Ladies College and Visakha Vidyalaya qualified for the girls’ finals of the All Island Schools’ Tennis Tournament organised by the Ministry of Education while S. Thomas’ Mt. Lavinia and St. Peter’s College will battle it out in the boys’ final today.
In the semi-final matches played at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts, Ladies’ College took on Bishop’s College and Visakha Vidyalaya played against Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya in the girls’ category. The Bishopians were defeated by the the girls from Flower Road 2-1 and the Visakhians had the upper hand in the match against HFC winning 2-0.
S. Thomas’ College emerged victorious, 2-0 in their semi- final against Ananda College, to book their place in the final round. Royal College lost their chance when they lost to St. Peter’s College, 2-0.
The tournament, which commenced on the 4th of September, consisted of 17 schools that took part in the boys’ category and 13 schools in the girls’ category from all across the country. Drawn based on last year’s ratings and played on a knockout basis, the tournament was worked off with each competing school playing two singles and one doubles match.
Of the over twenty schools that participated in the tournament, the four schools that have progressed into the finals have performed exceptionally well throughout. Ladies College won their matches against Chundikulam Girls’ School, Jaffna and Kamel Fatima Vidyalaya, Kalmunai before they met Bishop’s College in the semis and Visakha Vidyalaya won against Vincent Girls’ High School, Batticaloa.
St. Peter’s College won against St. Benedict’s College and De Mazenod College, Kandana whilst S. Thomas’ College defeated Trinity College and St. Joseph’s College in the preliminary rounds.
Both finals are expected to be rather interesting as the defending champions of the boys’ title, – S. Thomas’ College, will seek to retain the shield and Ladies’ College and Visakha Vidyalaya – both schools with many titles under their belts, will pose a tough challenge to each other as all eyes will be on the silverware of the tournament.