Tennis | Round 9 vs Cranbrook
Last weekend marked the penultimate round of the CAS Summer Tennis competition, which was contested against Cranbrook. Both schools fielded teams that were more or less even, which allowed for a competitive day’s tennis. Congratulations must be extended to the winning team which included the 1st IV, 6th, 10Bs, 9As, 8Cs and the 7As and Bs.
The 1st IV played arguably their best match of the season with the final result being a 5 sets to 3 win on the hardcourts at Trinity Tennis Centre. Each and every team member pulled together, combining the breadth of their abilities and knowledge to outplay their competitive Eastern Suburbs opponents. The ebb and flow of the match at times favoured both teams, but the result was on a knife edge until the very end. After a very entertaining doubles the scores were locked at two sets all, with each Trinity pairing contributing one set each to the total. The first pairing of Max Nguyen (11Yo) and Kevin Lin (12Sc) lost a very close set before triumphing in the second, where they won the majority of the more important points. Both students were commendable in the fact that they never lost their desire to win, nor did they become complacent. Our second pairing comprising of Dylan Guler (11WH) and Spyridon Konidaris (11Sc) won their first set quickly, 6-1, but unfortunately dropped their intensity in the second set. In the singles, Max Nguyen played at an extremely high level against the top Cranbrook player. His aggressive game plan provided instant dividends as any short ball was thumped back with pace and depth. His opponent was denied any foothold in the contest, with Max winning 6-1. Spyridon’s singles match was in contrast to Max’s, with many long and constructed points. Spyridon did well to come back after a very slow start, but he was unable to maintain his run and eventually went down 6-4. As the two remaining singles took to the court no one in the crowd had any idea as to which way the result would swing. Dylan Guler was not about to succumb to the pressure and methodically dismantled his opponent with a powerful display of heavy groundstrokes and put away volleys. His 6-3 victory swung the match back in favour of the home team, but total victory was still not assured. The last match to take to the court was arguably the match of the day, and perhaps the season. With little room for error, Kevin Lin had to secure a win or extremely close loss to get the team over the line and avenge his first-round defeat at the hands of the same player. What followed was a masterclass performance, with Kevin designing and implementing a superior match plan allowing him total control of every aspect of the match. Kevin soaked up his opponents massive serve and groundstrokes, consistently outplaying him in every aspect of the game, whilst offering minimal unforced errors. The final result was a famous 6-3 win for Kevin and ultimately the team……. extremely well done!
The 2nd IV, despite missing key player Jim Gong (12Ar), combined creditably but were beaten by a determined team on the day. Cranbrook were simply too strong in the doubles component of the match, snatching all four sets. This made it difficult for the team who were unable to win all of the remaining singles matches to have a chance at victory. The Cranbrook pairings played smarter doubles with less errors for an easy victory, despite the relevant talent pools being similar between the two teams. Finn Taylor played well in his singles as did replacement, Deon Kontonis (12Fo), who both recorded wins on the day.
Tomorrow’s contest will be a good challenge as our boys take on Barker College in the away fixture at Hornsby.
Jeremy Dykgraaff | MIC Tennis
3rds and 4ths
The players of the 3rds and 4ths were very much looking forward to their second-round encounter against Cranbrook last Saturday, as the last time they met saw a very competitive round with both teams managing to tie the number of sets – three apiece. Coming into the fixture with some very good form, the boys were set for another tight tussle.
Deon Kontonis (12Fo), having already played three sets in the Seconds earlier that morning, played a very impressive singles, yet again showcasing his easy hitting style and clever shot choice. Perhaps fatigue played a part in what was ultimately a narrow loss. Teammate Matthew Chan (12Ar), had a slow start in his Doubles, finding it tricky initially to get his rhythm and timing. But thankfully, as we have come to know, Matthew does not give up easily. He settled, rose to the occasion and fought back (again) from 0 – 3 to win the match to 4. A very impressive result, and in fact, the only set won by the 3rds this week. Ben Prsa (12La) and Rohan John (12Ar) had a brilliant encounter in Doubles, finding their characteristic powerful groundstrokes and implementing them to great effect. Both played well in their respective singles and despite their best efforts, were not quite able to convert the won points into won games but it was very entertaining tennis nonetheless!
Solomon Khoury (11Ar) and Nicholas Papadopoulos (11He) were unstoppable, taking to the court with great energy and dynamism. They played a brilliant set of doubles, concentrating consistently, chasing every point and were unrelenting in their determination to dominate. Nick followed this victory with another in his Singles and his confident serving warrants special mention. Solomon was the master of effective shot placement and went down fighting in a narrow loss. Max Guo (12Ar) and Callum McLeod (12) combined well in the Doubles yet again. There was some solid serving by both boys and some amazing rallies. In their sets the results were very close and really the boys could have prevailed, had some of the important points gone their way.
Overall, it was a very tight encounter, played in very good spirit. Congratulations particularly to the 4ths who despite the overall loss, won 29 games to Cranbrook’s 32.
Good luck to all players tomorrow as we face Barker and attempt to reverse the yet again tight three sets apiece draw of the first round.
Jessica Spratt | Coach 3rds and 4th IVs
5ths and 6ths
On a very competitive day, two reasonably well-matched teams shared the honours. Both teams were affected by forfeits – Trinity’s 5ths due to illness, Cranbrook’s 6ths due to the absence of a player.
In the end – despite Micah Abel Sayed’s (12St) wholehearted and, at times, brilliant tennis – he lost his singles 6-7 – the 5ths went down. Cranbrook’s forfeit in the 6ths cost them dearly, but so too did Archer Guest’s (11 Mu) excellent singles triumph. His determined and skilful play – the best of his season – makes him the player of the round for the 5ths/6ths. Well done indeed, Archer!
We hope all the boys can finish the season with their most polished displays this weekend.
Ashley Lucas | Coach
10As and 10Bs
The Year 10 As played some great matches over the weekend but were unable to secure this round against Cranbrook. Giuseppe Barca (10Ar) and Alex Runciman (10Yo) both played well during their doubles match and individual singles games as well. Giuseppe won both his matches this weekend; he was hitting some very strong and consistent serves over the weekend along with some great ground strokes. Alex also played well during his doubles; he had great communication and he was playing very well at the net during the course of his matches. Alex Gavrilovic (10Yo) and Marcus Lorenzato (10He) tried their best over the weekend. The boys at times were performing very well and had some great rallies with their opponents. Alex was hitting some great serves for the duration of his matches and he also played well at the net during his doubles match with Marcus. Marcus was strongest at the base line during both matches, as his ground strokes were his strongest shot over the weekend.
The Year 10 Bs were playing some good tennis over the weekend but they unfortunately did not win this round. Ben Kwan (10He) and Noah Bloomfield (10Fo) played a fantastic doubles match, coming very close to a win but only losing by a few points in a final tie break. Both boys were communicating very well for the duration of their doubles and both boys gave it their best effort during their singles match. Ben was hitting some really strong serves and ground strokes over the weekend, especially during the doubles match with Noah. Noah was playing closer to the net for the duration of his matches. He was hitting some fantastic volleys during both his singles and doubles matches and he had some very consistent serves. Aneesh Nagaratham (10Yo) and Julian Chin (10He) also tried their best over the weekend. The boys had some good rallies during their doubles match, with Aneesh hitting some great ground strokes and occasional volleys. Julian also played very well; his serves were very strong this past weekend. He also at times hit some great ground stroke winners.
Tristan Kontonis | Coach
10Cs and 10Ds
Trinity’s 10Cs encountered a tough Cranbrook team last Saturday. Cranbrook were simply too strong for us with a 1-5 set, 11-32 game victory for the home side. However, an incredible fight from Caleb Kwan (10Ta) cemented a famous 6-2 victory in the singles.
Like the Cs, the Ds were outplayed last week. In the end, we went down 0-6 in sets and 6-36 in games. But Max Trigg (10We) did give his opponent a good workout in the singles, going down 3-6. I’m sure the boys will bounce back next week.
Kevin Batliwala | Acting 10Cs and 10Ds Coach
9As and 9Bs
What an exciting round for the 9As, with the result coming down to the final set of the day, which ended with Sam Kang (9WJ) working hard to win in a tie break. Mitchell Reid-Queeney (9Ar) and Domenic Furfaro (9Ar) played an amazing doubles together, also winning their set in a tie break. Mitchell then went on to win his singles quite comfortably. Angelo Shi (9Sc) showed off his strong ground strokes in his singles by winning 7-5.
The 9Bs found it tough against Cranbrook, the boys only able to win one set. Eddy Ajami (9Yo) and Aiden Kuoch (9La) both playing decent tennis but, unable to find the winners they needed at the important times, both singles matches went down 4-6. Jack O’Shea (9He) fought hard in his singles. Despite going down 1-6, Jack showed great attitude in never giving up. A big well done goes to Charles Allison (9St), winning the only set of the day for the 9Bs, 6-2. Charles hit some amazing forehands and played with consistency.
Danielle Calvi | Coach
9Cs and 9Ds
The 9Cs unfortunately could not find themselves a rhythm against decent opponents over the weekend, the boys losing two sets to four. Dylan Ritchley (9Ho) and Lachlan Dai (9Du) started really well together, winning their doubles quite convincingly, then they moved into their singles and the tables turned, both boys going down. Dylan and Lachlan just lacked consistency in rallies which cost them their singles matches. It was not Ethan Chan’s (9Ar) day, either. He could not seem to find his feet in both his matches. Ethan hit some good shots but lost his singles and doubles mentally before the match was over. Keegan Van (9St) played exceptionally well in both his matches, overpowering his opponent in his singles to take the set out 6-4.
It was not the 9Ds’ day against Cranbrook, with the boys losing the day one set to five. Jatan Singh (9Mu) and Ronald Ye (9La) tried their best but were overpowered by their opponents in both their singles and doubles matches. Nicholas Musumeci (9Ke) played well but fell short with unforced errors on important points. A big well done to Bryan Yu (9Ta) for winning the only set of the day for the 9Ds. Bryan played some strong tennis; his opponent stood no chance with his big serves, with Bryan winning his singles 6-3.
Danielle Calvi | Coach
8As and 8Bs
The Year 8 As were playing very well over the weekend. They were very close, but unfortunately were unable to win this round against Cranbrook. Nathan Tsang (8Du) and Maxi Tsai (8Fo) played a great doubles match this weekend and they did their best in the singles matches as well. Nathan was playing well during his singles and doubles matches. His serves were very consistent, and he was also playing well at the net this weekend. Maxi also tried his best this weekend. He had a very tough opponent, but he was still hitting very well. In particular, his serves were quite consistent. Christopher Lowe (8Ho) and Sam Perkin (8Yo) played exceptionally well over the weekend, with both boys winning their doubles and singles matches. Christopher’s serves were very strong this weekend. His best shots this weekend were his volleys during his doubles match with Sam. Sam also did very well over the weekend, being very consistent during his singles match and very quick on the court.
The Year 8 Bs played well on the weekend but unfortunately lost this round against Cranbrook. Andy Zheng (8Yo) and Alex Lieng (8Ar) played well together during their doubles over the weekend. Andy had some great groundstrokes during his matches along with some fairly consistent serves. Alex also played well, his serves consistent, and at times he hit some great well-placed groundstrokes. Daniel Lok (8Ke) played well in his singles match, with some good foot work, and his ground strokes were very consistent.
Tristan Kontonis | Coach
8Cs and 8Ds
After a good week of training, I was pleased to see the boys’ improvement on the court. Trinity were excellent on Saturday, defeating a tough Cranbrook side 4-2 on sets and 32-26 on games. Notably, Andy Nguyen (8Mu) was on fire today. His speed on the court was unmatched and this showed in his demolition job, winning 6-0.
The Ds also played some great tennis. However, we were beaten by a measly four games – the result being tied at 3-3 on sets with Cranbrook getting a 23-19 game lead. Today’s man of the match was Michael Hatzistergos (8Mu), Trinity’s famous golfer with a one-handed backhand to rival a prime Roger Federer, putting his opponent away with a swift 6-1 victory. The boys have done well this term and I hope we can end strong next week.
Kevin Batliwala | 8Cs and 8Ds Coach
7As and 7Bs
It was the 7As’ first win of the season and what a way to do it — a straight six sets win for the boys. Hugo Newman (7WJ) and Ishaan Sharma (7Ar) started with their singles matches and they did not disappoint, both boys playing sublime tennis, and wiping their opponents off the court. Noah Figliuzzi (7Fo) played really well in his singles; his serves were on fire and nearly every serve was unreturnable. Kang Nguyen (7WH) won his singles 6-2. There were a few more than usual unforced errors made by Kang, though in saying that, Kang also hit a lot of beautiful winners which won him his match.
What a win for the 7Bs! It was an unbelievable day for the boys, everyone playing to the best of their ability and not dropping a set. Hugh Williams (7St) and Dara Ritchley (7Ho) wiped their opponents off the court in their doubles, winning their first set of the season together 6-0. They both went on to play the same way in their singles which gave them wins. Alejandro Molina (7Ke) and Alessandro Re (7La) were on fire; the boys’ forehands were incredible to watch, and they showed some real skill in all three sets contested.
Danielle Calvi | Coach
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