Ken Wray - At the net
NSW Country Championships
During the recent school holidays I travelled to Foster with eight Lismore juniors to contest the NSW Country Titles. Our Lismore juniors again showed the rest of the state the strength of our region. Against 340 juniors from all over NSW we were able to win three major singles titles as well as several doubles and mixed events. Nathan Moore won the 18 and under boys title when fellow Lismore junior Luke Edwards had to withdraw. Local girls Rosie McWilliam and Ellie Wray won the 16 and 17 years girls singles titles as well as teaming together for the doubles title.
Our juniors also contested the Senior Country titles while we were in Forster. This event includes many former full-time players chasing the $1000 winners purse. Our juniors performed well in the open company with Luke Edwards losing 7/5 in the third set of his semi final to the eventual winner, Mark Way. Luke recovered from this gruelling match to take out the open mixed title with local girl Ellie Wray. This was a great achievement and many of the spectators were amazed that our two Lismore juniors were able to win this title against such a strong and experienced field.
With school holidays over again and all the juniors back at school, local tennis can settle back to normal. Most local clubs have a coaching program for juniors and now is the best time to get started.
At Lismore Tennis we have lessons every afternoon during the school week, which cater for all ages and standards of player. We also have a courtesy bus service which picks children up from school and brings them to the courts. For information phone the club nearest to you or myself on 6621 3417 and I can advise you on the coach closest to your home.
Clunes Tennis Club
The Clunes Tennis Club has also had a busy holiday period. 25 Clunes juniors attended our tennis clinic during the first week of the holidays. The juniors certainly showed vast improvement over the two days with Lismore Tennis coaches Dean Baldy Kyle and Sarah Wray impressed with the standard.