Winning Start for Champs

 
The captains of the six competing schools in the 10th Amanda Coetzer Challenge being played at OMS in Bloemfontein this week (from left to right) Nandi Norval (Cradock High School); Riette Kotze (Hoerskool Stellenbosch); Franne Pieterse (Hoer Meisieskool Oranje); Menanteua Moolman (Hoer Meisieskool Bloemhof – defending champions); Natasha Swanepoel (Hoërskool Menlopark); Freda Louw (Hoërskool Waterkloof). Picture Gerhardus Bosch, courtesy BLD Communications.
 
Defending Champions Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof started their defence of the 10th Amanda Coetzer Challenge in Bloemfontein on Thursday, flawlessly beating Cradock High School of the Eastern Cape 21-0 in round 1 of the three-day challenge.
 

Bloemhof, who have won the title for the past six years were impressive on court winning their six singles matches and three doubles matches without dropping a set.
 
Former world doubles champion, Pietie Norval, coach of the Bloemhof side said that he was pleased with his team’s performance. “We could not have wished for a better start to what always ends up being a tough weekend’s tennis.
 
"However, despite the good start, my team need to remain focused and committed to defending their title if they want a chance to lift the trophy on Saturday” said Norval.
 
Hosts a runners up in last year’s tournament, Oranje had a tough opening encounter against Hoërskool Stellenbosch eventually winning 15-11.
 
In the last tie of the opening round, the two Pretoria “tennis giants” Hoërskool Menlopark and three time winner Hoërskool Waterkloof did battle with Menlopark upsetting Waterkloof 14-8.
 
On Friday rounds 2 and 3 of the round robin competition will be played with the final rounds scheduled for Saturday.

Played at Oranje Meisieskool, Bloemfontein, on Thursday 24th May 2007:
First Round:
HMS Bloemhof bt Cradock HS 21-0
Oranje Meisieskool bt HS Stellenbosch 15-11
HS Menlopark bt HS Waterkloof 14-8 

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