For the first time in 2015-2016 tennis became a seasonal sport in the Metropolitan Catholic Colleges competition. This decision was warmly received by all tennis playing students throughout the association. And for Marist North Shore the experience was a jubilant one as we emerged as undefeated premiers.
The competition was contested in three age groups, Opens, U/15s and U/14s with three singles matches and a doubles match in each age group. Each match was played to a maximum of twelve games to the victor or until the expiration of thirty minutes of match time. Total number of games won across all matches on the day determined the winning school for their round.
By the end of all preliminary rounds Marist was undefeated. A decisive victory against Randwick in the semi-final was followed by a testing encounter with Holy Cross Ryde in the final. This was played out in high temperatures at Tennis World North Ryde. Marist kicked out to an early lead after the first round before Ryde hit back with two solid victories. With a small lead entering the final round, Marist were able to capitalise and seal the championship by the comfortable margin of 24 games.
Outstanding performances on the day were turned in by Jack O’Brien in the U/15 singles, Jack Rogers and Dominic West in the Open doubles and special mention to Henrique Mattos and Liam Barry. These two players, although losing their matches on the day, showed wonderful courage, resourcefulness, and self-discipline to execute game plans that challenged their opponents and inspired some of the onlookers in the stands. Special mention also to Roger Rogowski (team captain) who, throughout the season, played 92 games and won 90. For the record, Marist won 8 matches and lost 0 in a comprehensive domination of the competition.
Opens R.Rogowski (C), H. Mattos, H.Hird, J.Rogers, D.West, N.Panetta
U/15s J.O’Brien, R.Hunter, H.Stormon, Z.Sternberg, N.Dauth, J.Gonzalo
U/14s L.Barry, J.Antonini, T.Watts, J.Falconer, D.Heinl, H.Mikhael