Ch­lebna takes home ti­tle num­ber eight at Bright

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

THE Bright Ten­nis Club re­cently held their an­nual se­nior and ju­nior club cham­pi­onships.

A strong field con­tested the men’s sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion which was held over con­sec­u­tive nights lead­ing up to the fi­nals.

The men’s sin­gles saw the mak­ings of a great fi­nal with last year’s club cham­pion Dean An­ders and seven-time club cham­pion David Ch­lebna go­ing head to head.

An­ders did well win­ning all of his matches prior to the fi­nal how­ever was over­pow­ered by Ch­lebna in the fi­nal and lost 6-0.

Men’s cham­pion Ch­lebna dom­i­nated his event, con­ced­ing only five games in five sets of ten­nis.

The women’s sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion was a round robin for­mat with last year’s cham­pion Jody Vla­han­dreas win­ning all three sets.

Run­ner up Diana Johnston won two sets, only los­ing to Vla­han­dreas 6-1 in a re­peat of last year’s re­sult.

Reign­ing mixed dou­bles cham­pi­ons Jody Vla­han­dreas and Leigh Mar­low teamed up again to de­fend their ti­tle knock­ing off Diana Johnston and Mark Gabler in a very en­ter­tain­ing tie-break match 6-5.

The men’s dou­bles was won by Daniel Neville and David Ch­lebna, the pair win­ning three sets of ten­nis in the round rob- in for­mat, be­fore beat­ing last year’s cham­pi­ons Dean An­ders and Sam Porter.

The women’s dou­bles was won by Jody Vla­han­dreas and Heike Fleck­en­stein, giv­ing Vla­han­dreas the tri­fecta – sin­gles, mixed dou­bles and women’s dou­bles cham­pi­onships.

The win­ners won two sets in the round robin for­mat over run­ner-ups Tracy Carey and Diana Johnston who won one set, los­ing to Vla­han­dreas and Fleck­en­stein 6-1.

The ju­nior club cham­pi­onships were held on April 22 and the au­tumn con­di­tions were per­fect for the six di­vi­sions con­tested.

An­gus Mur­rells dom­i­nated his nine years and un­der age cat- egory win­ning all four sets in the round robin for­mat be­fore top­ping Luke Carey in the fi­nal 4-0.

Due to the large num­ber of boys in the 10 years and un­der and 12 years and un­der di­vi­sions, a fi­nal was held be­tween the win­ners of two round robin draws.

In the 10 and un­der boys Jack­son He­witt played a strong fi­nal match to over­come his op­po­nent Liam Quin­ton 4-1 af­ter both went into the fi­nal un­de­feated.

In the 12 and un­der boys a very close match was played be­tween Tom Gray and Jack Main who were also both un­beaten be­fore Gray won a hard fought match 4-3.

Strong num­bers in the 12 and un­der girls also saw the in­tro­duc­tion of a fi­nal be­ing played be­tween the win­ners of two round robin draws.

Molly Whitty played a fired in the fi­nal to beat her op­po­nent Amelie Thompson 4-0 in the de­cider.

In a re­peat of last year’s re­sults the 14 and un­der boys cham­pion was Joseph Gray who won ev­ery set in round robin play be­fore get­ting passed Ja­cob West in a close match 4-2.

The 16 and un­der girls cham­pion, and win­ner in her age divi­sion now for the last six years was Lau­ren Bartlett who was again too strong for her op­po­nents.

Nici Smith was run­ner-up, her only loss com­ing in the fi­nal against Bartlett with the score 6-1.

PHO­TOS: Ge­off Hol­low

TOP SHOT: Amelie Thompson returns a back­hand dur­ing the re­cent ju­nior club cham­pi­onships at Bright. WHACK: Jack Main shapes to hit a fore­hand in 12 and un­der ac­tion.

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