Five of our strongest tennis players played in the St Mary’s Kloof tennis tournament from Friday 27 February to Sunday 1 March. The team comprised of Sinead van Eeden (Captain), Kiera van Eeden, Olivia Fauel, Rebecca Brody and Jenna Trubenbach. Our girls were exposed to very strong tennis and did well to end 3rd in their pool and 7th overall out of 8 schools. There were two pools:
Pool A: St Mary’s Waverley, Wykeham Collegiate, Somerset College, Northcliff
Pool B: Menlo Park, St Mary’s Kloof, St Andrews School for Girls, Pretoria High School for Girls
In our first and second match against St Mary’s Waverley and Wykeham Collegiate we lost all our matches, In our third match against Northcliff our girls won by 4 matches to 2. Our first cross-pool playoff against Pretoria Girls was very close. Unfortunately Kiera van Eeden retired injured in her first set. We ended the singles even at 2 matches each and then narrowly lost the doubles 7-8 and 6-8. Jenna Trubenbach did a superb job when she had to step in to play in the first couple with Sinead van Eeden. We then had to play the final play-off against Northcliff again and the girls did extremely well to win again, as besides Sinead they all had to step up a place in the team.
Sinead van Eeden did well to win 2 of her 5 matches playing at number one in the singles. Kiera van Eeden had some close matches playing at number 2 which went her way in her match against Northcliff. Olivia Fauel was impressive playing at number three and won 2 out of her 5 matches. She lost narrowly 11-9 in the third set championship tie-breaker in one of her matches. Rebecca Brody had an excellent tournament playing at number 4 winning 2 out of her 4 matches of singles played. Jenna Trubenbach ended the tournament well winning 1 out of her 2 singles matches played.
This was an outstanding team effort from our girls who were exemplary in their behaviour on and off the court, and were true ambassadors for our school. Sinead our captain was awarded a good sportsmanship prize at the final prize-giving.
Menlo Park won the tournament by beating St Mary’s in the final.