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Friday, 26 February 2010 11:15

Top Tennis School Serve Up The Aces

Kearsney College successfully hosted their 15th annual Schools invitational tennis tournament at the weekend in which eight of the top tennis playing schools in South Africa participated.

Organised by Anthony Willows, Kearsney's deputy headmaster and master in charge of tennis, and sponsored by Sportsmans Warehouse, the Festival saw heavyweights Paul Roos from Stellenbosch dominate Grey College (Bloemfontein), Affies (Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool in Pretoria), Paarl Boys, St Stithians (Johannesburg), Selborne College (East London), Clifton College (Durban) and hosts Kearsney College.

Kearsney's young but spirited team will travel to the Western Cape next week (March 3rd) to take part in the annual Paul Roos Festival.  They are Rainer Steinhagen (captain), gwcr1h Devine, Charles Slabbert, Dominic Koenig, Nic Andrew, Yagna Vij and Keegan Foss.

Each year the Kearsney Festival hosts eight of the country's top tennis schools - 56 talented boys, their coaches and managers - ready and willing to spend endless hours in the sun, showing off their strategies and ball skills in one of the most popular games in the world.  Always a highlight on the national schools tennis calendar, an incredibly high standard was evident throughout this year's three-day tournament.

Teams were divided into two pools of equal strength.  In the one section were Grey College, St Stithians, Paarl Boys and Kearsney.  In the other pool were Paul Roos, Affies, Clifton and Selborne.

After the completion of the round robin section; Paarl Boys, Kearsney, Paul Roos and Affies proved to be the four strongest teams in the competition and made it through to the semi-finals.

In the first semi-final, Paul Roos were far too strong for Kearsney and went through to the finals. The other semi-final was a tough and exciting contest with Affies beating Paarl Boys by 5 matches to 4.

In the play-off for 3rd and 4th positions, Paarl Boys beat Kearsney in a tense but exciting match by 5 matches to 4.  In the final Paul Roos dominated Affies and were worthy winners of the exciting festival.

The teams stayed at Kearsney College in Botha's Hill, but all the tennis was played at Kershaw Park in Pietermaritzburg, which proved to be a fantastic venue, providing a great spirit and vibe.

In addition to title sponsor Sportsmans Warehouse, Powerade assisted with energy drinks for players throughout the weekend.

The Festival ended with a formal prize giving dinner at Kearsney in which prizes, sponsored by Sportmans Warehouse and Head, were presented to the players.

Final positions:

  1. Paul Roos
  2. Affies
  3. Paarl Boys
  4. Kearsney College
  5. Grey College Bloem
  6. St Stithians
  7. Clifton College
  8. Selborne College

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