Grand finals return for junior tennis stars


By Trevor Jackson

FINALS fever was on full display Saturday morning at the Lakes Junior Tennis association held its grand finals.

Grades ranged from A through to F, with plenty of action across the morning.

Reidy Park claimed the A Boys premiership from Mil Lel, while West Gambier won the A Girls final, from Millel/Suttontown/Mt Schank.

The B Boys premiership went to Mil Lel ahead of West Gambier, with Reidy Park claiming the B Girls from Mount Gambier.

West won the C Boys from Mil Lel and defeated Reidy Park to claim the C Girls premiership.

Mount Gambier defeated Glencoe for the D Boys premiership, while West Blue won the D Girls over Mount Gambier/Uniting Church.

The E Boys premiership went to Moorak, the E Girls to Uniting Church and the mixed F Grade to West Blue.

Chairperson of Lakes Junior Tennis Cassie Edwards said the day ran like clockwork after an initial rain delay for around an hour.

All competitors were keen to play their respective grand finals this year, after last year’s finals were cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Edwards said overall it had been a busy season for the association, with plenty of participation at the junior level.

“We had a busy season with 74 teams all up, so we had lots of kids playing tennis,” she said.

“I think there was a lot of improvement from the kids over the season and our competition is a reasonable standard at the moment.

“We have some good players at the top of the A Grade boys and girls but we also have a good group of young players coming through at the moment.

“The future looks good for the competition.”