Eimear competes at state championship

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

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.