CLOSE CALL: Zali Middleton, Daniel Setch and Eliza-Mae Acton fell short of making the Capricornia school tennis squad.
CLOSE CALL: Zali Middleton, Daniel Setch and Eliza-Mae Acton fell short of making the Capricornia school tennis squad.

Biloela students take a big leap

A TRIO of talented Biloela tennis players have fallen just short of Capricornia selection.

Zali Middleton (year 11), Daniel Setch (year 12) and Eliza Mae-Acton (year 9) from Biloela State High School tried out for the Capricornia school tennis team on February 19 in Rockhampton.

Ms Middleton came very close to making the squad, winning three of her five matches in the round robin tournament where players were knocked out after losing two matches.

“I lost my first game, won three then sadly lost my last one,” Ms Middleton said.

“It was going to be hard for us considering that of the different regions, we don’t have the opportunity to play as much tennis as the other students.

“It’s good having us represent the school and trying to get to that next level.

“It’s not very often you have three people from the same school get to try for that level.”

Setch won his first match 6-0 but would go on to lose his next two matches in his first and last attempt to make the Capricornia team.

“A lot of those kids train 5 days a week, we train one day a week,” Setch said.

“I like the social aspect about tennis.

“When you go to tournaments in Rockhampton or Gladstone you make new friends rather than just having friends in Biloela.”

All three students play at the Callide Valley Tennis Club where Middleton also coaches.

For Mae-Acton and Middleton both plan to try out again in 2021 for Capricornia tennis with Middleton completing Capricornia netball trials this week and Mae-Acton planning to try out for athletics.


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