Maddie McCormick (left) and Makayla Strudwick are both members of the Junior Development Squad. subThree Parkes players travelled to Bathurst for their Medibank Junior Development Series event last Sunday.
This was the first tournament for the year with 14 more to follow through to September.
Jake Magill thought he would challenge himself by playing in the 17 and Under division to attain some match practice for his Australian ranking tournament schedule in the coming weeks.
Jake made the semis and was happy with his hit out.
Ben Evans played in the 13 and Under division and found there was a cluster of boys from Hawkesbury and Nepean area that have been playing during the holidays.
Ben started fairly slowly but got into some groove during the day.
He reported that he was relatively happy with how he hit the ball, making the quarters, considering his sabbatical over January.
Georgia Sideris jumped up into the 13 and Unders this year and will have to get some good fitness under her belt if she is to be competitive in this division.
Georgia tried hard and made the quarters before losing to a girl from Penrith.
A junior development squad has been created under the guidance of head coach Helen Magill.
The squad players have been selected for their efforts during 2014 with a focus on individually improving their fitness and skills.
Last Monday, the squad trained very well in the hot and humid conditions.
They have been divided into three teams for their fitness component.
The Weird Wackos, including Laura Kirk, Olivia Dolbel, Charlie Strudwick and Jay Arrow, showed their extra competitive natures to win all fitness activities.
Charlie and Olivia were sizzling on the skipping rope while Jay showed his quick speed over five metres in the sprints.
Laura is a quiet achiever who gives her best without fuss.
The squad worked on their depth perception with various drills on court as Makayla Strudwick, Maticka Brown and Ryan Mackenzie showed the way, hitting some nice ground strokes.
Yuan Rivera, Charlie Strudwick, Abbey Kennedy and Maddie McCormick were excellent in the points play section which tested their endurance and focus.
Over almost two hours, it is difficult to keep motivated and work hard and these four along with the rest of the squad did a good job of this.
The squad are striving to improve their fitness testing from Week 1 to Week 8 and if they continue to work on their skipping skills at home, they will certainly be on track.
Congratulations to Marites Woods (Parkes East), Holly McColl (Parkes Public), Abbey Kennedy (Parkes Public), Jay Arrow (Middleton) and Michael Riley (Parkes Public) who were all successful in gaining selection in the Lachlan PSSA tennis team which will travel to Bathurst next month to trial for the Western PSSA team.
It was a super start to junior comp last week.
Well done to almost everyone for checking their draws and showing up on time.
Registrations for all new players are due tomorrow and are $25.
The weekly playing fee of $3 needs to be paid at the canteen before each match.
A tip to all players in all divisions except for the Orange division, please call out the score after every point nice and loud and make sure you are facing your opponent if you call the ball out so they can hear you.
If you follow these helpful hints, it may just save you the stress of trying to sort out the score if you do not agree and minimise involvement of parents.
Results from Round 1 included:
Breanna Weekes made a nice start to her tennis year with a close 4/3 win over Camilia Brown. Camilia showed some nice skill and when she gets use to comp tennis, there is no doubt she will score some upset wins.
Jackson Plummer and Xavier Scally had plenty of rallies in their match and it was Jackson who managed a one game win 3/2.
Charlie Strudwick and Luke Dixon are both thoroughly enjoying their time on the tennis court at the start of this year and are improving all the time.
Last week they finished even with a 3-all draw.
Marites Woods took full advantage of a lacklustre Holly McColl who will need to put in more time on the court if she is to be competitive this term.
Tess was too good winning 6/3.
Georgia Sideris is showing more determination and lets hope this continues as she scored her first win over Kayla Swetland in two years.
Kayla is a consistent performer but Georgia had Kayla running from side to side last week in an impressive 6/1 result.
Abbey Kennedy is one of the hardest workers at junior tennis and she showed her effort on the court against Cassie Ward when they finished 3-all.
Ashleigh Ward hit too many balls back for Laura Kirk last week.
Ash is very consistent while Laura is getting some extra power into her game and just needs to improve her shot selection and she’ll be smoking those groundies.
Ebony Fisher and Steph Peterson started their competition tennis in style last week when they laughed and talked their way through their match showing beaut sportsmanship.
The girls were both cautious about playing comp but found their way and will continue to improve each week.
They finished with a 2-all draw.
Koby Wirth was excited about his promotion to the Green Division and using the whole court.
He managed this very well when he took on the delightful Alex Bartley-Richardson and they played out a 3-all draw.
Nia Boggs was very lucky to receive a new racquet from her Nana for her birthday and she is finding it has much more power.
Nia always gives her best and last week she hit some very nice shots against Campbell Scally to score a 3/1 win.
Campbell has been inspired by his trip to the Australian Open and this little lefty thinks his new self taught serve looks just like Rafa Nadal’s.
A little bit more control and a few less bounces of the ball might help Campbell actually get his serve into play but his enthusiasm is to be applauded and encouraged.
Anna Westcott and Sam Riley made a fabulous start to comp tennis.
Anna had the added value of a morning of tennis matches the day before her first comp match when she trialled for the Lachlan PSSA team.
Anna made some lovely serves into play and Sam tried her best and will continue to improve each week.
Anna did very well to win all six games played.
Kaid Lydford played his last match in the Orange Division as he has shown some excellent improvement and has been promoted to the Green Division from tomorrow.
Kaid proved a little too strong for Danilo Bottaro-Porter last week 5/1.
Well done to Lily McCormick in her first comp match.
Lily came up against Lachie Plummer and the applause and excitement from the crowd showed that they played a nice match with some rallies.
They finished 3-all.
Tim Nyugen and Thomas Burkitt were both looking a little nervous for their first competition matches but settled in and did very well to get some serves into play while hitting some returns as well.
Tim just won 3/2.
Makayla Strudwick’s effort in the two weeks of tennis so far has been exemplary.
She is hitting the ball very well.
Makayla took on the consistent and pint sized Maddy McCormick last week.
Maddy did well to neutralize Makayla’s power and make her do plenty of running but Makayla was up to the task and scored a 5/3 win.
Laura Cabban and Monique Morgan always have a close match and last week was similar.
Laura’s consistency and extra power proved the difference in winning all five games although their rallies didn’t indicate the one-sided result.
Lucin Sarkissian and Maticka Brown had a lot of rallies in their match.
Lucin was doing her best to make Maticka run and run.
Maticka was putting in plenty of effort.
Lucin just won their match 3/2.
The battle of the brothers was fought out early this comp and it was older brother Tom who kept ahead of little brother Josh in their encounter.
It was played in good spirit with Tom winning 3/2.
Ryan Mackenzie showed his on court experience when he played Michael Riley last week.
Ryan scored a 6/2 win.
Jay Arrow is one to watch and when he can focus on the job at hand, he will improve dramatically. Jay was too classy for Ethan Hoswell last week 6/1.
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