Bragging rights for Sawtell club
IT was an extremely close contest but the tennis players who are part of the Eli Baylis Tennis Academy at Sawtell have earned for themselves bragging rights for the next 12 months.
The Baylis crew won the annual tennis challenge against the Allan Pade-coached Harbour Tennis Academy on the weekend.
A total of 101 matches was played between the two tennis groups in a new format across four age groups – under-10s, under-12s, under-14s and under-18s. In previous years, the challenge was a top 25 in each Academy but this year it was changed to age to keep it more in line with the upcoming Junior Development Series ( JDS ).
The final margin was only nine sets and nine games as the Baylis team won 55 sets (410 games) to 46 sets (401 games). Pade said that his team wasn’t disappointed with the loss.
The challenge was held in great spirits and was an excellent warm-up for the upcoming Junior Development Series (JDS) which starts on February 13 in Port Macquarie,” Pade said.
The Westside coach was quick to point out that there was a few great results that his players recorded.
He said that stand out results included winning both the under-10s and under-12s age group and a very narrow one-set loss in the 14s.
Tim Newans caused the upset of the day by defeating highly rated Sawtell junior Rhys Johnston 6-3 while Andrew Lemin had great 6-0 victories over both Bill Childs and Dion Delevente in the 14s.