From the Convenor of Tennis, Cassandra Attard
The third round encounter against Barker College saw many hard fought victories, as well as the advent of some good form amongst the Opens, especially in the 1sts.
The 1sts team battled for the first triumph of the season, outmatching Barker, 5 sets to 3 (25-20). Patrick Veron and Kiva Gwynne were able to take every one of their doubles and singles matches, tallying up 4 sets for the 1sts. Kiva is to be commended for his valiant effort as he played up in the team to cover the 2nd position and was still able to take the win.
Congratulations once again to Nikita Nikitenko for winning his singles match 6-3, staying undefeated in the 1sts since his debut at the beginning of the season, and securing the victory for the 1sts.
Despite many highly competitive matches, Barker College thwarted the plans for success in the 2nds, with Ryan Crawshaw winning the only set in a 7 sets to 1 loss. The case was the much the same in both the 3rds and 4ths, who were unlucky to go down 0 sets to 6 and 1 set to 5, respectively. However, the effort put in from the Waverley players was not shown by the results, with several sets going 6-4, 7-5 and even to a tiebreaker. Daniel Morris showed the strongest commitment to tennis and the team this week as he not only played up in the 2nds, but also won his match when filling in a last minute absence in the 4ths.
The Barker players did not intimidate the lionhearted 10A’s as they drew 3 sets apiece, unfortunately being edged by a mere 6 games (28-22). Marko Dundovic and Oliver Ruse were pivotal in this evenly matched clash, winning both of their singles matches, as well as their doubles match. Barker College had the upper hand over the 7A’s, who were defeated 4 sets to 2 (27-25). Although they lost, the game tally shows that the result could have gone either way. Jacob Deale’s performance was the highlight of this fixture, with a 6-1 triumph.
A week’s worth of intense training has sparked some great form amongst many of the Waverley tennis teams, who are all focusing on capitalizing on this form as we play a strong Trinity Grammar squad in Round 4.
Photos taken by Jack Gordon, Media Group