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

The minor team (year 8) –Mikayla Kyle, Sophie Kidd, Helen Lyster and Charlotte Johnston had a very good first summer. The girls’ qualified from their section with convincing 6-0 and 5-1 wins over Killicomaine and Hunterhouse respectively. The final match of the section was a much closer affair. Against Ballymena Academy the girls’ came up against much stronger opposition. This was a keenly fought match finishing in a three all draw. However Friends’ went forward to the semi-final of the cup by six games. In the semi the team faced a very strong Methody squad. The girls raised their game and played some great tennis to draw three all but losing out on a place in the Ulster final by ten games. However this team shows much promise for the future.

The junior team (years 9&10) - Lucy Mathers, Rachel McElrath, Rebecca Stevenson and Georgia Reid found form playing some good tennis to get through the section matches. They defeated Banbridge Academy and Wallace 6-0 then Down High 4-2. In the quarter final the girls’ had another relativity easy victory with a score line of 5-1 against Methody B team. The semi-final found the squad in their first tough match of the season. The team continued with their good standard of tennis but Strathearn were just a level above winning 5-1.

The intermediate squad (years 11& 12) - Rachel Collins, Sarah King, Ellie Bamford, Darcy Brittain-Dissont Ella Agnew and Rachel Kennedy had a tough first match of the year. They drew in matches three all with Hunterhouse but gained the bonus point as the team won three more games than the opposition. The next round of the cup the girls faced a very strong Methody team and lost 6-0. However the season was not yet over as the girls transferred in to the plate competition. They had a quick 6-0 win over Cambridge House B team dropping only five games. The opposition in the next round was Bloomfield who they defeated 4-0. In the semi-final the team continued their winning run with another convincing victory over Strathearn B team, 4-1. Unfortunately the final against Hunterhouse was a non-event as neither school could field a team the last week of term. The trophy was shared.

The senior team breezed through their first round with a 5-1 victory over Foyle College. The second round was a slightly different fixture. The girls had to compete against a very talented Strathearn side comprising one Irish and three Ulster players. The girls went down 6-0 but still enjoyed the occasion.

Within school the house tennis was won by Divis.

The Year 8 Keag Cup was won by Mikayla Kyle with Sophie Kidd runner up in a keenly contested final.

The Thompson cup for most improved player went to Rachel McElrath.

Full colours were awarded to Olivia Reid and half to Lauren Irwin and Lydia Campbell.

N Thompson