The St Andrew’s College U15A tennis team travelled to Selborne on Friday. They had not yet had a practice session, but most boys put in good performances. Nick Lane lost narrowly in the third set tie break and can be commended for his effort. However, Selborne were too strong and won all the matches.
A combined St Andrew’s College team of eight, 1st and 2nd team players also competed against Selborne in Grahamstown and had their work cut out for them. Matches were tied 6-6 after the days play and only after counting sets did College get the 12-11 win.
The 1st team then played in the annual Settlers Cup Quadrangular against Union High, Kingswood and Graeme on Sunday. In beautiful tennis weather, St Andrew’s College started well with a clean sweep over Kingswood, 12-0, playing high percentage tennis that set up good opportunities to get points on the board. They then followed it up with a solid 8-4 win over Graeme, staying focused in a tense atmosphere on court. That lead to a final showdown against Union to decide who takes the cup. College started well with good singles wins by the captain Ignus Potgieter, Nic Rogan and Robbie Houghton, as well as doubles wins for Nic Brotherton and Tiro Segalo. The second round saw St Andrew’s College building on the lead and eventually took the fixture 9-3, retaining the Settlers Cup from last year. Well done to Ignus Potgieter who lead from the front and to all the players for a great start to the season.
Lastly, Dylan Marx was invited to attend the EP Schools U19 trials in Port Elizabeth. He played five round robin matches on Saturday that lead to play offs on Sunday. Dylan acquitted himself extremely well of that task, competing with boys two years older than him. Winning 9 out if 11 matches, Dylan ended second overall, meaning there is a very good chance he may be selected to represent the EP U19 team at SA Schools later in the term.