Club cham­pi­onship time

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All mem­bers are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate in the Open Sin­gles or Dou­bles and for those over 35, there is also separate sin­gles and dou­bles events.

This year is an­other chance for any ladies to try and knock off mul­ti­ple open ladies sin­gles win­ner Ellen Bruce.

Ellen has been in good form in the Goul­burn Mur­ray com­pe­ti­tion and will again be very hard to beat. Af­ter spend­ing all week in Swan Hill play­ing Coun­try Week, Amy Lair­son will be in ter­rific form and will push Ellen as hard as she can.

Jen Buer­ck­ner is also a good chance for the ti­tle if she can trans­late her great dou­bles form into sin­gles. An­other con­tender is An­gel­ica Morse who has the game to take her into the fi­nal. In the Open Mens the field is wide open. Any one of a num­ber of men could take the ti­tle but last year’s win­ner, Ro­nan Pritchard will go in as the favourite.

Ro­nan’s form has been good and the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing in the In­ter-Re­gional Cham­pi­onships over Christ­mas has given his game an even harder edge.

Pre­vi­ous win­ner Grant Chap­pell is also play­ing Coun­try Week this week and will re­turn for Sun­day’s com­pe­ti­tion in peak form.

With his big serve and com­plete all-round game, he will be very hard to beat.

Last year’s run­ner-up Brady Pritchard will be look­ing to go one bet­ter this year and with all the work he has put in he is also a hot chance.

Other con­tenders in­clude young gun Liam Pitches, Grant Lewis and the cagey Josh Buer­ck­ner.

Any en­quiries about the Club Cham­pi­onships call Daryl Ben­nett on 0408 324 238. Ag­gre­gate Re­sults

The GM2 team had the bye and the GM3 teams match was called off for the heat rule so some play­ers took ad­van­tage of the break and joined in the Ag­gre­gate com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day. The ex­tra play­ers made for three close sec­tions. In Sec­tion 1 last weeks win­ner Chris Pritchard found the go­ing a bit harder.

He was pep­pered with fast balls from Mike Lair­son, Grant Lewis, Daryl Ben­nett and par­tic­u­larly Brady Pritchard.

The match of the day was the tie-break be­tween Mike and Brady against Daryl and Grant.

Mike and Brady shot out to a 4-1 lead be­fore Daryl and Grant found their rhythm and fought back to be 4 all.

In the tie-break, Mike and Brady again got to a 4-1 lead and proved too good, tak­ing the win.

The 5 games though were enough for Daryl to get the over­all win on the day as this was the only set he dropped.

Amy Lair­son was the favourite to take out Sec­tion 2 and she didn’t dis­ap­point.

Team­ing with Thomas Lough­nan, she started with an 8-3 win over Ja­son Bas­sett and James Lough­nan. Then she stamped her au­thor­ity over the boys with an 8-1 win with Ja­son.

It didn’t quite go all Amy’s way though as Ja­son and Thomas got a hard fought win over Amy and James in a tie-break.

Sec­tion 3 was the pick of the Sec­tions as the long ral­lies went on all day in what was a very close sec­tion. The score lines didn’t re­flect how close the matches were, but with only 3 games sep­a­rat­ing the top three at the end of the day it was ex­cit­ing ten­nis.

Leia Lewis took the hon­ours win­ning 2 of her 3 sets, closely fol­lowed by Gert Brun­ner and Julie Pritchard who also won 2 sets each.

New-comer Cara Bott played some great shots and made held her own in the high-qual­ity matches. The win­ners this week were: Sec­tion 1: Daryl Ben­nett 23-12 Sec­tion 2: Amy Lair­son 23-12 Sec­tion 3: Leia Lewis 20 11

Hay­ley Ben­nett.

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