Applecross SHS tennis program proves superiority again with Herbert Edwards and Slazenger Cup wins


Slazenger Cup winners (boys) top: Stevan Ilic (17), Nicholas De Lima (18), Kaey-Den Tan (17) and bottom: Tyler Mizuhata (16), Reuben Giorgio (15). Slazenger Cup winners (girls) top: Madeleaine Muller-Hughes (17), Lara Vugasinovich (17) and Tara Gilich (15). Herbert Edwards Cup winners (boys) bottom: Kendrick Chia (13), Milos  Stanojlovic (13), Matthew Burton (13). Herbert Edwards Cup winners (girls) top: Talia Gibson (13), Shanelle Iaconi (13) bottom: Xinyi Zheng (14), Casey Tay (14) Picture: Marie Nirme d470098
Slazenger Cup winners (boys) top: Stevan Ilic (17), Nicholas De Lima (18), Kaey-Den Tan (17) and bottom: Tyler Mizuhata (16), Reuben Giorgio (15). Slazenger Cup winners (girls) top: Madeleaine Muller-Hughes (17), Lara Vugasinovich (17) and Tara Gilich (15). Herbert Edwards Cup winners (boys) bottom: Kendrick Chia (13), Milos Stanojlovic (13), Matthew Burton (13). Herbert Edwards Cup winners (girls) top: Talia Gibson (13), Shanelle Iaconi (13) bottom: Xinyi Zheng (14), Casey Tay (14) Picture: Marie Nirme d470098

THE specialist tennis program at Applecross Senior High School has kept alive a near 20-year winning streak claiming both the boys and girls titles at the Herbert Edwards (Year 7-9) and Slazenger (Year 10-12) Cups for 2016.

Since 1998 Applecross SHS has always won at least one of the tournaments, which are the biggest tennis participation events in Western Australia and pit teams from both public and private schools against each other.

This year, Applecross SHS drove home its dominance by finishing first and second in both the boys and girls Herbert Edwards Cup and the girls Slazenger Cup.

In the boys’ Slazenger Cup, Applecross SHS defeated Wesley College 4-1 in the final.

The winning teams received their Tennis West trophies last Friday and specialist tennis program co-ordinator Lee Jarvinen said he could not be prouder of their effort.

“It’s great that the kids have continued the tradition we’ve built up over the past two decades and what was most pleasing was the sportsmanship and professionalism on display from the students,” Jarvinen said.

The specialist tennis program at Applecross SHS accepts just 24 students into Year 7 each year but regularly receives in excess of 60 applications.

“We draw on students from right around the Perth metropolitan area and even South East Asia,” Jarvinen said.

“We’ve had students from Japan and Indonesia; all of the applicants get tested and you have to be at a certain level to qualify.”

Teams from Applecross SHS will now represent WA at the School Sport Australian National Championships in November, with the girls hoping to go one better than their runner-up finish last year and the boys looking to climb from sixth.

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