With butterflies in their tummies, sweaty palm and adrenaline pumping, 17 young table tennis juniors from Geographe Bay Table Tennis Clubs' Smash Hit Juniors enjoyed their inaugural tournament at the club recently.
The juniors had completed 14 weeks of table tennis skills, taking their game from a social level to more competitive new skills with forehand, backhand, spin and slices now incorporated.
Juniors also learned how to serve, score and conduct themselves following table tennis etiquette and rules.
Head coach Matt Cheng has been very pleased with the juniors' progress and his team of coaches.
Geographe Bay Table Tennis Club members Yvonne Cleal, Brian Stewart, Tony Peak and junior member, Obie Herring who has just made the state junior team, all worked together to deliver the set skills each Wednesday afternoon.
In the primary school division there was a fierce field of 11 juniors with Alfie Foster winning in style and runner-up was Riley Nelson.
The encouragement award went to Tyreece Parkes for his amazing improvements to his game.
This is as a direct result of his great listening and taking advice on board.
In the high school division the overall winner was Jamie Linston who was closely followed by runner-up Joshua van Zyl.
The encouragement award went to Brandon Mailes for his excellent team spirit and helpful nature.
The Smash Hit team would like to thank the juniors and their parents for a fantastic tournament as they all showed exceptional sportsmanship.
Thanks also goes to Chris and Dakotah Herring for cooking the sausages for the barbecue, Stewart Cleal for helping to set up the hall for the tournament and the Geographe Bay Table Tennis Club for all their support.
We also would like to thank Nola Marina MP for supporting the juniors and providing us with certificates for the winners.
Stay tuned for the next big competition.
This is will be the South West Tournament over the long weekend of June 8-10.