On Wednesday the 04-05-2011 the 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. Our first match was played on Thursday morning against last year's winners, Stellenbosch High School. The game was obviously a tough one, made worse by the absence of Jeandre Hoogenboezem, last year's School Champion, due to a hockey injury.
Our first reserve, Alion Walstra, stepped up to the plate as player number 6. By the end of the singles matches we were 2-4 down, leaving Stellenbosch the task of winning only one more doubles match. This they did, while we won the other two. The match finished 5 - 4 to them. Interestingly in these opening games a team was awarded 1 point for each set won. Even though we lost in games both schools had 11 points each. However the rules say that for this score in games, the school with the most games won is awarded 3 bonus points.
Our Thursday afternoon and Friday morning matches were somewhat easier with us beating Parktown Boys 8 - 1 and St Benedicts 9 - 0. Our second reserve, Jadon Rossler, was blooded in the match against Parktown and found out the rigours of Tennis at this level.
These results left us second in the pool and qualifiers for the Friday afternoon semi - finals. We moved from Parktown, where so far all our matches had been played, to Wits to take on the winners of the second pool, Pretoria Boys High. This was another tough match and only ended under floodlights later that evening. In the semis the first team to win 5 games won the match. We won the singles 4 - 2, thus only needing one doubles victory. This was achieved and the boys were pleased to find themselves in the finals, against Stellenbosch, on Saturday morning.
Unfortunately fate stepped in and Saturday morning presented large amounts of rain. After a couple of hours, with no sign of being able to play, the match referee called the tournament off, and our chances of reversing our earlier defeat against Stellenbosch were over. We were declared the joint winners for 2011. The boys were disappointed but are eager for next year to come quickly and for us to be the legitimate champions.
Mr R Crichton
MIC - Tennis.