Last week Will Rix, Tia Dunn, Faith Clarke and Ella McColl were at Inverell for the NSW Primary Schools State Carnival. They thoroughly enjoyed their experience and can see how these much more committed young tennis players who train between 10-20 hours a week are very skilful. The four Parkes juniors who were representing Western all play other sports during the year whereas most of the tennis players particularly from the Sydney Metro area just concentrate on tennis and also employ coaches to work in their schools every week. Team manager Mrs Dolbel from Parkes Public was proud of the effort and enthusiasm of the Western team during the Carnival.
The term two junior comp started last week and thank you to all the parents and carers who read the draws and payment information and were super organised. Everyone is very busy it seems these days and sometimes over look details which is a shame for all involved. Please check your draws for match times and arrive at least 5mins early ready to play.
Unfortunately two players didn't show so hopefully they are now better prepared and have read their draws. Players who have the Byes each week may be called upon to fill in. If you can fill-in it is appreciated as it keeps the comp running smoothly for everyone. Full payments with payment details were emailed out. If you are unsure please contact Helen. The weekly fees are now $8 due to rising costs of electricity.
Welcome to Heath Mulligan, Tyler Zagrovic and Josie Watson who are new to comp. They all attend HotSHots during the week and will now understand why they are learning different things in the lessons and will be able to put them into practise in the comp.
Last week it was Daisy Rice who took the spoils scoring a huge 12 points followed by Anna and Lachy Orr who tied on six points.
William Watson is playing in his first comp and teaming with Jono Wikinson who has been promoted from the Red division. They took on Elena Glastonbury and Anna Davis who have been enjoying the bigger court for a couple of terms now. The girls were dominant in the doubles match but the boys will be huge improvers so the girls will need to be wary next round. The girls won the match nine games to four.
Sienna Hunt and Charlotte Wilson had a super match with Jordan Mann and newcomer Milli Mackay. Milli has plenty of potential and will relish in the comp tennis environment.
The score finished five games all.
New combination Declan Quade and Addie Summerhayes were on fire when they took on Adi Terry and Adam Smede. Thanks to Adi for filing in. Dec and Addie won the match ten games to zero.
Green West Division
Phoebe Forbes and Liliani Latu played Tarlei Glastonbury and Kelsey Mann. These girls are all improving every week and through being part of the squad and HotShots are learning about the tactical and technical components of competitive tennis.
Liliani and Phoebe just won in a cliff hanger 14 games to 13.
Hannah and Ashley Terry have joined the development squad and are reaping the benefits of spending more time on court already. They are rallying with more consistency and just need some work on their serving. They played Mitch Boggs and PJ McPherson. The boys have been promoted from the Orange division so were a little apprehensive but proved they deserve to be there with a close 7/5 win.
In another close match Mitch Wirth and Jack Greenland defeated Riley Jones and Zavier Jones 14 games to ten. All four boys played pretty well but it was Mitch and jack's doubles combination which proved the difference.
Green East Division
Ruby Wilson and Anabelle vanWyk had to work super hard to overcome a spirited challenge from Thomas Simpson and Sam Riley. Young Sam was the surprise packet when he scored a convincing 5/1 win over Anabelle in their singles. Sam has joined the development squad and merely spending some extra time on court hitting and working on fitness obviously spurred Sam on to play some beaut tennis. Ruby turned the tables scoring a 5/1 win over Thomas so the doubles proved the difference with the girls scoring a 4/2 win.
Great to have Oliver Westcott joining comp tennis and Bill Mahon returning to the comp scene. Oliver has also joined squad and is really enjoying his tennis and the challenges of squad. He defeated Bill 7/1 in their singles while his partner Jacques van Wyk and Bill's partner Henry Rice played a three all draw. Henry has been impressive at squad with his focus and effort and it will show in comp as the term progresses. Jacques and Oliver took the match 16 games to six.
Xander Macgregor and Sam Rivett will be much tougher to beat this term. They are both working hard on their tennis and combining well. They defeated Charlie Seymour and Tyson Lennox(no show) 15 games to six.
Thanks to Tom Unger for filling in for an absent Ella McColl last week. A tough outing for Tom though when he partnered Jessica Towns and while they both tried their best, they had the super competitive Mitch Unger and Ethan Hunt on the other side of the net who proved difficult to get the ball past. The final score was 18/4.
New combination Lachie Unger and Marcus Moss did well to defeat Nia Boggs and Hayden Arndell. Lachie did have older brother Nick filling in for him due to a broken wrist but if its Lachy's choice he'll be back next week. Nick scored a 6/2 win over Nia but Hayden lifted to defeat training partner Marcus 6/3. The doubles went the way of the boys 6/4 with the overall score calculated to a 15/12 win to Lachy and Marcus.
Round 2 last week with a cool change on the horizon the jumpers and trackies were out of the cupboard but soon removed as the heart rates increased.
Deuce Bags were too good for Full Metal racquet scoring a five sets to one win while Mrs Browns Boys had the same result over T-Rex.
A great match between Racqueteers and Dreamteam. Rem Henry is enjoying the challenge of being back and the other Line 1s will be on notice as Rem starts to middle the ball and find his range. He combined well with Michael Somers and Hayden Williams to score a close three game win over Darren Fisher, Tim Bell and Trav Carte.
Wasted Potential were too good for Smashes winning all six sets while the most hotly contested match was that between Tennis Team and Arndell's Aces. Young gun Ben Evans through in the odd big forehand against Angus Arndell but was relatively contained in the 6/3 result.
Angus was cranking his serves and is known for sending down a few bullets but they were sent back with interest by Ben. Holly McColl hit too many in the court for Lachy Tassell scoring a 6/2 win while Harry Dawson and Mitch Arndell had some good rallies in their singles set with Harry too solid 6/2. The doubles sets went 2/1 in favour of Tennis Team to give them a four sets to two win.