Parkes tennis news

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Jacques Van Wyk competed at the Forbes JDS and received a special Respect Award. Photo: Submitted

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Jacques Van Wyk competed at the Forbes JDS and received a special Respect Award. Photo: Submitted

Tennis still in action

In unprecedented times like we are witnessing across the world there will be many inconveniences, challenges and frustrations that we don't begin to understand but we need to please stay positive, be kind to each other and continue to smile.

When this article went to print the advice we had from our Governing Body was Tennis is in fact one of the best examples of social distancing in practice and so should be encouraged as long as the guidance permits.

We hope we will be able to continue to offer Tennis through our HotShots small groups of no more than four, private lessons and our competitions which also have six players across two courts at the most.

We have had many parents message and plead for Tennis to remain on as almost all other sports have been cancelled.

Online court bookings will continue so people can get outside and stay active and the families who may be self isolating can use the facility and let the kids use some built up energy and enjoy the beautiful Autumn weather. www.parkestennis.com.au

Any changes to the above information may occur daily so please follow PARKES TENNIS Facebook page to stay informed.

Keep active. The working bee will consist of sweeping leaves, weeding, removing excess sand from the edges of courts and a general tidy up.

Working Bee

With very little organised sport on during the weekends it is an opportune time to have a working bee.

This Sunday, March 29 from 10am the Club will have a general working bee to clean up the centre and from then on there will be a Maintenance Roster set up to lessen the load on only a couple of people and keep the centre in its top shelf order for all of the Community to use.

The working bee will consist of sweeping leaves, weeding, removing excess sand from the edges of courts and a general tidy up.

If you can bring your own brooms and dust pans that would be appreciated so you won't need to share with others and with the size of the tennis centre there will definitely be two metres between everyone involved.

Competition report

Meanwhile Round 6 of the Tuesday night competition was played last week with some close results.

The Bogan Gate Bandits were on the verge of a rare victory when they played (required)-yes that's their team name and went down by just two games.

Ben Rix has been having an extra practise during his week and his form is on the up and up and he had a good win over Yuma last week 6/2.

Dreamteam had a couple of subs last week in Nick Unger and Javier who proved the difference in scoring them a win over Full of Excuses three sets all and 30 games to 24.

Wins also last week to two over Terminetters five sets to one while great to see Jack Murray with a racquet back in his hand playing for Jordo Grosvenor and securing a five sets to one win for team Thiem against Smash Hits.

Nice having Mark Swift on court as well. It is evident that Mark has played tennis in his youth and whilst a little patchy the more often he plays he will continue to find his timing and range.

Not Our Fault defeated AGC four sets to two and ACES put the cleaners through Full Metal Racquet five sets to one.

Rounding out the week were the Pints defeating the Blues four sets to two.

This match was the highlight of the matches. Played on the front courts all six players were hard at it trying to find both their range and top speed on serves, returns and groundstrokes in general.

There was some ferocity at times which had all viewers gasping as to the amount of actual control of direction. Simon Ellis is loving being back on court and his forehand is a real weapon.

The set between Andrew Slattery who isn't short of any power teaming with Simon Lewis just got the better of the crafty Ian Ward and Simon Ellis 6/5.

Great to see all four players going hard and no doubt their bodies in particular the muscles around the rotator cuffs in the shoulders may have had other thoughts on Wednesday morning.

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