Ken Wray - At the net
Local players find success
Our local Lismore juniors have had an amazing run of success over the last fortnight.
At the recent Sawtell Open, which is a national point scoring tournament, Lismore player Brendan Moore won the open mens title. Along the way Brendan defeated players with higher national rankings who regularly compete overseas. This would be one of Brendans highlights in an already successful career and his strong baseline game was well suited to the clay courts. In the open ladies Rosie McWilliam of Lismore reached the semi finals, only losing to the top seed Lucia Gonzalez.
Lucia has just returned from playing in Spain and France and has been touring full time for three years. Rosie also handled the clay courts particularly well by reaching the semis of the 18 years girls title. Local girls Sarah and Ellie Wray also won the ladies doubles title, adding to their already impressive list of doubles titles they have won over the last three years.
Meanwhile, our young juniors have just returned from Inverell where they contested the Champion of Champions Tournament. Having played through a series of six tournaments to qualify, four of our Lismore juniors made it right through to finals. Fourteen year old Bryce Devlin remained undefeated all weekend until he lost the final in a tie break and Rosie McWilliam also lost the final after dominating all her previous matches. However, the real stars of the weekend were two young Lismore players Stella McWilliam and Zoe Devlin who played in the Under 12 and Under 10 divisions respectively. Stella and Zoe both progressed to the finals and along the way had impressive wins over more fancied opponents.
The results again show the strength of our local tennis players and with the performances of our young stars the future looks bright for many years.
Friday night junior tennis
With the weather now starting to warm up the popular Friday night juniors is again starting to gain momentum. Every Friday night during the school terms we conduct a fun night of tennis at our courts in Ballina Street, Lismore, from 5.30-8pm. All players are welcome and all standards are catered for with our coaches on hand each evening to assist the juniors with scoring and general supervision. For any enquires phone me on 6621 3417.