Girls' Tennis Report 2022 - 2023
This year we entered 4 teams in the Ulster Cup competitions, Minor, Junior, Inter and Senior.
The minor team –Lily Rutledge, Rebekah Garrett, Lydia Maxwell, Louise Kearon and Penny Gibson had a good first summer. The girls’ played well in their section, beating Hunterhouse and Banbridge Academy but did not qualify for the cup after a defeat to a strong Killicomaine side. During the plate competition the Friends’ team Lost 5-1 to Strathearn.
The junior team, consisting of a mix of Year 9 and 10 pupils –Emme McClure, Zara Hopkins, Charlotte Hendry and Anna Monaghan found form, playing some good tennis through the section matches. The team had a tough section however this year and unfortunately lost to Victoria and Methody and drew against Killicomaine.
The intermediate squad- Kristen Cushnie, Chrissy Hopkins, Ellie Luke and Anna Mathers suffered a defeat to a very strong Strathearn in the first match of the season. The team then played Sullivan in what turned out to be a very tight match. Unfortunately, the team had also lost Anna Mathers two days before this fixture with an ankle injury, so Emme McClure stepped up to help. The match ended up with a 3-3 draw but on count back Sullivan won, winning 27 games to 26 games.
The senior team – Isabella Connor, Mikayla Kyle, Katie Reid and Kate Callaghan faced Strathearn in their first game. Isabella led the team with an impressive match against the Strathearn number 1, not dropping a single set. Sadly, the team were unable to match this great standard set and the team lost their first game. They kept hopes high and moved on to play Methody in the next fixture where they won 25 games to 24. Kate Callaghan was able to play some great tennis alongside Isabella, her doubles partner, to keep Methody’s score low, only winning one game during this match.
The Thompson Cup for most improved Junior player went to Emme McClure.
The Keag Cup for Yr8 tennis was won by Lily Rutledge.