The first matchup of 2018 saw the Waverley Tennis boys pitched against Knox Grammar School, who always seem to begin the year in hot form. It was tough for our boys, with Knox showing no mercy across all age groups throughout the round 6 clash.
It was an underwhelming start to the year for the 1sts and 2nds, who were both beaten convincingly 8 sets to 0. The closest we came to winning a set in this fixture was with Will Durkin in the 2nds, who lost 3-6, as well as Lachie Unsworth and Pat Smith in the opening set of their doubles match in the 1sts, going 3-6 to Knox.
The 3rds went down 1 set to 5, although Waverley’s set was due to forfeit. Dominic Abruzzese almost won a set, being edged 6 games to 4 in a thrilling match. The 4ths unfortunately went down 6 sets to 0.
In the 10A’s and B’s, the Waverley boys were thoroughly overpowered, only winning 4 games in total. The 9A’s were also crushed by the Knox boys, despite Oscar Madden’s valiant effort in his singles, which he lost 6-4. It was much the same for the Year 8’s, with Guy Hammerschmidt, Aidan Trovato, Jimmy Ashbridge, Oli Goodrum and Harry Fox all yielding the same score of 4 games to 6. Jared Garwood, however, put in a great effort to break the losing streak, winning his singles 6-3 in the 8B’s.
The first match for the new Year 7’s showcased the future of Waverley Tennis, with Joseph Cumpston taking his singles set 6-4.
Following Knox Grammar’s strong performance, the Waverley boys will be training hard to take on St. Aloysius in round 7.