HUNTER boys shone at the NSW Combined High Schools Championships played this month at the home of Tennis NSW, Homebush Bay.
About 252 high school students competed in 13 events.
A total of 474 individual event entries were received.
It was certainly a very strong tournament, with the quarter finalists in the open boys' and girls' singles graduating to the All Schools Championships, from which the NSW Pizzey Cup team is selected.
Congratulations to Nathan Doney, winner of the open boys' singles; Jack Maddocks, a semi-finalist, and Jens Sweaney, a quarter-finalist, on progressing to the All Schools Championships.
Doney, who trains with Greg Brownlow's Future Stars Academy, brought his undeniable talent to the fore to take the title.
Other Hunter players to shine were Talia Herbert in reaching the third round of the open girls' singles, the region's best performer in the girls' premier event; and Brandon Parry, semi-finalist open boys' doubles and mixed doubles, who also reached the third round of the open boys' singles.
Katierae Fing and Adrienne Harvey, training buddies in Lake Macquarie Tennis Centre's Pro Squad, won the junior girls' doubles.
With Easter fast approaching, several tournaments for players of all ages are open for entries.
Easter traditionally is a time for tennis players to jump in the car and travel to a tournament.
No more worthy event is the Cougars Tennis Club and Newcastle and District Tennis Association's Easter Fund-raising Tournament.
Primarily a seniors tournament, with some 18-35 year events, it is held at District Park, Broadmeadow from Friday, March 29 to Sunday, March 31.
All money raised goes to the Cancer Council NSW to fund research into breast and prostate cancer.
For more information, phone 4954 5038 or 4961 0806.