01 Jun 2019
Tennis Takes BBC To The Wire

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The TSS Tennis First IV boys came up just short in the premiership determining round against an always strong BBC line up. The boys left it all out there, but ultimately fell 5-3 in a day filled with high level tennis.

TSS started the day well and was on par with BBC after the singles with captain Ryan Selvey producing a dominant performance, winning 6/1 6/1 at the #2 position and Jack McCarthy fighting back from a set down to claim the comeback 3/6 6/1 6/4. Unfortunately, Matias McDonald and Timmy Yeung Packer went down at the #3 & #4 positions 6/2 6/3 and 6/1 6/0 respectively. TSS got off to a flyer in the doubles with Jack McCarthy and Timmy Yeung Packer wining the opening set 6/1, but BBC raised their game in the second and claimed the third set super-tiebreaker 10-6. Ryan Selvey and Matias McDonald also went down in their opening doubles 6/2 6/4. Ryan and Matias turned it around in the final doubles round of the day, claiming a 2/6 6/4 10-4 victory to get TSS back to within 1 rubber, but unfortunately Jack and Timmy couldn’t follow suit, falling in their second doubles match 6/1 6/4.

TSS now has the bronze medal match this coming weekend against Gregory Terrace. This is a home game and we would appreciate as much support as possible to get our boys over the line!

Today we saw tremendous tennis from the Seconds and Thirds against BBC. Charlie Hanrahan and James Ware played amazing doubles, fighting until the end and claiming the win. Charlie Hanrahan also won his singles 6-4. Outstanding teamwork from the Thirds as they encouraged each other throughout the day. Congratulations to Sam Strid and Aidan Kitchin for an outstanding doubles match, as they were down 5-1 in the second set and had the most unbelievable comeback win 7-5. The highlight of the day was the Seconds victory over BBC.

The 11 A & Bs teams played some great tennis on what was a tough day against a strong BBC side. The scores did not reflect the high level of points being played from both sides. Joe Castor managed to fight back and emerge victorious from match point down against his opposite number 1 opponent. Winning in a nail biting tiebreak 7-3. Overall both teams played with respect and enjoyed the day.

The year 10’s this weekend fought valiantly against a strong BBC team. The 10B’s were the standout team this Saturday as they secured a 37-34 game win. The 10C’s only just lost 34-37. Special mention must go to Tom Kelly who defeated his opponent 6-2 in singles. Herschel Aloysius led the 10D’s from the front, winning both of his doubles matches 7-6. Despite their persistence, the boys went down 39 to 44 games.

BBC proved an intense challenge this weekend for our Grade 9 teams. In the A’s reverse doubles match, Wylie and Jack produced a great performance right out of the gate. The singles win of the day was produced by the 9B’s #2 player Chaad Hewitt, in a 7 - 5 victory. In the C’s and D’s, the outlook may have been slightly less rosy - but nevertheless, lionhearted efforts were witness throughout the lineup. In particular, Harrison battled in an especially close singles match.

The Year 8’s enjoyed an extremely successful day against BBC. The A’s got off to an excellent start with Harry Goffman and Seb Smith-Power winning both their doubles 7-5 and 6-1. Seb and Ned Hanrahan then sealed a convincing 43-31 winning their singles 6-2 and 6-1 respectively. The B’s won a nail-biting contest 41-39. Rohan Sheppard and Bailey Kowalczuk dominated their singles opponents. However, it all came down to Bailey and Ethan Melton’s final doubles with the boys coming up clutch with a 6-3 win. The C’s were locked in a tussle all day and came out on top 46-36. Max Dewhurst and Toby Maher proved to be a lethal combination going undefeated for the day. Ben Postle won his singles 6-4 against a strong opponent, which was an outstanding result after moving up from the D’s at the last minute.

From the start it looked like the matches for 7A were going to be challenging. Special mention to Jasper for playing some great tennis and for not giving up when times got tough. Michael and Jack put together some great points and put there number one pair to work. In the end TSS went down 9-48, with the score not reflecting the matches. It wasn’t the best day for the 7B’s but they tried their best and had lots of fun. They made the day easy for me and helped clean up once the matches had concluded. With the score ending up 5-48 in BBC’s favour. The 7C’s had a tough opposition yet the TSS boys were persistent with their tennis and gave it their all. An outstanding doubles performance was displayed by William Slack-Smith and Sean Mudimu managing to grab a few games of the BBC opponents. The D’s saw some strong singles performances by Kael Saw and Jayce Windle winning 2 games each. Harry Sewells and Thomas Fellowes also played some outstanding doubles.

With some key players being absent, it was always going to be a tough fight for the grade five and six boys on Saturday. But it was also an opportunity for players to step up to higher teams and challenge themselves against stronger opponents. Luke Neophytou did just that for the 5As, winning his singles 6-3 and teaming up well with Charlie Cleland to take their reverse doubles 6-4. Zach Melton came into his own with an outstanding 6-1 win in his singles and 6-2 victory with partner Ryan Zhang in the doubles. Once again, a number of boys in grade five put their hand up to play extra matches against grade six opponents. This hunger for more tennis has been a fantastic thing to see, and the experience gained is helping improve these young players dramatically as they continue their season.