Tennis is a lively sport at Ligbron. It is often the beginning of a life-long involvement with tennis for all the players. Ligbron can boast of regular Regional and Provincial achievements for individual players in the Mpumalanga Junior League, as well as team successes in the parallel High School league. There is ONE big tournament held in August in Ermelo for the Highveld region, where seven schools participate with a varying number of teams. The finals for the winning teams are between Highveld, West-Mpumalanga and Nelspruit Regions, after this tournament. We play friendlies against neighbouring schools, players are also encouraged to join SATA to play in the Junior Tennis Series throughout the year. The arrangement allows players to participate in other sports as well, as our match dates don’t clash. We have six teams that annually rank among the best in the region. Many of these players now rank on the University level. Niel Haasbroek (Univ of Pta) and Annemie van Zyl (UJ) were such players who were amongst the South African Schools Tennis team who toured abroad.
Tennis is organised by Margaret van Helsdingen, but coached professionally by Mr. Ben Plekenpol who undertakes an annual tour to the coast or to the Stellenbosh Tennis Academy in December. There is a new teacher who will also become involved in social tennis and coaching in 2014 – Mrs Carinda Durand. Our tennis organizers are also Educators and actively involved in both junior and senior school tennis. We use a ball machine to facilitate training.
Vier van Ligbron Akademie vir Tegnologie se tennisspanne het op 10 en 11 Augustus, in Secunda aan die Gert Sibande uitspele deelgeneem wat in Secunda plaasgevind het.
Ligbron se spanne het goeie tennis opgelewer en het die volgende plekke behaal:
Die Eerstespan dogters het algeheel 6de uit 8 spanne geëindig,
die Eerstespan seuns het 3de uit 8 spanne geëindig,
die Tweedespan dogters het 3de uit 6 spanne geëindig en
die Tweedespan seuns het 1ste uit 7 spanne geëindig.
Die Tweedespan seuns dring deur na die Mpumalanga-uitspele wat op Donderdag, 18 Augustus in Middelburg plaasgevind het. Tydens die dag speel die seuns in ‘n uiters spannende wedstryd teen Hoërskool Nelspruit maar verloor ongelukkig die stryd. Die 3 skole wat deelgeneem het was Hoërskool Nelspruit, HTS Middelburg en Ligbron, waarvan Ligbron 3de geëindig het.
Organizer: CARINDA 083 387 8823
Practise times (in alternative teams):
Wednesdays from 15h30 – 17h30
Tours: One tour annually.
The ranking is determined by trials early in the year and then on a sliding system after challenges
Teams: (Highveld League)
Boys: 1st / 2nd / 3rd / 4th
Girls: 2nd / 3rd
Our best players for 2013 were Henré Naudé and Marlene Broodryk
The best improvement was shown by Jurgen Benecke
HIGHVELD LEAGUE (6 TEAMS)
1St Boys: End 4th in League
2nd Boys: End 3rd in League
3rd Boys: End as Runner-up
4th Boys: End as Runner-up
Girls: Won 3/7 Matches
In total, Ligbron won 16/29 Matches during this season with 32 players!
Best Player of the Year: Johann Theron
Best Progress: Shared by Birgit Johannes & Christiaan Paul
Tennis Player of the Year: Roan Stander