22 Aug 2020
Tennis Battles BGS

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The TSS First IV spent over 6 hours on court today against the BGS First IV, with the overall match coming down to the last 10 minutes of the day. The singles started with a quick win for captain Jack McCarthy 6/3 6/3. Timmy Packer went down in the number #4 position 6/3 6/2, before #2 TSS player Alec Braund roared back after dropping the first set 6/1 to claim the next 2 sets 7/5 6/4. Max Ashley also made a valiant comeback after dropping the first set and being down 4-2 in the second set. Max battled his way to a 7/5 second set win, before falling just short in the third set, going down 7/5.

With the match locked at 2-2, TSS started well with the #1 doubles pair of Jack McCarthy and Timmy Yeung Packer chopping the BGS #2 pair 6/3 6/0, but the TSS #2 pair of Alec Braund and Max Ashley went down 6/2 6/1.

Going into the final round of doubles with the matches tied at 3-3, both BGS doubles pairs came out of the blocks quicker than the TSS teams, claiming the first sets on both courts. TSS then fought back on both courts, forcing a third set super tie-breaker. Unfortunately the BGS boys came through with the win on both courts, giving less unforced errors and higher first serve percentages.

The TSS Second IV started the day against Brisbane Grammar School strong with their first doubles pairing of Tom Schwerkolt and Sam Strid coming out firing, putting up a hard fought first doubles set, but unfortunately going down 6/3, 6/3. The second pairing of Joe Castor and Wyle Cullimore battled till the end only giving up one break of serve in both sets in their close, 6/3 6/3 defeat.

Leading into singles, both Joe Castor and Sam Strid had slow starts in their matches, losing their first sets 6/2 and 7/5 respectively. Sam Strid leading the comeback and fighting through adversity with a convincing 6/0 score line for the second set. Joe Castor followed suit with a 6/3 second set. Unfortunately for both, they were unable to continue that form into the third set and both going down in hotly contested matches. As the wind picked up and conditions became extremely tricky, Tom Schwerkolt and Wyle Cullimore stayed positive and continued to give it there all, pushing their opponents throughout the whole match, but falling short at the last hurdle.

In the grade 11 match, a special mention needs to be made to Nick McKenzie and Saxon Gemeri for their brilliant doubles performance against Brisbane Grammars number one pair. Their communication and volleying were crucial factors that lead them to a comfortable 6-3 win. Nick carried this form into his singles match. It was extremely close with Nick keeping his cool and breaking serve at 5-5 to eventually hold his serve and close out an exciting match. Further congratulations need to be made to Spiros Kyriakou and Herschel Aloysius for not giving up when times got tough and for playing with a positive and cheerful attitude. Overall the level of tennis exhibited by the Year 11A’s was of a high level and a pleasure to watch.

The Year 10 boys prepared well this week for what would likely be their toughest match of the GPS season. The 10A’s experimented with new doubles combinations throughout the week to try and get the edge on BGS. Jack McDonald and Chad Hewitt clinched an excellent win against the BGS #1 pair 7-6. Ethan Carrick battled against a tricky consistent BGS #2 and was unlucky not to get the win. Chad Hewitt really took it to his opponent playing aggressively with his forehand, however he narrowly missed out in a close tiebreaker. The 10B’s came out firing getting off to a great start in all their doubles matches. Buddy Holley carried the form into his singles, saving a match point along the way to win 7-5. Will Jackson was firing aces all morning and it looked like he would never lose serve. However, his BGS opponent eventually found a way to get his serve back and snatch an agonisingly close victory from the 10B’s.

Year 9 played a tough yet successful round against BGS. Kosta Karathanasopolous and Kenan Little had an impressive doubles comeback closing the match 7-5 in the 9A's. Kenan Litttle also had an impressive 6-3 win. The 9A's fell just short of the win but are looking forward to improving for next week. The 9B's had an outstanding win against BGS. Harry Goffman won his singles 6-0 which set the standard for the rest of the team and enabled them to close the round with a 39-32 game win. The 9C's were also impressive in their 44-29 win. Special mention must go to Cormack Anning for his hard fought 6-4 singles win. Whilst the 9D's didn’t get a win this week, they’re looking forward to improving at training this week.

On Saturday the 8A's faced potentially the toughest competition of the season, BGS. It was an invaluable learning experience for our young team. Thomas Xu and Jack Parkinson showed great team work and fight in their doubles against stiff competition with Jack Parkinson playing a competitive singles match also. The boys will have to pick themselves up and dust themselves off for next weeks round against BBC. The 8B's played had some extremely entertaining matches this weekend. This included a hard fought loss for Josh Bledhauer and Jason Pels in their reverse doubles which ended 6-4. Kalami Cleech had an end to end singles match that ultimately resulted in a BGS win, but he showed off some great winners. A game that couldn't be predicted until the final ball was Jason Pels singles match, where he played valiantly but the competition was just too good. Overall, a humbling day of tennis, but not without some great moments.

The Year 7's arguably faced the toughest opposition in the GPS this Saturday. However, it goes without saying that our TSS boys showcased amazing determination, sportsmanship and overall good tennis. The 7A's had standout performances by Nicholas Hill in his singles and Leonardo Cozzolino and Nicholas Hill in their mixed doubles, each managing to win 2 games off their opponents. The 7B's had a close battle with BGS, losing 49-20. Christos Kyriakou’s had a very tight singles match, unfortunately going down in a tie break. The 7C's had an amazing doubles performance by Julien Haily and Thomas Patterson.

The grade 6 boys knew they had a huge challenge ahead of them on Saturday, and gave it their all against some fierce opposition. Max Kemp and Tom Rogers showed some great fighting spirit in the 6C's to come back from a 4-1 deficit and win their first doubles 6-4. Max then went on to claim an excellent 6-4 win in his singles as well.

The grade 5 teams had a spectacular day, with a clean sweep of 48 games in all three teams! The day for the 5's started on a perfect note when Lennox Boles and Jason Edlinger went out and smashed their opening doubles match in the As 6-0. In fact, all three number one doubles pairs started the day with a 6-0 win, with Misha Ryavkin and John Cleverly delivering for the Bs and Lachlan Supple and Leo Zhang following suit in the C's. John Cleverly actually didn't drop a game all day in the 6B's, winning all three of his matches 6-0! Congratulations to all of our grade 5 players for such a hugely successful performance..