The day started off at the Sydney University Arena Sports Centre with our novice grades, where players from St Andrew’s Cathedral School competed, for many in their first round robin format. Players from Yr 7 to Yr 12 enjoyed the fun competition at The Arena courts that have recently had upgrades to its flooring making the court very playable with great viewing from the balcony.
Yr 11 student Justin New was the eventual winner.
Across Sydney the City Tattersalls Club hosted division 1 and 2. This was littered with Australian and State champions and there were a number of 5 set battles throughout the day.
Division 1 was taken by Will who got the upper hand in a lengthy, topsy turvy match against his brother. No love was lost when James hit a back wall nick after a 60 shot rally!
Division 2 again had State and Australian champions competing. Ethan Middleton ran out the winner after a tough first round 3-2 win against Oliver Dickens he came through a tough final 3-1 against Australian U11 Champion Thomas Wang.
Winner Will Slade
Runner Up James Slade
3rd Place Marcus Wang
Winner Ethan Middleton
Runner Up Thomas Wang
3rd Place Oliver Dickens
These divisions had a number of beginner players who have started the journey in the fun competitions and some budding players for the future, mainly under the age of 11.
The division 3 final between Nathanial Middleton and Elizabeth Wang saw both players progress comfortably through the draw, setting up a deciding match between the two with Nathanial taking the win 3-1. The last match of the day was a tough battle between twins Jim and George, with Jim coming out on top in a closely contested 5 games!
Division 4 saw several juniors playing in their first tournament. Hailey took the title 3-1 in a competitive match against her younger sister Hannah, whilst Jamie, one of the youngest players in the draw, impressed with his fierce determination to run after every single ball regardless of the score line.
Winner Nathaniel Middleton
Runner Up Elizabeth Wang
3rd Place Jim Wilson
Winner Hailey Frankcomb
Runner Up Hannah Frankcomb
3rd Place Isaac Taylor
The Academy also runs a number of Junior Training Squads throughout the week and Timed Tournaments for juniors to participate in.