Parkes tennis competitions wrap-up ahead of court resurfacing

FEELING LUCKY: The Wilkinson family won the lucky draw meat tray at the Parkes Tennis Club and young Tom was excited to collect. Photo: Submitted

FEELING LUCKY: The Wilkinson family won the lucky draw meat tray at the Parkes Tennis Club and young Tom was excited to collect. Photo: Submitted

Term 2 junior tennis registrations are now open. This is an online link through www.parkestennis.com.au and provides all the information, days and times available for programs including ANZHotShots, development squads and private lessons for girls and boys aged from four years.

Term 2 will commence on Monday, April 19 so get in early to secure your preferred day and time.

HOTSHOTS: Ages 4-13 years - preschool groups through to Green stage players. Groups of no more than four come for half hour during the week. Great value at $100 for the eight-week program which includes a free racquet and t-shirt for any first time registrations and Active Kids Vouchers are accepted.

DEVELOPMENT SQUADS: Are for those juniors looking for more court time. They involve half hour of fitness and footwork followed by 20 minutes of drills and half hour of point play. Mondays from 5pm-6.30pm for green and yellow ball players.

PRIVATE LESSONS: Juniors come for private lessons for various reasons; some because they want to play at a higher level, some because they would like the personal one-on-one attention to improve their skills, and others to gain self confidence in their abilities. The coaching team has completed their first official level of training through Tennis Australia and are excited to offer the community all the different junior programs throughout the week.

HIVE OF ACTIVITY: The parent and child red ball rallies in action last week at the Parkes Tennis Club. Photo: Submitted

HIVE OF ACTIVITY: The parent and child red ball rallies in action last week at the Parkes Tennis Club. Photo: Submitted

COMPETITIONS

Junior comp presentation will be on this afternoon from 6.30pm.

The new courts are not yet ready to use so Helen Magill has by now advised on alternate courts and times for today's matches.

The highlight will be the final in Bartys singles and doubles division.

Last week in the semi finals fourth place team of Tom Rix and Harry Yelland put their competitive hats on and were too good for the leading pairing of Tia Dunn and Ella McColl, and moved into the final where they will play Charlie Seymour and Mitch Wirth.

Charlie and Mitch had a thriller against Jake Dunn and Sam Rivett which went down to the wire with the rain tumbling down late last Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday night mixed teams will also conclude tonight with the final round.

Full of Excuses' Luke Evans, Andrew Rice and Helen Standen lead the comp by a single point over Arndell's Aces.

Angus and his sons Mitch and Hayden will have to work hard tonight in the final match to decide who will take home the McFarlane Family Memorial Shield.

Pints - Andrew Slattery, Simon Lewis, Stu Taylor and Jake Ryan are just one point further behind and will be looking for a clean sweep of sets tonight if they are to mount a challenge.

Term 2 competitions will be slightly delayed due to Stages 2 and 3 of the upgrading project. Stage 2 which will be the next $250K six-court resurfacing is due to start April 18, while the $100K lighting upgrade will commence April 21. Therefore the timeline suggests all Term 2 junior and senior competitions will start from May 3.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT

The final Friday family fun night was held last week with around 40 people enjoying the night.

The ball machine was a big hit as was the always-popular Dash4Cash.

The executive committee will have a rest now and bring these fun family nights back for the community to enjoy in September. Where else in town can you take the whole family from as young as three-years and join in together in all the fun games and activities, and enjoy a barbecue tea and dessert for $20 for the whole family? A great community service which averaged 52 people will be continued in the warmer months.

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