With Josh Kennedy
NORTH Perth’s Jerome Iaconi (16) has his sights set on a long career in tennis.
The rising star, who is a member of Alexander Park Tennis Club, this year followed in Australian professional player Nick Kyrgios’ footsteps when he competed in the Pizzey Cup in Brisbane.
Kyrgios played in the tournament in 2007.
Jerome was also awarded a place on the All-Australian team attending the Australian Open in 2019.
In June, Jerome reached the quarter-finals in singles and doubles at the NT Open Championships in Darwin.
Currently the number 1 16-year-old in WA and number 3 nationally, Jerome is on track to achieve his goal of qualifying for the Australian Open Juniors in January next year.
He said he started playing tennis when he was eight years old, taking after his dad and grandfather before him.
“I just did it for fun at first, but I loved it,” he said.
He played other sports including football, indoor soccer and hockey, but decided to focus on tennis.
“When I was 14 I started to train more in tennis and when I played, I got better results,” he said.
“I want to go as far as I can (with tennis).” THE character of the West Coast Eagles is something we take great pride in and that filters through in the attitude that when one man goes down, another steps up.
While for three weeks after the bye we did not produce our best football, it was usually a bad quarter here or there that was costly.
So coming up against a quality team like GWS on Sunday was going to be an important assignment.
The Giants had won four games in a row and boast one of the best midfield units in the game.
Like us, they were missing a few key players up forward, with Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene and Jon Patton all absent, so the midfield battle was even more important than normal. But our guys really stepped up.
With Nic Naitanui setting the standard around the stoppages with 41 hitouts – not to mention a couple of big hangs (pictured) – we got first use of the ball and that set us up for a win.
Andrew Gaff, Jack Redden, Luke Shuey and Elliot Yeo all got plenty of ball and created opportunities for a forward line that was led by Jamie Cripps.
Hopefully, we get a few senior players back next weekend because the challenges keep coming.
We face Collingwood at the MCG next Sunday.
The reason you play is to be involved in matches like this, so we are really looking forward to the opportunity of taking them on at the home of footy.
This is our second game of the season at the ’G and like Jack Darling, Tom Barrass and Mark LeCras, I’ll be doing everything I can to be out there.