Persistence pays off for strong boys team
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.”
Brock Dawson, Ulrich Kriek, Daly Kerr, Cooper Childs, Tom Hillman.