TENNIS TALENTS: Players trial for Ipswich’s 13 Girls Perrett Shield team during the recent training day at Grammar Arms Park at Brassall.
TENNIS TALENTS: Players trial for Ipswich’s 13 Girls Perrett Shield team during the recent training day at Grammar Arms Park at Brassall. Claudia Baxter

It’s finals time at last for tennis youngsters

THE winter season is over and finals fever has hit the tennis community.

Semi-finals start on Saturday at the designated centres (see sport notes).

Teams finishing in first and second place in each grade have the privilege of a home court match. Play will begin at 1.30pm.

Matches need to be completed, so no time allocations will be enforced.

In the event of a draw, the last players on court will play a match tie-break to decide the winner.

In the event of rain preventing play or interrupting play, the match will be completed on Sunday. This applies to both the semi-final and the finals weekend.

Minor premiers in each division have been decided and some close results have been recorded.

The top sides were: Brassall 1, FD Eagles, SL Regattas, FD Goshawks, TG Courts, Aspire Tennis 3, Ipswich Renegades, Ipswich Warriors, IGS 09, TFP Black Adders and TFP Pythons.

In S1, only 4.5 points separated team 1 and 4; two points separated first and second place.

Section 2 was also close with 2.5 points between the top two positions. J4 has only 2.8 points and J5 a mere 0.9.

Good grading

CLOSENESS in finals is always pleasing. It means the grading committee has done a pretty good job at grading meetings in the team allocation.

The teams at the lower end of the points table will need to be addressed at the beginning of the next season to decide their positions and team make-up for the summer season.

Team reliability also needs addressing as there have been far too many forfeits.

Winners of this week's matches will play in the grand finals of Tennis Ipswich at the George Alder Centre on September 14, beginning again at 1.30pm.

Trophy presentations will follow immediately at the completion of play.

Parents, grandparents and spectators will be made welcome at the centres to give the players encouragement and support.

Perrett Shield

IPSWICH'S Perrett Shield teams travel to Toowoomba on Sunday to compete in the annual inter-town event.

Players need to be at the Toowoomba courts by 8.30am for a formal welcome.

Good luck to the players in each age group. It is an honour to be chosen to represent your city.

Representative honours

Ipswich teams chosen for the Perrett Shield competition to be played in Toowoomba on Sunday.

11 Under Girls: Zoe Raby, Holly Slater, Rosie Owen, Larisha Mahe (Reserve).

11 Under Boys: Jack Fenshaw, Jaika Thompson, Zac Ross, Sebastian Carvolth (Reserve).

13 Under Girls: Madeleine Arnold, Jessica Carlsen, Natialee Mahe, Ellie Saunders (Reserve).

13 Under Boys: Archie Owen, Thomas Hayes, Tom Fenshaw, Angus Moody Stone (Reserve).

15 Under Girls: Amber Bryant, Ellia Begg, Grace Catlin, Helena Johansson (Reserve).

15 Under Boys: Justin Rowe, Cooper Barnes, Tyrell Thompson, Matt Thomas (Reserve).

17 Under Girls: Emily Lunney, Bridget Kenny, Rachael Duncan.

17 Under Boys: Nic Allum, Chris Wilson, Ben Boughen, Jordan Wendt.

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