Rising tennis prospect gets deserved honour

SOME amazing matches were witnessed during the Tennis Ipswich grand finals at the George Alder Centre last Saturday.

As part of the grand final presentation, an award was made to a special young player who has produced a superb season in fixture play.

Madeleine Arnold was presented with the Barry Niebling Memorial Medal for the best performer in the J1 junior grade.

This award has been presented 11 times since inception and 12-year-old Madeleine was the first girl to be the recipient.

She finished the winter season winning 17 of the 21 sets she played in both singles and doubles encounters.

It was a well-deserved accomplishment for someone who is so young, tiny in stature but has a much older head for our great game. She gives her heart and soul to the matches she plays.

Madeleine is in Year 8 at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School and played in the QGSSSA (female equivalent of GPS) tennis this year in the Year 10 team.

She has been a regular competitor in junior tournaments for the past 12 months.

Madeleine is also a three-time winner of the Ipswich Open 12 and under girls singles trophy, a three-time representative of Ipswich in the Perrett Shield against Toowoomba and an enthusiastic supporter of Ipswich Tennis.

To add to these feathers in her cap, she is currently ranked at 1666 among Australian women and 45th among the Queensland girls born in 2000.

She is a delightful young person, has a great sporting nature and gives of her best at all times.

Madeleine is coached at Tall Gums Sports Centre by Stuart Ware.

He has been her coach since the tender age of six.

Ware has watched her consistently move up the grades from J7 to J1.

Madeleine aspires to continue her tennis in Ipswich and work her way through the grades to be an S1 player of the future.

With the talent, will and determination this young player has, this is not too far into the future.

The history of this medal goes back to the year 2006 when we lost one of the most enthusiastic and colourful supporters of tennis in Ipswich.

Barry Niebling was passionate about Ipswich District Club Tennis, the development of tennis in Ipswich especially at junior level and personally a winner of a number of titles at local level.

He was a prominent coach in the district and held the "Advanced Tactical and Technical" certificate accredited through Tennis Coaches Australia. He held down executive positions with Ipswich and West Moreton and Ipswich District Club Tennis spanning a number of years.

The Barry Niebling Medal was created in his memory to contribute to the development of junior tennis.

The result is based on singles results alone with the best won games/played games percentage. It is presented to the best-performed player in the top junior grade.

In his memory, the Ipswich Open Tennis Committee also has a perpetual trophy presented to the

A-Grade champion at their annual tournament.


Tennis Ipswich Winter season grand finals on September 14.

Junior J01: IGS07 d TG Courts 30/19 (M Thomas 18/11).

Junior J02: Aspire Tennis03 d DTA Machines 29/15 (J Rowe 18/5).

Junior J03: Ips Renegades d IGS08 21/17 (N Lofgren 13/7).

Junior J04: Ips Warriors d SL Midges 25/20 (D Osborne 16/11).

Junior J05: TFP Taipans d IGS09 25/23 (J Bartley 15/12).

Junior J06: TFPBlack Adders d IGS10 20/14 (D Besgrove 18/8).

Junior J07: IGS13 d TFP Pythons 21/12 (S Dixson 15/9).

Senior S01: TG Andersons d TG Lavers 28/16 (D Diesing 20/10).

Senior S02: TG Fitzys d TFP Death Adders 22/12 (W Radkovic 20/13).

Senior S03: IGS04 d TG Federers 27/15 (A Owen 19/12).

Senior S04: TG Grafs d TFP Anacondas 25/19 (S Hartley 20/11).

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