Play­ers win re­gional com­pe­ti­tion

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Joshua Macree [email protected] west­ern­starnews.com

TEN­NIS: Ten­nis Mara­noa is pre­par­ing to ace a num­ber of up­com­ing key events, with a bumper sched­ule of fixtures set to keep ten­nis en­thu­si­asts on their feet.

Ten­nis Mara­noa per­formed strongly at the re­cent JDS tour­na­ment in War­wick on March 24–25 and had a num­ber of im­pres­sive plac­ings among com­peti­tors who train at the club.

The tour­na­ment show­cased some of the best tal­ent in the south and fielded 65 com­peti­tors in­tent on mak­ing their mark.

With many ex­cep­tional per­for­mances across the board, the ef­forts of Alec Holling­worth in the 10 and un­ders and Jesse Holling­worth in the 13 and un­ders were the most im­pres­sive, each of them emerg­ing as win­ners from their age groups.

Honourable men­tions go to Char­lie Sti­vano in the 10 and un­ders, Archie Sti­vano in the 11 and un­ders, while Henry Rear­don and Luke Doig also per­formed strongly in each of their age cat­e­gories.

Ten­nis Mara­noa man­ager Dean Stansell was im­pressed with the way his team han­dled the pres­sure of play­ing at a ma­jor tour­na­ment.

“I was most pleased with the im­prove­ment from our last tour­na­ment and they re­ally im­pressed me with the way in which they were play­ing the points,” he said.

“They were think­ing about how to win points in­stead of just hit­ting balls.”

The pre­vi­ous tour­na­ment in Toowoomba ear­lier in March pro­duced a num­ber of out­stand­ing re­sults from young play­ers, in­clud­ing vis­tory to Archie Sti­vano in the 11s and Ri­ley Burns win­ning along­side Ryan Sul­li­van in the dou­bles.

Ten­nis Mara­noa hosted a ten­nis camp last week and this week, with a three-day pro­gram teach­ing chil­dren the ba­sics of ten­nis.

Both camps had about 25 par­tic­i­pants, demon­strat­ing the in­ter­est in ten­nis through­out the Mara­noa.

Ten­nis Mara­noa will be host­ing its ma­jor post-school hol­i­day ten­nis tour­na­ment in two weeks, in which ju­nior play­ers from all over the south will be ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing.

Reg­u­lar adult and ju­nior fixtures will return on April 23, with group fit­ness classes start­ing with the new term.


TENNIS TERRIERS: Toowoomba dou­bles win­ners Ryan Sul­li­van and Ri­ley Burns with run­ners-up Archie Sti­vano and Scott King.

A num­ber of ju­niors join in on the ac­tion.

Toowoomba 17s winner Ben Forbes with run­ner-up Henry Rear­don. RIGHT: Archie Sti­vano and Alec Holling­worth.

Kids from five to 15 hit some shots.

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