C Special 1, playing at Princes Hill - Plan A: Arrive early and make sure everything was ready for 7:45am start. Reality: Electronic gates won't open before 8am, even with the code. Plan B: Send a kid over the fence to let us in. (Thanks E - If VCE doesn't work out, you show great promise as a burglar.) Once in, the challenges continued...we were one player down due to unexpected illness, so we forfeited two sets. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as there was another competition scheduled for a 9:30am start. If we'd had to get through all 6 singles matches using one court, we'd probably still be there! Our players took all this in their stride and played some great tennis. In the end we only lost by 11 points. Good job guys. And a special mention to Finn who showed great sportsmanship and maturity when only able to play one set this morning.
There was a narrow loss for our D Special 3 Unisex in very trying conditions of icy, icy weather and wind blowing a gale – such that high balls went backwards - slight exaggeration but not much! A solid performance by all players but it’s hard to get serving confidence when the wind is blowing so strongly. But out in Greenvale, C Special 1 had a beautiful morning and with 12 courts and a coffee machine - now there's serious tennis court envy! Well done to Eli and Logan for winning their doubles and their singles matches. Logan and his opponent were very well matched and the game could have gone either way but Logan managed a 6:5 win in the end. Great job. Congratulations also to Emily and Mara on winning the girls doubles. Thanks to all players and parents for making it on time (and awake!) Farewell to Henry - who is heading off overseas for the rest of term. Have a great trip. Enua - please recover SOON. Not putting any pressure on or anything but we need you back. :-)
D Special 3 Unisex played at home, starting with heavy rain in the early morning but by 9:30 it was clear and cold…very cold! The team played well and the serving is getting much better. North Park got some good results and overall an enjoyable day with good friendly competition. Jake was playing on his birthday so it was a good start to the weekend for him especially. We love our tennis!!!
C Special 1 has an enormous THANK YOU to Cameron who stepped up from North Park's D grade team to be the emergency player today with two of their regular boys were out injured. He did a fantastic job, despite being very nervous about playing his first ever singles match. And welcome to Logan who played with us for the first time today and is set to be a great addition to the team. Well done to Olivia and Logan for their singles wins and to Emily and Mara for their win in the girl's doubles. Special mention to Henry who played the last match of the day and only narrowly lost in a tie-break to Doutta Galla’s no 1 player. We're off to a good start!