Aboyne boys reach knockout stages

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Aboyne Academy entered a boys team in the Scottish Schools 2011/12 U18 Tennis Championships for the first time in a number of years.

Matches were played throughout February and March against other schools in the North-east, with Aboyne represented by S4 pupils Neil Thomson-Mitchell, Brad Arthur, Alexander Fyfe and S3 pupil Hamish Ritchie, along with S4 Struan Gordon, who stepped in for one match as a reserve.

Each tie consisted of four singles matches and two doubles matches. Aboyne started with fairly straightforward wins against Dyce Academy and Albyn School 6-0 and 5-1 respectively, and then claimed a walkover against the International School who were unable to provide a full team.

Aboyne’s next match against Robert Gordon’s College, played at Rublislaw, proved a far greater test. After a lot of high quality tennis, the tie ended in a 3-3 draw. The result was then decided by a doubles championship tie-break, which was won 10-4 by Neil and Alexander, to give Aboyne a 4-3 victory.

The final tie of the series was at home against Cults Academy. A great effort saw Aboyne once again level at 3-3 after all the matches, requiring another tie-break to decide the result. Neil and Alexander again stepped up to edge a thrilling tie-break, coming from 8-7 down to take the tiebreak 10-8 for another close 4-3 victory overall. The win meant Aboyne completed the regional round robin undefeated and at the top of the table.

Aboyne Academy, will now progress to the national knockout rounds of the Scottish schools competition, which starts this month.