Lo­cal ten­nis play­ers re­turn from Alice Springs Mas­ters

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - By JEREMY WIL­SON

A CON­TIN­GENT of Wan­garatta Lawn Ten­nis Club mem­bers have re­turned from the 2018 Alice Springs Mas­ters Games with three medals to show from a long week of com­pe­ti­tion.

WLTC vet­er­ans Peter Ablazej, Ge­off Allen, Noel Boyd and Mick Keogh made the trip to the mid­dle of Aus­tralia where they played dou­bles and mixed dou­bles.

While the pair­ings of Ablazej and Allen as well as Boyd and Keogh didn’t lead to any medals, Allen and Keogh both col­lected medals in their mixed dou­bles events.

Keogh paired with Heather Pfitzner to win gold in the 153 and over age group (the com­bined ages of both play­ers) while Allen bat­tled a shoul­der com­plaint but still man­aged sil­ver (125-139 age group) with his part­ner Jenny Parish.

Boyd also added squash to his list of com­pe­ti­tions for the week and didn’t go home dis­ap­pointed, tak­ing out sil­ver.

“Mick win­ning the gold medal was def­i­nitely the high­light of the week,” Ablazej said.

“I think he even had a lit­tle tear in his eye he was that ex­cited about it.”

While the quar­tet is used to go­ing away for coun­try week, this was the first time any of them had par­tic­i­pated in an event that at­tracted peo­ple from all over the globe.

Ablazej said the group was keen to re­turn for an­other Mas­ters Games in the fu­ture and en­joyed the fact they got to en­gage with peo­ple who were par­tic­i­pat­ing in a num­ber of other sports.

“We’re all keen to go back that’s for sure,” he said.

“There was peo­ple there from all over Aus­tralia, from New Zealand and Eng­land to name a few.

“It was a re­ally en­joy­able en­vi­ron­ment and the ten­nis was ex­cel­lent as well.”

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