Four teams were entered in the Ulster Cup competitions in what turned out to be a successful season.

The minor team (year 8) –Isabella Connor, Katie Reid, Kate Callaghan and Charlotte Snape had a very good first summer. The girls’ qualified from their section with convincing 6-0 and 5-1 wins over Rockport and Victoria respectively. The final match of the section was a much closer affair. Against Methody College the girls’ came up against much stronger opposition. This was a keenly fought match with the score 2-2 after the singles matches, it was all to play for in doubles and Friends performed magnificently to win the 1st and 2nd doubles in a tie break to win the match 4-2. In the semi-final the team faced a very strong Sullivan squad. The girls raised their game and played some great tennis to draw three all but lost out on a place in the Ulster final by five games. However this team shows much promise for the future.

The junior team (years 9&10) - Lucy Mathers, Rebecca Stevenson, Sophie Kidd, Mikayla Kyle and Ella Brown found form playing some good tennis to get through the section matches. They defeated Banbridge Academy Wallace and Killicomaine 6 matches to 0, in the section winning a total of 108 games and losing only 17. In the semi-final they had their first tough match of the season against Sullivan. All the games were played in great spirit and were very competitive, unfortunately Friends lost out 4 ½ - 1 ½.

The intermediate squad (years 11& 12) – Rachel McElrath, Sarah King, Ellie Bamford, Georgia Reid got a walkover in the first round against Rockport. They then faced a very strong Methody side that knocked them out of the 2nd round.

The senior team – Rachel Collins, Lauren Irwin, Olivia Reid, Olivia Agnew and Lydia Campbell faced Bloomfield in the 1st round of the cup and drew 3-3 in matches, however won by 2 games. The second round. the girls had to compete against Grosvenor side which was again a very tight fixture, after singles the score was 2-2, however in doubles Grosvenor showed their strength and the final score was 4-2 to Grosvenor.

In the plate the seniors faced Strathearn ‘B’ and in a tight match the score finished 3 matches each, however, Friends won by 1 game. The semi- final was back to play Grosvenor but this time their B team. This game was again extremely close and after the singles finished 2-2 and in the doubles 1-1, therefore it came down to games and unfortunately Friends lost by 2 games. Well done and thank you to Lauren Irwin, Olivia Reid and Lydia Campbell who have completed their FSL tennis career and now move on to University.

Congratulations to Isabella Connor who is ranked u12 number 1 female in Ireland.

The Year 8 Keag Cup was won by Isabella Connor with Katie Reid runner up.

The Thompson cup for most improved Junior player went to Sophie Kidd

Full colours were awarded to Lauren Irwin, Lydia Campbell, Rachel Collins and re awarded to Olivia Reid

C Adams


The Intermediate team began the campaign with a Bye into the second round of the Cup, where they were drawn against Grosvenor. With the game falling in the middle of exam season, the team was made up of Carter Gregg, Ross Little, Luke Collins and Ben Hamill. The Singles matches were closely fought, with Carter Gregg losing 6-4, Ross Little winning 6-4, Luke Collins losing 6-1 and Ben Hamill losing 6-3. The Doubles pairing of Collins and Hamill won 6-4, but defeat in the other Doubles pairing meant Grosvenor won the match 4-2. This sent Friends’ into the Quarter-Final of the Plate competition but lengthy delays in the competition brought about by external exams left Friends’ waiting to play their scheduled match. At the time of writing, Omagh Christian Brothers were the opponents in the Plate competition.

The Junior Boys enjoyed a very competitive season, led by Ulster Schools representative Mackenzie Connor. The team was made up of Mackenzie Connor, Fabian Hortiguela Conn, Noah Poots and Harry Archbold. They started with a convincing 5-1 win over Banbridge Academy, before making the long journey to Enniskillen for their next group game. The Doubles were shared 1-1 and after the opening Singles matches, Enniskillen had a narrow 3-2 lead. Friends’ knew if they could win the final Singles match they would win the tie overall, but Enniskillen edged a thrilling match on a tie-break to win the tie 4-2. Friends’ then recorded a 4-2 win of their own over Killicomaine to leave a three way tie at the top of the group. Unfortunately, given the head-to-head breakdown between the three teams, Friends’ missed out on both the Cup Quarter-Final and the Plate, and had to settle for third place. This was unfortunate for the boys, but they can be pleased with their efforts in missing out on the next round by such a small margin.

It was a difficult introduction to secondary school tennis for the Minor boys. They were drawn in a hugely competitive group with perennial finalists RBAI and Campbell College. Experience won out as expected and Friends’ found themselves on the wrong end of one-sided score lines in both encounters.

There was a very keen interest expressed from the Junior School players and a number of players who were not selected for the team eagerly attended practice. Combined with the extra year of experience for those who were involved in competitive action, this bodes well for the future. Thank-you to all involved for their commitment.

A Forrest