Kyabram Free Press

Tongala’s Hot Shots are setting the courts alight

- By Rohan Aldous

Barney Souter is quickly getting a handle on tennis, despite the Hot Shots program at Tongala on Saturday being in only its second week.

The ANZ junior tennis program is for 10-year-olds and below, the Tongala program attracting 45 participan­ts this year.

Co-ordinator Corey Nexhip said Barney was just one member of the popular three- and four-year-old group, which had an emphasis on fun and games.

“There are three different programs, the second is for five- and sixyear-olds, then the bigger kids are in the final group,” Mr Nexhip said.

"We’ve improved from last year, we are running for six weeks and may even run a couple of weeks in the new year as a holiday program.

“This is my second year running the program, but it started a year before that.”

Tongala now has five junior teams, an increase of last year.

“That is directly as a result of Hot Shots. The section five kids are the graduates from Hot Shots,” he said.

Tongala’s juniors play in the Kyabram District Tennis Competitio­n, while its two senior teams compete in the Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Associatio­n.

“We haven’t heard a start date yet for the senior teams, but the juniors are hoping to start on November 6,” Mr Nexhip said.

As for Barney, well he soon got a handle on that tennis ball, and if breeding has anything to do with it has a bright sporting future ahead of him.

 ?? ?? Ground shot: Logan Tinning was a picture of concentrat­ion as he released a tennis ball during the warm-up of the junior tennis program.
Ground shot: Logan Tinning was a picture of concentrat­ion as he released a tennis ball during the warm-up of the junior tennis program.
 ?? ?? I’ve got you covered: Barney Souter at Saturday morning’s tennis Hot Shots session in Tongala.
I’ve got you covered: Barney Souter at Saturday morning’s tennis Hot Shots session in Tongala.
 ?? ?? Where did you go? William Watson tries to keep his eye on the ball during the three- and four-year-old component of the Hot Shots program in Tongala.
Where did you go? William Watson tries to keep his eye on the ball during the three- and four-year-old component of the Hot Shots program in Tongala.

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