Young guns ace tennis competition

Sophie Clapin, GREAT SOUTHERN HERALDGreat Southern Herald
Back: Daisy Elliott, Lara Norrish, Kiara Wright, all of Kojonup, and Abbey Cristinelli, of Tambellup. Front: Lucy Johnston, Isabelle Plowman, Bridget Wilson, all of Kojonup, and Kaitlyn O’Neill, of Tarin Rock.
Camera IconBack: Daisy Elliott, Lara Norrish, Kiara Wright, all of Kojonup, and Abbey Cristinelli, of Tambellup. Front: Lucy Johnston, Isabelle Plowman, Bridget Wilson, all of Kojonup, and Kaitlyn O’Neill, of Tarin Rock. Credit: Jenny Cristinelli

The Great Southern District was well represented when two teams of talented tennis players headed up to Geraldton to compete last week.

Taking part in the D'Arcy Slater and WIT Foundation Cup Tournament, the players hailed from Kojonup, Tambellup, Tarin Rock and Kukerin.

Regional Development administrator Jenny Cristinelli said for such a young side they performed extremely well.

"The boys' team were made up of some young players, with one nine-year-old who was ranked our number one player. He is set to be the future star of the game," she said.

"None of the players had stage fright. They just got out and played.

"Considering we had such a strong 13-year-old team last year, I am rapt to see (the talent) coming through with tennis this round."

Despite the warmer weather and windy conditions, Cristinelli said the players adapted well.

"First day was warmer, but kids had to adapt not only to the weather but the grass courts," she said

"We have limited grass courts in the Great Southern, so they all played extremely well to acclimatise so quickly."

Jack Faulkner went through to win the third-tier Singles Classic Event alongside the Great Southern boys' team, who were just shy of first place when they took home the division-B runner-up title.

In the A-division the girls side put up some strong play, narrowly missing out on third place.

But they refused to go down without a fight, pushing Southern West into a third set super tiebreaker (8-10.)

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