Back after a long break

AFTER a long break due to the Sawtell National points tournament last week our Saturday morning junior tennis competition began a new term last Saturday.

The day was fine and a new group in the bottom division started comp for the first time and had a good time.

In Division 1, Michael Brooks and Sienna De Salis had a great match. It was a match which featured some hard hitting but it was the person who made the least mistakes that was going to come out on top. The scores were close throughout with Sienna ending up on top 6-4 4-6 6-4.

This sort of match is great preparation for these kids who are trying to get into tournament play.

Andrew Minotti and Courtney Johnston also had a cliff-hanger. Andrew won the third set 6-5 in a tiebreaker.

This match had too many unforced errors but both players will only get better as they play more tennis. With all the rain, no competition and school holidays some juniors have not picked up a racquet for five weeks.

In Division 2, there was one close encounter and one not so close. Conlan Brehaut and Jimmy Browning dominated their match. Neither player lost a set to win their match 32 games to 8.

The other match was much closer. Andrew Lemin and Cameron Charleson got off to a flyer winning the first two sets, a doubles 5-3 and Andrew's singles 6-2. However, Duncan Brown and Adam Simmons each won a singles 5-3 to be only two games down with a doubles to go.

The doubles was hard fought with the games going each way until the end result was 4-all, resulting in a 2-game win to Andrew and Cameron.

Andy Brooks had a great day in his first competition game for a long time. He won both singles 6-2 and 7-1 and then teamed with Mat Thompson for a 4-all draw in their doubles. His two singles wins put his team far enough ahead that they won 27-13.

In the other match, Tim Newans got his team off to a good start with a 6-2 singles win.

Dylan Thompson, clawed a little of that lead back with a tough 5-3 win in his singles.

Two 4-all draw sets followed to set up a classic last set with only 2 games separating the teams. Dylan combined with Adrian Purton to play the steadier doubles and win 5-3 to force a 20-all draw. Great match.

Both games in Division 4 were good encounters.

Kelsi Govan and Brayden Dickens combined well as a pair.

Each won a singles 6-2 and 7-1 respectively to give their team a good lead.

With all other sets being close they won 24-14. Sophie Eichman and Aleece Ross got their team off to a good start winning their first singles games 5-3 and 6-2 respectively.

However, Cameron Bone then played well in his second singles to win 6-2 and reduce the difference to only 2 games with a doubles to go.

That set was fought the whole way with games alternating between the two pairs. The score was 4-all which meant a two game win to Aleece and Sophie overall.

Division 5 was played as a round robin and they each played three singles sets each. Alister Brehaut and Jaiden Smith who both played last term were the standouts. Jaiden won all his sets and Alister had two wins and a 4-all.

At this stage it looks like these two might be the dominant ones but you never know.

At this level some of those just starting can improve quickly and make things interesting by the end of the term.

Let's hope for better luck with the weather this term.

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