Parkes High School tennis girls in final eight of statewide competition

Parkes High School Girls tennis team members, from left, Hannah Potts, Yasmin Potts, Maddison Potts, Bec Kiley and Phoebe Potts will travel to the Combined High Schools State Tennis carnival in Gunnedah today. subThe Parkes High School Open Girls tennis team is travelling to Gunnedah today to play in the Combined High Schools State Finals tomorrow and Wednesday.

In what could be a first for Parkes, four local sisters will represent their local high school team at the same time in the state-wide high school finals.

The five girl team includes Bec Kiley, Maddison Potts, Yasmin Potts, Hannah Potts and Phoebe Potts.

The girls will compete as one of the top eight teams in NSW after a wonderful effort in the preliminary rounds.

The team secured its place in the final following convincing wins over Orange and Bathurst, culminating to a nail-biting encounter and subsequent win over a strong West Wyalong line-up last term.

Ace tennis coach Helen Magill was impressed with the win.

“The match against West Wyalong was a cracker,” Helen said.

“It went down to the last match and a final set tie-breaker as to who would go through.

“The girls kept it together and played some really great shots at important times to get the win.

“They thoroughly deserved it,” she said.

The girls finished as Combined High Schools Western Region champions and will be flying the Parkes High School flag in the prestigious Floris Conway Cup at Gunnedah.

They will participate in both singles and doubles matches at the tournament.

The team are supported and supervised courtside by team manager, Science department head teacher, and local tennis player Mr Andrew Pigram.

Maddye (Year 12), Bec (Year 11), Yasmin (Year 9), Hannah (Year 7) and Phoebe (Year 7) will compete against teams from across the Sydney metropolitan area, regional New South Wales, and the state’s north and south coasts.

Many of the schools involved in the finals will be Sports High Schools from throughout NSW.

The girls have maintained a long association with Parkes Tennis Club and have been continually supported in their sporting endeavours by Helen Magill.

“I have been lucky enough to be involved with developing these five girls’ games over the years,” Helen said.

“They are a credit to their school, Parkes Tennis Club and the town in general.

“The girls all have different strengths and play very different games.

“I am sure they will put in a strong performance this week,” she said.

Gunnedah look most likely to be the team to beat with two of their players competing in junior International Tennis Federation tournaments played worldwide.

Four of the Parkes team will represent Western Region later this term.

Bec, Yasmin, Hannah and Phoebe were all selected while Maddye would likely have been selected too.

She decided not to nominate as to concentrate on school and work commitments.

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