TENNIS GIRLS - NSATIS PREMIERS
Marist Seconds take on St Brendan-Shaw tonight in Devonport.
In other Tennis news, Marist Boys Firsts and Seconds are both in northern finals, with dates for matches yet to be decided. The Firsts are looking to claim their third consecutive northern title, before lining up for another tilt at the state championships.
For the first time in the 47-year history of the northern independent schools sports Marist has won the Girls First Division with a dominant display over reigning premiers Scotch Oakburn. Coach Amanda Johnstone has been steadfastly working on a six-year development program at the College with dividends paying off this year at both division 1 and 2 levels.
Montana Bradley (captain) and Stephanie Wylie took on the tough Scotch pairing of Megan de Boer and Lucy Jones in the first of the doubles matches. Despite going down 3-6, 6-7, the Marist duo were able to notch up valuable games to add to the team score. As they've done all season, the number 2 pairing of Sophie Johnstone and Kennedy Parke thrashed their opponents 6-1, 6-2 in the second round of the doubles to put Marist on level pegging with Scotch going into the four singles rubbers.
It was always going to be a tough ask for no.1 singles player Montana Bradley, seeded against Megan de Boer. Montana took the highly ranked player to advantage in several games, and only succumbed after some entertaining and skilful rallies, 9-0. Kennedy Parke made short work of her singles opponent, returning a 9-1 score line and Sophie Johnstone's strength sealed victory in the third of the singles encounters, 9-4.
Marist took a 3 rubbers to 2 lead into the final singles rubber, where a loss would see the match decided on a count back of games. Stephanie Wylie rose to the occasion, however, and it was soon apparent the NSATIS shield was heading Marist's way for the first time in 47 years. Stephanie was able to turn the tables on a tenacious Tina Auckland, taking the rubber 9-5 and sealing victory for Marist.
Final score: Marist d Scotch Oakburn 4 rubbers 2, 48 games-35.
The athletics carnival has been postponed due to poor weather. It will now take place on Tuesday April 15, weather permitting.