Tennis (Issue 2 2018 Sport)
Written on the 12 April 2018
The 2018 season will be remembered as successful but also eventful. With a side consisting of only Boarders, the consistency of availability of the players varied, with only Will Crouch and Will Meadow playing every match. Consequently, I would like to acknowledge and thank Tanner Morris, Kiah Tomney, Ben Schuetze, Leo Taylor, Tom Alm and Jamie Smith for filling in when players were unavailable. Another problem linked to a side of Boarders, is the logistics of transporting the players to and from our away venues. Since 4 of our matches were away and no parents of day students to help out with transport, it was Shane Hennessy to the rescue. Shane drove the players to the various sites and taxis were booked to bring them back to school.
Our first match was against Immanuel College with a strong side of Will Crouch, Aussie Redden, Sam Bruhn, Blake Bertelsmeier, Sam Thompson, Will Meadow, Tanner Morris and Kiah Tomney. In a very close encounter, SHC won 7 sets to 5. After a bye due to an exeat, we played Pembroke away and then PAC at home. Wins in both matches was pleasing as was the way unavailable players found replacements. Our last two matches were at Walkerville against Rostrevor College and St Ignatius College at Athelstone. Special mention must go to Hugues Albert-Roulhac who joined SHC from Paris and was encouraged by Will Meadow to play tennis. Hugues won all his matches and was keen to play extra games if needed. Sam McCabe also won all his matches in his last year at SHC.
In a short season, the trainings involved expert coaching by Max Paskalutsa. On behalf of the students, may I pass on my thanks for his efforts. The trainings were interesting and contained drills that saw rapid improvement in the players' range of shots. Many thanks to the players for giving their precious time to represent the College in a manner that was positive and praiseworthy. Thanks must also be passed onto Shane Hennessy for providing the transport to away matches. Finally, thanks to Ali Trewartha and Alex Penhall in the Sports office for providing the opportunity for the students to participate in tennis against other independent schools.