After 4 days of competition, 18 schools and 188 children, we found our winning team for the 2016 School Games. St. Matthias took the title for 2nd time in 4 years with some very assured tennis throughout their 3 competitions.

The qualifiers began for the Year 3&4 teams back on Thursday 19th May with 11 schools travelling to Langdon Park School to battle it out for a place in the second round. After a full day of competition, teams from Guardian Angels, St Mary & St Michael’s, Sir William Borough, Marner, Lawdale, Malmesbury and Cubitt Town secured their place in the next round, with a notable mention must going out to Seven Mills Primary School who were very close to making it through.

 

After rain delayed the next cluster competition, we had to wait until Thursday 9th June to complete the first round fixtures. With the sun beaming, two St. Matthias teams secured their place in the second round with dominant tennis throughout. Virginia Primary School just missed out on a place in the second round with only a couple of points separating them and St. Matthias while Kobi Nazrul’s strong performance surprised everyone by making it through to the last 4 in their first ever tennis competition. The competition was supported superbly by Year 9 Oaklands students who umpired throughout the day.

 

11 teams turned out for round 2 on Wednesday 15th June with the final four teams returning on Friday 17th. The first semi-final saw Marner take on St. Matthias (Team 2) which came down to a 4th game decider won convincingly by the very impressive Kayden from St Matthias. The second semi saw St. Matthias (Team 1) overcome Malmesbury 3-1.

 

For the final then, we saw the two St Matthias teams battle it out between themselves. Throughout the qualifying rounds, St Matthias had arguably the strongest teams, so the final looked set to be a strong match. After 2 wins each from equally strong teams, the winners were decided based on points which saw St Matthias’ Team 2 take the win.

 

St. Matthias will now go on to compete one last time at the London finals at Crystal Palace.