Great fighting spirit in girls tennis

The OC Girls Tennis finished the season against a strong opponent in all age groups in JPC.  All members of all teams showed great fight against higher placed opponents and are to be commended for their passion and intensity.  We were able to come away with a win in the Seconds but fell agonisingly short in a number of teams.

The Firsts girls stepped up this weekend.  The whole day it was obvious it would be a close finish with Georgia Van Veen and Jenna Hurley upsetting their opponents in the Number 1 doubles rubber immediately followed by Jess Manion again putting in a strong performance at Number 3 to give us the first two sets of the day.  The highlight of the day was definitely Georgia’s fighting performance at Number 1, again matched up on a very strong opponent her courageous 5-7 loss set us up to be level on sets and games heading into the final 2 rubbers.  Alas, Jenna Hurley’s 6-4 victory was not enough on the day as we lost the Number 2 Doubles 3-6 to fall one game short of victory.  If the girls can find that extra determination and passion heading into next year then we will be able to turn these close 3-3 loses into some strong wins. Well done to this wonderful group of girls too on a stellar season. We are so lucky here at OC to have such a lovely Firsts team who stand as such amazing role models for our younger players. Thank you for all your hard work ladies.

The Seconds had a close win on the day by four games – an apt way to send out our two Year 12 girls, Eneh Gilbert and Kim McIvor, who were yet to taste victory against JPC in their OC Tennis careers. These girls have shown the commitment to the OC Girls Tennis Program throughout the past five years that we hope our younger girls can emulate. It has been a pleasure working with such fine young ladies and a touch of sadness to know they will not be playing in 2017.

The Year 10 girls improved on their effort of last year which has been a theme for them every week this season. Samantha McIvor and Sara Lawder played some quality tennis against very strong opponents and should be very proud of their performance whilst Zoe Mauerhan continued her stunning form this season winning her singles and teaming up Ally Hui to gain victory in the Number 2 doubles.  The girls have performed better in every week this year compared to last year and should be focused on continuing this trend next year.

The Year 9 team continued to impress with their close 3/24 to 3/31 loss to JPC.  The team consisting of Caterina Zosimov, Georgia Griggs, Ellie Hobbs, Natasha Meek, Olivia Stennett and Alyssa Wheeler are all Year 8 students who have stepped up to fill the void left by a lack of interest from Year 9 girls. The girls performed admirably this season with a 50% winning record.  There efforts have been one of the highlights of the year for Girls Tennis. This delightful group of girls epitomise school spirit, outstanding sportsmanship and conduct themselves with such positivity that it is infectious.

The Year 8 team came up against a very strong JPC team and were able to take a set off the team they lost to 0-6 last year.  The girls have played well all season and thoroughly deserve the fourth placed finish they have achieved.  Highlight of the round was Jessica James’ 6-2 victory in the Number 2 singles showing her tenacious spirit that has been infectious amongst teammates and supporters alike! These girls are simply amazing and it was pure bliss watching them develop as a team this year.

The Year 7 girls rounded out their year with a head to head battle for second place on the ladder.  The girls fought hard but very strong Number 1 and Number 2 players from JPC put them well ahead from the start of the day.  As has happened all year our Number 3 and Number 4 fought hard, with Amity Logan going down 6-7 in a one-hour marathon before Katherine Jiao won her singles at Number 4.  Katherine then teamed up with Abby Vester to win the Number 2 Doubles. The Girls thoroughly deserved finally getting their coach into the weekly team selfie!

Matthew O’Neill and Mrs Penniket
Head Coach and TAS Girls Tennis Coordinator