Mer­ri­field Col­lege boys ace tour­ney


The Mer­ri­field Col­lege boys A team have again proved them­selves tri­umphant at the na­tional Sun City Pri­vate Schools Ten­nis Tour­na­ment, held from Au­gust 27 to 31, win­ning top hon­ours in the A sec­tion of the tour­na­ment.

This is not the first time Mer­ri­field Col­lege has punched above its weight. The over­all tour­na­ment ti­tle has been won by Mer­ri­field boys ten­nis teams twice pre­vi­ously. This year, Mer­ri­field took three teams up: the boys A team, boys B team and a girls team.

The boys A team – made up of Joseph Townes, Dy­lan Smith, Peter Townes, Kee­lan Hart­ley and Alex Mur­ray – beat St John’s Col­lege 6-1; King Ed­ward School 4-3; St David’s 5-2; and Michael­house 6-1 to win the tour­na­ment.

Spe­cial men­tion must be made of grade 8 pupil Joseph Townes, who was ranked sec­ond in the tour­na­ment in his sec­tion.

“The A team boys had a great tour­na­ment and got the job done by win­ning the tour­na­ment on the Thurs­day, with the fi­nal matches tak­ing place on Fri­day be­ing ir­rel­e­vant due to the points lead we had,” said Mer­ri­field Col­lege sports co-or­di­na­tor An­dre du Toit.

“The B team boys fin­ished fifth out of eight teams and it was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for them. For all the B team boys it was the first time at the tour­na­ment and their first time play­ing tour­na­ment ten­nis.”

Mer­ri­field Col­lege teacher Gardie New­man, who man­aged and sup­ported the girls team in their de­but at the tour­na­ment, said the ex­pe­ri­ence had been won­der­ful for the play­ers.

“The spirit has been great and we have seen growth in all as­pects,” New­man said.

“This year, hav­ing three teams rep­re­sent­ing the school was a good change for us,” Du Toit said.

“Usu­ally dur­ing our matches it's ‘us vs our op­po­nents and their sup­port­ers’.

“This year we also had our other teams sup­port­ing us dur­ing our matches.”

Pic­ture: AN­DRE DU TOIT

GAME SET MATCH: The Mer­ri­field Col­lege Ten­nis Boys A side won top hon­ours in the A sec­tion of the re­cent na­tional Sun City Pri­vate Schools Ten­nis Tour­na­ment. From left are Alex Mur­ray, Dy­lan Smith, Peter Townes, Joseph Townes and Kee­lan Hart­ley

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