Students hit out in Cahill Cup
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.