Tennis semi finals approaching

ALL junior tennis players had a busy weekend with junior competition on Saturday and a JDS Round robin on Sunday.

With the Saturday junior competition heading towards the semi-finals soon, the more practice the kids can get in the better.

Both matches in Division 1 were won comfortably. Michael Brooks and Andrew Minotti both played good consistent tennis to dominate their matches.

Jimmy Browning and Cameron Charleson each won a singles 7-1 and 8-0 respectively to put their match beyond doubt.

However, to Jake Demery's credit he still went out for the opposition and tried his heart out. He won a singles and had a 4-all draw in the other which brought the score much closer than they might have been.

His team lost the match 26-14. James Brown is the form player of this division and he showed it again on Saturday.

He and Conlan Brehaut had a great battle before James got the upper hand 5-3.

James then won his second singles 6-2 to help his team to a 23-17 win.

In Division 3, Jake Howe and Natalie Dierick got off to a flyer by winning the doubles set 8-0.

However, Brayden Dickens got the scores back to very close in the next set when he won his singles 7-1.

All of a sudden there was only two games difference and we were in for a tussle. Jake then won his second singles 6-2 to lengthen their lead to 6 with a set to go.

Brice Purton did his best to peg back the lead but fell just short. He won the last set 6-2 for his team to lose 21-19.

In the other match Matthew and Amy Beckett won every set but one to finish comfortable winners. Matthew won all three sets including his singles 7-1 and 6-2 to have a great morning.

At this stage he looks a prime candidate to go up a division next term.

Both matches in Division 4 were very close. The match between Mat Thompson - Jordan Vanden Bosch and Aleece Ross - Ellyn Dorward was a very tense affair.

Mat got his team off to a good start by playing mistake-free tennis to win 6-2 in the first set. However, Ellyn then came back winning 5-3 to make the difference two games. This was going to be a battle. Mat and Jordan then each won their second singles 6-2 to have Mat-Jordan up by two with the doubles to go.

Aleece and Ellyn then combined well in the doubles to win 5-3 and force a 20-20 draw. Great match. The other match was just as tight. Sophie Eichman got her team off to a start with a 6-2 win.

However, Kelsi Govan then played very steady tennis to win her second singles 7-1 to put her team up by two games with the doubles to go.

Sophie and Fiona Whalan combined well together in the doubles.

They won some good points at the net to win 6-2 and give their team a 21-19 win. Well done all 4 players on another good match.

Division 5 was a mixed bag. Zoe Burgess and Chantelle Brewis totally dominated their match. Neither player lost a set in winning 33-7.

Natalie Purton and Gracie Hemer have been the form team all comp and continued this on the weekend.

Gracie won all her sets and Natalie only lost one in their 25-15 win.

As it gets to the pointy end of the competition all players are now finding form and there is plenty of good tennis. Keep it up.

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