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Upper Great Southern juniors shine at 2023 D’Arcy Slater and Women in Tennis Foundation Cup in Geraldton

Daniel RooneyNarrogin Observer
Upper Great Southern’s Zander Wilkie, Joel Bassett, Hugh Mullan and Adam Bassett.
Camera IconUpper Great Southern’s Zander Wilkie, Joel Bassett, Hugh Mullan and Adam Bassett. Credit: Tennis West

Junior players from across the Wheatbelt have strongly represented the Upper Great Southern Tennis Association at the 2023 D’Arcy Slater and Women in Tennis Foundation Cup.

The competition took place in Geraldton October 29-November 11 and drew 92 junior players from around WA.

Representing the Upper Great Southern zone in the singles was Narrogin’s Zander Wilkie, who finished runner-up in boys division two, while Dumbleyung youngster Bailey Cronin claimed the consolation final in boys division four.

Brookton Tennis Club’s Brad Bassett accompanied the Upper Great Southern players to the cup and he reported that the junior squads had performed well.

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Upper Great Southern players Kiesha Bransby, Tamzyn Kirby, Samantha Armstrong and Jasmine Cronin.
Camera IconUpper Great Southern players Kiesha Bransby, Tamzyn Kirby, Samantha Armstrong and Jasmine Cronin. Credit: Tennis West

“The boys first team came third and the girls came fourth,” he said.

“We’ve always had one team of boys and one team of girls, so we did well this year to go up with two teams of boys.

“It’s good that there’s more interest around than we’ve had, the more kids going away to represent the zone, the better.”

Adam Bassett and Jasmine Cronin also shone for Upper Great Southern with both players making it through to the final four in the singles the main draw.

Upper Great Southern’s Tristan Turton, Bailey Cronin, Kye Armstrong and Evan Hardie.
Camera IconUpper Great Southern’s Tristan Turton, Bailey Cronin, Kye Armstrong and Evan Hardie. Credit: Tennis West

“The kids got lots of tennis in and there were some good matches, it was good to see a good level of competition take place,” Bassett said.

“They obviously improve when they are playing over two or three days in a row and the kids had great fun, they love being part of a team.”

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