Tight match wraps up 100 years of Alstonville tennis
BRENDAN Lee of Goonellabah and Mick Sherry of Casino were victors but everyone was celebrating after a landmark day of commemorations at Alstonville Tennis Club.
The pair teamed up for a hard-fought 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win over Ballina's Paul Denning and Nathan Moore in the Division One doubles final of the 2012 Alstonville Spring Tournament.
About 60 players took part in yesterday's successful event, which this year was staged to mark 100 years of tennis in Alstonville.
Club president Steph Rigby said the competitive final marked what had been a successful event.
"It was a tough match," he said. "There was nothing in it.
"We are really happy with how everything has gone. Everything has run well and it has been a good day of tennis."
This was the second year the event, which was run in conjunction with this year's Alstonville Show, took place.
Doubles matches were played, with a men's event in Division One and mixed doubles in divisions two and three.
Matches were played over a round-robin format at the competition at the club's Russelton Park courts.
Play-offs and semi-finals were staged to help whittle down the field.
Bianca Moseley and Jamie Walsh teamed up to take Division Two, with Graham Fiennie and Cally Mail successful in Division Three.
Organisers collected about $4000 in sponsorship for the event, which attracted players from Ballina, Lismore, Casino and the Alstonville area.
Rigby said the tournament now was establishing itself on the club's calendar.
"It all seems to have gone well," he said.
"We hope to do it again next year."
Rigby thanked club member Richard Springall for his efforts helping to organise the event.