Kearsney’s tennis team tour England and Spain

2014-06-24 00:00

KEARSNEY College’s tennis team pack their bags for England and Spain this week for a tour that will see them play on clay, grass and synthetic surfaces, adding to their tennis prowess.

The itinerary includes matches and practice sessions on hard courts and grass in London, Somerset and Surrey, adding clay in Barcelona.

Besides matches and practices, there are visits to educational and historic sites in England and Spain, catching some Wimbledon action and training at the Andres Gimeno Tennis Centre in Barcelona.

Keegan Foss leads the team and is accompanied by Kearsney’s deputy principal Anthony Willows, who is team coach and manager. Alan Cairns also travels as a coach.

“We have a talented pool of enthusiastic young players, many in grades 9 and 10, who will only benefit from this experience, especially playing on the different surfaces,” said Willows.

Tennis is alive and well at Kearsney with the school’s teams playing in three major festivals annually — the Paul Roos Festival in February, their own Kearsney Festival in May and the Grey College tournament in October.

This is not the first time a Kearsney tennis team have toured overseas. In the past 19 years, the school have toured four times — 1995 to the United Kingdom and United States (Texas and Florida), 1999 to the UK, Austria and Germany, 2003 to Australia and 2007 to England and France.

Kearsney Tennis Team:

Keegan Foss (captain), Dale Sandy, Benjamin Patton, Neil Lillelund, James Stromnes (Grade 12), Matthew Bentley (Grade 11) Brad Porteous, Mihir Singh, Brendan Bosman (Grade 10) Nic de Beer, Thomas Hart, Kyle Koenig, Luke Hawyes, Patrick McGrath, Samuel Stanton, Grant Manderson (Grade 9).

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