The Girls Tennis teams went into battle against perennial frontrunners St Paul’s keen to test themselves against the strongest school in girls tennis. Historically, OC has won only 18% of matches against so to come away with two wins and having played strong tennis across all ages was a creditable result by the teams.
The Firsts came up against a St Paul’s team undefeated in the past five years. The girls set themselves the task of playing as strongly as they could against their opponents. All girls should be proud of their efforts as some of the best tennis was played by an OC outfit against St Paul’s. This sets the team up well ahead of a very tough 3-week schedule ahead.
The Seconds brought their undefeated season up against last year Seconds Premiers and the girls dominated from start to finish. Both doubles matches were won with Sara Lawder and Jess O’Shea remaining undefeated as a doubles combination in their dominant win. Kimberley McIvor and Jenna Hurley both secured wins to remain undefeated in their Seconds matches for the year.
The Year 10 girls were undefeated playing against the only other undefeated team in the division. The day started difficultly with Katerina Zosimov battling hard for a 2/6 defeat before outstanding determination from Ella Bird saw her win 7/5 after trailing 3/5. Ellie Hobbs played an excellent strategic match to gain victory 6/3 before claiming a forfeit with Katerina in their doubles. However, the girls were unable to secure the required games in the #1 doubles going down overall by the solitary game 3/25 to 3/26. The girls will need to regroup strongly over the next three rounds to secure their place in the final and an opportunity at the Premiership.
The Year 9 team battled very strongly on the day but ultimately went down 0/7 to 6/36. The highlights of the day were Jamie Paltridge making her TAS Tennis debut and Alyssa Wheeler who playing up at number 2 was able to battle her way to a credible 4/6 defeat.
The Year 8 team was also undefeated going into the matchup with a team that was 3-sets-all last year. The girls have worked hard throughout the year and proved how far they have come with a dominant 6/36 to 0/9 win. The highlight this round was the ability of Grace Huggins and Charlotte Lane to dominant their singles and doubles matches which were lost last year.
The Year 7 team battled bravely all day before going down 0/2 to 6/36. Taylor Bartlett and Hannah Thompson were each able to secure a game but the highlight of the day was Zoe Nalder’s singles match – where despite the 0/6 loss she was able to play exceptional tennis showing how far she had come in her training.
The OC girls host Canterbury in Round 6 with extremely important matches for all teams as the girls attempt to get into Aggregate Champion contention with three rounds remaining before finals.