A super day for Parkes school tennis when last Friday Parkes Public, Holy Family and Parkes Christian school Stage two tennis teams travelled to Canowindra to compete in the Western Region Finals of the Todd Woodbridge Cup. There were eight school teams competing who had won through their Zone playoffs.
In atrocious conditions of blazing sun and wind relentlessly swirling dust across the courts, Parkes students played with the tenacity and guile of any team trying to make their way to the State Finals.
Last year Parkes were fortunate enough to have one Government and one Non-Government school team advance through to Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre but this year the powers to be decided to only have one overall team qualify through to Finals day on Monday, November 19 so that one place was desperately fought for.
The Todd Woodbridge Cup platform is a vital link for our younger tennis players, between the Sydney Metro schools and the wider tennis community and schools across NSW so it is a shame that only one school will represent Parkes this year.
That being said Parkes Public defeated Holy Family on Friday in a thriller- four sets all and 62 points to 61. Parkes Christian School came in third place and this gave Parkes schools the Trifecta.
All 3 teams were exemplary in their behaviour and sportsmanship representing their schools. They gave their best efforts and their accompanying teachers and coach couldn’t be prouder.
Round 3 of junior comp was played last week and a reminder to players as the weather is really warming up to make sure you are wearing a hat and sunscreen and bring plenty of water to keep hydrated during your matches.
Some of the results included-
Red Aces- Anna Davis serving well to score a 6/2 win over Savannah Latu. Adam Smede is improving his serve but Charlotte Wilson was on fire yet again and won all five games played.
Jordan Mann and Toby Swain had a good match with some nice little rallies. Jordy just won 4/3.
Orange Federers- Liliani Latu and Sam Westcott were scoring well in their match. Tennis scoring isn’t so easy for young people with no real pattern. Well done Sam and Lil. Liliani went on to score a close 3/2 win.
Declan Quade was seen hitting some beaut shots in his match against Ruby Coote scoring a 4/1 win while Jack Greenland was super happy with his 5/2 win over Elena Glastonbury.
Orange Nadals- Tarlei Glastonbury won all five games played against Mitchell Boggs and Riley Jones did the same against PJ McPherson.
Phoebe Forbes is continuing to enjoy her tennis and played well to defeat Issy Lennox 3/2 last week.
Green Smashes- Mitchell Wirth has been working hard on improving his tennis and he had a big smile when the whistle blew last week. Mitch scored a hard fought 4/2 win over Kelsey Mann.
Max Coote defeated Victoria Simpson 3/1 while Lucy Hall just managed a 3/2 win over training partner Sam Riley.
Tom Rix was on fire last week and scored a 6/2 win over Ruby Wilson. Tim Nyugen and Coen Glastonbury had a good match with plenty of deuce games. The score finished in a two all draw.
Ella McColl is playing well and last week proved too consistent for Poppy Fisher who was struggling with the power of her new racquet. Ella won 5/1.
Singles and Doubles- Great to have Zoe Anderson back into the tennis comp and she is proving a great value to her partner Lily McCormick.
Zoe and Lil won all three sets last week against Lachie Unger and Tyson Lennox. Nia Boggs and Hayden Arndell had a great match against Xander MacGregor and Sam Rivett last week with all three sets containing many rallies and attempted strategies. Nia and Hayden went on to win all three sets.
The match of the round was between Marcus Moss and Mitch Unger taking on Archie Rix and Cody Morgan. The three sets went 6/4 and two tie-breakers with Marcus and Mitch winning all three.
Faith Clarke and Tia Dunn combined beautifully last week and showed their consistent approach to both their singles and doubles sets. They accounted for Will Rix and Nick McPherson in all three sets.
This Sunday Parkes Tennis Club will be staging our annual local junior tournament known as the Bokeyar Cups. These ‘cups’ have been running for more than 50 years and although the format and formation has changed and evolved over time they are still iconic in the junior tennis calendar. Start time will be 2pm and finishing at 5pm.
Divisions will include a Red ball comp for five-seven years, Orange ball seven-nine years, Green ball under 11s as well as Under 13s, 15s and 17s in girls and boys separate groups.
It is singles only and all juniors who are either part of the junior ANZHotShots program, play at the schools or in the local junior comp are encouraged to play.
Entries will close noon on Saturday with Helen. Cost is $10 to be paid on the day.
Round 3 of senior comp last week and spectators can see the competitive nature of some who were a little rusty at the beginning of the comp but starting to find their range after spending a few hours on court.
Net Nuts Alex Evans certainly found his range last week when he played Paul Dunford. Paul just couldn’t get into the singles set and convert the few game points he had.
Brent Tucker and Matt Burkitt had a more competitive set with Matt doing well to handle the swinging leftie’s serve.
Brent finished with a 6/4 win. Stacey Townsend was pretty happy with her 6/1 win over Amelia Tanswell as she gets back into the swing of tennis again and get one on the board for Mixed Lollies.
Net Nuts went on to defeat Mixed Lollies three sets all and by 25/23 games.
Bogan Gate Bandits scored a five sets to one win over Regional Business Supplies. Mark Ritchie filled in for RBS and should’ve taken on bug serving Phil Dunford but instructions went awry and the Line 1 and 2 singles matches were a little lop sided.
Ben Rix and Hayden Westcott were evenly matched though and had a rippa set. Ben just got there 6/4.
A few good sets were witnessed when Deuce bags took on Top Shelf. Abbey Kennedy was happy with her singles set against Drew Hayne and appreciated the value of being consistent to score a 6/1 win while Maddy McCormick and Koby Wirth both hit their straps in their singles to take Deuce Bags to a four sets to two win.
Arndell’s Aces are hitting some form and starting to combine well. Holly McColl and Angus Arndell won their dubs against Fuyuki and Jerry while father and son combo Angus and Mitch Arndell are hitting Round 4 tonight and remain undefeated in doubles much to Mitch’s pleasure. Arndells Aces scored a well deserved four sets to two win over Smashes.
The Dirty Daws and Davis Cup provided plenty of entertainment for the large crowd on hand last week. Ben Evans and Scott Knights were teeing off and hitting screaming winner left right and centre.
Ben handled Scotts leftie play and proved too solid in the end 6/1 but Max Keith turned the tables scoring a 6/3 win for Davis Cup against Lachy Tassell. Max is an unassuming tennis player and seems to mesmerise his opponents with scattered banter throughout the sets, always delivered with a big grin.
Harry Dawson had the final say though when he scored a 6/2 win over Kurt Matthews to take The Dirty Daws to a four sets to two victory.
Dreamteam defeated The Questionables in the final match of the Round 4 sets to two.
Nice to see Jason McKinnon having a hit last week but he was sadly out of form and Travis Carte proved too consistent scoring a 6/2 win in their singles. Jules Fyfe has too many shots for Tim Bell on Line 1 while a struggling Darren Fisher is battling a couple of niggling injuries and isn’t enjoying his Line 3 profile. He was very nice to Sheridan Kirk last week and Sheridan was seen chasing down plenty of Fisher crafty strokes.