Darren Verrall returns a serve during a top level seniors match player at George Alder Tennis Centre on Saturday.
Darren Verrall returns a serve during a top level seniors match player at George Alder Tennis Centre on Saturday. Rob Williams

Stalwart's OK for new tennis comp

DARREN Verrall has played in regional tennis competitions for 30 years, so his views are relevant.

That's why it is important to hear what he thinks of the new Tennis Ipswich competition.

"It's good,'' said Verrall, who has played every week since it started.

"Everything seems to be going fine. There's been nothing too much wrong with it.

"The first couple of weeks we had a couple of easy matches but all it needs is one player to be unavailable from the other team and it weakens their side.''

With 10 teams in the top senior (S01) competition, the left-handed Ipswich Phantoms player is enjoying the variety and meeting new opponents. He has played seven matches under the new format.

"It's been a little bit different this year and that's fine,'' Verrall said. "I've played a few different people that I've never played before.

"Everyone should be playing against all of Ipswich.

"One competition is definitely the way to go. Next season will be much improved because we will all know what we're in for.''

Competition leaders Phantoms beat TG Andersons 19-17 in last weekend's games (full results in sport notes).

Verrall also backs plans for a new night competition to cater for those unable to commit to the Saturday format.

"That will give them an opportunity,'' the representative and regular Ipswich Open player said.



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