Blast from the Past: 1997 Eire Cup

I came across another State Team photo today to add to my collection.

After an unsuccessful 1996 competition, the WA team came back strongly and finished 2nd in 1997. The state coach was Hartley Slater and the team was made up of:

L- M.Garrod, P.Hunt, D.McCready, J.Speers, H.Thurston
M- M.Clarke, T.Hamersley, J.Newcombe*, P.Ross, A.Sands

Individually, Alan Sands and Martin Clarke played very well to win the Doubles. Helene Thurston was runner-up in the Ladies singles, and Jeff Newcombe reached the semi-finals of the Open.

Helene Thurston was also selected in the Ladies Trans Tasman team and named as Captain.

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