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Monday, 14 May 2018 09:52

Tennis: SA Top Schools Festival

The 23rd annual Kearsney College National Tennis Festival,in which eight of the country’s top tennis-playing schools take part, gets into full swing this weekend.

Play will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th on the courts at Kearsney College, as well as Highbury and St Mary’s schools. The format is round robin which will yield a semi-final, final, play-off matches and an eventual winner.

Participating schools are Affies and Pretoria Boys High, both from Pretoria, Grey College from Bloemfontein, Paul Roos and Rondebosch Boys’ High from the Western Cape, Selborne College from East London and hosts Kearsney and Clifton College from KwaZulu-Natal.

Thefestival has become a highlight on the national schools’ tennis calendar and this year 56 competitors (seven per team) and 20 support coaches and staff will enjoy the event. An incredibly high standard of tennis is always evident from the top junior players in the country.

Kearsney’s team comprisesKade Mindry, Scott Bentley (captain), Greg Cobbledick, Meerten van Wyk, Tristan Sebire, Sahil Chetty, Bryce van der Merwe and Matthew McMurray.

Festival organiser and Kearsney MIC of tennis, Anthony Willows said the festival had continued to attract the top South African tennis playing schools thanks to on-going sponsorship from SeeffProperties, Sportsmans Warehouse, Wilson, Alpine Motors and Matchday performance drinks.

Seeff Dolphin Coast sponsor Tim Johnson said:“As a Kearsney Old Boy and past tennis player, I’m proud to support this important festival and the talented boys participating from some of the country's most prestigious sporting schools”.  

His Hillcrest branch co-sponsor, Gregg Wilson, said that as a local brand in the Upper Highway area, Seeff Hillcrest was “delighted to be associated with one of our leading local schools, Kearsney College, and we wish all participants a successful festival”.