December, 2016. The Shaw Sharks have won the second annual Brisbane Tennis League after a convincing grand final win at the weekend.
Played at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Sunday, the Sharks beat the Matchpoint Mavericks four sets to love to secure a place in January’s State League Final, which is played on the outside courts during the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp.
The team of Scott Puodziunas (1), Robert Stirling (2), Jayden Court (3) and Naiktha Bains each won their singles matches, negating the need to play the final two ties – men’s doubles and mixed doubles.
“Everyone worked together and backed each other, it was great,” said Matt Webb, the Shaw Sharks coach. Webb believes it’s the team culture they’ve created at the club that has seen the Sharks do so well in 2016. He says players love the team-based competition which is played in a fun FAST4 format, with the chance to share in more than $40,000 prizemoney.
“The league format is massive for the sport, as tennis players you don’t get to play in a team environment very often, but when you’re not playing your sitting on side of the court barracking for your team, and when you’re on court you fighting to play the best you can for the team,” he said.
Also qualifying for the State League Final are the Wests Rebel Sport Magpies (Northern Tennis League winners), the Coolum Cobras (Sunshine Coast Tennis League winners), and the Carrara Cougars (Gold Coast Tennis League winners).
Top ranked players to qualify include former World No.204 Ben Mitchell (Cararra Cougars), and current top 500 players Tom Fancutt (Carrara Cougars), Scott Puodziunas (Shaw Sharks), Naiktha Bains (Shaw Sharks) and Sophie Letcher (Carrara Cougars).
“The State League Final is the pinnacle of team tennis in Queensland, with local talent playing in the exciting FAST4 format. It provides a great opportunity for our clubs and players to be part of the Brisbane International and play alongside international stars like Rafael Nadal and Angelique Kerber in 2017,” said League director Marc Wittmann.
The State League Final will be played at the Queensland Tennis Centre between 1-3 January.
December, 2016. The Superleague season reached it's pinnacle with the semi finals and Grand finals being played these past couple of weeks. The best of the best from each division battled it out for the title and to leave their legacy on the competition. We are immensely proud of all of our teams and have chosen a few stories to share in this month's edition.
This will be the final SuperLeague newsletter for 2016. thank you for submitting all your great stories with Brisbane's largest tennis community. We look forward to another big year next year. Remember to get your team nominations in early as the grading will be taking place during the break.
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'Tis the season to be jolly, and nothing will make them more jolly than playing the world's best sport. Book the kids in for our December holiday clinics and they will enjoy a full day of tennis from 9am-3pm developing both the technical and tactical areas of their game. With plenty of fun and games thrown in, they will be begging to come back again for more!
Shaw Park Tennis Centre will be offering three 5-day clinics starting from December 5 to 9. We've simplified our pricing system to make things easier, so now all you have to do is select your days. Our Multi-Sport Clinic is also back from December 12 to 16 for those looking for something a bit different.
We will be holding a games and presentation day on the Friday of each clinic, so make sure they attend for all the shenanigans. For those that have never played before, the clinics act as an excellent introduction to the sport. We cater for all levels of player between 4 and 17 years.
Click the links for our tennis clinic enrolment form or multi sport enrolment form. These can be returned to the centre by email or you can simply phone the enrolment through by contacting 3266 1660. For more information, call our office or visit our website at www.shawparktennis.com.au.
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The Speed Pro has an 18x20 string pattern in a 100sq. inch head providing optimum control to the advanced tournament player. At 310 grams, it is the heaviest of the series and can really pack a punch.The Speed MP is a little lighter at 300 grams. It also has a 16x19 string pattern making it a more versatile package overall. There is also the Speed S and Speed Lite which offer more lightweight alternatives for those looking for greater manoeuvrability or for juniors transitioning to heavier frames.
Proving they have the goods
It's been an energetic season for the Emerson Energy in division 1 on Wednesday nights. Victor Vicario (left) and Zoe Freke (right) have battled hard to earn their place amongst the top 4 teams in the grade. The pair, who only teamed up this year, have their sights set on moving up to Super Grade next season. It will be a monumental effort, especially for young Zoe who is just 16. She will be well supported by tennis-addict Victor who's a big part of our social tennis night and is always keen to help out our other teams when they need a fill in. Good Luck Emerson Energy!
Like father, like son
We see a few father-son teams popping up season to season, but none more passionate than the Shaw Storm. The Saturday division 1 duo of Andrew (left) and Aidan (right) have had a wildly successful season so far and currently sit atop the ladder. We're sure there will be plenty of team strategizing going on during the car ride for the final couple of rounds. It has been a fantastic display this season in what has been a tough division. The experience has been good for Aidan who is training hard to make the school team at BBC during the next GPS season. Congrats so far Storm.
Experience paying off for Emerson's Gabe
As much as tennis is one of the most physically demanding sports, the mental asking of the game is always an important facet. Match experience is crucial to help a player develop a strong mindset. Gabriel Hogarth-Howes 12, currently training in a performance package with Emerson Tennis, is one of the most promising talents in the Brisbane tennis circuit.
Gabe is coming off one of his best years in the circuit finishing inside the top 60 in his age category and also finishing top 4 in the Tennis Brisbane Junior Development Series. Gabe attributes his recent peak in form to hard work with his coach, Iden Jenner, and some much needed match experience he has gained while participating in Super league. He is currently plays for the Emerson Excellent who sit third on the ladder in Junior League 2. With one matche to go, the team is geared up to fight for their place in the finals. Watch out JL 2, the Excellent are coming for you!
Now, as we come close to the end of season, our registrations are open for Season 1, 2017. There is a world of match experience waiting for all junior league players. Limited places only – contact the centres for further information.
Injury cripples Winners
The Morningside Winners have suffered a critical blow coming into the final round of the Sunday afternoon Junior League season. Maddie Cray (right) will have to leave it up to her brother Ollie (left) to finish out the season as she rests an injury. It's a pity for the strong team who have been competing valiantly in the competition from day one. Can Ollie continue the streak with a fill-in or will this spell the end for the teams hopes?
Morningside toilet relief
There have been some questions raised over the toilets at the Morningside Tennis Centre during weeknight and Saturday SuperLeague matches. We understand that the pressure and excitement of a big match can take its toll on the body so would like to clarify that the bathrooms do remain unlocked for players even after the pro shop has closed.
Morningside goes to Church..ie
Morningside Tennis Centre would like to say a big thank you to all their SuperLeague players and parents for their cooperation in the venue change in round 12. All Morningside matches on October 22 had to be moved to the David Turbayne Centre (Churchie courts) due to The Eastside Classic JT tournament. The round went ahead smoothly and we greatly appreciate all the help from our friends at Churchie.
Nominate for next season
It seems like a lifetime away, but all centres are already collecting individual and team nominations for next season. Grading for season one 2017 will take place during the holiday break. We would like to cross our T's and dot our I's early to ensure TennisGear teams have the best chance of being graded correctly. Be sure to start the conversation with your team and centre staff when you see them next.
We’re hanging up our tennis gear for an evening as we prepare for the 2016 Tennis QLD awards on October 29th. It will be glitz and glam at the sport’s night of nights, with all the big names in attendance. Sam Stosur, John Millman, and Bernard Tomic are just a few household names that will be competing for the illustrious Ashley Cooper Medal awarded to the Athlete of the Year.
Equally as exciting are our very own Tennis Gear nominees. Head coach at Emerson, John Zelinski, is up for ANZ Hot Shots Coach of the Year with the Emerson Tennis Centre also nominated for QLD Club of the Year.
“It is a great honour to receive these nominations,” says Zelinski. “I feel incredibly blessed to be doing a job that I love, in the sport that I love, and being at the former site of the QLD Tennis Centre makes it even more special”. From everyone here at TennisGear we would like to congratulate John and all the staff at Emerson for all your hard work, we wish you all the best.
This year’s nominations success continues a strong legacy for our clubs at the awards. In 2013 the Shaw Park Tennis Centre won Queensland Club of the Year. In 2014 Morningside Tennis Centre won both the State and National title for Club of the Year with Shaw Park’s Dom Andrews named as Hot Shots coach of the Year. Last year saw Morningside’s Head coach Ross Orford take the top gong for Coach of the Year for 2015.
Silverware or not, it is sure to be a fantastic evening celebrating our wonderful sport and local achievement. Good luck to all nominees. For a full list of nominees and all categories, click here.