From the Captain of Tennis, Kiva Gwynne
Leading into the final round of the Winter Tennis season, the Waverley boys were looking to give their best in a daring attempt to produce an upset against the formidable Knox Grammar. A spirited conclusion to the season was capped off with a magnificent tennis barbeque, where the boys were congratulated and recognised for their efforts throughout the season.
The 1sts put in a great effort to take two sets from the Knox boys, with the top doubles pairing of Patrick Veron and Kiva Gwynne splitting sets 5-7, 6-2, as well as Pat winning his singles in a tiebreaker. The 2nds weren’t able to get a set, but still showed their fighting spirit in a tough loss. It was much the same for the 3rds and 4ths, with both teams being outplayed 8 sets to 0.
Oliver Ruse and Marko Dundovic were able to secure a victory in their doubles match (6-3), with Marko also winning his singles convincingly (6-1). These wins brought the 10A’s close to an overall triumph, however the Knox boys brought it back in the rest of the matches to prevail four sets to two.
Nicholas Kimber further exhibited his skills on court as he took down his opponent 6-2 in the 7A’s team. A special mention goes to Michael Richmond, who was unfortunately edged 6-7 in a tiebreak, the closest that he has ever come to a victory in winter tennis.
Another special mention goes to all of the Year 12 boys (Matija Hripac, Luke Ryan, Ryan Crawshaw, Daniel Morris, Jake Galluccio, Ethan Wanichwetin, Emmett Lindsay and Taaj Davis), who played their last match for the college on Saturday.
A huge thanks goes to Jane Karakatsanis and the Tennis Supporter Group, who organised and set up the tennis barbeque and presentation night. This also wouldn’t be possible without Coach Steve Day and Ms Attard, who have worked tirelessly throughout the season to prepare and train the boys for their matches. Finally, I’d like to thank Mr Leddie, Mr Brennan and Mr O’Donnell for supporting the students at our presentation night.
Congratulations to Knox Grammar for taking out the 2017 winter tennis premiership, and we look forward to the summer season.