The St Mary’s A tennis team once again participated in the annual Hilton College/St Anne’s Invitational Doubles Tournament. All the players played outstanding tennis to win both the doubles and mixed doubles events in a convincing manner.

Unfortunately, the inclement weather caused a whole day of scheduled play to be rained out. The matches were shortened and, luckily, all the fixtures were completed in time. In the doubles event, St Mary’s beat St Anne’s, Durban Girls’ College and St Mary’s Kloof to take the title. I thank Tegan Scorgie for leading the team with enthusiasm and for setting such a good example to the younger players. Tegan has been a loyal member of the tennis team for the past five years and we will miss her presence on the courts of St Mary’s. In the mixed doubles event, St Mary’s teamed up with St Stithians to beat St Anne’s/Hilton, Durban Girls’College/Clifton and St Mary’s Kloof/Kearsney in the final.

There were three Form I girls in the team and their competitive play shows much promise. All the players competed well and showed good sportsmanship at all times. The players were a credit to their school on and off the court.

Doubles results
1 – St Mary’s Waverley
2 – St Mary’s Kloof
3 – St Anne’s
4 – Herschel School
5 – Durban Girls’ College
6 – St Mary’s Pretoria
7 – Roedean School

Mixed doubles results
1 – St Mary’s Waverley/St Stithians
2 – St Mary’s Kloof/Kearsney College
3 – Herschel School /Westville High
4 – St Anne’s/Hilton
5 – Durban Girls’College/Clifton
6 – Roedean School /St John’s College
7 – St Mary’s DSG/St Alban’s

The league matches are continuing and all the teams are faring well.

League results
Results 19 September
• St Mary’s A beat St Stithians A 32-31
• St Mary’s B beat St Stithians B 33-30
• St Mary’s C lost to De La Salle A 29-34
• St Mary’s D beat De La Salle B 44-19
• St Mary’s E Bye
• St Mary’s F Bye
• St Mary’s G lost to King David Linksfield A 17-49
• St Mary’s H beat King David Linksfield team 32-31

Results 26 September
• St Mary’s A lost to Northcliff A 31-32
• St Mary’s B beat Northcliff B 46-17
• St Mary’s C lost to Roedean A 22-41
• St Mary’s D lost to Roedean B 37-26
• St Mary’s E lost to St Teresa’s A 21-42
• St Mary’s F beat St Teresa’s B 38-25
• St Mary’s G lost to Redhill A 12-51
• St Mary’s H lost to Redhill B 30-33

Congratulations to Maja Gledic who did extremely well in the past two ITF U18 tournaments held in Stellenbosch. Maja reached the semi-finals of the singles and won the doubles title at the first tournament. Maja then followed up these excellent results with a quarter-final placing in the singles and the semi-final placing in the doubles of the second tournament.

René Plant
Head of tennis