Elite experience for young stars

December 26, 2017

Isabella Crossman and Silas Kingma celebrate a point against North Eastern Junior TA

LOCAL tennis players have had a successful time representing Loddon Campaspe at the recent 12 and under Alicia Molik Cup at Kooyong.

The team, which included Isabella Crossman and Silas Kingma of Rich River, Mitchell Collins of LBU and Willow Barnett of Bendigo, competed in a round robin tournament against other teams from across Victoria.

The side had a strong five set, 36-game win over Goulburn, who claimed one set and 23 games in their best performance of the four side group stage.

Unfortunately, they could not produce this form against Waverley Tennis, falling 1-22 to 5-32.

Their third match against North Eastern Junior TA saw another loss, going down 0-12 to 6-36.

The one group stage victory saw the team assigned to the 9th-12th place play-off, drawing Wimmera in the play-offs opener.

This was a far better performance from the side, making quick work of their opponents 5-37 to 1-27 to advance to the 9th/10th play-off.

In a tight contest, Loddon Campaspe defeated Peninsula TA 3-24 to 3-22 to claim ninth place overall in the tournament.

Team manager Sarah Crossman said team tennis events gave an incredible opportunity for young players.

‘‘The Alicia Molik Cup and other Tennis Victoria regional team events are a great opportunity for our country children to gain valuable tennis experience against other teams,’’ Crossman said.

‘‘Our team placed 9th of 16 teams which is a good effort for a young and fairly inexperienced group, plus playing their singles and mixed doubles matches on the red en tout cas surface is a new encounter too.’’

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