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Firsts GPS Season 2013 / 14

With 3 players returning from last year’s Firsts team there were 3 available positions up for grabs in this years team which would be battled out amongst players from the previous year’s Seconds team and new players to the GPS squad.

With the Firsts team members having been through the SC Coaching training program they were all well-equipped with a wide skill set to form some formidable doubles pairings and to create a team which was sure to do the College proud.

Pre-season kicked off in Term 3 2013 with the boys training on-court on Wednesday mornings for 1 1/2 hours working on their all-round consistency and tennis specific fitness to get them ready for the challenges ahead.  Trial matches commenced in September and the training schedule increased to 4 sessions on court per week with our focus narrowing to doubles strategy and the importance of controlling the serve and return of serve to enable the net player to dominate the point.

The boys had a very successful trial season winning all of their matches in convincing fashion apart from one close loss to the eventual Premiers, Newington College. A special mention must go out to Donal O’Driscoll who won the Division 2 singles title at the Kings Cup and also on his nomination into the GPS Team which took on the CAS Team at Homebush, well done Donal fantastic results.

Donal O'Driscol

Riverview Firsts Trial Match Results

Joey’s 8 – 4

Newington 4 – 8

Scots 11 – 1

Shore 11 – 1

Kings 10 – 2

Grammar 12 – 0

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Round 1 of the season proper commenced on the 23rd November 2013 with the Riverview boys away taking on Sydney Grammar. The team braved the wet weather, squeegeeing the courts while the rain was still lightly falling so they could get on and commence the match before the start time deadline.  Fantastic start to the season with a 10 – 2 win.

Round 2 saw the boys away from home again taking on our neighboring rivals Joeys. The weather was much kinder to us this week with a great day for tennis and the boys keen to get their matches underway before the Year 11 Formal later that evening. Despite a close fought loss of 5 – 4 the boys learnt some tough lessons about playing to an umpire, preparing equipment and not letting external factors distract them from the job at hand.

Following round 2 school broke for the summer holidays. During the break we sent a team of 8 players to Xavier College in Melbourne to play in the Australian Jesuits School Tournament. Playing against the defending champions Saint Aloysius College and the home team Xavier College (which is one of the strongest tennis colleges in Melbourne) the boys drew upon all of their fighting spirit and teamwork to take out the tournament. After winning only one rubber in the first round against the home team Xavier, the boys improved throughout the latter rounds against Saint Ignatius College Athelstone, Loyola, Mount Druitt and the other finals contender Saint Aloysius College. The trip to Melbourne was a fantastic experience for the boys being billeted with host families and coming away with a miraculous win to take out the title, well done to all the boys.

Jesuits

With a large break between the Jesuit tournament and the boys coming back to school we went into Round 3 (the first round of 2014) slightly under-done against The Kings School losing the match 10 -2.  A few of the boys played the match under injury clouds and the long break showed with the team lacking some match toughness and rhythm.

Round 4 provided more challenging weather with once-again the boys eagerness to get on the court showing rewarding them with an 11 – 1 win over Sydney Boys High. The team was back in synch with solid doubles performances and some tough fought singles wins.

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Round 5 saw us taking on the eventual premiers Newington College on our home ground. After a close loss in the trials the Riverview boys teamed up against a revamped Newington team. Newington were too strong on the day and although there were lots of tough 3 set matches with only 1 going our way we lost the day 11 – 1.

Round 6 we played Scots College with the team taking out a tough 8 – 4 win. With 2 boys injured and 1 player forced to pull out mid-match with an illness it was left up to Nima Kermani who is new to the school to save 3 match points in the 3rd set to eventually clench the rubber and the tie. A fitting finish to the season, the boys having to overcome adversity as a team to pull-off a miraculous win.

The tennis dinner followed the last round with Nick Benecke and Tom Pigott from the Seconds giving outstanding speeches on the fantastic year and enjoyable development of the teams. Both the Firsts and the Seconds celebrated a 3rd place overall for the GPS Season.  A big congratulations to all the Riverview Tennis Teams for a wonderful season, we look forward to continued success in the future.

 

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