WHILE the on-court temperatures were in the high 20s, the player barometer reached the high 30s for last Friday night’s final round of the Edi Upper/Moyhu pre-Christmas junior competition.
Such was the large spectator interest, and with car places at a premium, one passing motorist called in to ask “Is this the first round of the Australian Open?”.
During the six-week competition, a total of 47 players had competed in up to nine sections.
Going into the final round, organisers were well aware aggregate scores were very close, and that each player would be giving it their all in the final lunge for the line.
In section one, Georgia Sampson left nothing to chance, as she took the game right up to and away from her three male opponents to register an unbeaten 15 games.
But as often happens, scores are not a true reflection of the actual play and full credit must be given to Charlie McGrath (nine games), Jared Cook (eight) and Nathan Sampson (six).