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Local players compete in Innisfail Junior Age Tennis Tournament

23/July/2021
Natalie Wolff won the 12 & Under Girls’ Singles.

THE Innisfail and District Tennis Association hosted another successful Innisfail Junior Age Tournament last month, which was sponsored by Soils First NQ and Bayer.

Over three-days, a total of 100 competitors played 174 games in 15 events, affected by wet weather conditions.

Players travelled from as far as Victoria, Sydney, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast, to participate with local players from Innisfail, Cairns, Townsville, and Mackay.

Unfortunately, the newly imposed COVID-19 restrictions resulted in the withdrawal of several players from Sydney.

Players from the Cassowary Coast who competed were Logan Lizzio, Dylan and Emily Ryder, Natalie and Alyssa Wolff, and Kai and Keean Greven.  

Conor Whitby from Cairns returned to Innisfail as the number one seed in the 16 & Under Singles draw.

He claimed victory in the final against Zane Stevens from the Gold Coast. 

In the 14 & Under Singles, Taichi Sato from Cairns was touted by many as the local favourite to take out the event. However, Juan Alberto Beltran, who was the number one seed, displayed solid form throughout the tournament, had other ideas and went on to win.

Zedneiyar Martilly Meafua-Uren from Cairns was the number one seed in the 14 & Under Girls Singles and was too strong for her longtime rival, Phoebe Cahill from Cairns, in the final.

The Cairns duo of Shaylee Haynes and Genevieve Lindsay came second to Phoebe Cahill and Lilly Shepherd in the 14 & Under doubles pool.

Innisfail player, Logan Lizzio, was narrowly defeated by two games in the round robin draw. 

Lizzio and Giselle Kawane teamed up in the 16 & Under doubles and were defeated by Lilly Shepherd and Ashleigh Webb from Mackay.

A spectacular final took place in the 12 & Under Boys Singles between Joshua Wilson (Mackay) and Kalan Venture Wilson (Redlynch,) and Wilson went on to claim the win in a tight third set match tie breaker.

Natalie Wolff (Innisfail) proved too strong for Sophia Kawane (Cairns) to take out the 12 & Under Girls Singles.

Wolff only dropped seven games in the tournament. Both players then joined forces and won the 12 & Under doubles, dropping only two games.

In the 12 & Under Boys doubles, Aidan Theron (Cairns) and Kalan Venture Wilson were victorious over Harrison Frost (Brisbane) and Joshua Wilson (Mackay).

The Green Ball Singles event was dominated by Lewis Robinson, a young gun player from Townsville, who defeated the number one seed Cody Vecchio (Townsville).

Robinson and Vecchio teamed up in the doubles and dropped only six games to top the round robin pool. 

The Innisfail and District Tennis Association will host the Innisfail Nerada Open from August 20 – 22.

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