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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2019
YOUR HILLS SPORTING NEWSPAPER
By Jeff Pistola
* HILLS NETBALL ASSOCIATION AWARD RECIPIENTS *
* 2019-20 REGIONAL CRICKET SEASON PREVIEWS *
Abbey Geue has
been awarded the
Tennis SA player
of the year for
believed to be
the first Hills
competitor to do so.
Abbey Geue is hoping to get an early
serve of success over the opposition
when the 2019-20 Hills Tennis Association
competition commences this Saturday.
The Littlehampton regular may well have an ace up
her sleeve after having recently been named Tennis
SA womens winter pennant player for the 2019
Geue, who captained Littlehampton’s team in
Division 3 Open competition, received the award at
a presentation function held on Sunday, September
15, at Tennis World Adelaide in Millswood.
She received a medal and $200 sports voucher
from Tennis SA president Kent Thiele and director
The award which covers eight divisions of womens
winter pennant competition – together with doubles
divisions – is based on the numbers of rubbers won
by an individual player during the minor rounds.
A player must have appeared in a minimum of 10
matches to be eligible for the consistency-based
Playing as number one in the four-member
Littlehampton combination, Geue was in dominant
form, winning each of her singles rubbers and losing
just one doubles match.
Her efforts enabled Littlehampton to finish on
top of the Division 3 rankings after 14 rounds,
but unfortunately the team suffered a loss in the
The 25-year-old Geue was both a little surprised
and honored to receive the award, believed to be the
first for a Hills-based woman in metropolitan pennant
“It does feel a little strange, but it is also great to
realise the achievement,” she outlined.
“Being based on performance wins, you really have
to play well consistently, and it’s a pretty competitive
environment as you come up against many very
“With wins the key over the minor rounds, you just
have to be on your game every match, plus virtually
play every round.
“I was aware that I had a reasonable season as
far as success, but to actually top the entire list of
women players throughout the various divisions is
something rather special and rewarding I guess.
“The award was only introduced a few years ago,
so while it is an honor, it was perhaps disappointing
that as a team, we couldn’t cap off the season with
the ultimate prize.”
A qualified secondary education teacher with a
penchant towards science, Geue has been chasing
a winning formula on the court since playing tennis,
as she describes, ‘forever’.
A former resident of Alice Springs, she joined the
Littlehampton club after moving to the region in
2008, graduating through the juniors to her current
number one womens spot.
With her mother Chris and brother Brett also having
played for Littlehampton, a strong family passion has
developed for the game and the club.
Littlehampton fielded a total of five teams in the
recently concluded Tennis SA winter pennant season
two women and three men – with four making the
semifinals and the Division 11 men reaching the
A vibrant committee and excellent facilities at
Anembo Park have created a wonderful environment
for the progressive club, suggested Geue.
“Littlehampton was one of the first Hills clubs to
enter teams in the metro winter pennants, and that
proved attractive,” she said.
“Over the past few years we have had people from
other clubs come and play during the winter with us.
“It gives the opportunity to play virtually for most of
the year, we even had very few wash outs during the
season for our home games at Anembo.
“For me, tennis is a great sport and I rate it as a
good social outlet as well.
“The in-house night competition run at Littlehampton
during each school term has also proved extremely
“We have the maximum of 60 players involved,
which gives us 12 teams of five players, and it is
really busy every night.
“If that encourages people to play either midweek or
a regular Saturday, it is great for tennis in the Hills.”
After reaching the preliminary final of the 2018-19
Hills Division 1 womens tennis campaign, Geue and
her Littlehampton team-mates will be aiming to push
a little higher this season.
There will be three divisions of womens competition
this summer, with Littlehampton joined by defending
premier Lobethal, Mt Barker, Hahndorf, Echunga
and Onkaparinga in top-tier ranks.
A notable absentee will be Stirling, which after being
a recent pacesetter, will be only fielding a team in
Division 3 women.
John Wesley will make a welcome return to Division
1 Hills mens tennis on Saturday, joining Mt Barker,
Hahndorf, Summertown, Littlehampon and current
title-holder Stirling, which have nominated just one
mens team this season.
Doubles competition will also feature a change, with
three divisions programmed, six-player teams on
offer, and gender flexibility to enable clubs to filll the
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