MAGS nets a national title
It’s been almost a decade, but a girls team from Mt Albert Grammar School has finally earned a national title.
The school’s five-member tennis side went further than any other team since it started enrolling girls in 2000, winning the secondary schools tennis competition earlier this month.
Mt Albert Grammar tennis manager Allan Sangster isn’t surprised they came away with the win.
“I always knew they were going to be very strong,” he says.
The tournament was an intense physical battle for the team after beating St Mary’s from Christchurch, Waikato Diocesan, Tauranga Girls College, Rangiruru Girls School and local rivals Rangitoto College in just four days.
Sangster says the team spent plenty of hours on the court practising.
“They showed a lot of commitment.
“You don’t just pick up a tennis racquet and decide to play in the nationals.”
The team also found plen- ty of ways to celebrate.
“We got a cake made out of the MAGS symbol,” team member Kate Parker says.
Following the win, some of the girls found it hard to contain their excitement.
“I just wanted to go and hug the cup,” says Ioana Teu.
“We were so excited to win it for the school.”
All of the team members play in interclub tennis competitions such as the Caro Bowl and Chelsea Cup, which generally have a higher standard because many experienced players compete.
But Frances Askew says playing in the school team environment adds an extra dimension.
“You feel like you want to do it for yourself and the team.
“It makes it more fun when you win,” she says.
The Mt Albert Grammar boys tennis team just missed out on matching the effort of their female counterparts, going down to St Peter’s from Cambridge in the tournament final.
Ground breakers: The Mt Albert Grammar School girls tennis team became the first girls side at the school to win a national sports title when they took out the secondary schools tennis competition earlier this month. From left: Olivia Isby, Ioana Teu, Frances Askew, Kate Parker and Kasey Nihill.