Eimear com­petes at state cham­pi­onship

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

De­niliquin’s Eimear Gogarty con­tin­ues to star on the ten­nis courts.

The 14 year-old com­peted in the 2018 NSW Ju­nior Closed Cham­pi­onships at the Ne­pean Ten­nis Cen­tre in Pen­rith last week­end.

Eimear played six matches over the four day event, held from Fri­day un­til Mon­day.

The De­niliquin High School stu­dent won two of her four sin­gles and one of her two dou­bles matches against some of the state’s best ten­nis play­ers.

Day one of the tour­na­ment saw Eimear claim a strong 6-1, 6-0 win on Fri­day night.

Un­for­tu­nately she couldn’t carry her form over the next morn­ing, go­ing down 6-3, 6-0 to the num­ber two seed of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Eimear bounced back in her sec­ond chance sin­gles game later that day with a white­wash 6-0, 6-0 win.

Fol­low­ing the sin­gles game, Eimear teamed with Grace Gib­son from Young to win their first dou­bles game 6-3, 6-3 to close out the day.

Un­for­tu­nately for Eimear her tour­na­ment was ended on the Sun­day, los­ing her sin­gles game 6-2, 6-2 and her dou­bles match 6-0, 6-4.

Eimear’s mother Jane Frazer said that just mak­ing the tour­na­ment was a huge achieve­ment for Eimear.

‘‘This was the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment as part of the South West Re­gion Ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion for Ten­nis NSW,’’ she said.

‘‘This year, Eimear has com­peted in Grif­fith, Wagga, Al­bury, Thur­goona and Hay and while the South West re­gion cov­ers the area from Up­per Lach­lan to Tum­barumba across to Wentworth, we don’t make it to all the tour­na­ments.

‘‘But we do make it to a good por­tion of them, with Eimear’s se­lec­tion to play in the NSW Cham­pi­onships com­ing from her par­tic­i­pa­tion lev­els and re­sults from var­i­ous re­gional tour­na­ments.’’

Eimear spends most of her time dur­ing the sum­mer on the ten­nis court, coach­ing and play­ing at the Satur­day af­ter­noon and Wed­nes­day Twi­light ten­nis com­pe­ti­tions.

She also com­pleted her Ten­nis Aus­tralia Foun­da­tion coach­ing course un­der the guid­ance of for­mer pro­fes­sional ten­nis player Jaslyn He­witt ear­lier this year, and passes on her knowl­edge to young Hot Shots play­ers ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing.

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