THE district's top young tennis players are preparing for a busy month.
The Grafton long weekend serves up a big three days of competition, followed by Queensland's largest junior event, the Rod Laver Tournament (the week from June 24), then the Metropolitan Hardcourt Championships in Sydney and the NSW Country titles in Forster.
One who'll be continuing to stack up her frequent flyer points during this period is Lismore High School Year 10 student Ellie Wray, who'll be joined by Rosie McWilliams during the prestigious Metropolitan Hardcourt tournament.
Ellie only recently returned from the nationwide Pizzey Cup competition, held in Melbourne, where she was a member of the NSW All Schools team which finished third on a countback from runners-up Victoria. (Queensland won the event).
She is the first Northern Rivers district girl to be selected in the NSW All Schools team since Kim Whitty (Ballina) in the 1990s.
Selection was the end result of an exhausting series of trials bringing together the best players from the Combined High Schools, Independent and Catholic schools systems. Thirty-two of the State's best were whittled down to eight to contest the Pizzey Cup, with Ellie selected as the team's No 3.
Incidentally, the team was managed by Raymond Terrace (Newcastle) physical education teacher Melissa Carroll, the daughter of Goonellabah-based tennis coach Allan Carroll.