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FRIDAY DECEMBER 21 2018 SPORT 29 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA GREY MORRIS Jayla Shacklady, Liam Coach and Will Kelaart are part of the squad travelling away for the annual Victorian Tennis Tour, where Alice Springs will attempt to defend its Margaret Court Cup club championship crown. Picture: ANTHONY GEPPA Alices best aim for glory ALICE Springs will be looking to defend its Margaret Court Cup club championship against dozens of others Australian clubs when the 25strong Central Australian representative team travels to Albury on January 3. The team will be missing its older stars this year but has been bolstered by nine juniors making their debut. All were selected after impressive performances in the recent national rankings events in Alice Springs. Of the nine players on debut, six are girls which, according to team coach Matt Roberts, is exciting for the club. Tilly (Loader) and Micaela (Hull) have been away before for tennis, so they already have some experience, he said. Loader, 12, a major award winner at the tennis club last week, is one of five scholarship system players on the trip. Roberts said the scholarship youngsters have unique qualities about them The boys and girls who have come through school scholarships always have a fiercely competitive nature and exciting athletic qualities, he said. While the Alice Springs team will have its hands full against many of the top national and South Pacific juniors they will compete against, Roberts is confident that they will fight all the way because thats what we do here. This will be the 15th time the Alice Springs club has travelled to the prestigious teams event, followed by two gold national rankings events and a JDS round robin tournament. This year has been a golden year for the club, winning the Margaret Court Cup for the fourth time. While this team is very young, Roberts thinks Alice Springs will again be super competitive. We can definitely finish top six because weve got some experienced grass courters in the line up, he said. While most school children are in holiday mode, training continues in sweltering conditions this week as the team prepares for a heatwave in country Victoria in early January. The training is challenging but they all have fun, Roberts said. Theres barely any clubs in Australia running these tennis trips for juniors these days so they know theyre lucky and Im super proud of them. VIC TOUR TEAM: Girls: Jamilee Ashenden, Kasey Ashenden, Keely Bishop, Lauren Brown, Trephina Campbell, Augustine Gapinski, Micaela Hull, Daniela Kennedy, Tilly Loader, Latoya Miller, Patsy Ryan Betts, Jayla Shacklady Boys: Talen Andrews, Michael Billman, Ethan Bowhay, Liam Coach, Patrick Findlay, Jack James, Will Kelaart, Nick Kleeman, Miguel Manganjani, Hamish Milne, Cormac Nolan, Liam Ragas-Judd, Jeremy Slee, Jack Ward, Tom Zaleski FORMER Brisbane Lions Academy coach Heidi Thompson has joined the Territory Thunder program in the dual role of Womens Academy manager and VFL Womens head coach. Thompson was Brisbanes Thompson takes over as new NT Thunder VFL head coach Academy coach for more than two years, overseeing an under-18 squad who never lost a game under her tenure and had players drafted to the senior AFLW side. One of only six women awarded a position in the inaugural AFL Womens National Coaching Academy, Thompson is completing her Level 3 AFL coaching accreditation. A recently retired player, she had a successful eight-year career in the QWAFL, playing with Sherwood, Yeronga and Wilston Grange until retiring at the end of the 2017 season. No stranger to accolades, Thompson was selected in the QWAFL Team of the Year and the Queensland Sunfire team. With a keen interest in leadership programs and personal development, Thompson prides herself on empowering young athletes to grow and develop. AFLNT talent and pathways manager Wally Gallio said what impressed him most about Thompson was her passion for building positive relationships and wanting to challenge herself and those around her to achieve. We had some great applicants apply for the two roles and we started to look at it as a dual position, he said. We wanted a person who could help establish a clear pathway for our talented female players to follow from juniors through to seniors, he said. Of the applicants, Heidis experience and desire to better herself and our programs stood out. ALICE SPRINGS TENNIS RESULTS SCOPE BUILDING TUESDAY PENNANTS A Grade Luke Horsfall/Yuta Masuda 2 sets 22 games def. Kylan Bishop/ Miguel Manganjani 1 set 19 games Dave Neville/Joel van Haaren 2 sets 22 games def. Jeremy Slee/Michael Penman 1 set 20 games A Reserve Grade Dan Jury/James Hull 2 sets 25 games def. Slava Paskins/Rob Cormack 1 sets 17 games Leanne Leerson/Bre Drew 2 sets 25 games def. Joseph Lacerna/Justin Copestick 1 set 21 games Player of the Week: Slava Paksins GILLEN CLUB THURSDAY MIXED SOCIAL COMPETITION Super League Backhanded Compliments 6 sets 36 games def. Net Profits 0 sets 14 games No Strings Attached 3 sets 33 games def. Deucebags 3 sets 25 games Player of the Week: Cameron Gee Division Two Four Crows 5 sets 35 games def. Turtles 1 set 21 games Powder Pump Boys 3 sets 32 games def. Phantoms 3 sets 30 games Elders 5 sets 36 games def. Awesome Foursome 1 set 24 games Coke Dealers 3 sets 31 games def. 5B2 3 sets 29 games Player of the Week: Bonnie Mitchell UNCLE EDYS JUNIOR COMPETITION Premier Division Joel van Haaren/Talen Andrews def. Kylan Bishop/Mack Bowman 2 sets to 1 Division One Jack Ward/Patsy Ryan Betts def. Will Kelaart/Ethan Bowhay 2 sets to 1 Blake Ashton/Andrew Doan def. Liam Ragas Judd/George Habib 3 sets to 0 Division Two Jamilee Ashenden/Kasey Ashenden def. Flynn Tuckwell/ Jayla Shacklady 2 sets to 1 Hamish Milne/Seth Gotzen def. Simmon Crellin/Rania Shelford 2 sets to 1 Division Three Angus Pollitt/Monty McIntyre def. Charlie Duffell/Jack Newman 2 sets to 1 DArcy Satharasinghe/Austin Shaw def. Augustine Gapinski/ Jirrikai Riverain 2 sets to 1