Parkes Junior Tennis | The Ace

The Services Club Junior Open was hosted by Parkes Tennis Club during the first week, then coach Helen Magill took 16 juniors from the Development and Performance Squads to Hay to play in their AMT and Junior Open Tournament. 

The Services Club Open saw 12 local players competing with Jake Magill defending his 2016 title. It wasn't easy for Jake as he battled past last years runner-up Jimmy Fu from Canberra in the semis 7/5, 6/2 before outlasting occasional doubles partner and top seed Jack Tallarida-Lyons from Canberra 14/12 in the 3rd set match deciding tie-breaker. Ben Evans won his first round and went down to 4th seed Sam Bisa from Canberra in the quarters. 

Jake and Ben then teamed up to score an upset win in the final of the doubles against top sends Fu and Lyons. 6/4, 4/6, 11/9. Hannah Potts enjoyed a return to the podium finishing runner-up to Sydney's Paris Ayoub and then partnered sister Phoebe to finish runner up in the doubles.

In the 14s Abbey Kennedy made a welcome return to the match court after being out injured since July. Abbey won her 1st match in a third set tiebreaker. Maddy McCormick was also a first round winner in the 12s while Holly McColl, Olivia Dolbel, Molly a kennedy, Lily McCormick, Ellen Dolbel and Harriet Peters all succumbed to more experienced opponents. Harriet and Molly did well in the consolation with Molly making the semis and Harriet going on to win the final. Olivia was very lucky after her original doubles partner withdrew and she was placed with the number 3 seed from the singles. They made a beaut combination and finished runners-up. Cody Kirk partnered Hawkesburys Josh Busa and they won their first match in the 12s. Many thanks to Parkes Services Club for their support for the juniors.

Next it was onto Hay and some fabulous results across a plethora of events. Jake Magill and Ben Evans played in the AMT event which saw entries from Vic, Sth Aust, QLD, Sydney with the eventual winner David Poole based at a tennis academy in Florida USA and visiting family in Shepparton. Ben lost in the second round to Danny Dossetor who has not long returned home from Coaching at Brisbane Grammar which was preceded by a US College Tennis Degree. Danny then knocked out Jake in the semi final.

Jake partnered David Poole in the doubles and after a couple of tough rounds they won an entertaining final 4/6, 7/5, 10/5. Phoebe Potts got one up on sister Hannah in the final of the A singles with the girls combing to win the doubles.

Lily McCormick won the 10s singles while Ethan Hunt made the semis of the 10s boys. Maddy McCormick played a tough final in the 12s girls against a top 10 ranked Victorian girl then she teamed with Molly Kennedy to win the doubles  with Nia Boggs and Lily McCormick finishing runner up.

Gabe Goodrick partnered Maddy to win the C Grade mixed to cap off a great weekend for Maddy. Abbey Kennedy was runner up in the 14s and won the doubles.

Harry Dawson partnered Jake and accounted for himself very well as the boys were eventually outplayed in the B Men's final by two veterans of the game.

In the final match of the tournament Ben and Jake proved too good for their opponent s from Griffith to win the A Grade doubles.

Yuan Rivera and Koby Wirth enjoyed their experience of playing different players during the tournament while it was also a good learning experience for Cody Kirk. Many thanks to David Potts for giving up his valuable time to drive the bus and Parkes Tennis Club for supporting the juniors.

JUNIOR COMP: Today is the start of junior comp for this term and there are more than 30 new players. All draws were emailed out last week.

There will be two divisions of green ball, two divisions of Orange ball and two divisions of Red ball as well as a singles and doubles division. With regards to the new Red ball competition, there will be members of our junior development squad on hand to help out the Red ballers adapt. Parents please refrain from interfering. 

ANZHotShots: This is the first week of the eight week HotShots program for this term. There are a few places after five on Monday’s and Friday’s if anyone is interested to join.