Strong first round for boys tennis

The OC Boys Tennis travelled to St John’s to face a team that traditionally has some very strong age groups and this year was no different. The boys were able to come away with five wins and just one loss which put a number of teams into strong Premiership contention.

The Firsts started their campaign with a strong four sets to two win against a strong opponent. The leadership of Will Maher was excellent both on the court with his performance but particularly off the court providing a strong influence for his teammates and other age groups. Daniel Hornibrook and Aiden Kenway completed strong 6-0 and 6-1 wins respectively whilst Curtis Luxton battled valiantly against a very strong St John’s opponent going down in close tiebreaks in each of his sets. A massive weekend awaits the boys as they play one of the Premiership frontrunners in Redeemer this week.

The Seconds were the epitome of a team on the weekend with Aiden Andrews, Layton Mathews, Sam Morley and Stephen Lee all winning their singles 6-3.  Great leadership from Sam and Aiden throughout the week translated to a strong five sets to one victory over a team that was one of the favourites to win the Premiership.
The Year 10 team has won the Premiership each of the last two season and came up against the team that has run second to them on each occasion. Whilst losing one team member to the Firsts for this year it was always going to be a more challenging year for the boys. But the boys stepped up to the challenge, winning all 6 sets convincingly to show the depth that continues to develop within the Year 10 cohort.

The Year 9 team went into the week without their team captain and were backed up by Year 7 student Jarrod Kesur who stepped up to the plate. The boys went away with a dominating 36-3 win, with all the boys playing some strong tennis which is a good sign leading into a season with a very level competition. Jared Smith led the way standing in as Captain whilst Lachlan Kesur and Bryce Kooyman played exceptionally consistent tennis to secure their victories. The boys face the only team they lost to last season in Redeemer this weekend.

The Year 8 team faced a very strong St John’s outfit going down two sets to four. The shining light was Stephan Muller who won his singles 6-2 and combined with Dylan Herd in the doubles to win 6-2.  Woody Holmes is to be commended for his commitment to the match against a strong opponent and Jack James stepped up in his singles despite going down 2-6. The boys need to play as a team and show the determination to win the close games to turn the tide this weekend.

Throughout the preseason we knew we had a very strong Year 7 outfit – and the boys backed up those opinions on the weekend winning 36-1 despite injury forcing out our Number 1 player in Alex Tong for the week. The boys will face some stern competition throughout the year and must continue to challenge each other to improve their games and make the team a dominant force for the next six years at OC.

Matthew O’Neill
TAS Boys Tennis Head Coach