Union tennis aces compete in Bloem
On Thursday, 27 February, Union High School’s Top 8 tennis boys and girls hit the road to Bloemfontein, to participate in the Fichardtpark McDonalds Sports Day, hosted by Hoërskool Fichardtpark.
This annual tournament is a highlight on Union’s tennis calendar, and, as always, an incredibly high standard of tennis was evident throughout the competition.
Despite a very early start on Friday, the boys were extremely enthusiastic and took to the courts ready to show off their strategies and ball skills in one of the most popular games in the world.
Brent Hesselink got the competition off to a great start for the boys’ second team, winning Union’s very first match of the day.
This seemed to boost his team members’ confidence and the boys continued to produce great tennis throughout the day.
The boys’ first team fared just as well and delivered some really exciting tennis. Congratulations are extended to Matthew Hesselink who won all his singles matches, as well as to doubles duo, Brett Amsterdam and Bowen Langmead, who dominated the court, going unbeaten on the day.
Both the boys’ first and second teams produced really competitive tennis throughout the day and must be commended on their great sportsmanship and never-say-die attitude.
Overall, the boys’ first team ended second in their section, with the second team ending third in theirs.
Union’s spirited girls’ first team was divided into a pool that featured some very strong competition.
But, even though they had to face some intimidating tennis heavyweights, the girls never got discouraged, giving it their all on the courts in every single encounter.
The girls tied for third place in their pool, and upon conclusion of the day’s play, placed 8th overall in the ‘A’ section.
The girls’ second team also enjoyed a very competitive day on the courts and ended the tournament having placed 15th out of the 19 schools entered in the ‘B’ section.
The girls displayed a lot of grit on the courts and Union High School thanks them for their efforts.