Young tennis starlets selected for nationals

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The North Otago Tennis Association has had three selected to the Southern Regions Teams to compete at the National Teams Events in April.

Rebecca Dellaway will pit her wits against the best of the Under-16s category while Mackenzie Phillips and Brylee More will lock horns with the nation’s finest Under-12s.

Association administrator Denise More praised the efforts of the trio, with only five selections made per age group throughout the southern region, which includes South Canterbury, North Otago, Otago, Southland and Southern Lakes.

Dellaway will be unfazed by the selection, having been a regular in the teams for some years, but this will be a first outing for More and Phillips on the national stage.

“It is a fantastic achievement for North Otago to have two girls in the 12s age group, as it is a highly contested age group,” said Denise More.

North Otago seniors were back in action for the local competition on Thursday at the Chelmer St Grass Courts, while the youngsters will be intent on beginning their 2014 competition with a bang-on Friday before the Junior Representative teams head off to the Southern Region Teams event in Dunedin on February 14.

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: Mackenzie Phillips, Rebecca Dellaway and Brylee More have been selected to represent the Southern Region at the National Teams Event in April – SUPPLIED