The Foundation Cup regional team events was played over three days from Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 October at the picturesque Berri-View Lawn Tennis Club as part of the 2017 Foundation Cup.
Six regions, West Coast, Upper Northern, Lower Northern, North East, South East & Hills/Murray/Fleurieu competed in the 13/u Boys, 13/u Girls, 15/u Boys and 15/u Girls teams events.
With 96 of the best regional juniors in South Australia battling it out, the standard of Tennis throughout the event was a fantastic. Spectators were spoilt for choice with sensational matches taking place on all courts.
The 13/u Boys and 13/u Girls team events saw Hills/Murray/Fleurieu regain their previous ascendency, taking out both divisions comfortably. They were in cruise control, not dropping a single match.
15/u Girls team event saw Hills/Murray/Fleurieu go back-to-back, and continue the regions very strong showing at the event. They didn’t have it all their own way with some stiff competition from the Upper Northern girls, but in the end they proved a bit too strong across the board.
15/u Boys team event saw a genuine two horse race. At the end of the event it was Lower Northern preventing a Hills/Murray/Fleurieu clean sweep. The Lower Northern boys displayed some very impressive tennis throughout, and after knocking off the highly fancied Hill/Murray/Fleurieu team in round 1, they never looked back. They rode the wave of confidence all the way to the end, being undefeated, and only dropping 5 sets for the entire event.
One player from each division was awarded the prestigious Kevin Shwarz Sportsperson Award. This award is presented to the boy and girl who show the best sportsmanship on court and is voted on each round by the opposing team.
Good sportsmanship is a large component of a complete tennis player, and is arguably more important than a strong forehand or backhand. The huge spread of votes across such a large number of players spoke volumes of the players that were participating, and was a credit to all involved.
The winner of the 13/u Boys award was Joseph Harris from West Coast on a massive 10 votes just edging out Ralph Catipay from Hills/Murray/Fleurieu Coast on 9 votes. A special mention should be given to Joseph, who was the only player at the event to poll maximum Sportsmanship votes in every single match he played. A sensational effort!
The winner of the 13/u Girls award was Lacey Murnane, also from West Coast on 8 votes, finishing ahead of team mate, Elke Shepperd on 7 votes also from West Coast.
The winner of the 15/u Girls award was Ardia Mead from Upper Northern on 9 votes. She finished ahead of joint runners up Emma Haslett (North East) and Annika Tobin (HMF) each on 8 votes.
And the last award was the winner of the 15/y Boys award, which we had joint winners for the first time in the boys’ history. This year the joint winners, each on 9 votes, were Will Layton (HMF) and Arley Byass (West Coast). The runner up was Fergus Tod (Upper Northern) on 8 Votes. A big well done to West Coast, taking out three of the four Sportsmanship Awards.
Well done all winners, and we sincerely thank all the great people involved in the event, from volunteers, Berri View Lawn Tennis club, regional coordinators, coaches, team managers, parents, players and everyone else! We look forward to next year’s Foundation Cup!