Intersports Wingates junior tennis tournament
Yarrawonga hosted its second junior tennis tournament for the season. The Intersports Wingates attracted an amazing 80 players from across north east region.
The tennis played was of an extremely high calibre with many matches lasting as long as an hour for a single set. It was terrific to see novices commencing in the 8/under divisions hitting on the courts next to the experienced 16/under players.
Many local players did extremely well with Lucy Bassett, Tess Bassett, Jack James and Liam Williams winning ‘A’ division titles and Nate Leith, Fraser Bennett coming runners up in ‘A’ division events. Hayley Bennett, Olivia Corso, Jayden Arnold played very well to win ‘B’ Division titles whilst Morgan McCrae and Ian Dimble claiming runners up trophies in their ‘B’ Division.
The players were extremely pleased to win a range of tennis equipment from Intersports Wingates at the conclusion of their events. Their generous donations were gratefully accepted by the players.
Saturday morning Saturday morning tennis resumed after the Christmas break. The courts were buzzing with the players being coached by Club Coach Greg Duns and his assistants Brady Pritchard, Eliza York and Thomas Loughnan. It appeared that many players had been practicing as the coaches noted some significant improvement.
A new initiative after Christmas is the creation of a new and exciting Premier League. This league will last for three weeks and then conclude with a Grand Final. Each team consists of four players with every player playing two doubles and a singles.
In Premier League matches this week, River Andy Murrays 6 (Liam Williams, Daniel Herrod, Olivia Corso, Polly McCrae) defeated Williams Sister 2 (Stella Mulquiney, Scarlett York, Charlotte White, Mia Kennedy) and The Rogers 6 (Fraser Bennett, Lochie Forge, Morgan McCrae, Jess Linehan) defeated Djokers (Jack James, Lachie Bosch, Lucy Bassett, Mitch Loughnan)
In regular matches there were many tightly contested games with long rallies the highlight of the day. The results of the matches were; Section 1 Winner Ella Rhodes Runners up Georgie Hemphill, Section 2 Winners Joe Conway, Sophie O’Dwyer, Jessica Mansfield, Section 3 Winner Kaleisha Pell Runners up Hayley Bennett, Section 4 Winners Sienna Cox, Harry Mouat.
This Saturday morning Hots Shots and coaching will run as usual. All players that normally play matches will participate in a doubles round robin competition against Cobram. Players are asked to register as usual prior to 9.00.