Six Launceston and North East juniors selected in tennis's Bruce Cup state squad

GOOD TOUCH: Launceston junior Alex Martin shows off his forehand at the Launceston Regional Tennis Centre on Saturday. Pictures: Neil Richardson

GOOD TOUCH: Launceston junior Alex Martin shows off his forehand at the Launceston Regional Tennis Centre on Saturday. Pictures: Neil Richardson

Their dedication to tennis is almost matched by their love of the game.

But for 26 of the state’s top primary school juniors, it was all on the line at the Launceston Regional Tennis Centre on Saturday.

Selection trials for Tasmania’s Bruce Cup was fierce, but three boys and girls from the North each came through with the nod of approval.

Launceston’s Alex Martin, Campbell Young and Kiran Naidoo all made the boys’ final cut, while Tiana Philp, Rebecca Clark and North-East’s Annabella Radcliff were also confirmed in the respective girls’ squad.

DETERMINED: Hobart talent Alicia Dale gets in line with the ball in the state trials.

DETERMINED: Hobart talent Alicia Dale gets in line with the ball in the state trials.

The 11 and 12-year-olds were seeded in tournament play by their national rankings to play off for seven spots in their state teams.

Launceston centre head coach James Bolzonello, who was not involved in the final selection, was pleased with the names that made it through under his guidance.

“I think we had anticipated who was going to make the team and it definitely fell the way we all thought it was going to,” Bolzonello said. 

“There were some kids though we still felt performed really well, however it was definitely the strong team that came through.”

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