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Default S. Thomas’ wins National School Games Tennis title

S. Thomas’ wins National School Games Tennis title

September 25, 2015, 9:36 pm

On top is the victorious S. Thomas’ U-19 Tennis Team. The Girls final was won by Visakha Vidyalaya, who are seen on left, beating Ladies’ College 2/0. The 3rd place went to Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya who beat Bishop’s College 2/0. The Boys’ 3rd place was won by Royal College who beat Ananda College 2/0. The Girls’ segment’s Best Player was adjudged as Thisuri Molligoda from Visakha.(Pix by Kamal Wanniarachchi)

S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia regained the ‘Milo’ National School Games Boys’ Tennis Shield, awarded by the Ministry of Education, yesterday at the SLTA, Colombo when they defeated St. Peter’s College, Colombo in the final.

Incidentally this year’s final was a repeat of the past two finals with S. Thomas’ triumph in 2013 followed by a Peterite victory in 2014. The Thomians’ victory is made extra special this year by the fact that they did not lose a single match throughout the entire tournament.

After a relatively quiet couple of rounds, the Thomians faced the more fancied Royalists in the semi-finals having lost to them last weekend in the annual Royal-Thomian Annual Tennis Encounter. However Avindra Perera and Viranka Fernando recorded convincing straight-set victories to avenge last week’s loss.

The start of the final was delayed due to inclement weather but this had no effect on the atmosphere as large crowds were present to support both schools.

Chehan Fernando got St. Peter’s off to a flying start winning the first set 6-2 against Avindra Perera amid loud cheers from the Peterite supporters. However the 14-year-old Avindra, recently crowned the Under-18 National Champion, orchestrated a stunning comeback to silence the Peterites breezing through the remaining two sets 6-2, 6-2 to get the Thomians one match away from regaining the title they won in 2013.

The Thomian supporters gathered at the SLTA were not to be disappointed as Viranka Fernando gave a stunning display of powerful ground strokes to beat Davishka Ranasinghe 6-3, 6-0 and thereby clinching the final and the shield with a 2-0 win.

Thomian ace Avindra Perera was named the Best Player of the National School Games Tennis Tournament this year.

On top is the victorious S. Thomas’ U-19 Tennis Team. The Girls final was won by Visakha Vidyalaya,below.
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