Griffith juniors acquainted themselves quickly on the Grass at the Australia Post Margaret Court Tournament in Albury over the Summer Break. With record entries, this tournament is one of the strongest for the year to compete in.
The Griffith Squad had the great experience of training with the strong North Eastern Queensland contingent at 6.30 every morning against all ages and abilities. Alison Triggs had a real bonus playing in a Sydney team, experiencing the thrill of winning the strongly contested Teams Event. Cooper Savage advanced through a few rounds and is becoming more competitive by the match. Jaidyn Dickie had match point against the Number 1 seed in the consolation semi-finals. In a nail-biter finish, he had actually won the match when a ball rolled onto the court and the point had to be played again. Unlucky to lose but richer for the experience. Binit Shrestha also applied himself well, but 14 boy’s are a very strong age group. Binit has very fluent groundstrokes but would have been disappointed with his consistency. Annaliese Quarisa had a good tournament, still very much in the formative stages learning her tennis craft, making the consolation final, and Megan Polkinghorne was exposed to some of the elite female tennis players in Australia gaining valuable knowledge what it takes to mix it with the best.
Once again The Griffith juniors had a wonderful exposure playing on the grass, realising quickly that long rallies were never going to win the point – all of a sudden their shot selection changed to low slices, volleys and a emphasis on first serves going in. Playing grass court tennis is a great reminder that to excel at tennis you need an all court game.
A big thankyou to all the Juniors who came along, and to Cheryl for getting them there and home safely.