Cahill cup challenge for local school students
THE Seventh annual friendly Interschool Challenge Match for the “Cahill Cup” was contested between Avenel, Euroa, Nagambie primary schools and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School junior tennis players on Wednesday the Nagambie Tennis Club courts.
Despite the humidity the young tennis enthusiasts played six sets of tennis and at the end of the tournament Nagambie School principal Robert French, Norm Cahill, competition organiser and his daughter Susan Albert spoke on the playing standard, good sportsmanship and court manners, and overall performances of the four schools competitors.
Mr Cahill was supported by his family on the day and was congratulated on the 7th successful year of the Cahill Interschool tennis competition and for the months throughout the year that he teaches tennis to so many kids.
“Special thanks to Norm Cahill and his family for today, and for encouraging the young players from many school and clubs to keep on playing tennis as a great activity,” Mr French said.
“87 year old Tennis coach Norm Cahill has been coaching the district school children for many years and he was given the idea by Rob French, to start the “Cahill Cup” interschool tennis competition as an incentive for the school children to be encouraged to try to lift their game each season and take up tennis as a lifetime recreational sport.
Avenel Primary School came out the victors of the 2018 Interschool challenge tournament.
They were presented with the Cahill Cup and some individual medallions and certificates for their excellent tennis prowess and to remember the primary school sport they played in 2018.
Mr French explained about Bert Kearney, who the Best and Fairest awards are named after and presented on behalf of on the day.
Mr Kearney was former Victorian Country singles and doubles champion of the Goulburn Valley, undisputed Victorian Singles Champion, who played for Australia, in the French, Wimbledon, US and in senior competitions; and travelled overseas and met many good sporting people around the world, through tennis.
Rebecca Andrews of Tennis Victoria presented the boys award to Eli Reid of Avenel Primary School and Nagambie Tennis Club member Maureen Fowler presented the girls award to Anne Goodman of Avenel Primary School.
Avenel was awarded the Cahill Cup by Tennis Victoria’s Sam Condon and Rebecca Andrews.
St Joseph’s were the runners up, Euroa Primary 3rd and Nagambie Primary School 4th.
Mr French thanked Mr Cahill for his tennis coaching of all the school children this year and the four schools for taking part in the 2018 competition at Nagambie.
WELL PLAYED: Best and Fairest winners of the Bert Kearney trophy were Annie Goodman and Eli Reid of Avenel Primary School with Tennis Victoria’s Rebecca Andrews left, and Nagambie Tennis Club member Maureen Fowler who presented the awards to the players.
UNITED: The 7th “Cahill Cup” interschool Challenge Tennis match was competed between Nagambie, St Joseph’s Nagambie, Avenel and Euroa Primary Schools on Wednesday at Nagambie tennis courts.