A HANDFUL of players in Stuart Thompson’s Central West High Performance Unit have come away from the 2013 Champion of Champions Tournament at Bathurst with strong wins.
Acting as an ideal tune-up in the lead-up to the New South Wales Cup, Orange tennis ace Luke Petraglia claimed victory in the under 16s boys section, while Wellington’s Emily Rath enjoyed another win in the under 16s girls.
Also excelling at the invitation only tournament, Cowra’s Tayla Garrett won the under 14s girls title while Ben Evans, from Parkes, won the under 12s boys.
Lithgow’s Riley Swift came second in the under 16s boys, Gabby Mitton, from Bathurst, claimed second prize in the under 16s girls and Bathurst’ Samantha Burrow finished with silver in the under 12s girls.
The Orange-based Thompson was rapt with the results, hinting such a strong turn out in Bathurst will act as the perfect springboard into the five-day NSW Cup in Homebush, starting Friday.
“Out of the 12 possible spots (in finals), we had seven from the Central West High Performance in there. That’s against kids from Nepean, Hawkesbury, Kenthurst and Lithgow,” Thompson said, reserving special mention for both Petraglia and Rath.
“All of the preparation we’ve been doing for tournaments, it’s really starting to shine through against the other kids.
“Now we hope to carry that forward into the state finals and play against the top kids in the state from other areas. We’re expecting a top-four finish from both of them, with a bit of a possibility either can take out the title.
“It’d be huge and a good finale for a great year of hard work.”
Thompson said the NSW Cup, which is the biggest tournament in Sydney, will be his students’ biggest test of the season.
“It’ll really test them against every kid from Australia, it’s an open tournament,” Thompson said.
“It’ll really give them a good go.”