Chlebna takes home title number eight at Bright
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.
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.