Swing­ing good time at tennis

Chin­chilla club holds tour­na­ment

Chinchilla News - - SPORT - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­can@chin­chilla news.com.au

TENNIS: Play­ers from near and far had a swing­ing good time at Chin­chilla’s lo­cal tour­na­ment on the week­end.

The Chin­chilla Tennis As­so­ci­a­tion ran their first lo­cal open tour­na­ment all day Satur­day, with play­ers com­ing from around the re­gion and be­yond for a hit at the win.

Chin­chilla Tennis As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Don Bell said the club used to have a Tennis Aus­tralia ac­cred­ited tour­na­ment, usu­ally held in April, but it got too dif­fi­cult to run each year.

“So we’ve come back and we have now and we have a lo­cal tour­na­ment,” Bell said.

“This is one of a se­ries, there’s a tour­na­ment sim­i­lar to this at Tara, and Dalby and Roma and Chin­chilla, so we’re try­ing to make a lit­tle cir­cuit of them.

“This is the first time we’ve run this type of event.

“We put out nom­i­na­tions about two months ago and we’ve got play­ers here from Toowoomba, Roma, Dalby, Chin­chilla ob­vi­ously.

“So we’ve got about 50 nom­i­na­tions, we’ve got 27 men in the sin­gles, the open sin­gles, and not so many ladies un­for­tu­nately, but we’ve still got ladies play­ing.”

For Bell, it was a good turnout con­sid­er­ing it was the first time the club had run the event.

“I’m re­ally happy with the nom­i­na­tions, it’s clashed with a cou­ple of other events but there’s so much tennis on in the Dar­ling Downs at the mo­ment that it’s hard to get a week­end when every­thing is free,” Bell said.

“I was quite happy with the way it all went.”

Re­sults from the day were as fol­lows.

Men’s Open Sin­gles: Nathan Hogar d Scott Schultz 6-2. Men’s Con­so­la­tion Sin­gles: Glenn Gray d Greg Sten­zel 6-3. Ladies Open Sin­gles: Emily He­witt d Me­gan Robert­son 6-luv.

Ladies Dou­bles: Char­maine Nixon and Julie Mutch d Emily He­witt and Me­gan Robert­son 6-2. Men’s Dou­bles: Greg Schultz and Greg Sten­zel d Brad Hub­bard and Dan Hub­bard 6-1. Mixed Dou­bles: Brad Hub­bard and Char­maine Nixon d Scott Schultz and Emily He­witt 6-3. Men’s Dou­bles Con­so­la­tion: Nick Gor­don and Michael Mor­ton d Beau Squires and Lochlan Wag­ner 6-2.

PHO­TOS: BROOKE DUN­CAN

SWING­ING FOR SUC­CESS: Play­ers from across the re­gion com­pete at the Chin­chilla tennis tour­na­ment.

Wind­ing up a swing.

Player swings for the ball.

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