Boys’ Tennis – match reports

1st May 2019 – 1st vs Duke of York’s

The season began with a dominant 8-1 victory for the U18 VI against Duke of York’s. There were some excellent exchanges between the schools but St Edmund’s played the ‘smarter’ match tennis throughout and clinched most of the key moments. Joe Gordon and Rob Gain were outstanding on the day with encouraging performances from Sam Hodge and Zavier Henry (M5).

8th May 2019  – U15 vs Harvey Grammar School – CANCELLED

The league game against Harvey GS was unfortunately lost to the weather (as were all sporting fixtures in the area this week). The game will be played late in June.

13th May 2019 – 1st vs Dover College

In a festival of tennis with the Girls’ House Competition going on the other hard courts and on the Astro courts, the boys U18 team played against a strong Dover College team in the Kent Cup. Without Joe or Rob due to cricket commitments, our boys fought hard but lost 2-4 (4pts – 8pts). Charlie Gotke was outstanding beating the Dover 1st seed in a high standard set of match singles.

15th May 2019 – U15 vs Sir Roger Manwood’s School

The U15 boys travelled down to Sir Roger Manwood’s School in Sandwich to play against a team who are always strong (with connections to Walmer and Hythe TCs). Teams of 4 allow our players to play full singles and doubles sets which, I believe, is a step in the right direction in terms of their development as players from the older doubles rotation set up. The standard of tennis seen at seeds 1 and 2 in this game was simply breath-taking. Charlie Gotke lost to a Kent Team player in a spectacular set. Sam Hodge won against the No 2 player with some good match decision making, although the opposition got their revenge in the doubles. The match was poised at 2-3 down for us with the final doubles set being played by Oliver Millard and Zavier Henry. At 15-40 down in the deciding game ‘the writing seemed on the wall’ for St Edmund’s. Accurate serving a volleying under pressure is very difficult to do in match tennis but the boys coped well. Zavier held his nerve and served out the game to win for the school and tie the match at 3 sets a piece. Well done once again for the commitment shown.

16th May 2019 – 1st VI vs King’s Canterbury

The U18 team took on King’s Canterbury here at the school on a sunny afternoon. The game seemed destined to be close from the outset with our JS stars shining brightly in Charlie and Michael Nkereuwem who took on a King’s Sixth Former who had been a ranked tennis player in the American system last year. I have simply not seen tennis like this in my time at the school. Throughout the team, and in all matches we witnessed quality shot making and a good level of match play knowledge. Very impressive indeed. The final set to finish was the seed 1 and 2 doubles, won by St Edmund’s in fine style to make the match score 4-5 to King’s.

20th May 2019 – Boys’ House Tennis

This year’s Boys’ House Tennis was played out in the sunshine on the Monday of one of the major exam weeks. To still get full teams out at this time of the year was really encouraging and some of the sets played were of a good standard, some slightly less so! The tournament (timed matches) was close with Warneford winning by one point. Well done to all who played and supported.

22nd May 2019 – U15 vs Kent College

U15 boys won 4-2 (8pts to 4pts) in the Canterbury League against Kent College, continuing a run of producing some of the best U15 tennis that Mr Millard has seen in approaching 20 years here at the school. St Edmund’s players coped with the loss of Sam Hodge with an arm injury with replacement Monty Hull stepping in to the breach to win his singles set against the KC No 4.

Charlie Gotke (Year 8) beat the KC No 1 in an outstanding set of great defence against an aggressive opponent. There were also wins for Oliver Millard but a double winner on the day and Man of the Match goes to Zavier Henry.

Mr Millard, Assistant Head of Co-Curricular and Teacher of Games & PE