Ken Wray - At the net

Junior Development Series (JDS)

The JDS is the major junior tennis event held in Australia each year. This event involves seven regional tennis tournaments held simultaneously in a dozen regions throughout the state. In our region we have JDS days at Ballina on February 18 and May 13, Lismore on March 25 and May 27, the Tweed on February 25 and April 1 and Grafton on March 11.

At the completion of this series of tournaments, the top pointscorers in their age groups progress to a Champion of Champions tournament and if they are successful there, they then go onto the State Classic Finals in Gosford in October.

The events cater for both boys and girls from 10 to 21 years of age.

Information fact sheets are being distributed to all clubs and coaches in our region next week but any players or parents wanting further information can contact me at Tennis NSW office in Lismore on 6622 5507 or 0402 958 943.

What other sport caters for such a wide variety of ages and in both boys and girls events, all on the same day?

Club News

The Lismore and District Association Wednesday Night Mixed Competition will commence on February 21 at 6.30pm. Nominations need to be into the respective clubs by February 7.

East Lismore T.C. phone Betty on 6624 1561.

Goonellabah T.C. phone Bill on 6624 1409.

Lismore T.C. phone John on 6621 3417.

East Lismore Saturday afternoon comp will commence on February 3, anyone looking for information phone Terry on 6625 1707.

Thanks to people who have contacted me this week with club information but remember this column is for all clubs to use so keep the stories coming. Also I had some calls after last weeks photos of my run-in with the kangaroos on the court at Engonnia and you will be all pleased to know no one was hurt in the taking of the pictures, including the roos as they were dead on arrival.

Ken Wray, Community Tennis Officer Tennis NSW phone 6622 5507 or email

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