FINE LEADER: Tony Polack with two of his star proteges, Krystal Clarke and Ashley Allman who've been picked to play for NSW.
FINE LEADER: Tony Polack with two of his star proteges, Krystal Clarke and Ashley Allman who've been picked to play for NSW. Brad Greenshields

Tennis coach in a state of joy for his girls

LOCAL tennis coach Tony Polack is in Melbourne this week after being selected to coach the 14 and under girls state team at the Australian Teams Carnival.

The Englands Park coach admitted he was a touch surprised when he received the call-up from Tennis NSW to coach the team despite applying for the position for the past two years.

"Normally it just goes to national academy coaches because they're on the payroll basically and they don't have to pay them extra to go," Polack said.

"I guess because I've got two girls in the team this year they asked me if I'd do it this year and I jumped at it.

"Not many regional coaches get to manage a NSW state team."

The two girls who have been working hard under Polack's tutelage for the past five years are Krystal Clarke and Ashley Allman.

When you consider the travel they do each week to work with Polack, there's no way you can question the girls' dedication to their tennis.

Clarke, who packs a mean forehand, travels from Laurieton to work under Polack's watchful eye while the powerful-serving Allman makes her way to and from Coffs Harbour from South West Rocks.

Polack says having two country girls in a state team is a rarity these days.

"Tennis NSW couldn't remember there being two regional girls from the same area or same coach in a state team before," he said.

But he did say both Clarke and Allman deserved their selection.

"The travelling that the parents put in and the effort and time that they put in on the court," Polack said.

"The quality that you put in while you're on the court is what counts and they're still improving more compared to their Sydney or metropolitan counterparts."



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