Close competition in junior tennis

THE Coffs Saturday morning junior tennis competition was played at all venues on the weekend.

In Division 1 the winners were Michael Brooks, Courtney Johnston and Jason Robson. Jason had to fight the hardest in his match with Andrew Minotti. Jason got off to a flyer winning the first set 6-0 but after that Andrew got his act together and it was a dog fight. Both sets featured good long rallies as the games won alternated between the two. The last two sets were tiebreakers - each winning one each.

Both matches in Division 2 were close. Conlan Brehaut was the difference in his teams win. He had two very tight singles matches but fought hard to win both 5-3. His partner, Michael Purton showed improved form from the week before to chip in with a 5-3 singles win. This gave them a six-game win as the other sets were all 4-all draws. Duncan Brown got his team out of a certain loss with an 8-0 singles win. Adam Simmons and Ryan Vibe were actually up by six games with one set to go after having won three of the first four sets 5-3 in another hard fought encounter. Then out comes Duncan to win his teams only set for the morning 8-0 and end up with a two-game win. Just goes to show a tennis match is not over until the last point.

Close matches were also the order in Division 3. Brayden Dickens and Domenis Gough were up by eight games after Brayden had won a singles 7-1 and 5-3. However, Brice Purton played well to win his singles 6-2 and reduce the deficit to four with the doubles to go. That was 4-all, so the difference remained four games. Adrian Purton and Amy Beckett had very good games in the other match winning all of their singles to put them well ahead before the last doubles set. Just as well as they lost that set 6-2.

Tight finishes were again common in Division 4. Brendan Floyd and Abbie Jacobs each won a singles before Aleece Ross came back for the opposition and won a singles 6-2 to make the difference between the two teams two games with the doubles to go. Abbie and Brendan combined well to win that set 5-3 and the match 22-18. Sophie Eichman and Justin Brown combined well as a team to win the other match. Each won a singles 6-2 to give them a handy lead. Cameron Bone played very well to keep their opponents in the match by winning both his singles. However, it was to no avail as they lost the last doubles set to Justin and Sophie to lose the match 24-16.

Division 5 had one close match and a one-sided encounter. Alister Brehaut and Noah Ross dominated their match winning all but one of the sets. They won 30 games to 10. The other match was a great one. Caitlyn Dickens got her team off to a good start with a 6-2 singles win which featured some very consistent tennis. Then, Gracie Hemer for the opposition played well to also win 6-2 and set the scene for a good close tussle. The doubles set was 4-all so all was even when they went on for the last two singles sets. One of them was 4-all but Jesse Clark, Caitlyn's partner won her set 5-3 to give them a 21-19 win.

What a difference a week makes. Last week the majority of matches were one sided but this week the competition was much closer. Lets hope for more of the same next week.

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