A wet and windy end to last week which the tennis players found quite challenging.
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All day Friday the wind was howling and the coloured balls were rolling far and wide across the courts without even being hit.
It was a testing afternoon for all the HotShots kids and private lessons and someone asked if anyone knew the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? The answer was - Our attitude towards it. For every opportunity has a difficulty and every difficulty has an opportunity. So there were plenty of opportunities to test the skills and resilience of everyone.
Unfortunately the weather didn't improve a whole lot and Sundays UTR Event was washed out. The event will be rescheduled to September 13. More details after confirmation.
Some great efforts in the junior comp in round 3. A reminder to all Yellow ball players to join the UTR (www.myutr.com) for free to get a profile and a world tennis rating to work on and then enter the Term 3 Junior Comp.
All results from Term 3 will go into the system and then the Term 4 comp divisions will be determined purely on player's UTRs. The system cannot work though unless all players enter to make the draws.
Hayden Arndell is working hard in the top junior division to keep his undefeated record in tact while the girls are chasing hard with Faith Clarke and Tia Dunn on his heels while Lachy Unger is quietly working his way up the leaderboard.
Ruby Wilson is taking all challengers in her stride in Div 2 while Charlie Seymour, Sam Rivett and Mitchell Wirth all tossing up results chasing Ruby at the top.
Yellow Div 3 sees Liliani Latu having a real crack at improving her UTR and going up a division next term. She's closely followed by Nate Harrison, Kelsey Mann and Oliver Neilsen.
The Green divisions are closely contested with William Watson the big improver and showing some nice skills to lead the Div 1 pack. William will be continuing to work hard to try to get into the Yellow ball division next term.
Elena Glastonbury had made a great return to tennis and is 3 wins from 3 matches while there is a bunch of players with 2 wins including Anna Orr, Harrison Smith, Charlotte Wilson, Eloise Griffiths and young gun Cooper Jones.
Orange Ball players are progressing nicely with their serving and scoring under the guidance of Ethan. Anna Davis had made some big improvements particularly with her serving while Lachlan Orr is belting his forehands and letting the coaches know with his beaut self assessment each week.
Daisy Rice and Adelaide Terry both have plenty to offer but they tend to enjoy socialising almost as much as playing and the scorecard doesn't get over worked.
Great to see Kade Ashcroft having a crack at comp and he is hitting some nice shots while Adam Smede loves his tennis and is always a bundle of enthusiasm.
Peg Swift is playing her first comp and doing very well after having a spell last term.
Once again the ladies were in action and with a chilly night off court there wasn't as much chatter but more hitting(and sometimes missing) on court and the ladies were through their 3 sets by 7.30 and heading home after an hour and a half of solid activity.
If there are any ladies who would like to play, one of the ladies has had to withdraw due to family reasons.
The comp starts at 6pm and will run through to mid September. Players swap partners each week and play 3 sets of doubles. The standard is seriously social with a great group of ladies. Cost is $12 each week. Contact Helen Magill on 0407 253 888.
The Red ball hotshots players have been learning about controlling their racquets and depth perception through games based activities.
The coaches have been doing a super job with the over enthusiasm of some youngsters but with only a maximum of four in each group everyone is getting plenty of personal attention.
The orange and green ball players will be serving this week which is always a challenging exercise, but once ingrained there's no turning back, so plenty of patience, listening and repetition needed in the days ahead.
The days have been delightful and with September just around the corner there have been regular players utilising the sunny weather and getting out on court. www.parkestennis.com.au to book a court day or night seven days a week.
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