Parkes Tennis | There were some super excited junior tennis players in Parkes last week and none more so than Poppy Fisher.

BIG HITTERS: Faith Clarke, Tia Dunn and Ella McColl, along with Will Rix (not pictured) could hardly contain their excitement when they were successful in making the Western PSSA Team. Photo: Submitted
BIG HITTERS: Faith Clarke, Tia Dunn and Ella McColl, along with Will Rix (not pictured) could hardly contain their excitement when they were successful in making the Western PSSA Team. Photo: Submitted

There were some super excited junior tennis players in Parkes last week and none more so than Poppy Fisher. Poppy finished runner-up in the ten and under girls singles at the Lithgow Junior Development Series tournament on Sunday. Poppy is continuing to improve her game as she spends more time on the practise court.

Abbey Kennedy finished runner-up in the 16s while Molly Kennedy lost 12/10 in a super tiebreak in the semis of the 14s.

Blayney will be the next JDS Tournament on Parkes Squad Calendar on April 7th followed by Orange on April 28th.

Meanwhile Faith Clarke, Tia Dunn, Ella McColl and Will Rix could hardly contain their excitement last Wednesday when they were all successful in making the Western PSSA Team.

Will was the surprise packet and from his first match of the day when he took the number two ranked player to a tiebreaker he was a determined character and went through the rest of his pool into the playoffs defeating boys from Orange, Dubbo, Bathurst and Parkes.

The playoffs went from nine players to a Pool of six and Will finished in third place securing his spot and the smile on his face was priceless.

Faith Clarke played some super tennis during the girls event and went through the entire day including the playoffs undefeated.

This was a real reward for Faith as she has been the quiet achiever just chipping away at her tennis and getting stronger and more competitive all the time. Tia Dunn played some of her best tennis last week and improved in every match.

Tia showed a real determination throughout the day after losing her very first match to the top ranked girl from Dubbo. Tia won her first knockout playoff match then went into a pool of six players for five positions where she fought hard to win three of those matches.

Ella McColl had a good morning and finished in a three way tie for first place in her pool. With all three girls going through to the nine player playoffs, Ella had to continue to work hard.

Ella’s last match of the day was for the final place in the team when she played a girl from Orange. Ella showed her experience of playing in the JDS Tournaments while her opponent started to show her frustration. Ella stayed composed and won the match to be the third Parkes girl to make the team.

Also well done to Henry Kross from Parkes East who is in year four and hopefully gets into his tennis a little more over the next year as he is one to watch.

Tyson Lennox and Flynn Thompson competed hard on the day but were out played by their more experienced opponents. Grace Dunford represented Lachlan and Parkes East and with some more court time over the next year, Grace will be much more competitive in 2020.

The boys team including Will from Parkes East will include players from Bathurst, Blayney and Orange schools while the Parkes Public girls will be joined by players from Dubbo and Orange.

Mrs TeAnau Dolbel from Parkes Public will manage the Western team for the first time as they head to Inverell for the NSW PSSA Carnival in May.

The team will come to Parkes to train on a couple of occasions working on their doubles before the event with local Coach Helen Magill offering to help the team.

NSW CHS

Jake Magill qualified for the NSWCHS team of 16 players to playoff for a position in the Pizzey Cup team against teams from Combined Catholic Colleges and Combined Independent Schools. The final round of trials will be held at Bathurst at the end of March.

Ben Evans also competed and went down in a tight match to the number seven seed and missed out on selection. Dubbo junior Kaitlyn Hall who trains in Parkes played well to make the second round in the Open girls division and went down to the 11th seed.

PSSA Knockout

Next Monday the competition will be fierce when Parkes East take on Parkes Public in the first round of the Victor Kelly Trophy. This match is worthy of a Western Final and it’s disappointing they have to play each other in the very first round and knock the other local school out. Whoever wins though will fly the flag high for Parkes in the ensuing rounds.