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The most unique sport you’ve probably discovered yet rekindled the famous North-South rivalry in Pickleball’s first tag team competition. Held at the Elphin Sports Center this weekend, the “Picklers” picked up their paddles and donned their sweatbands to put everything on the line for regional pride. Good numbers showed up at the center to watch the Picklers face off against a team, including a grandson and grandmother, making their family proud. Pickleball Tasmania secretary Melissa Carlton said she was impressed with the competition’s first appearance. “The South passed the showdown between North and South, but it was a pretty close result,” she said. “The Northern team did particularly well in the men’s and women’s doubles, so it was actually very close between the North and the South.” In particular, the men’s doubles was quite strong, the South ended up winning but it was an incredible rally and it was certainly not easy for the Southern team to come away with the points. he lowered the net, used a perforated bullet and paddles. The obscure sport, which mixes elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis, hit new heights after the state’s first pickleball club – Kingborough – was formed in 2019. READ MORE: Lightning strikes at last in the Carlton State League said this year had seen unprecedented growth in interest in the sport. “We knew there was a lot of interest, we hadn’t really anticipated an increase in playing across the industry, that’s really positive,” she said. After the success of this year’s tournament, spectators can look forward to another North vs. South battle next year. “Following the interest of the State Championships and the North and South Challenge, these two events will be firmly on the schedule for next year,” said Carlton. “It’s one of those great sports that is very warm, very inclusive and very welcoming for [new] players to be successful. ”Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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