Juniors hope to slam opponents

PLAYERS have been preparing to take on their counterparts from northern centres with the Ballina Junior Tournament to take place this weekend.

Jesse and Brad Harrison will be hoping to impress in their respective divisions and will be competing against players from northern centres, Grafton, Lismore and Moree.

Austin Beal will be competing in his first away tournament and has been very impressive in training.

Jake Munro has worked well and will be stepping up in stronger company, so it will be a good test for all the boys.

The Dunlop Cup to be at Thornleigh on November 15 and 16 will see a number of local players selected to represent the North Coast Region.

They include Alex Gough, Tamika Saxby U/19A', Andrew Mulhall, U/19B's. Congratulations to these players on their selection.

Tuesday night produced yet another tense struggle amongst players in warmer conditions.

The ball was certainly lively and suited Ben Luffman who defeated Dean Muggleton in five tight games reversing their last encounter.

Lindsay McConachy proved too strong for Ross Gentle 3/1 and showed he is back to his consistent best and looking to challenge allcomers.

Daniel Spring showed his class with a quick fire barrage of shots to halt the challenge of Justin Male.

Justin used every trick to unsettle Daniel but couldn't break his rhythm going down in straight sets and Daniel picking up the bonus point.

Adrian Kelly was another to suffer at the hands of Bruce Fidge with a 3/0 loss. Bruce's game was in tune this week with a faultless display of drops and strong service returns not allowing Adrian into the match.

Myles Bennell continues to improve each week since return with a solid three set win over Rhys Edwards.

Myles retrieval and court coverage keeping Rhys uncertain throughout, forcing him into error as he attempted more winners.

Mark Deweerd returned to the winners circle with a very hard fought effort against Chris Connington. 8/15 15/14 15/14 15/11.

Chris can consider himself a little unlucky losing two tie breaks with poor returns with Mark seizing each opportunity to close out games to take a two sets to one advantage which could have easily gone the other way.

A welcome return to Eamonn Mulhall on Wednesday night in a marathon match with Alan Stewart.

Alan finally winning 3/69 to 2/67.

Jeff Edwards needed five sets to hold out the improving Luke Flanagan with a 3/67 to 2/68 result.

Jeff being pushed in the final set to 15/13 and Luke can be well pleased with his efforts as he stepped up a grade and will benefit from the harder competition.

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