Cahill cup chal­lenge for lo­cal school stu­dents

Euroa Gazette - - SPORTS -

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.

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