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June 22, 2024 11:43 PM

Ellen Gordon honour for McLeod

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BY ALEX TIGANI

Singleton’s Ella McLeod had many reasons to smile when returning from the NSW Country Championships held at the Forster Tennis Club this month.

The 15-year-old defeated Gunnedah’s Isabelle Moore 6-7(2) 0-6 to claim this year’s 16 & Under Girls Singles title before holding off Penrith’s Sandra Stojanovic 4-1 2-4 10-5 to add the 15 & Under Girls Singles trophy to her collection.

She and Stojanovic would then meet again in the Mixed Doubles final however McLeod and her partner Isaac Elson would receive runners up trophies in the
4-2 5-3 defeat.

Then, there was a fourth trophy.

She revealed that this one was her most cherished from the event.

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Howe Park Tennis Club’s Ella McLeod, 15, brought home four trophies from the NSW Country Championships this month. One of them had a significant meaning.

“They announced that I was the first winner of the Ellen Gordon Award for female best and fairest at the tournament,” McLeod told The Hunter River Times.

“(The late) Ellen Gordon was a tennis tournament director who I met many times, and they made a memorial trophy for her so to get the vote from all the officials was really nice.”

The Howe Park Tennis Club member has paid tribute to her former coach Gary Brenton and her current mentor Trudi Musgrave (1994 Junior Australian Open winner).

She also celebrated an NSW All Schools AFL title for the CIS representative line-up in Albury earlier this season and kicked a crucial goal in the Singleton Roosters Youth Girls’ narrow win over Warners Bay at Feighan Oval on Sunday.

However tennis remains her focus for now.

“I have had a few injuries in the last two years and a thumb injury earlier this year but many tournaments have been cancelled due to covid and rain so it was a good year to have them,” she concluded.

McLeod will enter next year’s tournament as favourite for both the 16 and 17 & Under titles as a result of her success and her hard work ethic each week.

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