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  Jan, 2016- Our group of 8 played the Gold OJT at Gosford. Krystal Clarke won the 14 Girls singles def Caitlyn Portello ( No 4 in Aust ) in final. Krystal and Ashley Allman won the 14 Girls doubles. Alanna Harrison also played well. She made quarters of 12 Girls singles and played with a girl from Sydney to win doubles. Corey Clarke lost in quarters to No 1 seed in 3 sets in a match that he had his chances but did not capitalize. Georgia Allan played Newcastle AMT and after a slow start had a good match with Briahna Bessant to lose in 3 close sets. She then backed that up to play well against Lily Clements Markham again to fall short in 3 sets in semis of 16 Girls.

 Feb,2016- We all went to Port Macq JDS on 14th. Krystal and Ashley played in 16 Boys and played each other in final. Alanna also played up in 16 Girls. Max and Cooper Jones made quarters of 12 Boys. Michael Black won 18 Boys. Maddi Jones ( 8 yrs ) played in 10 Girls.Great day was had by all. On 20th some played AMT at Raymond Terrace. Corey won 18 Boys singles def No 1 seed in final 6/3 6/2 and Krystal lost final of Consolation AMT singles to Grace Schumacher ( Bathurst ) 7/6 7/6. Great match .Georgia lost in 3rd round of main draw.

 March, 2016- Our group went to Inverell early in March. Ashley played very well to win conso of AMT singles and had a great match aginst Isabella Bozicevic ( Qld ) in quarters of 18's. Lost 6/3 in 3rd but played and competed well all match and Isabella won the event. Georgia lost Rd 2 of AMT. Owen, Tianna and Jackson all gained valuable experience from their matches. Played the West Tamworth AMT & OJT. Owen, Cooper, Max, Natalie Purton and Maddi Jones all played in their respective age groups and played well. Corey won the 18 Boys singles def No 1 seed, Louis Clark ( AR 139 ) 6/0 6/2. Krystal won 18 Girls Singles and Conso of AMT Ladies singles def Lilly Clements Markham in final. Georgia won her Rd 1 match then found No 1 seed form Japan too strong.

 April, 2016- April 1 to 4 Krystal, Corey and Ashley played Casino AMT and had a great tournie. Krystal won both the AMT and 18's singles, Corey made final of AMT singles only to lose to Brendan Moore ( AR 53 ) 6/2 7/6. This was a match that showed what type of tennis Corey is capable of playing. Ashley made final of both AMT and 18's singles finals. Great warm up for Adelaide Grasscourt Nationals where I took Krystal, Ashley and Alanna from April 9/14. Krystal finished 9th in singles, Ashley competed very well for the first time against a number of top Aust juniors including Roopa Bains and Ashley Symes. Alanna also played very well. Lost to eventual finalist, Tahlia Gibson ( SA ) 6/2 6/3 in a match where she had plenty of chances. An improvement in mental toughness and more experience could see her win a match like this. From Adelaide we went to Gosford ( April 16/20 ) for NSW Lead In. Krystal won 16 Girls def Boyana Marinkov in 3 sets. Krystal and Ashley lost final of doubles. Alanna played very well to make semis of 12 Girls and then teamed with India Schreiber ( Wollongong ) to win 12 Girls doubles. Corey won the 16 Boys singles easily. Cooper, Max and Owen played in 12 Boys and played some of their best tennis. After Gosford, 4 of them went on to Sydney for NSW Juniors. Corey won the 16 Boys 6/2 6/1 in final. Alanna played very well to make quarters of 12 Girls and Krystal lost in semis of 16 Girls.

 May, 2016- Some of kids played Sawtell Junior Claycourts. Krystal and Ashley played each other in final of 16 Girls singles. Alanna made semis of 14 Girls singles and lost in final of 14 Girls Doubles. Cooper, Max and Owen all played well.

 June, 2016- Tournaments at Grafton and Tuncurry. Ashley had a slow start at Grafton but played well in final of 18 girls against Caitlyn Portelo ( No 3 in Aust in 14's ). Ash pushed her all way to lose 6/3 6/3. Georgia won Rd 1 but then found No 2 seed too strong. Georgia and Ash made semis of AMT doubles. Tianna had very good win Rd 1 of AMT and Alanna also played very well as a 12 yr old in RD 1 but came 2nd. At Tuncurry, Krystal and Corey both won the 18 singles event. Also in June, Georgia, Ashley and Krystal travelled to Brisbane for Qld Open ( Platinum ). Krystal had very good win against Gabriella McLaughlin ( No 9 seed ) in quarters.

 July, 2016- Kids played Country Champs AMT before travelling north for the Rod Laver Gold OJT in Brisbane. At Forster, Krystal and Ashley both made quarters of AMT where they had good matches to lose to seeds. In 18 Girls , Krystal lost in 2 close sets in semis to Grace Schumacher and the Ashley lost to her in 3 sets in final. Corey had a great tourn to defeat Louis Clarke in quarters only to lose semi in 3 close sets but he played very well. At Rod Laver everyone played well. Alanna made quarters of 12 Girls and had her chances against NZ girl. Krystal lost in semis of 14's but then beat Lara Walker for 1st time in 3/4 play off. Ashley lost to Lara in main draw in 2 very close sets and then continued that form to win rest of her matches. Owen, Cooper and Max found this level tough but played a lot of tennis and gained great matchplay..

 August, 2016- Georgia, Ashley, Krystal and Corey all played. Corey pulled out injured and Ash and Georgia did not have happy tournaments. Krystal had a great win in AMT against Sonia Balic to reach quarters and two good wins over Crystal Mildwaters ( who won Aust 14 Girls ). Krystal also def Komaki Ido in final of 18 Girls..

 September, 2016- Early in month, Ashley played Port Stephens AMT and had a great tourn. She had two wins over Kayla Grecco, def Lara Caplin. Ended up losing is semis of AMT and final of 18 Girls. Then, Alanna, Krystal and Ashley were off to Canberra for Claycourt Nationals. Alanna found the going tough but Krystal and Ashley went very well. Krystal made semis of 14 Girls singles where she lost to Annerley Poulos 7/5 7/6. ( 12 months ago it was 0 & 1 ). She also teamed with Natasha Russell to win Girls doubles. Ash lost to Amy Stevens (Vic) in 3 close sets, then had four good wins against quality opponents. After Nationals, all 3 girls backed up to play very well at NSW Age in Sydney. Ash won the 14 Girls def Angelina Dordevic (who had just made semis of Nationals) in straight sets in final. Krystal lost in final of 16 Girls and Alanna did very well to make semis of 12 Girls. She had a good win over Sarah Munroe in quarters..

 October, 2016- Ashley went over to play Tamworth AMT.She had a good tournament def No 2 seed, Courtney Cook very easily in semis before finding No 1 seed too strong in final. After Tamworth she went to Newcastle and also played solid. She made semis of AMT singles where she lost to Rebecca Jones (No 1 seed) in two close sets 5/3 4/2..

 November, 2016- Ashley played a White AMT in Coffs and although she did not play that well still won both the AMT singles and doubles. Celina McGarvie made semis of 14 Girls. Tianna had some good wins to make final of 18 Girls and Alanna made final of 16 Girls. Most of the group did well. BIG ANNOUNCEMENT IN NOV WAS THAT BOTH KRYSTAL AND ASHLEY MADE THE NSW STATE 14 GIRLS TEAM AND I WAS TO BE THE COACH. First time 2 regional girls had made the same State team so a great effort by the girls.

 December, 2016- Ashley, Krystal and I were off to Melbourne for Nationals. Krystal played very well over the 3 weeks, playing both 14's and 16's. She was meant to play in the teams carnival but was injured. In 14's, Krystal made semis of both singles and doubles. She hurt her quad in quarters of singles and had to pull out of both semis and the teams event. In the 16' she was 90% right and played Annerley Poulos again. This time she was up 5/2 in 1st and 3/1 in 3rd set and lost 6/3 in 3rd. Getting closer - next time. She teamed with Her regular partner, Natasha Russell to have 2 good wins in quarters and semis to make final of doubles. In a great final they lost in a super 3rd set to No 1 seeds. They really make a good team. Ash had a tournament to forget. Unfortunate but she had not had one all year and will re group and come back strong next year. It is a long journey so there will always be a few bumps to jump over a long the way.

Qualifications

  • Fully qualified Tennis Aust. High Performance Coach     ( highest coaching qualification in Australia )
  • 2016 Selected by Tennis Aust. as a Platinum Talent Development Coach; Only 10 selected in Aust and Tony is ONLY REGIONAL one in Australia 
  • 2016 Selected as Coach for the NSW State 14 Girls Team for the Aust Teams Carnival in Melbourne
  • 2016 1st Regional NSW coach to coach 2 girls selected in same NSW State Team for Aust Carnival
  • 2013 Selected by Tennis Aust. as Talent Development Coach
  • 16 years as Head Coach of North Coast Junior Squad
  • Selected by Tennis NSW as running and developing the best elite programme for Academies of Sport in NSW.
  • Coached numerous National Top 10 Australian juniors
  • Runner up Aust over 40 Veterans singles – Newcastle
  • Played & coached in USA, France, Belgium and Germany.

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