Tennis Preview Round 7

St Peter’s Lutheran College has wrapped up another AIC First IV tennis title and is primed for another aggregrate trophy heading into Saturday’s final round of the season.

St Peter’s 7-1 win over a strong St Laurence’s College ensured that it would at least share the First IV title for a seventh consecutive year. The team is among 11 of the 13 St Peter’s teams that can win their titles depending on Saturday’s results when St Peter’s visits St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe.

A strong performance on Saturday would secure St Peter’s eighth consecutive tennis aggregate trophy.

St Peter’s will face a young St Patrick’s First IV team which has shown that it can build into strong performers in coming years. St Patrick’s, which includes Year 7 student Noah Burley, has won one match but also came close to Villanova College in their clash.

Padua College will hope St Patrick’s can secure an upset win. Padua has been excellent this season with wins in each round except for the closest of losses to St Peter’s. If St Peter’s were to lose, Padua could grab a share of the title if it can defeat St Edmund’s College.

Padua toppled northside rivals Marist Ashgrove 7-1 last weekend.

Villanova will be shooting for three consecutive wins to finish its season when it takes on St Laurence’s College this Saturday.

Geographically, the two schools are the closest in the AIC competition, separated by a few kilometres. St Laurence’s have been impressive this season with a young team that will also return for a promising 2020.

In other matches in last Saturday’s sixth round, Iona recorded its fourth consecutive 8-0 win after overcoming St Edmund’s College. Iona will finish its season against Marist College Ashgrove.

Iona’s Tennis Coordinator Rebecca Adamson said the First IV team’s focus had been on managing match scenarios well including the ability to recover from lost points or when doubles combinations were changed.