Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Juniors Strut Their Stuff in Epic Finals

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Juniors Strut Their Stuff in Epic Finals

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FINALS of the Friday Junior Competition last week proved to be a great success with players demonstrating their improvement throughout the term.

Like so many final days there can only be one winner and some disappointments, but the players often learn more from a loss than an easy win.

Division 6 was won be Luke Kolan-Fredricks whose confidence and improvement were quickly confirmed as he recorded a well -earned win, finishing on 37 points. Luke defeated Josh Taylor in five sets, 11-15 18-20 15-13 15-8 15-13.

Division 5 was another eagerly awaited contest between two outstanding junior prospects with Jaden Herring and Olivia Steel taking to the court. Olivia has shown rapid improvement during the term and her improved striking ability was thoroughly tested by Jaden in the second set.

Olivia, confident at two games up seemed to lift to another level with a better service game to take out the division in straight games, 15-12 19-17 15-8.

With the finals producing some of the closest games this year, Division 4 was to confirm the rapid improvement of two players in Jacob Ford and Sheridan Stacey. After Sheridan took a two-game lead Jacob made a bold bid to turn the scales and took the next two games with a better driving game to set up a deciding fifth set.

The boys were tiring as expected and little separated them in the end, with Sheridan finally winning, 15-11 15-9 11-15 10-15 15-13.

Division 3 was a family affair, with Laura and Peter Guise evenly matched. Dad Alex proudly watched the pair outmanoeuvre each other with Laura using better court coverage to retrieve many of Peter's placements to record a nail biting 15-9 15-13 17-15 win.

Division 2, between Mitchell Steel and Peter McKenzie, proved to be the outstanding match of the finals.

Little has separated these players through the term and the final was to prove no different. …

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