Local tennis players return from Alice Springs Masters
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.”