Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Good Tennis Played in JDS

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Good Tennis Played in JDS

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THE Junior Development

Series (JDS) qualifying tournament for the North Coast was played over the weekend.

The top eight players from the lower and upper regions converged on Coffs, with the aim of finishing in the top eight and going on to Inverell in August.

Coffs had two winners in the 16s age group.

Rhys Johnston had a battle royal with Blake Kebblewhite from Tweed Heads. They played each other in the rounds on Saturday and Johnston just prevailed in a tiebreaker, so the match was expected to be close.

Again it got to 8-all and a tie breaker was needed to decide the victor. Johnston played the more aggressive tennis and probably had a little more self-belief, which got him the result again, 9-8.

Sienna de Salis and Alex Studley met again in the final.

Just like the last match-up, which de Salis won in a tiebreak, this was close. Too many unforced errors from both players kept their opponent in the match, but de Salis ended up playing more solid tennis in the third set to win the match 6-4 4-6 6-2.

Other Coffs region players to make the semis were Gracie Hemer, Andrew Lemin and Luke Field.

Hemer came fourth in the 14 girls.

Lemin probably played some of his best tennis ever to reach the semis of the 14 boys. He defeated one of the better 14 boys in Lower North Coast, Andrew Chee from Port Macquarie, in the rounds. In the playoff for third and fourth he found Blake Clarke, from Laurieton, a little too experienced and lost 9-4 and finished fourth.

Field showed that apart from the top two boys in this age group he is right there with them. He will have learnt a lot from playing the likes of Corey Clark (Laurieton) and Eli Fahey (Grafton) over the weekend.

Now that he knows what he has to do to reach that next level we should see him continue to improve, as he has done in the past six months.

Saturday mornings have started again

THE Coffs Harbour Saturday Morning Junior Tennis Competition got under way on the weekend, with a good nucleus of younger juniors playing in most of the divisions.

There is no competition being played this Saturday due to the Sawtell Seaside Open Tournament, which uses most of the courts in the region.

In Division 1 this term there is an A and B section. Conlan Brehaut and Adam Simmons dominated the A section with wins in their other singles, but then had a tough battle against each other. Brehaut ended up coming out on top 7-5 in total after two matches that featured some good, strong ground strokes.

In Pool B Natalie Purton continues to improve and had a good 7-1 singles win. Sam Langler also showed he is on the way up with a 7-1 win as well.

Both matches in Division 2 were very close and exciting.

Cooper Scott proved the difference in his match. Although he lost 5-3 to his old nemesis Alex Mahlberg, he came out firing in his next singles to win it 7-1. …

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