Andrews. The teams competing were:

stmwSection A (Venue: St Teresa's)

St Stithians

Kingsmead

St Teresa's

St Mary's B

Section B (Parktown)

Hyde Park

Roedean

Parktown

Redhill

Brescia

Section C (St Andrew's)

St Peter's

Bryanston

St MAry's C

St Andrews

Holy Roasary

Section D (Jeppe)

Dainfern College

Fourways High

Jeppe

De la Salle

Heronbridge

A round robin format was used which produced some spectacular tennis from some highly competitive players. With the strongest teams rising to the occassion this is how the results looked going into the semi- finals:

Semi Final:

St Mary's B vs Fourways (1): 7-2

                                   (2): 9-0

St Mary's C vs Roedean (1): 8-1

                                 (2): 7-2

3rd and 4th Playoff

Roedean vs Fourways (1): 6-3

                              (2): 4-5

Final

St Mary's B vs St MAry's C (1): 7-2

                                    (2): 9-0

Top 8 Placings:

1. St Mary's B

2. St Mary's C

3. Roedean

4. Fourways

5. St Stithians

6. Brescia

7. Holy Rosary

8. Heronbridge

 

Congratulations to St. Mary's B for producing some top class tennis and once again underlining why they are one of the top sporting schools for girls in South Africa!

St Mary’s Invitational Tennis Festival