South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs’ forwards have struggled of late to consistently find the back of the net with an astonishing 15 goals scored in 30 matches. At times watching a local match can be one big yawn.
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.
We 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
Who should get the February 2013 Mr. Price Sport Award? We have whittled down the entries for the February Award to three great performances during the month and they now stand a chance to win the R500 voucher from Mr. Price Sport.
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:
Section A (Venue: St Teresa's)
St Mary's B
Section B (Parktown)
Section C (St Andrew's)
St MAry's C
Section D (Jeppe)
De la Salle
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:
St Mary's B vs Fourways (1): 7-2
St Mary's C vs Roedean (1): 8-1
3rd and 4th Playoff
Roedean vs Fourways (1): 6-3
St Mary's B vs St MAry's C (1): 7-2
Top 8 Placings:
1. St Mary's B
2. St Mary's C
5. St Stithians
7. Holy Rosary
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!