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Tennis (Issue 2 2018 Sport)

Written on the 12 April 2018

Open C1

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.

Clayton Beal
Tennis Supervisor


Girls Senior B Grade SHC1

Saturday 7 April saw the girls SH1 Senior B Tennis team play off for 1st place against a very strong Mary MacKillop College team. All girls played with grit and determination with many of their games going to deuce multiple times before each game was finally decided. Despite every girls best effort, Mary MacKillop were victorious. Many thanks to Billie Higgs, Lauren Downing, Chloe Dutschke, Olivia Downing, Olivia McColl and Stacey Hayes for a fantastic term of competitive and enjoyable tennis.

Bernadette Thorpe
Team Manager


Girls Senior B Grade SHC2

This year SH2, girls tennis team had a challenging selection of games. A big thank you to our players Madeline O'Dea, Demi Hebberman, Georgia Tape, Lucy Chant and Stacey Hayes (Reserve) for taking part in the games and for working together to ensure that there was always a full team ready to go on the court. A huge thank you goes to Stacey Hayes for filling in on a few occasions when the other players were unavailable and also to the coaches who supported the players.  Unfortunately, we did not win any of the matches but came close a number of times, missing out when the sets were even but the game scores did not go our way. We saw some fantastic rallies and some steady improvement over the course of the season. Hopefully we have better luck next time!

Carol Holroyd
Team Manager

 

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