Tal­ent on show

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

Mon­day night saw the quar­ter fi­nals of the Be­nalla Hard­court Cham­pi­onships at the Gar­dens Ten­nis Club.

Two pools of four of Be­nalla’s strong­est play­ers matched up against each other, with only two from each pool qual­i­fy­ing through for next Mon­day night’s semi­fi­nals.

Pool 1 saw a Be­nalla-based, French player, Jeremie Boulanger, and lo­cal leg­end, Brad Tonkin per­form strongly, qual­i­fy­ing into op­po­site sides of next week’s semi fi­nals.

Pool 2 was a tighter af­fair. The pool con­sisted of ex Mel­bourne and Kal­go­or­lie player Matt Crit­ten­den, lo­cal teacher Ja­son Boyle, re­cently re­turned lo­cal player Michael Levy and the ev­er­im­prov­ing Matt Cook.

Levy slightly strained a quad early in the night and ex-Mel­bourne player Matt Crit­ten­den car­ried a nig­gling calf strain in.

How­ever, this did not af­fect the qual­ity of play with all three matches be­tween Levy, Boyle and Crit­ten­den go­ing down to the wire in qual­ity one-hour sets.

Boyle and Crit­ten­den even­tu­ally held on to progress through.

Next week’s best of the three­set matches see Boulanger vs Boyle and Crit­ten­den tak­ing on Tonkin.

The win­ners will play off the fol­low­ing Mon­day at Gar­dens TC at 7 pmto de­ter­mine the in­au­gu­ral Be­nalla Ten­nis Hard­court Cham­pion.

Matches are high-qual­ity and any ten­nis lovers are wel­come to at­tend for free.

Be­nalla Sport­spower will be set up this Mon­day with demo rac­quets avail­able and equip­ment in­for­ma­tion for any­one in­ter­ested. Courts five and six will be made avail­able for peo­ple to try new model rac­quets and test the courts.

Right: Matt Crit­ten­den has pro­gressed to the semi-fi­nals of the Be­nalla Hard­court Cham­pi­onships.

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