12 Sep 2020
Tennis Wins Over IGS

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The TSS First IV finished the final round of the season with a 7-1 win against an IGS squad who were coming off a couple of big wins in the previous two rounds. With the heavens opening up early in the morning, the boys were forced to have a staggered start and Alec Braund set the tone in the first match of the day, winning his singles 6/0 6/1. Max Ashley was the next match to finish at the #3 position, dispatching his opponent 6/4 6/2. It was a big day for captain Jack McCarthy as he aimed to be the first GPS player in history to go undefeated at the #1 position for 3 straight years. He didn’t disappoint and came out on fire, dropping 1 point on serve for the entire match, winning 6/0 6/0. Our only loss of the day came at the #4 position with Timmy Yeung Packer going down 6/3 4/6 6/7 in an epic match lasting 3 hours.

The doubles turned out to be a fairly routine affair with, with both TSS teams dropping a maximum of 5 games per match. Nicolas McKenzie once again stepped up, teaming with Jack McCarthy to win their doubles matches 6/1 6/1 and 6/2 6/2 respectively. Nic has been a huge asset to the First IV team this year, going undefeated in all singles and doubles matches. Our second pairing of Alec Braund and Max Ashley had their best doubles results of the season this week, combining to win their matches 6/4 6/1 against the IGS #1 team and 6/1 6/2 against the IGS #2 pairing.

After winning the South Coast team trials a couple of weeks ago, the boys head to Rockhampton on Wednesday to contest the QLD Schools Teams Carnival, where they will be one of the top 3 seeds for the tournament. Go TSS!

As TSS tennis took on Ipswich Grammar School to round out its GPS season, the Second IV looked to end their season and careers in a strong way. The day started with the #1 doubles pairing of Samuel Strid and Wyle Cullimore, going down in a hard fought battle 6/3, 6/2. The #2 pairing of Joe Castor and Tom Schwerkolt evening the scores coming out of doubles with an impressive 6/0, 6/0 win. Kicking off singles play, #1 Samuel Strid fought extremely hard to try and get the Second IV in front, but unfortunately fell agonizingly short in a 4/6, 6/4, 6/4 loss. Turning things around emphatically, both Joe Castor and Tom Schwerkolt demolished their opponents 6/0, 6/0 at the #2 and #3 positions respectively. Bringing it home strongly in the #4 position, Wyle Cullimore cruising to the win, 6/2, 6/1, for his first singles win this year. Finishing the season strong with an impressive 4-2 win, ending their senior year at TSS with a win.

In the 11A's, Nick McKenzie and Saxon Gemeri were dominant in both of their doubles matches, only dropping a single game. Saxon Gemeri was solid from the back, which allowed Nick McKenzie to take control at the net where we hit some awesome drop shot volleys. Once in their stride, Herschel Aloysius and Spiros Kyriakou, were great to watch, almost unlikely not to win against their number 2 doubles pair. Nick McKenzie carried on this momentum into his singles match where he comfortable and deservedly won 6-1. Once again this theme carried into Saxon Gemeri’s and Spiros Kyriakou’s respective singles matches, both winning comfortably. Overall, TSS were the better team and won the fixture.

It was a wet start to the day at Miami with the year 10 boys having to wait around for the courts to dry. After having diligently warmed up, the year 10’s got away to a strong start across all teams. The 10A’s split their doubles but carried but carried a small lead into their singles. Jack McDonald was once again clinical at the number 1 singles position winning 6-1. Chaad Hewitt and Andrew Woo sealed victory for the 10A’s 40-26 with 6-1 singles victories each. The 10B’s trounced IGS 50-23. Buddy Holley maintained his undefeated singles streak with another 6-0 win. Tom Ramsay, Taeyun Kim and Will Jackson were also in fine form recording 6-2, 7-5 and 6-4 singles wins to cap off a dominant display. The 10C’s also finished their season off on a high with a 29-18 victory. Lachlan Hardy and Casey Amos were ruthless in their singles performances winning 6-1 and 6-2 respectively.

The Year 9 teams had a solid round against IGS. The 9As had an outstanding win on the weekend with a score of 45-16. Special mention to Yathish Soni for his 6-0 singles win. The boys had an outstanding season and should prove hard to beat next year. The 9Bs were undefeated and finished the season with a clean 48-0 scoresheet. All players played exceptional tennis in the 2020 season. The 9Cs had an unfortunate loss in a supplementary match. Despite the loss, the boys played extremely well and are looking forward to improving over the off season for their 2021 season. Congratulations boys.

The 8As had a very competitive day of tennis today against Ipswich Grammar School. Ethan Ong and Jack Parkinson displayed some excellent doubles play, winning their reverse doubles match 6-0. Tom Xu had an outstanding singles performance winning 7-5. The 8Bs had a great day of tennis winning 40-19 games. Michael Keet and Jason Pels played some tactical doubles winning reverse and straight doubles 6-1, 6-0, respectively. All the boys won their singles with outstanding wins from Charlie Nolan (6-0) and Rohan Pampling (6-1).

The Year 7’s put out a solid all around performance away at Ipswich Grammar School. The B’s and C’s lost overall but there were a few stand out performances throughout. B4 Zane Conners dominates his singles, winning 6-0. Ripping a few pin point forehand winners to help him in his endeavours. There were two doubles matches that went to tiebreaks. B2 Leonardo Cozzolino and the afore mentioned B4 Zane Conners worked together to grind out a win in there tie break. As well as C3 Alex Perrebomb and C4 Louis Backwell smashing a win in the C’s. The 7A’s faced dangerously talented opposition. With no wins on the board today it was a tough learning experience, but one that will undoubtedly help them grow their tennis abilities.

The 6As had an incredibly close round against IGS on Saturday, just going down 37-36. Things were close right from the beginning, when a reverse doubles set went each way, with Luke Neophytou teaming up with Ben Nichol for their 6-4 win, before Ipswich pulled slightly ahead by taking the final two doubles matches 6-4. The fightback from TSS in the singles was tremendous, with Ryan Zhang and Ben both fielding 6-2 wins, and Sam Barnes claiming his own match in a hard-fought 7-5. With those great singles wins, the two teams were tied with four matches won each, and just a single game the difference. The 6Bs finished their season with a solid win, winning seven of the eight matches. Things started perfectly when Germaine Palmer-Peacock and Max Chew took their reverse doubles 6-0, and Max Kemp and Mason Nash beat the number one IGS pair 6-3. Then Louis Backwell stepped in to team up with Mason in the second doubles match and added another win 6-1. Germaine held his nerve to finish off a close match 6-4 in the number one singles, and his teammates kept the wins rolling in, with Max Chew and Louis getting up 6-1, and Max Kemp cruising very quickly to 6-0 to finish the day. The 6Cs faced a big hurdle against quite tough opposition in the Churchie grade 7 players. Matthew Merriman dug deep to steal some games in his singles as well as doubles with partner Lachlan Wilson. Tom Rogers and Oscar Strahle also battled hard, gaining some valuable match experience. Well done to the boys for taking on older players and having such a great crack at it.

The 5As went into the final round of the season as hot favourites to seal the deal on their premiership - and they lived up to all possible expectations, dominating IGS 48-4. As per most of their reverse doubles throughout the season, Lennox Boles and Jason Edlinger got things underway with a 6-0 clinic. Tom Edlinger and Lachlan Cleverly were just as quick to win their opener, getting up 6-1. At this point, it was more a question of how many matches this rampaging TSS team could win 6-0, rather than whether or not they could be beaten. Lennox and Jason both continued their 6-0 streak, finishing off their second doubles and both singles matches in record time. Tom and Lachlan claimed the last of five 6-0 wins for the day in their final doubles match before bringing a close to the 5As triumphant season with singles wins of 6-1 and 6-2 wins respectively. Congratulations to the 5As, undefeated premiers and 2020 TSS Tennis Team of the Year! The 5Bs finished their brilliant season as undefeated premiers on Saturday! With IGS not able to field a team, our boys faced a new challenge in the grade six players from Churchie. Things got off to a great start with solid wins in the reverse doubles, with Buster Douglas and Misha Ryavkin getting up 6-3, and Lachlan Supple and Luke Zhangsmashing the number one pair 6-1. In an unusual turn around, the Churchie players rallied in the second round of doubles, taking two wins themselves to even things up. But the TSS grade 5 players have been a force to be reckoned with all season, and entered the singles with a point to prove, as Buster and Misha both took 6-3 wins, and Lachlan 6-4. Rio Frenklah fought hard as he always does, and took his singles to the wire, just missing out 6-5. The damage was done, and TSS walked away with a 44-32 win. Congratulations 5Bs!