The weather played its role in what turned out to be a top class tennis event, in which some of South Africa’s leading players were seen in action.
For the 18th consecutive year, Kearsney College at Botha’s Hill will host the country’s top tennis playing schools at a three-day invitation festival this weekend (24-26 May, 2013).
Not since the days of Amanda Coetzer has South Africa been able to proudly proclaim that it has a female tennis player to write home about. The allure of the USA and the institutional indifference to developing young talent has meant that youngsters either fall through the proverbial cracks into obscurity or seek greener pastures.
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
St Mary’s Waverley wins the St Mary’s Kloof Tennis Festival
St 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
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:
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!
On Wednesday, 4 May 2011, the Glenwood 1st Tennis Team travelled to Johannesburg for the annual Wayne Ferreira Tennis Tournament, hosted by Parktown Boys' High School. The 8 competing schools were divided into two pools of 4 teams each, with each pool playing a Round Robin to determine the top two schools in each pool. Glenwood's first match was played on Thursday morning against last year's winners, Stellenbosch High. The game was a tough one, made worse by the absence of Jeandré Hoogenboezem, last year's School Champion, due to a hockey injury.
The older among us will remember a time when South African tennis held its own on the world stage. Amanda Coetzer, the gutsy Free Stater who competed with the best on the women's circuit; Wayne Ferreira breaking into the men's top ten and South Africa-born Kevin Curren reaching a Wimbledon final. The last ten years have seemingly spelt the end to South Africa's claim of being a tennis power on the world stage. Unable to cope with Russian professionalism, American brute force or European panache, the future of South African tennis looked look-warm to say the least.