The 1st tennis Meet you Match competition was a great success

Cameron Harding
Chidubem Obiedelu

In the absence of the customary interschool tennis leagues this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions on school sport, Mr Lydon Smit and the tennis staff have done a great job in ensuring that the players were kept busy, playing in internal competition that lasted most of the term.

The Meet Your Match Jeppe tennis tournament was the school’s first internal tennis tournament. In an effort to keep the players interested and actively involved in the tennis club this year, Mr Smit explains, we needed to create something that allowed the players to not only practice but also compete competitively against each other. “The Meet Your Match tournament, which commended in February, stayed true to Jeppe’s Tennis club’s spirit of participation, and it saw over 20 players sign-up for the different events,” he said.

The tournament ended last week it had a round-robin structure that saw all players play one another in an effort to seed the players according to scores and rankings. There were two levels, The Advanced League and The Intermediate League. Each had 9 rounds totaling 90 matches. “I am very proud of the Jeppe Tennis club, and the educators involved, for creatively using our current adversities, to bring about new development and growth within the club,” Mr Smit said. “I look forward to hosting the tournament again next year.”

The eventual top seed in the Advanced League is Cameron Harding, while Chidubem Obiedelu finished on top of the Intermediate League.

Cameron is in grade 10, but he is the top-ranked senior player. He beat several boys in grade 11 and 12 on his way to the title. He says he is grateful that there was an opportunity to play even though the interschool competitions didn’t take place. “Tennis is becoming well established at Jeppe now,” he said. “I’m looking forward to, hopefully, playing against other schools in the fourth term.”

Chidubem started in grade 8 this year, so he hasn’t played an official game for the school yet. He has a solid tennis background. He was the star at his primary school, Hurlyvale, and has been receiving professional coaching from a young age. “It’s been fun playing tennis at Jeppe and I have made some new friends,” he said. “I can’t wait to represent the school in matches.”

Advanced League Results

1st seed – Cameron Harding
2nd seed – Ribhu Bathoi
3rd seed – Calvin Stevens
4th seed – Sergio Morais
5th seed – Josh Wilson
6th seed – Rohan Maharaj
7th seed – Ryan Last
8th seed – Jordan Eshen
9th seed – Keanu Goncalves
10th seed – Bradley Blows
Notable performances (advanced league):
Clavin Stevens, Sergio Morais, Rohan Maharaj

Intermediate League Results
1st seed – Chidubem Obiedelu
2nd seed – Jason Briggs
3rd seed – Trent Johnston
4th seed – Dominic Larangeira
5th seed – Marco Squara
6th seed – Ethan Hodkinson
7th seed – Christopher Walker
8th seed – Ranil Monterio
9th seed – Bruce Rowan
10th seed – Ethan Scott
Notable performances (intermendiate league): Jason Briggs, Trent Johnston, Dominic Larangeira.