Tennis – Junior team sweeps Orange Ball Tournament

Mr Nick Walton, Tennis Coordinator

After a postponement from the original date due to weather, Thursday the 3rd and Friday the 4th of November finally saw the Tennis Queensland Primary Schools Cup (TQPSC) go ahead, with TSS entering a team in each of the three divisions: red, orange, and green ball.

The red ball team put in an outstanding effort to finish 2nd on Thursday, narrowly missing out on progressing to the state finals by just three games!

With teams consisting of eight to ten players, the red ball competition is always a very intense and fast-paced spectacle, with dozens of timed mini-matches all being played simultaneously across a few tennis courts. The extremely small size of the red ball court leaves very little margin for error, teaching players the invaluable lessons of maintaining concentration, and staying in a point without making cheap unforced errors.

Not only was the performance of the TSS boys excellent, but they also carried themselves superbly throughout the day, displaying excellent sportsmanship and honest line-calls. There was a great team camaraderie among the boys that made the day all the better.

Congratulations to all members of our team: Brooklyn Faber, Mohavi Broadbent, Shawn Smith, William Pask, Jackson Ryall, Wilson Wu, James Wu, Lucas Kim, Max Milligan, and Deandre Lesa.

The green ball team went into the competition on Friday knowing it was going to be very tough. With the competition already being fast four, there was also the added pressure of the group stage only consisting of two doubles matches per tie, making every single point precious. However, with these boys having achieved the incredible high of being 2nd in the state last year in the orange ball, they knew they had the ability and the mettle to fight hard and earn their way to the state finals.

The first challenge of the day was immediate, as our boys faced off against old rivals and friends Somerset College. Baron Lesser and Oliver Rothlin got off to a convincing start with their opening win, whereas Conor Feeney and Hunter Hampton started out a little tentative, but came through in a tie-break.

From there, Cooper Massey slotted in for some matches as the boys were in the box seat for their pool, winning every single match on their way to the semi-finals, including defeating one particular team all over again after a miscommunication led to mismatches. This was a great show of character from a team of TSS boys who had already earned their win, only to have to head back out on court and do it again with nothing extra to gain. Congratulations to the team for having the resilience to regain focus and get back out there to get the job done.

The semi final saw a second showdown with Somerset, who had earned their way through the play off-rounds. This time, it was the full singles and doubles format, and TSS came through with a huge win of five rubbers to one, booking themselves a place in the state finals.

The day’s final ended up being against St Stephen’s College, who had dominated their own pool. In the end, TSS ended up runners-up for the day. It was a wonderful achievement from the team, who have more than earned their place in the state finals. Congratulations!

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