The tennis teams have continued to do exceptionally well in the league. In addition to the league matches, four Form III players participated in the inaugural Parktown Spring Sports Festival on Saturday 13 October and the team enjoyed a fun day, filled with competitive tennis.

Congratulations to Julianne Klingenberg, Sarah Roy, Simone Voigt and Clio Patricios on their excellent play throughout the day. The team from St Mary’s beat the teams from Jeppe High School for Girls, Parktown High School for Girls, Brescia House and Krugersdorp High School, and drew to Fourways High School. Julianne and Sarah were voted as players of the tournament as they were unbeaten.

On 2 October, the junior inter-house tennis competition was held. Well done to all the houses on fielding full teams and to the Form III girls from all the different houses for organising the teams. There was good support from the houses and much fun was had. Well done to Phelps House for winning the competition.

The St Mary’s tennis team is very proud of our vice-captain, Tamsin Hart, who won the U18 singles Masters event in Potchefstroom from 4 to 7 October. Tamsin won all her matches in a convincing manner as she did not lose a set throughout the tournament. She beat Nicole Twigge from the Free State in the semi-finals 6-1, 6-1, and Lungile Ntuli from Western Cape in the finals 6-1, 6-1 to win this prestigious event. Well done, Tamsin.

Both Sarah Millard and Annika Gertenbach qualified for the Gauteng North Mini Masters held in Pretoria. Sarah did extremely well and won all her matches to reach the finals of the U16 section. Unfortunately, the final round of matches was rained out, so Sarah and her opponent shared the number one position.

This was an excellent achievement as Sarah was given a wildcard for the event. The weather also affected Annika’s matches, but she ended sharing fifth and sixth position in the Open section. Well done to both players on these excellent results.

2 October

Inter-house tennis
1st Phelps 59
2nd Clayton 40
3rd Karney 35
4th Furse 32

9 October
St Mary’s A beat Trinity House A 51-12
St Mary’s B beat Trinity House B 49-14
St Mary’s C vs Roedean A rained out and postponed to 23 October
St Mary’s D vs Roedean B rained out and postponed to 23 October
St Mary’s E beat St Andrew’s C 31-12
St Mary’s F beat St Andrew’s D 34-11
St Mary’s G rained out
St Mary’s H rained out

Rene Plant

Head of Tennis