FRIENDLY rivalry between junior tennis players was alive and well when the Inter-District Shield Challenge was held recently.
Despite hot conditions on the Springsure courts, children battled on happily and thoroughly enjoyed their first tournament or match experience.
“The tournament was a huge success with nothing but positive comments and feedback from all involved,” said tournament co-coordinator Leesa Bongers.
“The children had a great day, everyone went home with either a trophy or a great tennis prize and all players displayed excellent sportsmanship and court etiquette throughout the day.”
This was a tournament where everyone pitched in to help, and there were plenty of jobs to fill.
“Children and adults willingly assisted with anything that needed to be done on the day,” Leesa said.
“This included scoring, pencilling, umpiring and ball boy duties, and the parents from Springsure and Rolleston were all very grateful to Rolleston Coal for providing the opportunity for their children to have a go at a real tournament.
“They are keen for more similar events in the future,” added Leesa.
Only one point separated Rolleston and Springsure when the 2010 winning team was announced.
"The competition was very close all day as reflected in the final town tallies with just one point separating Rolleston (95) from Springsure (94) after the singles competition was completed," said Leesa.
“With no time to collate doubles scores we decided on awarding the shield on Singles points only,” explained Leesa.
Later collation of points revealed just how close the scores were.
“After adding in the doubles points, Springsure pulled ahead of Rolleston by one point – as close as a day’s competition can get.”
Leesa summed up the day by saying, “Overall the day was fantastic and the quality of the children’s games improved immensely from the start of day.
“It was wonderful to see so many happy kids playing tennis and mixing with each other, some great new friendships have been formed and healthy rivalry created. This is an event that should definitely be repeated for the communities of Springsure and Rolleston and Xstrata Rolleston Coal is to be thanked and congratulated for supporting this new initiative.”
Requests to hold the tournament twice a year is being considered with alternating host towns.
“They are keen for more similar events in the future,” Leesa Bongers
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