Lower Eyre Peninsula team finishes third

SAPSASA: Back: Matilda Nettle, William Turner, Asha Ward, Winston Telfer, Hunter Gray, Mrs Bronny Fitzgerald (coach); front: Tyree Burgoyne, Cindy Cabot, Kodah Young, Jaylen Cocks, Nick Cave, Caitlin Jefferson and Maisie Curtis.
SAPSASA: Back: Matilda Nettle, William Turner, Asha Ward, Winston Telfer, Hunter Gray, Mrs Bronny Fitzgerald (coach); front: Tyree Burgoyne, Cindy Cabot, Kodah Young, Jaylen Cocks, Nick Cave, Caitlin Jefferson and Maisie Curtis.

LOWER Eyre Peninsula finished third in division four at the SAPSASA State Tennis Championships in Adelaide from November 4 to 7.

Division four consisted of seven country districts and one city district.

The Lower Eyre Peninsula team had students from six different schools - Cummins Area School, Navigator College, Port Lincoln Primary School, St Joseph's School, Tumby Bay Area School and Ungarra Primary School.

The team performed very well, with many of the districts quite similar in ability leading to tight matches.

The LEP team had two wins on the Monday, defeating Mid South East 14-4 sets and then winning a close tussle against Northern Yorke Peninsula 10-8 sets.

The boys performed very well in the second match, winning all of their doubles and singles.

Tuesday's matches were much more difficult, playing against the eventual two equal winning districts.

Southern Yorke Peninsula proved a close match with Lower Eyre Peninsula coming out on top 10 sets 69 games to 8 sets 81 games.

William Turner and Cindy Cabot were the last matches playing and both had to win. Both players were 3-5 down and persevered with consistent tennis to win in tie breakers and seal the match for LEP.

The afternoon match against Southern Fleurieu proved more difficult with the opposition winning comfortably 5-13 sets.

The excursion on Tuesday afternoon proved disastrous with one of the top boys spraining his ankle and withdrawing from the remainder of the week.

Unfortunately, all boys then had to go up positions and the team had to forfeit a double and single in each match, which made winning much more difficult.

On Wednesday both matches resulted in scores of 10 to 8 sets. A win against Southern Valley in the morning was followed by a loss to North Eastern.

On Thursday the last match against Murraylands resulted in a 12-6 set win to Lower Eyre Peninsula with the girls playing well and winning all but one doubles matches.

The week ended with a Fast 4 mixed doubles program, with some fast, interesting results.

It gave players a chance to play with a different doubles partner and was a fun end to the four days of competition.

A huge thank you to the parents who travelled to Adelaide and supported the players during the week.

It is a huge cost and commitment but allows the children to pursue their goals, compete against different players, develop team building skills and co-operation, improve their tennis skills and make new friends.