A SMASHER: Emily Bampton shows her determination as she puts everything into her serve.
A SMASHER: Emily Bampton shows her determination as she puts everything into her serve. Chris Ison/Morning Bulletin

Cressy Comets break 40-year drought

IT has been about 40 years since the Cressy Comets played in the A-grade tennis finals – let alone winning the overall championship.

The Rockhampton Association Corporation 2009 Winter Club Fixtures final was held on Saturday and the Cressy Comets faced the Delward Tigers in the tight finals.

The single and double matches were close for the teams, but the Delward Tigers couldn’t catch the steam of the Cressy Comets who took a strong hold over the doubles combination.

The Cressy Comets’ players Guru Singh, Emily Bampton and Gordon Acutt hit through the games strongly and claimed the title at 36 games to 29 against Daniel Cutler, Dane McKinnon and Libby Tweed from the Delward Tigers.

The tournament started mid-July and more than 20 teams in various Rockhampton tennis clubs competed in the event.

Secretary of the Cressy Club, Warren Acutt, said although they had not won the title in some years, it was not a big surprise to win this year.

“It has been a long, long time since we have won; usually we don’t even make the A-grade team,” he said.

“But we did have a good team this year and we had to just see how we went in the final.”

The points achieved in the single and doubles match determined the winner and Acutt said the Cressy Comets kept a good lead in the doubles.

Acutt said the club is the second oldest club in the region and was established back in 1946 and isn’t just about competing.

“Our club is a family social club that enjoys there tennis,” he said.

The championships marked the end of the tennis season until January 2010.

But the Cressy Club will finish off its season with the club’s Close Championships on November 29, at the Athelstane courts.



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