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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 13:07

Tennis: Glenwood and Stellenbosch Share the Spoils

On Wednesday, 4 May 2011, the Glenwood 1st Tennis Team travelled to Johannesburg for the annual Wayne Ferreira Tennis Tournament, hosted by Parktown Boys' High School. The 8 competing schools were divided into two pools of 4 teams each, with each pool playing a Round Robin to determine the top two schools in each pool. Glenwood's first match was played on Thursday morning against last year's winners, Stellenbosch  High. The game was a tough one, made worse by the absence of Jeandré Hoogenboezem, last year's School Champion, due to a hockey injury.

Glenwood's first reserve, Alion Walstra, stepped up to the plate as player number 6, by the end of the singles matches Glenwood was 4 - 2 down, leaving Stellenbosch the task of wing only one doubles match. This they did, while Glenwood won the other two. The match finished 5 - 4 to them. Interestingly in these opening games, a team was awarded 1 point for each set won. Even though Glenwood lost in games both schools had 11 points each. However, the rules say that for this score in games, the school with the most games won is awarded 3 bonus points.


Our Thursday afternoon and Friday morning matches were somewhat easier with Glenwood beating Parktown Boys 8 - 1 and St Benedicts 9 - 0. Glenwood's second reserve, Jadon Rossler, was blooded in the match against Parktown and found out the rigours of Tennis at this level.


These results left Glenwood second in the pool and qualifiers for the Friday afternoon semi-finals. Glenwood moved from Parktown, where so far all their matches had been played, to Wits to take on the winners of the second pool, Pretoria Boys' High. This was another tough match and only ended under floodlights later that evening. In the semi-finals the first team to win 5 games won the match. Glenwood won the singles 4 - 2, thus only needing one doubles victory. This was achieved and the boys were pleased to find themselves in the finals, against Stellenbosch, on Saturday morning.


Unfortunately, fate stepped in and Saturday morning presented large amounts of rain. After a couple of hours, with no sign of being able to play, the match referee called the tournament off, and Glenwood's chances of reversing their earlier defeat against Stellenbosch were over. Glenwood was declared the joint winners for 2011. The boys were disappointed but are eager for next year to come quickly and for us to be the legitimate champions.



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