Cream of Junior Tennis in Bloem
The cream of South African junior girls’ tennis will descend on Bloemfontein this week for the prestigious Amanda Coetzer Challenge, lead by Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhoef, which returns to defend their 6-year winning streak.
With the Challenge playing host to a duelling ground for national champions set to battle it out, joint sponsors ABSA and Resolution Health are proud to enable the event’s 10th year.
Six of South Africa’s top school girl tennis teams will battle for the trophy in a round robin tournament to be played at Amanda Coetzer’s alma mater, Oranje Meisieskool, between Thursday to Saturday.
The defending champions Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof of Stellenbosch will be hoping for their eighth consecutive win.
The strong Bloemhof line up includes national number 1 Andrie Meiring, as well as 2005 U16 national champion Lize de Klerk.
Bloemhof coach Pietie Norval, a former world doubles champion, said he was confident that his girls would lift trophy come Saturday: “My team are well prepared and ready for the challenge.
“Winning on Saturday is our focus and although the competition will be tough each member of our team realises the importance of this tournament and the benefits of winning,” contined Norval.
Pretoria’s Hoërskool Waterkloof are the only other school to have won the Challenge (3 times) and will pose the biggest to Bloemhof.
Hosts, Hoër Meisieskool Oranje, led by former national champion Estelle Erasmus, are also amongst the favourite teams this year.
Oranje who have been runner up since the tournament’s inception will be hoping to finally take top honours in this the centenary year of their school.
Dark horse of the tournament, Hoërskool Menlopark, may cause an upset with Bianca Swanepoel in their line up.
Swanepoel is one of South Africa’s most talented up-and-coming tennis players, and represented South Africa in the Nike Junior Tour International Masters held in Nice, France and is a regular competitor on the international junior circuit.
The announced teams are as follows:
Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof:
Madelie Janse van Rensburg
Lize de Klerk
Johanie van Zyl
Ilse van der Nest
Hoër Meisieskool Oranje:
Bernadette du Toit
Carmia van Wyk
Moné Janse van Rensburg