Springsure juniors win tennis mantle

Nicole Donohue from Rolleston gets into the rhythm at the Inter-town Challenge.
Nicole Donohue from Rolleston gets into the rhythm at the Inter-town Challenge.

SPRINGSURE and Rolleston/Orion junior tennis players came together at the weekend to contest the second Inter-town Challenge.

With four courts and almost 50 children participating, it was an opportune time to put the MLC Tennis Hotshots modified tennis to the test.

Springsure club coach Leesa Bongers introduced the game-based coaching method to Springsure District juniors this year after signing up as an MLC Tennis Hotshots Deliverer and attending a number of workshops on modified tennis games and competitions for children.

Using decompressed coloured balls and modified rules and equipment, this Tennis Australia-promoted format was a huge success.

Bongers credited some great new ideas to UK modified tennis specialist Mike Barrell after attending his workshop in Brisbane earlier last month.

"One of the best new ideas was the introduction of coloured pegs for scoring which allowed all children to take responsibility for scoring their own matches," Bongers said.

Final team scores with 27 players from Springsure and 21 players from Rolleston/Orion, saw Springsure victorious.

They won the Rolleston Coal Inter-town Shield for the first time.

Overall team scores were Springsure on 1013 points, an average of 37.51 and Rolleston/Orion on 756, an average of 36.

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