12 April 2004

Cameron Koch, Alesha Ford and Jacob Gopperth have spent the last 12 months travelling NZ compiling computer points in ranking tournaments, with their aim to finish in the top 32 in NZ.  The top 32 players in each age group are invited to the National championships.

They have been training 7 days a week for the past month, with their coach John Salisbury, to prepare for their event.

Taranaki Tennis recognise the magnificent achievements each player has accomplished and have made it possible for the players to be assisted by their coach (John Salisbury) at the Nationals and have provided a grant for each child and a parent, to attend.

Cameron Koch (14's Boys) is in his 1st year in the 14's age group and is ranked 26 in NZ.  He is No.1 in CD and has been a regular Soffe Cup player this season.  Cameron came from the 12's last year with a NZ ranking of 8.

Alesha Ford (12's Girls) is in her first year in this age group and is ranked No.22 in NZ and No.1 in CD.  Alesha has had some outstanding results this year and is a great prospect for making the NZ 12's team next year.

Jagob Gopperth (12's Boys) is at his first Nationals and qualified with a NZ ranking of 31.  According to his coach, Jacob is the most improved player in CD this year, having taken his ranking from 10th in CD to 31 in NZ in the last 6 months.

Another Taranaki junior, Zachary Wills is ranked 36th in NZ (16's Boys).

Ex-Taranaki players, brothers Hayden and Michael Joblin, are also making a big impact on the NZ tennis scene.  Hayden (age 11), is ranked No.1 in NZ (12's Boys), No.2 (14's Boys) and has also represented NZ.  Michael is ranked No.4 in NZ (14's Boys).