From the Convenor of Tennis, Cassandra Attard
The first round of the Winter Tennis season against St Aloysius’ entailed many tough, yet extremely competitive matches for each of the Waverley Tennis teams.
Typical to the Waverlian spirit, the boys in the Opens teams showed impressive determination, with several nail biting encounters in each of the teams from the 1sts to the 4ths. The 1sts were unfortunate to be defeated 7 sets to 1 (19-46), with the highlight from this encounter being the 6-4 singles win from Nikita Nikitenko, who was making his 1sts debut. The 2nds came right down to the wire, with the last singles set ultimately deciding if Waverley were to be victorious. Ending at 4 sets apiece, it came down to the number of games won, but St Aloysius’ managed to edge us out by only 3 games (29-32).
At 3 sets all, the scenario for the 3rds was much like the 2nds, and with great willpower were able to win by the same margin of only 3 games (29-26).
The 10A and 10B teams produced outstanding wins playing on the home courts at Kingsford, as both teams won 4 sets to 2 (34-21, 27-16 respectively). Dion Sinodinos and Andrew Badger were in complete control in their doubles match, winning 6-0, with Dion also winning his singles 6-0. St Aloysius’ had a slight advantage over the 7A and 7B teams, although some promising performances such as Ronnie Roth’s hard fought 7-5 triumph show the extensive talent amongst the Waverley boys.
Overall, the first round of the season showed numerous positives, and also the areas where we can improve on before our next clash against Cranbrook.