Division 1 final was a cracker

By DANNY SOUSA

COFFS 1 defeated Coffs 2 by the narrowest margin possible in the final of the Coffs Harbour and District mixed competition with the match equal coming in to the last set which finished with a 10-8 win in a tiebreak to Coffs 1 after both teams held several match points.

The match was full of top players including former world top 75 player Jenny Dimond, former top five Australian junior Amanda Jones.

Former tour player Danny Sousa, Tiebreak Tennis coach Matt Wray and Coffs Harbours top ranked female Chanel Cunningham also played.

Other Coffs Harbour Tennis Club division 1 players included Mel Henry playing her first comp for the club, Andrew Wilson who featured in his second final in as many comps and Brad Waterhouse who has played for Coffs for many years.

Bryce Cunningham had the night off as did Rosie Ellis, Scott McKellar, Shanon Kofoed and Caroline Campbell.

Big thanks goes to Marg Gordon who came down to support both teams and who got Coffs 2 off to a great start in the first few rounds with her great form.

Thanks also to Luczia Bain who is now at Uni in Sydney but who also helped Coffs 2 in a couple of early matches.

Coffs 2 shot off to a great start in the final winning the first three sets and leading by six games. To their credit, Coffs 1 fought back to draw even with one set to go and then made the shots when it counted in the tight last set. The tennis all night was of a very high standard as all players gave their all.

Chanel Cunningham was selected to represent the North Coast in the State Teams finals for the third time.

Lauren Tidsdel from Lismore and Simone Ludke from Forster were also selected. The team won half their matches and gained valuable experience against some of best players in the state.

Chanel is being coached at the Tiebreak Tennis Academy by former world top 75 player and Advanced Coach, Jenny Dimond and has been improving greatly under her guidance and experience.

Bryce Cunningham had another strong showing in Penrith at a National Point Event by making the quarter-finals in the 18 and unders.

When rankings are updated next month it is expected that he will be under 490 which is an amazing improvement after just three months of full-time training with the Tiebreak Tennis Academy.

Bryce Started the year ranked 792. This weekend he is going to Gladstone to play in the 18' and Opens events. He has a tough draw but is confident of doing well.

Tiebreak Tennis Coach Matt Wray is training again after having taken two years off to focus on his HSC.

He will play at the Grafton tournament this weekend to restart his tournament playing.

Matt was one of the top two players in the region from the age of 10 through to 16 and has been helping the clubs juniors progress through the ranks. His early form has been great considering the time he has had off and it will be great to see what Matt can do.

Any players still wishing to play in the Coffs Harbour mixed competition should call the Coffs Harbour Tennis Club immediately as teams close soon. Call the Coffs Harbour Tennis Club on 6651 1615.

There are divisions or for all standards from division 10 beginners up to division 1. Middle to low divisions play on Monday nights from 6.30pm and Middle to high divisions play from 6.30pm on Tuesday nights.

The Coffs Harbour Tennis Club has 7 synthetic grass courts and teams get to finish early due to the availability of two courts for each match.

The Coffs Harbour Tennis Club's Friday night competition has been going great with every child receiving a free slice of pizza each week and even tennis with many divisions played from 4pm to 6pm each Friday night.

Majority of matches are played on synthetic grass and players don't have to commit.

Of course the more you come the more points you gain but players can come whenever they can week to week.

To enter call 6651 1615 or turn up any Friday at 4pm. The Coffs Harbour Tennis Club is located on the corner of Harbour Dr and Curacoa streets.

Coffs Harbour Tennis Club players are reminded that both junior and adult memberships are due now. New players are also invited to join and take advantage of the fantastic benefits and courts.



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