The next generation of tennis talents prevail

REGIONAL CHAMPIONS: St Catherine's Catholic College Year 4 students excelled on the tennis courts last month before competing in Sydney on Monday (finishing ninth).

REGIONAL CHAMPIONS: St Catherine's Catholic College Year 4 students excelled on the tennis courts last month before competing in Sydney on Monday (finishing ninth).

A total of 15 keen tennis players from Year 4 at St Catherine's Catholic College, Singleton set off to Newcastle on October 29 to play a day of tennis against 10 other qualifying schools from the region as part of the Todd Woodbridge Cup tournament.

The children had earned their place at Regionals after teams finished 1st and 2nd at the Zone Day held at the beautiful Howe Park Tennis Complex.

After the initial five rounds of play, St Catherine's found itself in the enviable position of both teams making the semi finals, playing off for the top two spots that would earn the right to move forward to the State Finals in Sydney.

"The children had a wonderful time, excelling both in their sportsmanship and in their skilled play," St Catherine's Catholic College teacher Nicole Adler told the Singleton Argus. "It was great to see the team-work from all and the way our returning players from last year used their knowledge and experience to help out new players, and how our new players added extra punch to take both teams to even higher levels."

In the end, the team of William Bailey, Tyler Wetherspoon-Mills, Sam Oliver, Jonah Andrews, Harriet Taylor-Holmes, Lillian-Stanford-Lucas and Brydie Gray, took out 3rd place on the day. An amazing result given the fact the children were one player down all day and continued on regardless. The second team did one better than the school's placing last year, this time ending up winners on the day

Tessa McLeod, Chloe Vaughan, Macy Neyland, Lara Gradwell, Beau Hetherington, Ashton Cillero, Harley Harrison and Elijah Campbell would then head to Sydney to compete against the other top teams from regions across NSW and the ACT on Monday. They would finish ninth.

IN OTHER TENNIS NEWS a total of 31 kids from across the Northumberland region came to Howe Park Tennis Club on Sunday, November 10 to compete in the Endeavour series. "The Hunter Tennis Academy had seven students competing in the event, which for many it was their first tournament and we are extremely proud of them for giving it a go," junior co-ordinator Heidi Stanford told the Singleton Argus last week. Singleton's iconic venue was the fifth stop on the tour following previous rounds hosted by the Raymond Terrace Tennis Club (September 8), Wyong Tennis Club (September 22), Newcastle Tennis Club (October 20) and Gosford Tennis Club (November 3). The series will continued in Cessnock on Sunday before concluding at Nelson Bay (November 24) and Newcastle (December 1). "Special mention to Xander Sheath winning the 13 & under boys," she added.