MOSPS Tennis Stars Bring Home Silver Medals
On another very warm afternoon (described by Mrs Rand as a ‘scorcher’!) our senior tennis team set off to see if they could match the efforts of last week’s Yr 3-4 team.
The afternoon followed a slightly different format to last week’s event, as there were only four schools in attendance, consisting of an opening round followed by semi-finals and a final.
In round one, our seeded players played their counterparts from the other three schools once each. Points from all of these matches were tallied to give positions and placements for the semi-finals. It was, again, a real team event, with everyone working hard to contribute points towards an overall total. Mrs Rand said that all of our team played well and that lots of the matches were evenly balanced.
When the points were totalled at the close of round one, Our Lady & St Joseph’s School came top of the leader board, with MOSPS a close second, Brockenhurst Primary 3rd and William Gilpin 4th .
Round two began with the semi-finals: Our Lady v Brockenhurst and MOSPS v William Gilpin. Both were entertaining matches, with some excellent tennis played. Team MOSPS beat their opponents to progress through to the final and so did Our Lady & St Joseph’s, who saw off Brock.
The final was a close affair, with both teams putting in some brilliant performances. Mrs Rand said, “The children did so well on such a scorching afternoon. With lots of games happening at once, it was tricky to keep up with all the points, but I knew it was going to be close.”
In the end it was only 5 points that separated the top two spots. Congratulations to Our Lady & St Joseph’s who came first with 163 points and well done to team MOSPS, who really deserved their silver medals, notching up 158 points. William Gilpin came 3rd and Brock 4th.
The Sports Value at the event was ‘Determination’, and there was plenty of that on show, but the Priestlands staff picked out Mack and Eimhir to receive the Determination wristbands’.
Mrs Rand said that she was ‘really impressed’ with all of our players, who were ‘brilliant’ both on and off the courts and that she hoped they were proud of their excellent achievement in placing second. Well done team MOSPS!!
Thanks, as always to Mrs Rand for her coordinating and coaching skills, to all the parents who helped to transport the children to and from the event and of course to our ‘Top Tennis Team’ for representing the school so well!
Next week sees a break from PSP action, but we’ll be back in July for the final round of events.