13 September 2017 | Tennis ACT

Holy Family Primary School Smashers are on their way to the Todd Woodbridge Cup Final in Sydney after winning the ACT State Final at the Canberra Tennis Centre today.

The top eight teams from schools across the ACT participated in the ACT State Final after winning their way through four ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Regional Gala Days held in August and September.

The teams were divided in top pools with the top two progressing through to the semifinals where Holy Family defeated Mother Teresa, while St Edmunds College edged out Canberra Grammar School.   In final, the smashers narrowly defeated St Edmund’s College five sets to three to claim the title.

Holy Family student Ashlee Antonakas, whose favourite player is Serena Williams, said the ”best thing about tennis is joy and having fun”.

“My favourite thing about today is that I can win and meet new people and have fun,” she said.

Holy Family will now represent the ACT at the Todd Woodbridge Cup Final on November 9 at Sydney Olympic Park, where they will play against the top 20 schools from across NSW.

Almost 250 children from thirteen schools have participated in the competition this year.  Tennis ACT School Development Coordinator Geoff Bartlett was thrilled at the success of the event.

“The ANZ Tennis Hot Shot Gala Days and the ACT State Final have been a great way to connect more students with tennis.  The kids have really enjoyed representing their schools and getting out on court competing.  We can’t wait to grow this event further in 2018.”

ACT State Final placings

1st Holy Family Smashers
2nd St Edmund’s College
3rd Canberra Grammar School
4th Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School
5th Giralang Primay School
6th Aranda Primary School
7th Holy Spirit Lightning
8th Holy Family Volleyers