Tennis stars take on Glen Innes

TROPHY HOLDERS: Under 16 players Sara Campbell, Jane Ervine with event organiser Rickie Withers.

TROPHY HOLDERS: Under 16 players Sara Campbell, Jane Ervine with event organiser Rickie Withers.

Up-and-coming tennis stars through to old hands hit the courts in Glen Innes on Sunday for the junior development series round. 

Harry Purvis.

Harry Purvis.

North West athletes from Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Guyra, Armidale, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Moree and Inverell took each other on in the event from under eights through to opens men’s and women’s. It was the eighth event in the series with only two more rounds to go, which will be played out in Moree and Tamworth. 

Lochlan and Mitchell Davidson, Angus Lane and Olivia Walmsley represented the Glen Innes association with Lane finishing as runner up in the under 16s and Walmsley taking out the open women’s. Rickie Withers put his hand up to organise the Glen Innes round this year alongside Sue Rees.

He said more than 60 competitors took part and contributed to the town hosting a successful event. 

“I thought it was a great success. It was good to have visitors here for the weekend,” he said. 

“I think we might have been up [in numbers] on last year’s event but it varies every year.”

Once the final two series rounds are played, the champions of champions will be contested in Tamworth before the North West representatives take on North Coast in Inverell in August. 

Winners from each division were: eight boys- Sam Swain, girls- Armani Louis; 10 boys-Lincoln Budden, girls-Lacey Bourke; 12 boys- Vitorio Sarginha, girls- Taya Powell; 14 boys-Jaiden Lovegrove, girls- Brianna Russel; 16 boys- Ben Butler, girls- Jane Ervine; open men’s- Luke Powell and women’s- Olivia Walmsley. 

Runners up: eight boys- Blake Nobilo, girls- Mia Bourke; 10 boys- Harry Purvis, girls- Bella-Lee Brazel, 12 boys- Ryan Simpfendosfer, girls- Matilda Berry; 14 boys- Rory Cameron, girls- Zoe Jenkins; 16 boys- Angus Lane, girls- Sara Campbell and open men’s- Rowan Butler.