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    mpowerdome Hot Shots Challenge Mar 7, 2013

    Mpowerdome Hotshots Challenge Report

    Last Sunday 3rd March, mpowerdome held its first coloured ball tournament under the Hotshots title. 27 children competed in four divisions in a mixture of doubles and singles matches for team titles. The day was a great success with some children getting their first taste of tournament style tennis and others further developing their match play skills.

    In the Orange 1 division players competed in a Davis cup style format of singles and doubles matches before having some fun playing parents. Orange 2 existing of 10 players were divided up into two teams of five again playing a mixture of singles and doubles with the Red team coming away victorious convincingly. For more than half of the players in this division it was their first taste of the orange court, a very daunting prospect. To their credit they handled the bigger space very well, managing some incredible rallies particularly in doubles matches. Also impressive were the attempts at advanced tactical set plays introduced by a couple of doubles pairs.

    On the red court two divisions were run with players getting their fair share of pairs and singles matches. Red groups were split so children could learn to play with and against a mix of competitors, so that the focus was about both having fun and trying to win. Both red competitions were very close with teams finishing within just a couple of points of each other as the format was first to 15.

    Many Thanks must go to all of the parents for transporting their children down to the dome early on a Sunday morning enabling us to start on time. Coaches and children much appreciated the parents being around, supporting and in some cases scoring. Everyone involved entered into the spirit of the tournament playing both competitively and fairly. Well Done!!!

    The player loses himself in the action, continually breaking the false limits placed on is potential. Awareness becomes acutely heightened, while analysis, anxiety and self-conscious thought are completely forgotten. Enjoyment is at a peak - pure and unspoiled”.
    W. Timothy Gallwey,
    "The Inner Game of Tennis"

     

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