Per­sis­tence pays off for strong boys team

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - Sjanna San­dalova

The Great South­ern Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion have taken out this year’s D’Arcy Slater Cup at the WA Coun­try Cham­pi­onships, end­ing a record win­ning streak for Bunbury.

The boys team of Brock Daw­son, Daly Kerr, Cooper Childs, Tom Hill­man and Ul­rich Kriek were un­de­feated in the teams dou­bles event, com­ing out on top as the un­der­dogs in straight sets.

The boys backed up their solid team per­for­mance with im­pres­sive sin­gles re­sults.

Brock Daw­son was the main draw sin­gles fi­nal­ist, los­ing a tough fi­nal to Mid West No. 1 seed Joshua Carter 6/2, 6/3.

Daly Kerr and Ul­rich Kriek both made the main draw quar­ter fi­nals.

Cooper Childs was un­lucky to face the No. 1 seed Carter in round 16, but went on to win the con­so­la­tion event.

The event is de­cided by a points sys­tem where you earn points for your team’s plac­ing in the dou­bles comp as well as where you fin­ish in sin­gles.

The Great South­ern team had three play­ers in the quar­ters which proved a suc­cess­ful last day to con­sol­i­date the ti­tle with a com­fort­able dou­bles in in the morn­ing.

Re­gional coach David Kerr said the boys were on the ball from the very first match.

“Four of our five boys all play reg­u­lar ten­nis with adults at their clubs and it was ap­par­ent by the qual­ity of ag­gres­sive at­tack­ing dou­bles they played all week,” he said.

“We have had a few run­ner­sup at this event, and it was great to get the win.

“Some of our boys have been play­ing this since they were eight and nine so it’s fur­ther proof per­sis­tence pays off and it’s a great re­ward for these play­ers to win the tro­phy.”

Pic­ture: David Kerr

Brock Daw­son, Ul­rich Kriek, Daly Kerr, Cooper Childs, Tom Hill­man.

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