Meg courts na­tional se­lec­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

SCARBOROUGH Ten­nis Club mem­ber Meg Con­nell has been in­cluded in the Aus­tralian squad af­ter cap­tain­ing WA at the re­cent Na­tional Pizzey Cup in Ho­bart.

The 17-year-old said she was thrilled to have been se­lected in the na­tional team af­ter a suc­cess­ful 10-day tour­na­ment, where West­ern Australia edged out Queens­land to take fourth place.

Con­nell said although the com­pe­ti­tion was rig­or­ous, play­ing up to four games a day, she en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’ve rep­re­sented the state be­fore but this was my first time be­ing se­lected in the Aus­tralian squad,” she said. “It got pretty tir­ing but it was great hav­ing the team cheer­ing you on and it was good be­ing around ev­ery­one.”

Scarborough Ten­nis Club coach Rick Willsmore said he was im­pressed with Con­nell’s devel­op­ment.

“I have coached Meg since she was seven years old and to see her excel at a na­tional sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion and make the Aus­tralian team is a won­der­ful re­turn on years of hard work to­gether de­vel­op­ing her game,” Willsmore said.

The New­man Col­lege stu­dent said she was un­sure of where ten­nis would take her, but she hoped to con­tinue in the sport in com­ing years.

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