Stu­dents hit out in Cahill Cup

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS - By DIANE GRANT

THE fifth an­nual In­ters­chool Friendly ten­nis Chal­lenge Match for the “Cahill Cup” was fiercely con­tested be­tween Nagam­bie Pri­mary School, St Joseph’s Catholic school of Nagam­bie and Rush­worth’s St Mary’s Catholic school last Wed­nes­day at the Nagam­bie Ten­nis Club courts.

Ten­nis coach Norm Cahill has been coach­ing the lo­cal school chil­dren for many years and he founded the Cahill Cup as an in­cen­tive for the school chil­dren to be en­cour­aged to try to lift their game each sea­son.

Many of the 85 year old’s young for­mer stu­dents are now play­ing ten­nis in lo­cal ten­nis club teams on a week­end.

Last week each school was rep­re­sented by eight play­ers and two emer­gen­cies – boys and girls with two sec­tions.

Team A played six games, and team B five.

For the first time a mixed dou­bles event was also held.

The Nagam­bie Pri­mary School ( NPS) score af­ter two hours was four games just ahead of St Mary’s, but af­ter the mixed dou­bles games were played NPS seized the lead.

The com­bined score of the two sec­tions and mixed dou­bles de­ter­mined the cham­pion school.

NPS came out the vic­tors on the 2016 In­ters­chool chal­lenge tour­na­ment.

They were pre­sented with the Cahill Cup and some in­di­vid­ual medal­lions for their ex­cel­lent ten­nis prow­ess.

“I am pleased that Nagam­bie Pri­mary School has shown their ten­nis tal­ents on the court to­day, and con­grat­u­late them on their vic­tory in the Cahill Cup,” Mr Cahill said.

“I think this year’s cup was the best com­pe­ti­tion yet, and I ap­pre­ci­ated the good court eti­quette all play­ers showed.”

The Bert Kear­ney award to the best and fairest player on the day was pre­sented to Liam Fran­cis of St Mary’s of Rush­worth.

Norm Cahill thanked Doug and Di Proud for their spon­sor­ship of the tro­phies, ANZ for their Hot Shots pro­gram sup­port and all the schools for par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ten­nis sea­son, and es­pe­cially the In­ters­chool Chal­lenge.

The young school ten­nis play­ers were given a cer­tifi­cate to com­mem­o­rate their ten­nis school sport.

Rob French, prin­ci­pal of NPS thanked Norm Cahill for his ten­nis coach­ing of all the school chil­dren this year and the ANZ Hot Shots pro­gram for sup­port­ing ju­nior ten­nis in schools.

Last year Nagam­bie Ten­nis Club sent out an in­vi­ta­tion to ju­nior play­ers such as those who played in the school com­pe­ti­tion to join their club for the sum­mer ten­nis sea­son and they ex­tend that in­vi­ta­tion this year also, to young play­ers who would like to join a cou­ple of their ju­nior teams that have been raised this year.

For more in­for­ma­tion call Donna Win­ter-Irv­ing on 57942241.

ST JOSEPH’S PRI­MARY SCHOOL OF NAGAM­BIE: Stu­dents (from back, left) Ed­die Perry, Fionn Mur­phy; (front) Lach­lan Som­mers, Macken­zie Le­mon, Darby McClaren, Jack Beres­ford, Char­lie Boyer, Wil Glad­win, Tom Ma­son, Annabelle Hoskin, Hugh Mur­phy.

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