David Glinster
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Ipswich faces tough intercity challenge as tradition continues

AFTER the original tournament was postponed, Tennis Ipswich president David Glinster conceded it's been challenging finalising everything for Sunday's Thompson/Alder Cup series against Toowoomba.

However, such is the 64-year tradition of the annual representative tournament, Glinster is happy to see it going ahead at the George Alder Tennis Centre.

Toowoomba are defending champions.

"They have a very strong side, their men's team will be extraordinarily strong so it's going to be tough," Glinster said.

"Our boys team will probably more than hold its own. We're confident they will win there.

"We're just struggling with women and girls. We've got probably three good women and they are unavailable."

Rising Ipswich talent Ryan Simmons will spearhead the men's team, supported by Dan Young and the experienced Darren Verrall.

Despite some team selection issues, Glinster was reluctant to forfeit the last representative tournament of the year.

"We've just got to put what we can out on the park and let the younger ones enjoy the experience," he said.

"We want to make it an event and play it."

Matches start at 9am at the Leichhardt venue.

The format is open men and women and under-18 boys and girls playing singles and doubles.

Meanwhile, Tennis Ipswich is looking for a secretary to join the committee with David Glinster, vice-president Mitch Garen, treasurer Steven Muir, Leon Glinster and Andrew Thomas.

The TI president thanked Vada Hoger at the Ipswich Sports House for her continued support of regional tennis.

A calendar of events, including night fixtures, will be finalised for the new year.



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