Ten­nis tri­umph for play­ers


Shepparton News - - SPORT - By Tyler Ma­her

June Simp­son and Judy Buzza con­tinue to take the ten­nis world by storm.

The Shep­par­ton Lawn Ten­nis Club mem­bers re­turned from an­other In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion Se­niors World Cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment with more medals for their ef­forts.

Simp­son, 79, bat­tled against the field in the 75-80 age group in Umag, Croa­tia, and came away with sil­ver in the women’s dou­bles.

It was Simp­son’s third trip to the se­niors cham­pi­onships and she plans on con­tinue her ef­forts.

‘‘That was my third trip over, it’s re­ally good and it’s get­ting stronger each year,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s re­ally good, it’s in­ter­est­ing and (I’ve got) no in­juries, so that’s ex­cel­lent, too.

‘‘It’s re­ally good fun, we played 10 teams and came away with fifth over­all and we were happy with that.’’

It was also Buzza’s third time at the cham­pi­onships and she claimed an in­di­vid­ual bronze medal, while also mak­ing up part of the team which snared gold in the over­all women’s 60-65 age group.

‘‘(It was) quite in­cred­i­ble, I was lucky enough to be in a team with the world cham­pion and so that helped us get the gold medal in the teams event and it was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, they were won­der­ful women,’’ Buzza said.

‘‘It was very ex­cit­ing and re­ally a dream come true to rep­re­sent your coun­try, it’s very spe­cial.

‘‘Our goal is to (keep go­ing) be­cause we now know the stan­dard too and we know that we’ve got a chance if you put in some ex­tra work of course.

‘‘(June and I) have worked to­gether to achieve these goals which is awe­some.’’

Buzza, 62, en­cour­aged any se­nior ten­nis play­ers who were un­cer­tain of join­ing the fun to just have a go, with a premier tour­na­ment headed to the Goul­burn Val­ley early next year.

‘‘We’ve got quite a lot of older ladies in par­tic­u­lar — and men — in this area and the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion is open to any­one join­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘In Jan­uary, 2019, the Aus­tralian Se­niors Cham­pi­onships are held right here in Shep­par­ton so I urge that any­one can join the fed­er­a­tion and play.’’

Lo­cal Shep­par­ton ten­nis coach Bruce Fer­gu­son also com­peted at the cham­pi­onships, with his team com­ing sev­enth. More medals for duo:

Pic­ture: Sam Coles

June Simp­son (left) and Judy Buzza snared more medals at this year’s Se­niors World Cham­pi­onships.

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