Banora Primary tennis stars on point
BANORA Point Primary: 39 sets. Opposition: one.
That's the kind of record that can win you a state tennis championship.
After having lost only one set of tennis out of 40 in this year's NSW PSSA Victor J Kelly Knock-out Competition, Banora Point Primary School's tennis team is off to Sydney Olympic Park later this month to play in the competition's final four.
The young side - consisting of Alannah Welsh and Amali Zillmann from Grade 5 and Juan Beltran, Bohdi Welsh from Grade 6 - started the competition, with some 1800 other NSW schools in contention.
They had wins against Far North Coast schools in Kingscliff, Terranora, Alstonville, Westlawn and finally, in the quarter finals, had an eight-sets-to-love victory over Lane Cove on Sydney's North Shore.
In reaching the semi-final under coach Paul Shacklock, the quartet has gone one better than its quarter-final appearance in 2017.
In the semi-final, Banora Point will take on Parkes from the western region, with the winner to take on the victor of the match between Gunnedah and Milton.
The semi-final and final will both be played on Monday, August 30, with the Banora Point Primary squad aiming to fly down to Homebush on Sunday evening to be at Olympic Park for an early start the next day.
While the location of the games are still to be determined, the presentations will be held at Ken Rosewell Arena, the 10,000 seat stadium named after the multiple grand slam champ, which hosts the final of the Sydney International ATP World Tour event.
Banora Point Primary's deputy principal Joanna Henderson said the school was thrilled with the development of its star players both on and off the court.
"We're really lucky that these kids play tennis outside of school and have been playing together since last year,” Ms Henderson said.
"When I watch them play I can't believe the growth from year to year.
"They continue to grow in their ability, to train hard, and their sportsmanship is outstanding.
"They encourage each other, they're excelling in their sport and it's a great experience for them along the way.”