The Border Watch : March 20th 2014
24 TENNIS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Mount Gambier juniors shine IN keeping with recent form Mount Gambier Tennis Association junior players have continued to achieve excellent results in tournaments held during this summer’s season with both individual victories at the South East Tennis Association Invitational singles event and a strong team victory for the association at the annual Johnson Shield. The South East Tennis Association Invitational TOP PERFORMANCES: South East Tennis Association 14 and under trophy winners, (from left), Jordan Tucker (winner), Curtis McCarthy (runner-up), Madeline Watson (winner) and Sarah Edwards (runner-up). singles event was held at Naracoorte and was contested by 55 senior and junior players from a number of upper and lower South East clubs. There was a strong representation of junior players from the MGTA who were invited to participate across the various age groups and who returned excellent results for the region. Men’s winner: Rowan Williamson (Uniting Church). Men’s runner-up: Andrew Van Den Hurk (Gambier). Women’s winner: Emily Warner (Kingston). Women’s runner-up: Laura Edwards (Glencoe). Boys 16 and under winner: Bradley Mitchell (Mil Lel/Uniting Church). Boys 16 and under runner-up: Brandon Pitts (Reidy Park). Boys 14 and under winner: Jordan Tucker (Reidy Park). Boys 14 and under runner-up: Curtis McCarthy (Bordertown). Girls 14 and under winner: Madeline Watson (Glencoe). Girls 14 and under runner-up: Sarah Edwards (Glencoe). Boys 12 and under winner: Ethan Schultz (West Gambier). Boys 12 and under runner-up: Patrick Griffin (Gambier). Girls 12 and under winner: Natasha Green. Girls 12 and under runner-up: Emily Edwards (West Gambier). Johnson Shield success MOUNT Gambier also repeated the success from last year in the annual Johnson Shield for tennis juniors. The Johnson Shield is an inter-association fixture for junior players aged 16 years and under and was also held in Naracoorte. With the late withdrawal of some teams the competition came down to a rematch of last year’s grand finalists being Mount Gambier and Tatiara tennis associations. The normal format of the tournament includes each association fielding six girls and six boys aged 16 years and under, each of whom play singles and doubles, which makes for a usual 18 match contest. However, with the reduced teams, a mixed doubles round was added to the format resulting in a 24 match contest. The strong Mount Gambier team again showed CONCENTRATION: Glencoe’s Madeline Watson is full of concentration as she returns a backhand shot during the Johnson Shield tournament at Naracoorte. SHOW OF STRENGTH: Mil Lel/Uniting Church’s Bradley Mitchell returns a double-handed shot from the baseline during his team’s victory in the Johnson Shield tournament at Naracoorte. it’s resolve and came out on top, winning four of six mixed doubles, six of six doubles and 10 of 12 singles matches giving a final score line of a 20 sets to four sets victory. The Mount Gambier association team included Bradley Mitchell (Mil Lel/Uniting Church), Tom Snell (Reidy Park), William Cook (Gambier), Ethan Schultz (West Gambier), Patrick Mitchell (Mil Lel/Uniting Church), Jordan Tucker (Reidy Park), Laura Edwards (Glencoe), Madeline Watson (Glencoe), Sarah Edwards (Glencoe), Tessa Megaw (Reidy Park), Clair Waye (Mt Schank) and Tori Kitschke (Reidy Park). WINNING FORMULA: Mount Gambier’s Johnson Shield winning team (from left, back) Jordan Tucker, Tom Snell, William Cook, Bradley Mitchell, Laura Edwards, Madeline Watson and Tori Kitschke, (front) Patrick Mitchell, Ethan Schultz, Tessa Megaw, Sarah Edwards and Claire Waye. 24 - The Border Watch, Thursday, March 20, 2014 ON THE RISE: Glencoe’s Sarah Edwards looks to return a rising ball during the Johnson Shield tournament at Naracoorte.
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