THE best junior players NSW has to offer were giving it their all over the weekend during the Under 12s State Teams Championships at the Bathurst Tennis Centre.
Central West were unable to progress to the finals of either the Jan O’Neill (girls) or Tony Roche (boys) Cups, coming up against some strong opposition.
Tournament co-director Nikita Sayle said the competition was a great spectacle.
“It’s the best of the best from all over NSW. We’ve got Sarah Rokusek playing, who is probably one of the top girls in under 12s, and in the boys there’s a strong field too,” she said.
“There’s been some really close matches and it’s been a very hard fought competition.
“It’s great being able to give this opportunity to so many boys and girls across the state,” co-director Carol Langsford added.
“The unique part of this event is that we’ve got on-court managers, so this opportunity to learn what they play their matches is really beneficial for them.”
The tournament is the start of a busy schedule for the Bathurst Tennis Centre. On Monday and Tuesday the NSW All Schools Carnival will take place.
“The top two players from each of the pools will progress to the NSW Pizzey Cup trials, and that selects the state team to contest the Australian Championships,” BTC’s Andrew Mitton said of the tournament.
“Of the 32 girls we’ve got 26 ranked inside the Australian top 500 and in the boys there’s 16 … and we’ve got at least three players who made the NSW All Schools team coming back again.”