Number one

NUMBER ONE: Young High School students Emma Godsell, Monique Dorman, Jemma Long and Stacey Dorman at the Wagga Tennis Centre after winning the Riverina title. (sub)The Young High School girls tennis team have plenty to boast about after taking out the Riverina All Schools Tennis Championships.
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Jemma Long (Year 11), Stacey Dorman (Year 10), Emma Godsell (Year 10) and Monique Dorman (Year 8) competed in the school-based competition together for the second year, ending the tournament undefeated.

The four budding tennis players’ team positions were decided based on their ability.

Stacey – who has been described as a strong leader and a great team player – was ranked number one; Number two was Monique – extremely talented and competitive; Number three was Emma – strong on fitness and technique; and position four, Jemma – a dedicated tennis player who has years of experience on the court.

The girls took on three teams from around the Riverina in both double and single sets in order to make it to the championships.

Having overcome their opposition undeafeated, Young made the championships and went on to compete in the finals at the Wagga Tennis Centre on June 19.

Again, the girls were undefeated in the two matches, a result that came as no surprise to proud coach, Peter Lister.

“They won all of them very convincingly,” Lister said.

“In the semi final we didn’t lose one game – not just one set – we won everything six love, six love, six love. They won every set and every game. They didn’t drop a game in the semi final.

“They’re all extremely talented girls with very level heads on them.”

Having won the championships, the girls’ sights are now set on Gunnedah where they will compete against the top 20 schools in the state on July 23 and 24.

“It’s a very quick turnaround,” Lister said. “When school goes back the girls only have a week [to train], and no doubt the girls will be practising constantly throughout the week.

“Then we’ll head up to Gunnedah and hopefully bring home a win.”

According to Lister the team’s first goal is to make it into the state’s top four, and believes the girls have the ability to bring home the gold.

“Hopefully, if everyone’s game is on and they’re all focused, we can bring home the first place trophy,” he said.

“I do believe it’s achievable, and if they’re in the right head space it’s extremely achievable.”

But that’s not the only big news the High School girls have to share, with three of the four girls also making the Riverina tennis squad.

The team attended a separate trial at Wagga a day after winning the All Schools Riverina Championships, and joined around 40 other girls in competing for the positions.

It was here that Jemma, Monique and Emma made an impression on the selectors, and were chosen alongside five other girls from around the Riverina.

An especially impressive achievement for Year 8 student Monique who has been ranked number onefor the side.

“It’s a tremendous effort for a Year 8 girl to make the number 1 seed for Riverina,” Lister said.

And although missing out on the squad, Stacey will stand as first reserve.

“Unfortunately Stacey wasn’t in the right head space on the day, but I’m extremely proud and look forward to seeing how dedicated and strong they are when they go to represent Riverina,” Lister said.

“They’re very consistent of what they do.

“They’ve had this passion of tennis for a very long time, and I know you can burn out in the end, but these girls have a big passion and it’s a really big deal for Young High because they continue to stand out.”

Coach Lister is excited to continue watching the girls grow on the court.

“I’m very humbled – I’m extremely proud of all four of them,” he said.

“They’re the best bunch of girls I’ve ever coached and managed – you can’t say enough about girls like that, they’re extremely polite and respectful and competitive which is what I like.”

Lister wishes to extend a massive thank you to Young Tennis Centre instructor Col Maher who has lent a helping hand along the team’s journey.

“He helps out with school sport and is very generous down there with his time, and especially in coaching the girls he’s done a wonderful job,” he said.

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