8 out of 9 for Grafton tennis

GRAFTON tennis players were successful in taking out eight of the nine events at the JDS (junior development series) event held in Grafton last Sunday.

This was the fourth round of the eight round series, with 48 local players competing from Grafton and Junction Hill.

The under-10s saw Junction Hill girls Kaitlin Pardoe and Phoebe Brown contest the final, with Pardoe coming up trumps. She now leads the point score. In the under-10 boys Jacob Hegedus took out the final after two runners-up trophies. He defeated local Liam Chambers-Ward 6/3 in the final. Chambers-Ward had fought through on a count back in his pool, and then three playoff matches to secure his place in the final. Jacob now takes over the lead in the point score.

The under-12 girls saw Georgia Allen take her fourth straight win beating Bonne Moon 8/6. The under-14 girls event was played in two halves. From the morning’s round robin, Grace Hyde from Tweed Heads went into the play-offs undefeated, ahead of Emily Allen and Nikita Avery. Junction Hill’s Avery lost to both girls, but turned this around in the afternoon’s play-offs to win her semi-final against Emily (6/2), and the final against Grace (6/0), and as a result, took the lead in the point score.

The under-14 boys saw Jack Chard defeat Walter Rowlands 6/0 in the final. Chard took over as point score leader, with previous leader Harry Fahey a surprise loser in the quarterfinals.

The under-16 girls event was all Grafton with the four semi-finalists local girls. Taylah Beckman defeated Rachel Houlahan, while Ashleigh Elward defeated Molly Houlahan. Beckman then defeated Elward 6/3 in the final, to maintain her undefeated record and point score lead.

Zach Martin took his third win in a row in the under-16 boys, defeating Ryan Paesler 6/1 in the final.

The series restarts in May in Alstonville.

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