Junior tennis players hit the courts in Gunnedah last week for one of the region’s biggest Todd Woodbridge Cup zone events.

More than 140 children from schools across the Gunnedah Shire took part in the event.

It was the competition’s first event after a three-year absence. 

The Todd Woodbridge Cup is a primary school competition for stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) that uses modified equipment, numeric scoring and mixed gender teams.

The competition starts with school zone events followed by regional playoffs (term 3) in Tamworth, and finally a state final that is held at Sydney Olympic Park each year (term 4).

Competing schools included Gunnedah South, Gunnedah Public, St Xavier’s Primary, Mullaley Public, Carroll Public and Carinya Christian School.

Gunnedah South Public School (Team 1) and St Xavier’s Primary School (Team 3) qualified on the day to compete at the regional play-offs. 

Local tennis coach Craig Louis said this year’s turnout in Gunnedah was exceptional.

“We had the biggest in the region,” he said.

Louis said the doubles program offered something for everyone – from experienced players to those just starting out in tennis.

“The sportsmanship on the day was excellent,” he said. 

Tennis NSW North West development officer Ellie Ryan said the Todd Woodbridge Cup is not just about selecting the best players but encouraging participation, providing a positive experience playing tennis, growing friendships and giving students the opportunity to represent their school in a team environment. 

She commended the instruction provided by Mr Louis.

“The day was run by Craig Louis, who co-ordinated all matches throughout the day,” Ms Ryan said.

“With 140 participants for the day playing on modified hot shots equipment, Craig did a fantastic job getting all matches played.

“All of the teachers were a big help and it was great to see wonderful sportsmanship from all players throughout the day.”

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