Season wraps up with family fun.
Nelson Bays Tennis Association officially rounded off the summer season with the Lonestar Parent and Child Tournament at Tasman Tennis Club over the weekend. This tournament allows Nelson families to get together and participate in a family environment, perfectly timed to coincide with the end of tennis summer season. The tournament offered 3 age categories, the youngest being the 10’s and under, with the bulk of players in the 11’s age group and a third group of 12 years and over.
The youngest category was won by the long haired pairing of Sharon & Harry Pugh taking the title 9-1 in the final against John & Rosie Armstrong. Georgie & Marcus Pattullo won the final of the consolation plate against Sally & Sarah Innes-Walker in a match of lengthy rallies and sprints about court that didn’t reflect the final score, 9-1. The match of the day in the 10’s category was the game between John & Rosie Armstrong and Georgie & Marcus Pattullo. A combination of John’s subtle drop shots and Rosie’s deep court forehands saw the Armstrong’s finally winning 9-7 .
The 11’s category produced a raft of evenly contested matches right from the onset, with a mammoth opening game between Carlton & Farrah Richards and Simon & Johnny Richardson ending in a 9-8 win to the Richards. The Richards paring played Ruary & Ethan O’Toole in a hard hitting final that saw Farrah Richards step up to the mark despite being outnumbered by her male counterparts, the O’Tooles took the title 9-5. Winners of the consolation plate were “uncle” Mike Spencer and Connor O’Toole.
In the 12’s and over category Ryan Thompson played consistently well throughout the tournament complimenting his dad’s play with confident groundstrokes and solid serving. The Thompson pair were tested in the final by Luke & Allan Innes Walker, Innes Walkers winning 9-4 to take the title. The star of the show had to be young Luke Innes-Walker, drawn way above his age group, he handled the top age group like a veteran, with some spectacular returns of serve and winning volleys.
The winners of the best dress category were Sally and Sarah Innes-Walker, beautifully attired in black and red with matching glasses and wristbands. The prize for the best behaved parent went to Luke O’Tooles mum Anna, whose tennis etiquette and behaviour on court were impeccable. Thanks to Nelson Lonestar for supporting this family event