29 Aug 2020
Tennis Takes It To BBC

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Round 7's match up against BBC was destined to be battle from the start. The TSS First IV line-up is littered with experience and shot making ability and they approached the days play with confidence and poise. TSS Captain and undisputed best player in the GPS competition, Jack McCarthy, only reinforced that title with a 6-3 6-2 drubbing of the opposition #1. Jack's performance drew praise from the BBC crowd and admiration from his team mates as he etched his name further in the GPS tennis records books having not lost a singles match since the 2017 season. Alec Braund was locked in a tight tussle at #2 singles but prevailed 7-6 (2) 6-3. Alec remains undefeated in singles in his inaugural GPS Season. #3 Max Ashley and #4 Timmy Yeung-Packer weren't able to get across the line today going down 6-1 6-2 and 6-3 6-2 respectively.

The team match moved into doubles with the score locked a 2-all. Jack McCarthy and Timmy Yeung-Packer asserted themselves in dominant fashion and won by a comfortable 6-4 6-3 scoreline to improve the team score in TSS's favour 3-2. Alec Braund and Max Ashley found themselves fighting from behind as they dropped the first set 6-0 and were trailing in the second set by a break. The boys fought their way back into the match only to fall in a tiebreak. Like last week's match, the tie was to be decided by the remaining doubles. The TSS players took the court with confidence knowing they needed to win more sets then BBC to take the team win. Jack McCarthy and Timmy Yeung-Packer continued their impressive play to sweep the BBC doubles teams, winning 6-4 6-4. Unfortunately, Alec Braund and Max Ashley went down in the remaining doubles match 6-4 6-0. Both teams tied on matches and sets but in a count back on games BBC prevailed 78-67. Final score was 4/8/67 to 4/8/78.

The TSS 2nd IV battled valiantly against the formidable BBC 2nds. Despite close sets being played the matches didn't go the 2nds way. Sam Strid and Joe Castor were competitive in the top doubles position but eventually fell 6-4 6-2. Tom Schwerkolt and Wyle Cullimore also fought hard in both singles and doubles. The team will take this valuable experience into next weeks match against Gregory Terrace.

As TSS tennis took on BBC, Year 11 A’s had a thrilling battle on their hands. Kicking off with doubles, Nick McKenzie and Saxon Gemeri led the way with with a comprehensive 6/0 start in the reverse doubles. Continuing that form into their next doubles, they battled hard to come back from a 5/3 deficit, however they unfortunately went down 7/6 to the #1 pairing, handing BBC a slim lead heading into singles play. TSS needed a spark to ignite the comeback, and Nick McKenzie provided that, keeping his unbeaten singles record in the 11 A’s as he trampled his opponent at the #1 position, 6/1. Trying to get the team back level on the scoreboard, and follow his teammates lead, Saxon Gemeri had an incredibly close match but couldn’t capitalize, going down at the #2 position 7/6, 8-6 in the tie-break. Rounding out the team, Spiros Kyriakou and Herschel Aloysius put in great effort to try and get their team a win, but couldn’t get over the line to provide the 11 A’s the win, both falling short in their singles.

By far the best match of the day for the 10A's involved our number one seed Jack who sadly lost 7-6. This match exhibited stunning tennis where Jack showcased what he is capable of. Great teamwork was on display in each doubles pairings. Chad put in a solid effort in his singles match, comfortably winning 6-3. The 10A’s ended up going down 30 - 47 games, which does not reflect how close their matches were. The 10B fixture was extremely close with TSS losing by the narrowest of margins... 32 games to 31 games. Special mentions need to be made to Andrew Woo and Buddy Holley for both putting in excellent singles performances coming off a close 7-6 defeat in their number 1 pair doubles match. Andrew hit some ferocious served while Buddy remained consistent. Further congratulations need to be made to Tom and Will for playing their hardest and not giving up. Overall, this fixture was very entertaining to watch and could’ve gone either way.

The year 9’s arguably had their toughest day of tennis today against BBC. Kosta Karathanasopoulos had an outstanding singles performance beating his opponent 7-5. Yathish Soni won his singles comfortably, 6-2. To finish off the day Kosta Karathanasopoulos and Kenan Little had an excellent doubles match, winning 6-2. Ned Hanrahan and Yathish Soni also played some tactical doubles, however weren’t able to come away with a win. The 9B’s played some professional level tennis, beating their BBC opponents comfortably with an overall win of 51-25 games, with all boys winning their matches. Harry Goffman, the star performer for the day, won his singles 6-1, as well as an outstanding doubles performance alongside partner Max Dewhurst, winning both their doubles matches. Max Dewhurst also had an excellent singles match winning 6-2. Rohan Sheppard and Jack Banyard also played excellent tennis winning both doubles and singles. The 9Cs had a great day of tennis with all boys winning their singles matches. Momo Hu, despite having breathing difficulties, still persevered and managed to win all of his matches. Cormack Anning also managed to win his singles 6-4, displaying some great sportsmanship. Ethan Melton and Damian Blackmore played some exceptional tennis wining their straight singles 6-1. Zachary Battachio led the 9Ds well, however BBC managed to pull on top with their illustrious tennis.

Year 8 played a difficult round against BBC. The 8As fell short of the win but continually made adjustments to their strategy. The boys did not go down without fighting. Special mention to Tom Xu for a tough singles match. The 8B's also had a tough loss against BBC. Special mention to Kalani Creech for showcasing some impressive serve - volley match play in both singles and doubles. Both teams are looking forward to next week.

Year 7 were well prepared to take on a strong BBC outfit after a solid week of training. The A’s came out firing in their doubles with Lachlan Nash and Harry Furnell taking it to their opponents but unfortunately fell just short on both occasions. Nick Hill was the MVP for the year level after trouncing the BBC A4 6-2. The B’s competed well across all their doubles. Jaxson Burgess and Christos Kyriakou put on an excellent doubles display constantly mixing up their formations and were unlucky not to get more wins. Christos carried this same form into singles going toe to toe with his opponent for close to an hour. Eventually, it was decided by a matter of points in a close tiebreaker. The C’s maintained a positive demeanour on court in what was a tough match up. Ellis Gemeri was very competitive in his singles, which could have gone either way.

The three grade 6 teams put up an excellent fight against some very strong BBC opposition on Saturday. After a slow start in the doubles, Ryan Zhang and Sam Barnes both found some grit in their singles matches for the As to take their opponents to the wire. Ben Nichol and Germaine Palmer-Peacock put in solid performances in both doubles matches, narrowly going down 6-4 in the reverse before claiming a 6-3 win over the number one BBC pair. Max Chew had a titanic struggle against an old BBC friend, and came off the court exhausted and elated with a brilliant 6-4 win. Meanwhile, Germaine dug deep and came back from a 5-0 deficit to almost steal the win, just missing out 6-4. Louis Backwell showed great determination to battle to the end in his singles, falling just short in another 6-4 match. The 6Cs fielded a team of six players to allow all GPS players to get a match. Max Kemp at C1 had no time to waste, so once the doubles was done, he went out and promptly annihilated his opponent at 6-0. Austin Lees and Lachlan Wilson had an incredible match in the final doubles, just going down by a couple of points to finish 6-5.

The 5As were on a high after their huge win over BGS last week, and went in to Saturday's fixture fully expecting a showdown for the top spot in GPS. And what a showdown it was! With the reverse doubles starting the day off with a 6-1 win each way, everything hung in the balance. But it was then that TSS took control, claiming both of the next doubles 6-2 and 6-3. With a seven game lead going into the singles, things were looking very hopeful. However, the BBC team was very strong, and their number one came out firing to race to a 3-0 lead over Lennox Boles. Then Lennox switched on, refusing to give up, as his opponent started to miss, and in a complete turn around, took six games straight to finish with a heroic 6-3 win. It didn't stop there though. Jason and Thomas Edlinger had massive battles of their own in the second and third positions, but proved to have the toughness and ability to seize incredible wins 6-4 and 7-5* respectively. Finally, Lachlan Cleverly proved once again to be a formidable singles player in the number four position, sealing the deal for TSS with another huge win 6-1. This is the one and only game an opponent has won against Lachlan in singles this season. What an amazing performance from the 5As, finishing the day with not just a win at 48-23, but a convincing one, winning seven of the eight matches! Congratulations to the boys for proving themselves to be the best 5As in the GPS competition! The 5As weren't the only team on a high. With BBC pulling out of the 5Cs match, there was an abundance of skilled TSS players keen for a game in the 5Bs. And they did not disappoint, winning every match to claim a comprehensive 48-16 final score. It was an excellent display from all players, including massive 6-0 wins for Rio Frenklah in singles and Buster Douglas with John Cleverly and Lachlan Supple with Luke Zhang in the final two doubles. Congratulations to all our grade 5 players, who have performed so well throughout the season, and set the bar for the rest of the GPS schools to reach.