On the 30th of October, the St Mark’s tennis girls went to Cheltenham Primary School to verse their skilled tennis team for divisions.
It was a warm, sunny day with no wind, perfect conditions to play a few games of Hot Shots tennis. For the singles matches, every player held their breath - each team had won and lost 4 games. All the girls were trying their best, hitting forehands and backhands everywhere. They were showing great sportsmanship by encouraging each other on, giving their teammates tips and shaking hands with their opponents. They didn’t groan at others’ mistakes or laugh at Cheltenham’s slip ups. The doubles games had similar outcomes - 2 losses and 2 wins. Sweat dripped down everyone’s foreheads as they played their hardest, with the sun beating down on each girl’s backs. So many good shots were played by both teams!
To decide who would win, the teachers had to calculate each team’s points won in the singles and doubles matches as the total matches won for both teams were the same. All the St Mark’s and Cheltenham girls were tense - everyone had played spectacularly, but did they have enough points to win and head on to regionals? Small glances were shot at each other, fingers secretly crossed behind backs. Mr Snell and Mrs Rixon from Cheltenham Primary School built up the tension, smirking at the girls’ agitation and curiosity to find out the winners. The overall scores were very close, with a 24-point difference! St Mark’s won with 140 points to Cheltenham’s 116. Our girls were ecstatic - this meant that they would move onto regionals! They would have to verse 6 other schools on the 12th of November.
Well done girls, we wish you all the best of luck for regionals!
We would also like to thank Maria Maglaras for assisting with transporting us to the event, and for the support Mrs Maglaras and Mrs Shinkfeld gave us on the day. Finally thanks Mr Snell for your coaching and transporting us on the day!
Team: Eva Jeanne, Caroline Mead, Chloe Shinkfeld, Kara Scott, Karyna Ngo, Cindy Le, Deanna Maglaras and Gaby Cilia.
Written by Karyna and Caroline, in 5-6.