Local schools ace the new modified Todd Woodbridge Cup

The Todd Woodbridge Cup hit Tamworth last week.

The statewide tournament is an initiative of Tennis Australia and Tennis NSW and is run through the auspices of the PSSA sports system for kids in Years 3 and 4.

“The main aim of it is to get more kids involved in tennis,” Tamworth zone coordinator Ryan Griffiths said.

This year is the first year it has been run.

“It’s based on the Hot Shots form of the game,” he said.

It is a modified version, with smaller courts, a lower net and low compression balls, which don’t bounce as much.

The players form teams and play boys singles, girls singles and then mixed doubles, with the winning team from the various “zone days” progressing through to the play-offs in Sydney in November.

Kootingal and Tamworth Public both entered five teams in the Tamworth zone day and Tamworth South two, with a Kooty team named champions.

“We only had three schools but hopefully it will grow next year,” Griffiths said, adding that they all had a great day.

Balanced: Lily Dawe watches this forehand off the racquet and over the net during the Todd Woodbridge Cup modified tennis day at the Tamworth Tennis Club at Treloar Park. Photo: Peter Hardin

Balanced: Lily Dawe watches this forehand off the racquet and over the net during the Todd Woodbridge Cup modified tennis day at the Tamworth Tennis Club at Treloar Park. Photo: Peter Hardin

Smashed: Tamworth Public's Blake Russell unleashes a forehand down the line during the modified tennis day in Tamworth. Photo: Peter Hardin 160916PHC033

Smashed: Tamworth Public's Blake Russell unleashes a forehand down the line during the modified tennis day in Tamworth. Photo: Peter Hardin 160916PHC033

Action aplenty: There was plenty of action at the Todd Woodbridge Cup day with the primary school kids making the most of the new court surfaces.

Action aplenty: There was plenty of action at the Todd Woodbridge Cup day with the primary school kids making the most of the new court surfaces.

Lobbing: Kootingal big hitter Tyler Flemming goes the lob on a day where a team from Kootingal Public went home with the Cup. Photo: Peter Hardin 160916PHC011

Lobbing: Kootingal big hitter Tyler Flemming goes the lob on a day where a team from Kootingal Public went home with the Cup. Photo: Peter Hardin 160916PHC011

Ace: Tamworth Public's Lily Dawe shows good form as she looks to knock this shot back over the net to her Kootingal Public opponent at Treloar Park.

Ace: Tamworth Public's Lily Dawe shows good form as she looks to knock this shot back over the net to her Kootingal Public opponent at Treloar Park.

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