Two of Rainey Endowed Schools boy’s tennis teams have reached the knockout stages of the Ulster Schools Tennis Cups.
The Form 1 boys’ team have reached the semi-final of the cup, whereas the Form 2/3 boys’ team have reached the semi-final of the plate. These are both excellent achievements for the boys.
In the Form 1 competition the team was drawn in the same group as Ballymena Academy, Ballyclare High School and Coleraine AI. In the first match they played Ballymena at home with Ross Speers, Joel Bell and Max Millar all recording sound singles wins.
Joel and Max won their doubles match and Sebastian Hastings then teamed up with Ross to win their doubles match. This gave the Rainey boys a 5-1 victory.
In the second match they travelled to Ballyclare to play the local High School. Sebastian, Joel and Max all won their singles games.
Then Joel and Max clinched the match by winning their doubles 6-0. The match score finished 4-2 in favour of the local boys.
In their final group game they played Coleraine AI. This turned out to be another comprehensive victory for the Magherafelt boys. Ross, Joel and Max all confortably won their singles and Sebastian and Ross and Joel and Max triumphed in the doubles giving them a 5-1 success. The victory means they have topped their group. This has been a great success for the Rainey boys.
They have played very good tennis to reach this stage and will now practice hard as they await Friends School Lisburn in the semi-final.
The junior team, made up of boys in Form 2 and 3 have also had a successful group campaign. They were drawn in the same group as Methody, Carrickergus GS and Killicomaine JHS.
They opened their account away to Carrickfergus GS and came away with a big win. The team, made up of Peter McLean, Sam Hardy, Ryan Doherty and Tim Campbell won every match, therefore defeating their opponents 6-0, winning by 36 games to 3.
In the second game they had to travel to Methody and came up against a very strong team, who were the current junior cup holders.
Each of the players gave their best and forced three of the games to tie breaks. But Methody proved to strong in the end winning 6-0.
The last group match had a ‘winner takes all’ tag. The boys were at home to Killicomaine JHS from Portadown. With Methody already through in the cup the winners of this match would progress into the plate.
Peter McLean had a very difficult game at number one against the sixth ranked player in Ulster. He pushed him all the way but unfortunately lost.
Sam Hardy then levelled the match with a win. Ryan Doherty and Tim Campbell both won their singles to give Rainey a 3-1 lead going into the doubles.
Peter and Tim lost a close match but Sam and Ryan played very well to win and secure the match by 4 games to 2. This ensured that the boys will play Belfast High School in the semi-final of the plate.
This is an excellent triumph for both teams who have prepared very well for their games. Both teams now wait in anticipation to see who they play in the knockout. Everyone at Rainey wishes them well.