Since Mike Weber and Cam Gillmoure are only in Grade 11, they will get another chance to avenge their loss at the recent OFSAA Tennis Festival. The senior boys' tennis doubles team from Georgetown lost in the 2006 quarter-finals to a duo from Windsor after taking the game to a 77 standoff at Toronto's Rexall Centre. Gillmoure and Weber, who compete regularly at the Gordon Alcott Tennis Club, qualified for OFSAA after winning the Halton championship late last month. The pair easily beat Abbey Park in the Halton finals by a score of 10-4. "We were pretty confident we could win Haltons, but next year with our newly practised skills and teamwork, our confidence will grow much stronger, which is something that is very important," said Weber. After competing in the Halton finals, Weber and Gillmoure were invited to compete at the OFSAA championship held at York University. The duo played four games, winning the first two, losing the third from a tiebreaker to Windsor, and then losing the fourth consolation game. The scores of the games were 8-5, 8-6, 7-8, 4-8. The players were very excited they won their first two games, since they felt intimidated by their surroundings. "After winning, we were very surprised. We walked in and saw that these guys were huge. It was really fun," said Weber. The biggest opportunity for improvement for next year is teamwork, the players added. When playing against teams they knew they could beat, they found themselves playing at the other team's level. The duo learned the importance of this, and realized that they must set the bar high and bring their play up to this level all the time. The boys believe they can take what they have learned, work on their teamwork, and be the team to beat at OFSAA 2007. Coach Dan Estevan, a former Rebel competitor who played in the OFSAA tourney as a GDHS student, has started up the tennis program at the school after a seven-year hiatus.
After finishing ninth overall in boys' doubles at the 2006 OFSAA Tennis Festival in Toronto earlier this month, Georgetown Rebels' teammates Mike Weber (left) and Cameron Gillmoure have their sights set on winning gold medals at the 2007 provincials and will practise at the Gordon Alcott Tennis Club all summer long.