East Lismore edges Casino in tennis's first Phoenix Cup

EAST Lismore has taken out the inaugural Phoenix Cup interdistrict tennis competition at Ballina.

The team comprised Jason Camidge, Mick Oaten, David Oliver, Steve Strong, Jessica Tickle and Bianca Nugent.

They were made to work hard for the title by a Casino side that wrapped up the minor premiership after emerging on top after the three clubs rounds leading in to the finals at Ballina.

The two clubs were level after 12 sets but East Lismore won 2-1 after an additional three sets were played.

"It was definitely a nail-bitter," East Lismore player and event organiser Bianca Nugent said.

"It was a hot day but there was definitely some high-quality tennis played."

The Casino team were without their top men's player Brendan Lee who was injured. They entered the team of Nick Crispin, Greg Hughes, Jaykob Rowe, Tom Heinritz, Kelly Richards and Katie Khan.

The Phoenix Cup was a four-team competition which also included Ballina and Goonellabah.

Ballina beat Goonellabah in the play-off for third.

Competition organisers hope to add another two teams to the competition next year.

"Interclub competition died out a few years ago and we were keen to bring it back," Nugent said.

"We had a few teething issues trying to organise it but we expected that.

"We'll have a meeting soon so we can hopefully get a six-team competition running next year."


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