Due to the amazing funding support of Pub Charity we were able to set up a Junior Academy in the Eastern Region in 2014.
This is a vital step in the organisation’s quest to become more competitive on a National basis and has definitely reaped benefits, with Rhiarne Taiapa taking out the Under 17 Girls singles National title this year and winning the accolade of Most Improved Junior Girl of the Year.
Also our Girls Junior Team punched above their weight as 5th seeds, finishing 3rd in the October Nationals.
As a part of the funding process, parents of those juniors chosen to be a part of the academy are required to pay a 50% share of the coaching costs.
Each player must make a commitment to their respective coaches as per their agreement and are monitored on a regular basis. Coaches have the right to cut a player from their squad if they feel that they are not meeting the standards required.
Apart from the individual coaching, holiday and weekend clinics are being held throughout the year and juniors are expected to enter regular tournament during both locally and outside the District.
2016 Elite Squad
Ben Remihana, Willz Donnelly, Robert Fridd, Harry Young, Blake Knox
Rhiarne Taiapa, Winona-Jo Joyce, Jena Gregory, Sam Harding, Ally Harding, Rakairoa Joyce, Sara Dooney, Zara Evans
2016 Intermediate Squad
Toby Evans, Guy van Raders, Jonty Unwin, Alex Elliott, Tadd Hartley, Geordie Calder, Harry Unwin
Amber Roydhouse-Ross, Danika Brown, Kiera Thompson, Ruby Hinton, Tayla-Louise Lys, Ella Leary, Sammy Mattsen
2016 Senior Squad
Josh Wait, Yon van Raders, Jakeb Simmons, Ryan Miller, Isaac Pilcher, Sam Wait, Mikarore Joyce, Jayden Grant
Amy Miller, Danielle Pilcher, Jasmine Roydhouse-Ross
2016 Future Stars Squad
Kyle Workman, Jake Hinton
Francesca Pilcher, Katy Anderson, Saorise Quinn