Ford finds silver lining
JACOB Ford travelled to Brisbane to compete in the Sandgate Junior Open stepping up an age group to contest the under-19 boys division.
In the opening round Ford proved too strong for his Stafford opponent securing a straight games victory to move through to the semi-finals which were his first real test for the day.
Ford opened the first game with tight play to the backhand court to take an early lead. His opponent, Joel Arscott lifted his game in the second to level the scores at one game each.
Ford opened the third game keeping the ball tight with few angles to take the points and wrap up the next two games to reach the final.
The final shaped up with plenty of interest with Australian U19 number four Nick Calvert taking on Ford, ranked number one in U17s.
Calvert took an early lead with good shot placement especially to the front backhand court catching Ford stranded in the back court.
After wrapping up the first and second games in a close score Calvery appeared ready to wrap up the match but Ford found his reserves and raised his consistency with some very long rallies before he took the crucial points to drawback a game.
In the fourth game, Calvert controlled the play early moving Ford to all parts of the court. This took its toll on Ford and with a good lead appeared set to run away with the game but again Ford found that extra lift, engaging in some exhausting rallies to draw back from 6-9 to level at 10-all. In the tie break Calvert used the front court quickly to close out the match in four games 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10.
Ford was pleased with his efforts however as the match play gave him plenty of confidence for the upcoming National Closed Tournament in Townsville starting on March 24.
TOP TRIO: Sandgate Junior Open runner-up Jacob Ford (left) with winner Nick Calvert and third placegetter Joel Arscott.