Junction Hill hopes for league
DARREN Crispin hopes Junction Hill’s new junior tennis competition format will catch the eye of rivals and help reintroduce an inter-club league.
Matches between neighbouring centres have died off in recent years but Junction Hill coach Crispin says his club is taking the initial steps behind a competition re-birth.
Starting on April 20, the league is open to any juniors and will be played under the X-point system where winners accumulate points to cash in for rewards such as ipods, clothing and sports equipment.
Crispin hopes this format might be the start of a new era in Clarence Valley tennis.
“We want inter-club matches to happen again,” he said.
“These days it doesn’t happen anymore. We are trying to get it up again.
“I’m hoping that a lot of clubs will take it on over the next bit of time.”
The chance for juniors to cash in on good results also means the X-point system is likely to be a smashing success.
Initial player figures show the game is already reaping the benefits on the new competition.
“It’s a really good concept and something we are really excited about,” Crispin said.
“It’s just a fun day’s tennis without making it too serious and having fun at the same time.”
The X-point format also eases any question marks remaining over time restraints on players.
This could spell good news for the busy senior tournaments.
“If it takes off we will look to see if we introduce it into a senior competition,” Crispin said.
“People only want to play tennis for a few hours and then go home.
“People haven’t got five or six hours to spend on a court these days.”
The event is just the start of a big month of tournaments for the Junction Hill club.
Two coaching clinics, costing $20, will be held on April 16 running from 9am to 12pm for beginners and 1pm to 5pm for intermediate players.
On April 18, Junction Hill will take 15 juniors to Maclean to compete in an inter-club challenge.
To register for X-point go to www.xpointsports.com.
To join the Junction Hill Tennis Club contact Darren Crispin on 66425732 or 0419831023.