Championship state finals: Parkes High Open Girls Team will start their state finals campaign today in pristine Nelsons Bay. Hannah and Phoebe Potts, Holly McColl and Maddy McCormick will take on all other regional and Sydney region winners over the two day carnival. Sadly Parkes High number one player Yasmin Potts is in London at the World Youth Science Forum so young Year 7 junior Maddy McCormick who made her first open girls Western team with some impressive results a few weeks ago has come in to replace Yasmin. The team have been training well together on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings and will no doubt give their best efforts.
Junior Competition: Round 2 was played last week. Registrations are now overdue, please pay your $25 yearly club membership if you haven’t. Ethan Hunt was back on track last week when he played Charlie Mahon. Ethan had a few too many weapons for Charlie and scored a 7/4 win. Nia Boggs has been seen practising with her dad at free Fridays and consequently hitting the ball very well. Nia was too consistent for Nick Gascoigne last week 6/2. In the Orange division all players are working hard to improve their serves. Holly will be away today, some matches will be unsupervised. All players are playing in their second or subsequent competitions so should be able to score correctly and call balls honestly and independently now. Last week Josh Riley gave his mum a nice birthday present when he accounted for Max Coote 3/2 while Ella McColl and Meg Mahon had some nice rallies with Ella scoring a close 4/2 win.
Lucy Hall has improved her serving and she just defeated training partner Ruby Wilson 3/1. Faith Clarke is proving, she should definitely be on a full court next term. She scored a big 9/2 win over Mitch Wirth. Mitch will be keen this afternoon after he scored a new racquet last week. He will no doubt have some added power. Sam Riley is very clever when he concentrates and he out rallied Bill Mahon last week 3/1. Bill made some good returns as well during the match. Smashes player Harry Simpson certainly has something to prove this term and he showed how much his focus has improved already this term when he was too solid for Xander MacGregor 9/1. Marcus Moss and Gemmah Neilsen had some beaut rallies with Marcus just winning 5/4 on the whistle.
Levi Hamilton and Coen Glastonbury are improving each week adapting to the full court. Levi served very well to win 5/2. In the singles and doubles division it didn’t take Chloe and Caleb Hill long to combine well and score their first win for the term with three sets to zero score line against Ethan Hunt and Lily McCormick. The other match was much closer with Molly Kennedy and Koby Wirth playing well to defeat Gabe Goodricks sub Maddy McCormick and Jack Rice.
Junior squads: The Coachman junior development squad on Monday’s and the North Parkes performance squad on Wednesday’s have both been training hard. The Central West junior development series is an integral component to the development and progress for the players and those squad members who have been travelling are seeing the benefits. The North Parkes performance squad have players who are part of Open knockout teams, regional teams and travel far and wide to compete in open junior tournaments and Australian Money Tournaments during the year. The next tournament, which both squads are invited to is the Open tournament at Hay in the October. Coach Helen Magill will be taking a minibus for these juniors to experience a few days without their parents on and off court which is significant for their growth as young people.