Plenty of action at the tennis centre this week as HotShots started yesterday with almost 100 youngsters enjoying their return to the court or some their very first tennis experience.
So much fun to see all the little girls and boys engaged with the coaches and sporting big smiles.
Hot Shots is Australia’s fast-growing starter program. Get your Child Involved.
It is led by qualified coaches with smaller equipment. It is fun and easy to learn, tennis that is just for kids.
HotShots continues this afternoon and again for a big program on Friday afternoon.
A reminder for everyone to please remember their water bottles and hats and to arrive a little early so you’re ready to jump on court when it’s your turn.
The coaches will start with or without you.
Junior Comp will start next Tuesday, February 20.
Names for the half hour singles comp in Red, Orange and Green ball divisions and also the enter with your own partner/friend singles and doubles division need to be with Helen by noon this Saturday, February 17. SMS 0407 253 888.
Tonight will be the start of a huge night competition with a maximum 15 teams competing this term for the ultimate ‘sheep station’.
Teams have been split into Red and Blue divisions due to the nine weeks available. One full round will be played then two cross over rounds between divisions to finish with the overall champion team.
Tonight’s Red division will see an interesting first round.
The Questionables captain Julian Fyfe will be keen to see the form of his new recruits Pat Schnelle and Courtney Rousell and they’ll be tested when they take on Mixed Lollies Paul Dunford, Matt Burkitt and young Kayla Swetland.
Andrew Rice has been watching the Australian Open during the Summer and taking plenty of notes as he steps up to Line 1 this comp.
His fellow team members Helen Standen and Virginia Rice will be of minimal support as they’ll be too busy either concentrating on their own games or catching up with each other from the holiday break.
They take on the Bush Pigs who are making a welcome return to the court.
Somewhat of an unknown quantity will be the Bush Pigs from week to week as their team of three stems beyond double figures due to staffing.
GAMA otherwise known as TopShelf will see new look combinations this comp with Drew Hayne and Gary Morgan sharing the Line 1 position.
These gentlemen have been excellent with the younger brigade coming through and always willing to help them with their development.
This term will see two of Parkes fine representative players Abbey Kennedy and Maddy McCormick excited to be learning some doubles skills from the experienced duo.
GAMA will be up against Young Guns in the opening round which includes the evergreen Mark Ritchie who in Line 1 last term barely lost a singles match as he used all his knowledge on court against his younger and less experienced opponents.
Mark will team with one of the big personalities in night tennis in Adam Jones.
What Adam lacks in speed around the court her certainly makes up for in lip service and the tennis comp will be better for his weekly appearances.
Sheridan Kirk makes up the Young Guns trio and she always gives her best efforts and enjoys the social side of the game.
Ben Evans, Lachy Tassell and Harry Dawson make up The Dirty Daws team and they will be right at the top of the favourites list for this comp such is the form of Harry Dawson.
Harry will drive his team over the finish line each week and will start by taking on No Strings Attached tonight.
A new team to comp with Luke Nash heading the line-up. Luke was a consistent junior player and will team with two teens who enjoy their time on the court in Holly McColl and Laura Kirk.
The Blue Division will see Westy’s Warriors team taking on Bogan Gate Bandits.
The ‘Warriors’ had a practise during the week and Hayden Westcott was pretty pleased with his form simply that he seemed to be middling the ball more often than not.
He’ll be joined by Joseph Tanswell and Gabe Goodrick who love their tennis and are continuing to develop.
The Bogan Gate Bandits meanwhile were seen putting in a long hard session last Friday in scorching temperatures.
Andrew McPherson, Ben and Wendy Rix along with Phil Dunford who could be a handy sub hit plenty of ball in an attempt to find some early season form and by the end they managed to hit most shots within the perimeters of the court somewhere.
The ‘bandits’ could cause a few late comp upsets once they find their range.
A team to watch.
Mrs Brown’s Tennis Boys (MBTB) thought they should get back to tennis when they realised ‘their wheelie bins went out more than they did’. Jonty Ralph, Corey Rowbotham and Jake Ryan will proudly represent Mrs Brown this comp and cause some laughable commotion on and off court.
MBTB will have a tough first round tonight against Dreamteam.
Darren Fisher will have his boys revved up for a good start to comp.
Team ACES are an somewhat of unknown quantity. Brenden Weekes will lead this team and when he finds the strings, no one will get close to this pure talent.
His Line 2 is former junior Alex Jones who took a few lessons as a Trundle junior so will be interesting to see how she goes while Chloe McCartney enjoyed learning her craft in the oasis that is Cumnock Tennis.
Cumnock run a fabulous comp during the year and it the hub of social gathering for the village and surrounds.
ACES will be up against THUNDER tonight which has the big serving big hitting Jake Thompson on board.
If Jake stays injury free he will dominate this comp but his fiercest rival will be first up.
A match not to be missed on the lower courts 14 and 15.
Looking forward to having Duncan Thorpe and Hayden Robinson back to tennis to join Jake and they will keep their captain in tow.
Just Send It has the BYE tonight so we’ll see Matt King, James Ellery and Jess Macdonald in action next week.