High school tennis stars ace competition to become national champions

The Applecross Senior High School Division 1 boys team and staff.
The Applecross Senior High School Division 1 boys team and staff.

THE Applecross Senior High School Division 1 Boys have returned home as national champions after claiming the 2009 Australian School Tennis Challenge.

Year 9 student Kent Yamazaki, Year 10 students Matthew Burton and Kendrick Chia, and Year 12 students Reuben Giorgio and Oscar Giorgio joined together and proved to be a dominant force, going undefeated across all seven matches in Albury, New South Wales in November.

A solid win in the final resulted in Applecross SHS 3-6-42 trouncing South Australian school Marryatville High 0-1-17, who had been undefeated to that stage of the tournament.

Applecross Senior High School head coach Lee Jarvinen said winning the Australian Schools Tennis Challenge had been a goal the specialist tennis school had been working towards for a number of years.

“We won the event back in 2002 and have been working on getting back to that position for quite some time,” he said.

“They’re a strong group and we’ve got confidence in all of them.

“The depth in our line-up was a definite advantage, we could play the boys in any position if we needed to.”

Applecross’s Division 1 girls team lost one once, to the eventual winning school that they unfortunately drew in the pool rounds.

They finished fifth overall.

The school has produced elite tennis players including current Fed Cup team member Astra Sharma.