FINE FORM: Ipswich Perrett Shield player Gabrielle Smith.
FINE FORM: Ipswich Perrett Shield player Gabrielle Smith. Kate Czerny

Ipswich use expert advice in Shield win against Toowoomba

AFTER receiving expert coaching by professional sports psychologist and former ATP touring player Anthony Ross, Ipswich juniors performed brilliantly in last Sunday's Perrett Shield competition.

Although Toowoomba provided some stiff competition, Ipswich successfully won 33 rubbers to 27.

Players toughed out sweltering conditions at the George Alder Tennis Centre, displaying promising talent throughout the annual contest.

Ipswich official and Top Tennis Academy head coach Leon Glinster was delighted with the team's efforts.

"It was a great day," Glinster said. "It was a very close one actually.

"We had a couple of surprise wins from our young kids. They performed really well."

Ipswich's sportsmanship towards the visiting players was also acknowledged at the Ipswich-hosted tournament.

 

Grammar girls impress

IPSWICH Girls' Grammar School recently began their bid in the QGSSSA tennis competition in startling form.

Maddison Arnold, Eloise Begg, Zoe Raby and Vanessa Lane kickstarted their title campaign against St Margaret's School with a landslide victory.

IGGS won five sets to one.

The girls' victory also marked a milestone for IGGS tennis as this year's team won the school's first fixture win in almost six years.

New head coach David Glinster was impressed by the performance.

"The girls played really well for their first fixture of the season and especially against girls who were two years older than all of them," Glinster said.

The young players, ranging from year eight to 10, trained hard throughout the off-season, often working with the boys from their counterpart school early in the mornings.

This instilled great confidence within the girls who often gave the boys a run for their money throughout drills and practice sets.

"The girls have really improved over the past few months and some of them can really hit the ball," IGS tennis player Tom Fanshawe said.

The four IGGS players are keen to continue their solid form in upcoming fixtures against schools such as Brisbane State High and Brisbane Girls Grammar.



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