The John Fitzgerald Cup 13/u boys’ regional championships were held over the weekend at Wodonga Tennis Club, bringing together some of the best country tennis players.
Four boys from 10 country regions assembled for a carnival of high quality junior tennis. The regions were divided into two pools and played a round-robin format over five rounds, with two doubles rubbers followed by three singles rubbers in a pro set format.
Following the completion of the round robin, South West remained undefeated in Pool One and Central Gippsland (pictured) undefeated in Pool Two, setting up an intriguing final.
Central Gippsland continued their impressive form into the final led by Josh Charlton and Jack Clements to win the final over a very competitive South West team led by Jeremy Attrill and Ben Wilde. The final score was four rubbers to one.
Tennis Victoria’s Competitions Manager Jeff Downes said he was delighted with the success of the championships.
“The 2012 John Fitzgerald Cup was an enormous success with the highest quality tennis played across all matches,” said Downes.
“The competition is a great way to recognise the best country regional players while also giving them the opportunity to compete against the other top regional kids within a team environment.”
Leading on from this event, four boys will be selected to represent Victoria at the Nationals to be held in Sydney from 7-11 January.
“This is an exciting tennis pathway and development opportunity for the four selected players to compete at a national level” said Downes.
“The standard of tennis played over the competition will ensure Victoria will field a highly competitive team.”